Our team aligns with yours to implement change that makes your business stronger, more resilient, and more profitable. We are grounded in two core principles: to support companies and to exceed expectations. As professionals with a range of C-suite and Senior-level experience, our team has broad and proven skills as advisors, leaders, and owners. At RVR, our client relationships are authentic and enthusiastic, and every employee is bound by a commitment to improve businesses with tailored guidance, strategic action, and intuitive adaptability.

Joe

Joe Raymond

Founder and Managing Partner

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Joe has successfully facilitated the launch, growth, and exit of 100s of companies. Over many decades, he has helped businesses solve their most pressing challenges, accelerating their growth and maximizing their exit value.

In 1986, Joe founded and grew the Transworld Services Group staffing company to over $45 million in 10 years. By 1994, the company was among Inc. Magazine’s fastest-growing, privately-held companies. Looking forward, Joe facilitated the business’ ISO 9002 certification, securing a standard of prestigious, international quality, and sold the company at a significant market premium ten years later. Soon after, Joe became President and 50% owner of ASG, a $3.5 million construction staffing company, building it into a $150 million business with 30 offices in five years. In 2007, ASG was sold to a publicly traded company, again at a market premium.

In the community, Joe sits on various advisory boards, and is the Founder and Chairman of the Conductive Education Center of Orlando (CECO), a non-profit center for children and adults with motor disabilities.

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Frank Fontneau

Partner

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Frank has a record of positive business outcomes, exceling across departments and teams by understanding the operational and financial components of a business. Frank has effectively developed strategic plans, financial dashboards and forecasts, process improvement documentation, and training programs. Since 2012, Frank has led 100+ projects successfully to completion. Highlights from these projects include the accretive integration of two simultaneous acquisitions that resulted in more than $1 million of synergy savings, the management of a software conversion for scalability to avoid of millions of dollars in licensing fees, and the development of a financial and operational plan to avoid bankruptcy.

Mark

Mark Lowrey

Principal

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Mark has 35 years of financial and operational experience helping companies enhance their value. He has served on three entrepreneurial management teams, each cited by Inc. magazine’s Inc. 500 among the fastest growing privately-held companies. He has served as part of a founding investor group, and as a CFO selling multiple businesses over a 17-year period, including a PEO with gross revenues exceeding $1.5 billion. He has experience with acquisitions, raising capital, private equity, bank financing, treasury operations, financial reporting, budgeting, and business planning. Mark spent the first decade of his career with Deloitte and PNC.

Karen

Karen Turner

Principal

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Karen is a transformational and customer-centric leader with executive management expertise spanning startups to large global companies, as well as nonprofits. She has more than 15 years of experience formulating and executing on business growth strategy and developing collaborative and focused B2B sales and delivery teams, with expertise in talent acquisition, outsourcing, talent management, talent and HR technology, recruitment process outsourcing, and integrated talent solutions. Additionally, Karen has extensive experience in career coaching and mentoring and education-to-employment alignment.

A disciplined sales leader and customer success strategist, Karen has been directly involved with three startups generating $380mm in revenue in less than five years. She successfully established a Customer – Centric Innovation Center and “Career Advantage Coach” technology platform as well as numerous recruiting and workforce innovations, creating a substantial competitive advantage. A skillful collaborator and relationship builder, Karen has worked with some of the world’s largest employers, educators, and learners to address emerging trends and tackle industry challenges in the talent landscape.

Michael

Michael Shepardson

Managing Director

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Michael is a proven leader in both Corporate and Entrepreneurial Companies with over 30 years of experience. He has overseen over $4B in debt, equity, and M&A transactions for companies involved in operations and manufacturing. Michael has deep knowledge of finance and sales in the Food, Manufacturing, Finance, and Real Estate Industries. He has been recognized for his 18 years of experience in executive leadership roles resulting in new product growth, increased sales, and the building of strong teams. In the community, Michael has served as a volunteer for Give Kids the World, Bring Me Hope International, and the Orlando Coalition for the Homeless.

Guillermo

Guillermo Ariza

Director

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Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, Guillermo has extensive knowledge in corporate finance, operations management, and business strategy in both the U.S. and Latin America. His experience is quite unique as he has led initiatives through custom solutions ranging from financial services, asset management, and marketing. He focuses on having his clients rethink business models in view of innovation and shifting competitive dynamics to take the lead in the market. Guillermo is currently involved in a handful of nonprofit fundraising initiatives in South Florida, such as The First Tee, Leukemia Lymphoma Society, and Take Stock in Children.

Alison

Alison Kravchuk

Senior Consultant

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During Alison’s time as a Business Development and Operations Specialist, she has strategically positioned companies for acquisition through the leverage of technology and sales teams. She often serves as a fractional Chief Sales Officer or Sales Manager. Alison has raised more than $200M in investment capital for her clients in various industries such as robotic automation software, manufacturing, education, clinical research, and non-profit organizations. Her personal mission is to enable, empower, and equip individuals and corporations with tools to reach their highest potential. Her passions are taken into action through her current volunteer work at Crummer Women Executive and Entrepreneurs, Jobs Partnership, and the Central Florida Leadership Forum.

Bob

Bob Closs

Senior Consultant

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Bob is a Senior Consultant with extensive experience in general management, finance, and operations. He has demonstrated success in both established and transitional businesses across multiple industries. His ability to develop sustainable business relationships with a focus on customer experiences results in revenue growth and satisfaction, both of which are enhanced by his capacity to deliver strategic direction and effective organizational changes.

Barry

Barry Curran

Senior Financial Consultant

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Barry Curran is a Senior Financial Consultant with experience addressing turnaround situations, financing arrangements, and acquisition/divestiture projects in hospitality, manufacturing, and real estate. With an emphasis in financial analysis, projections, reporting, and business planning, Barry has helped companies improve their cash flow through analysis of pricing, contribution margin, and company overhead for over 15 years. As the CFO for a food manufacturing plant, Barry helped increase EBITDA by 75% and was instrumental in the business’ sale. By developing detailed company plans and strategies, Barry aligns the goals of senior management and shareholders in order to set a business up for intentional success.

Leslie

Leslie Hielema

Senior Consultant

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Leslie is a product specialist with a proven record of utilizing the tools of innovation, human centered design, entrepreneurship, engineering approaches, and data analytics to launch successful new products. She has launched over 30 new products and programs globally, including in the U.S, Europe, Middle East, and Asia. Leslie converts customer needs and business goals into well aligned strategic plans and brings them to market, achieving positive business outcomes. She has developed innovative product strategies for health care, education, telecommunications, defense, consumer, non-profits, and start-ups. Leslie holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Electrical Engineering, an MBA and a pilot’s license.

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J D Gardner

Senior Consultant

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James D. (JD) Gardner:  Mr. Gardner’s background encompasses over 40 years of executive experience in both large and small corporate environments.  During his 27 years with AT&T and BellSouth, he led domestic and international acquisition and due diligence teams, led financial management/operations and corporate finance activities and served as CFO of the wireless data division.

More recently, Mr. Gardner served as the CFO of Jensyn Acquisition Corp., a successful Special Purpose Acquisition Corporation (SPAC) and as managing partner in a venture capital fund as their financial officer.  He has also served as CEO or CFO of several public and private companies in the wireless data, web-based services, broadband switched Ethernet and security (video surveillance) industries.  He currently provides strategic and financial consulting services to small and medium sized businesses.

Jack

Jack Norman

Senior Consultant

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Jack Norman is an information security leader with 20 years of software development and information security experience in the defense, public, and private sectors. During his role as Chief Information Security Officer Jack supported thirteen acquisitions, implemented multiple compliance programs, and built a team of information security professionals.

Jack is also an adjunct professor at Full Sail University, and holds a Master’s Degree in Information Assurance and Cyber Security from the Florida Institute of Technology as well as an Executive MBA from the University of Central Florida.

Gil

Gil Regaspi

Senior Financial Consultant

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Gil is a results-oriented, hands-on finance and accounting professional with 25+ years of experience in financial modeling and analysis, cash management, budgeting, reporting, compliance, and full controllership. Gil works with clients as a part-time CFO or when projects arise in Central Florida in several industries. In the past, he has built pricing and financial models for a green technology business, developed budgets and financial reports for an international logistics software company, created cash flow projections, and managed controllership responsibilities. Gil also has cultivated experience with controllership and senior financial management positions in healthcare, media, construction, and governmental auditing.

Cynthia

Cynthia Primm

Senior Consultant 

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With over 25 years of experience in Human Resources developing initiatives consistent with business strategy and improving efficiency, effectiveness, and market competitiveness during restructurings and high growth periods, Cynthia has also become known for her success in building powerful and sustainable executive teams.

Over her career of providing both global and domestic leadership as a senior executive, Cynthia Primm has honed the set of skills, techniques, and processes needed to build strong partnerships that leverage the power of HR to deliver on business goals.  Across industries including healthcare, travel, manufacturing, and biotech; and within business organizations from venture-backed start-ups through Fortune 500 companies; she has developed and deployed scalable HR systems that have successfully driven growth targets and merger and acquisition goals.

As managing partner of Parker Primm Associates, she applies her strong understanding and extensive experience of key due diligence areas and project management to specialize in strategic and operational deployment of integrated Human Resources processes and initiatives critical to the success of mergers and acquisitions.

Cynthia’s experience as a collaborative partner has also served her well as a member of several executive boards related to Education, Healthcare and Community Service. Cynthia holds a BSBA from Bryant University and is certified as a DDI Facilitator, Predictive Index Analyst and Professional Certified Coach.

Bob

Bob Ramsey

Senior Consultant

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As a Senior Consultant, Bob contributes expertise in strategic operations and sustainable business growth. With 25+ years in executive management, P&L responsibilities, and strategic consulting, Bob has a record of improving operational models, performing business analyses, and troubleshooting development to enhance organizational value. As President and CEO of Living Foundation, Bob garnered experience in 501c3 processes, compliance, donor relations, and corporate donor relations, volunteer recruitment, and collaborations as well.

Upon co-founding Total Beverage (now Total Wines), Bob developed the business model and increased revenue to create a $15 million per-door superstore, multi-state beverage industry. Over five months, Bob served another company by reversing losses after the successful acquisition of a water manufacturing concept, increasing revenue from $850,000 to $4.1 million.

Mike

 Mike Shemelya

Senior Consultant

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Mike is a solutions-focused, multifaceted senior financial consultant with 14 years of experience as a Partner at Ernst & Young LLP. He has provided assurance and business advisory services for businesses during start-up or turnaround, and managed finances and operations across diverse industries. Mike has in-depth knowledge and experience in risk management, business model development, human capital acquisition and development, M&A, and initial public offerings.

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Archit Shah

Senior Financial Consultant

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Archit Shah is a Senior Financial Consultant and CPA with expertise in combining financial and business planning with tactical execution to optimize long-term benefits in performance, revenues, and profitability. He has worked for public and private companies, including Ernst & Young, and has provided extensive financial advisory services to range of companies, including PEOs. Archit has served as both a CFO and controller in organizations, consistently demonstrating experience in strategy, operational efficiency through identification, and implementation of best practices. Archit also has expertise in controllership, financial reporting, budgeting/forecasting, financial planning and analysis, and corporate leadership.

Jeff

Jeff Sjobeck

Senior Financial Consultant

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Jeff Sjobeck has over 35 years of financial management and public accounting experience. Over the course of his professional career he has assisted companies ranging from early stage growth to Fortune 500 as a Chief Financial Officer and as a consultant. His public accounting experience includes tenures with PwC and CliftonLarsonAllen.

Since 2006, Jeff has focused his skills assisting private equity backed middle market growth companies and their investors with building and scaling their businesses producing substantial increases in value. As a part of his approach he brings both tactical execution and strategic advisory capabilities. Areas of focus have included:

  • Significant M&A/Integration experience, including buy and sell side deal process management
  • Improving finance operations effectiveness through assessment and upgrade of people, processes, and tools.
  • Implementing improved reporting capabilities to provide management teams business decision-ready insights into performance and trends.

Jeff

Jeff Larson

Senior Consultant

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An accomplished marketing executive, Jeff has a track record of driving business results for some of the world’s most iconic brands, including Disney Parks and Golf Channel.  His secret to “unlocking the magic” is creating connections with consumers and translating strategies and insights into big, organizing creative ideas.  A consumer-centric marketing executive, Jeff balances the “art and science” of marketing by bringing a combination of strategic, analytical and creative skills to every marketing challenge he tackles.

Jeff’s successes include leading the post-Great Recession recovery of Disneyland Resort where his strategic marketing leadership led to significant revenue and margin growth.  A former advertising executive, Jeff honed his expertise in brand storytelling and positioning at Disney where he launched and positioned a number of businesses, parks and attractions including Disney Cruise Line, Disney California Adventure Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

A native Minnesotan, Jeff holds a Bachelor’s degree and an MBA in Marketing from the Carlson School at the University of Minnesota.

Paul

Paul Noland

Senior Consultant

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Paul Noland is an accomplished senior executive with unique experience in executive leadership, strategic planning, operations, finance, strategic planning, and revenue management.

Paul is a proven leader who has helped build world-class organizations that deliver industry-leading results in both the for-profit and not-for-profit worlds. Noland has held senior positions leading cross-functional teams dedicated to strategic growth at The Walt Disney Company, Marriott International, the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions (IAAPA) and Accesso Technology Group. He has experience as a Chief Executive Officer of both a UK publicly traded company and a global trade association. Paul has an undergraduate degree from Radford University and an MBA from the College of William and Mary.

Lee

Lee Barson

Senior Consultant

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With over 30 years of experience in the benefits administration, financial and healthcare space, Lee brings a unique combination of functional knowledge with technical expertise to every project he leads.  He has a proven record of success enabling clients to meet their goals through complex implementations.

Lee is a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS).

Lee excels in driving complex solutions while building collaborative, high-performing cross-functional teams.  He is recognized for designing, developing and successfully launching new products and major enhancements to increase revenue opportunities, improve operational efficiency or both.  In recent years, he was the Product Leader for a leading Consumer Driven Health account solution of a Fortune 500 company.

Amarilis

Amarilis Gitto

Talent Acquisition Consultant

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Amarilis is an accomplished entrepreneur and former real estate administration executive with experience in building strong teams to maximize business efficiency and bottom-line profits. She values creating long-term and profitable client relationships through her collaborative skills and strategic talent placement. Personally, Amarilis has built and sold a Home Healthcare Agency business that grew to annual revenues of $2M per year. Her experiences have given her the ability to understand the impact talent can have on a company. She has been recognized for earning the Employer of Choice, Provider of Choice, and Leader in Excellence awards for two locations. Amarilis has passed three Joint Commission Surveys as an Agency Administrator.

Rick

Rick Phillips

Controller

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Rick Phillips has 36 years of experience in construction, theme parks, manufacturing, and property management industries as a senior finance manager and controller. He specializes in managing teams to collect and analyze data for fixed assets and sales tax, resulting in property tax savings of +$4MM and sales tax refund of +$3MM. Through his collaborative style, he has overseen multiple projects to prioritize stakeholder needs and delegate spending for contractors. Prior to working for RVR, Rick held finance positions with Universal Studios Orlando, Hard Rock Park, Mohegan Sun Casino, and SeaWorld Orlando.

Jeff

Jeff Pritchard

Senior Associate

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Jeff is an experienced FP&A and M&A professional with a background in healthcare, software, and aviation. With a heavy background in financial analysis, understanding of business operations, and expertise in various BI tools, Jeff can add value across the board. Jeff’s specialties include forecasting, M&A analysis, due diligence, ad hoc modeling, budgeting, KPI development, and business planning.

He earned his undergraduate degree in finance from the University of South Florida and his MBA from Florida State University.

Javier

Javier Martinez

Senior Associate

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Javier is a highly seasoned finance professional with 10 years of experience in corporate finance and accounting with large hospitality companies. Javier has unique expertise in creating financial, reporting, and operational systems using VBA programming to synthesize data sets larger than can typically be processed in excel, converting time-consuming, repetitive workflows into plug and play, feature-enabled, automated models. Javier has expert level forecasting and data mining skills and extensive knowledge in creating and analyzing financial statements and company valuations. Javier earned an MBA at Rollins College concentrating in Finance, Entrepreneurship and Management. He scored greater than 90% of candidates in his session when sitting for the CFA Level 2 exam and plans to sit for the Level 3 CFA exam in 2023.

Karina

Karina Vaz

Senior Associate

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Karina has always vouched that there are no systems that provide solutions, it’s the people that work hard behind systems that make magic happen. Experienced in discovering insights from data, Karina provides clients with an analytical and creative perspective in identifying opportunities and offering custom solutions. In the past, she has been recognized for creating a well-known data processing tool for Supply Chain and incorporating 3D-printing solutions at Siemens. In addition, she has pioneered Power BI as a tool to advance towards data democratization at Advent Health Shared Services. Karina is certified in Advanced SQL courses, Six Sigma, and Scrum Master.

Riley

Riley Hann

Associate

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Riley is an experienced professional who supports clients’ growth through a diverse background in finance, sales, and talent management. Driven to make changes that lead to sustainable growth, he is a strong project manager who leverages his network to ensure his clients get the best solutions possible. Riley received his degree in Business Management from Rollins College and an MBA with a concentration in Finance from Crummer Graduate School of Business.

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Evangelina Alonso

Marketing Associate

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Eve is a creative and analytical professional who brings value to businesses through marketing. Driven by results, her role consists of identifying the gap between current practices and potential growth opportunities demonstrated in the story of data to create effective strategies to reach business objectives. Her skills include strategy, copywriting, data analytics, research, and design. She has led marketing and business plan projects for companies such as Cotton Incorporated, Tinder, Progressive Insurance, and non-profits. Her teams have been recognized by American Advertising Federation and American Marketing Association through awards for storytelling, inclusivity, and innovation. Eve received her dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Advertising and Retail Management from Florida State University colleges of Business and Communications.

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