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Darren Cherry, Focus-Driven, Compassionate and Passionate!

Darren Cherry, Area President with FocusCFO is characterized as an exceptional listener, communicator, strategist and business-centric CFO who embodies a thirst for knowledge and learning.  Born and raised in Gary, Indiana, Darren’s career and education routed him Domestically through Illinois, Minnesota and Ohio, as well as Internationally through Japan, Germany and China.  Darren earned his B.S. in General Management with a minor in Accounting from Purdue University and his MBA from The Ohio State University.  

Throughout his professional career with Honeywell, Komatsu and Greif, he progressed from Staff Accountant, Financial Strategist, Mergers & Acquisitions Specialist to Group Controller, Divisional CFO and Divisional CEO.  In 2016, Darren was presented with an opportunity to invest and acquire ownership in FocusCFO.  This decision proves to be one of the best utilizations of his financial and business expertise which encompasses 17-years in Finance and 17-years in Operations.  

As an Area President with FocusCFO, Darren becomes an integral member of his client’s management team and is their trusted advisor.  “I am proud of the fact that everyone in our organization has been a CFO, that I have access to 75+ other CFOs, that we recommend the best practices in the industry and that we offer value by becoming a member of our client’s management team.”

Through the services provided by FocusCFO, Darren equips Business Owners with an affordable version of financial sophistication, giving them the tools to compete at the same level as large companies who are spending 300K per year for a full-time, in-house CFO.  “Because I work primarily on-site with my clients, I become a part of their team and see, touch and experience the pulse of the company.  In turn, my services are effective in transforming a company from where they are NOW, to where they want to be in the future.”

The most effective transformations occur with Business Owners who have a burning desire to change or improve their bottom line through increased productivity or profitability.  In either case, an ongoing relationship with Darren is critical to closing the gap between where they are and where they want to be.  If the ultimate intention is to sell the business, FocusCFO will prepare the company so that it is financially sound, attractive to potential buyers and no longer dependent on the current owner for sustainability or growth.  

Darren is present alongside each of his clients and lives and breathes their business in order to minimize their challenges and maximize their company value.  “I derive ultimate satisfaction when my clients grasp the fact that they have the necessary tools to solve problems on their own!”

As a focus-driven, passionate and compassionate man, Darren Cherry realizes that he is fortunate to be in the position to positively impact the lives of Business Owners.  Not only does Darren advise his clients, but he takes pride in being a resource and introducing his clients to other industry experts whom they need to know.  “We all face challenges in our business endeavors as well as in our personal lives.  How we react to what life throws our way is a testament to our character and resiliency.  From our  experiences, we should walk away with new insights or lessons learned.  As I have learned from my Father, people observe what you do, more than what you say.  So, what I do is love life, extend compassion to others and treasure what I do every day!”

Darren Cherry, Area President, FocusCFO, 740.816.0556, [email protected]