Van Campbell

Providing CFO services and Business Transition Services in Seattle, WA and surrounding areas

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Van Campbell

Bellevue, WA CFO

21 Years of Experience

Direct Contact

vancampbell@b2bcfo.com

(206) 498-5006

Universities:

BS – University of Idaho

MBA – University of Oregon

Contact Van Campbell and receive a free Discovery Analysis™

  • A confidential meeting with the business owner(s), then interview company staff.
  • Look at the company’s financial information and computer systems.
  • Benchmark financial information against industry averages.
  • Create a confidential report of our findings in The Strategy Gameplan™







Van’s Bio

Van is a high-energy, results-oriented executive with a proven record of hands-on leadership operating and growing customer-focused businesses that deliver bottom-line profitability. He has spent the vast majority of his professional career providing finance, operations, information technology (IT) and management expertise to small- and mid-sized clients to help them achieve their goals and their next levels of growth. He has provided these services in a wide variety of industries, ranging from manufacturing to professional services to not-for-profit.

Van’s experience includes:

  • As Vice President for a privately-held ISO-certified manufacturing company with multiple locations, he provided CFO, COO and CIO functions during a period of 186% revenue growth. Van successfully managed cash flow, implemented the infrastructure and controls needed to manage the growth, and continued profitability. The company was recognized by the Puget Sound Business Journal and by Seattle Business Magazine during this time.
  • Van co-founded a technology services company that achieved national prominence and international recognition. Acting as President, CFO and Director of Consulting, he spearheaded annual revenue growth rates of up to 283% and achieved profitability before successfully exiting the company.
  • Van started and led the local personal computer consulting practice for one of the then Big Eight accounting firms, providing accounting system needs assessment, selection and implementation services. He also provided finance and accounting function guidance to his clients, providing best practices and addressing people, process and reporting issues.

Van’s entrepreneurial spirit sees problems as opportunities and supports thinking ‘outside-the-box’ to identify solutions. For instance, he encourages outsourcing to focused service providers when appropriate. He is a firm believer in goal setting and accountability, successfully providing financial and operational analysis and results visibility to support goals.

He is committed to nurturing a ‘can-do’ team environment by providing opportunity, coaching and mentoring to help others grow professionally and personally, and to maximize their value to their organization. His management style fosters loyalty and top performance from staff members.

He is respected for his superb business skills, insight, ability to quickly master company/industry nuances, objectivity, honesty and integrity.

Van holds an MBA from the University of Oregon and a B.S. from the University of Idaho. He and his wife have two grown sons, and support various local community organizations.

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Recent Articles

Dec 29Van Campbell

Why Every Business Owner Should Implement a Budget, And How To Do So

Dec 29Van Campbell

Many business owners that I talk to do not have a budget or a business plan in place. “I’ve never had a budget or a plan, why do I need them?” and “If I had them what would I do with them?” are common comments, so much so that I now consider these comments “normal”. If a business plan provides the roadmap for the business, the budget when compared to actual results provides monthly benchmarks that answer the owner’s and

Jun 29Van Campbell

Strategic Plans Are Less Important Than Strategic Planning

Jun 29Van Campbell
Strategic-Planning

Do you avoid developing a strategic plan because it becomes obsolete almost before it is completed?  No plan survives contact with reality.  However, without a plan or direction, and a planning process in place, your business will most likely attain lackluster results and never achieve its full potential.  A strategic plan should be viewed as a work in progress and strategic planning as an ongoing (e.g., monthly) activity.  Read Graham Kenny’s article in the Harvard Business Review here. photo credit: Eigenberg Fotografie

Dec 10Van Campbell

Closing The Mental Gap™ For Exiting Business Owners

Dec 10Van Campbell
Exit Strategy

B2B CFO® founder Jerry Mills tells the following story of a conversation that he had with a business owner at the annual SABEW (Society of American Business Editors and Writers) conference: “One of the most interesting conversations I had was with Ania (Kubicki, President of Angles Public Relations) and an owner of a large newspaper that is based on the West Coast.  Henry Dubroff was very glad to meet me and gave much praise about The Exit Strategy Handbook.  He

Nov 4Van Campbell

Why Every Business Owner Should Have A CFO On Their Team

Nov 4Van Campbell
CFO

Many of the business owners that I come into contact with are ‘successful’ while not having a CFO (Chief Financial Officer) on their teams: They are engineers, builders, medical professionals, attorneys, software developers, marketers, business coaches, etc., and are very good at what they do Their businesses have ‘been in business’ for several years, often due to the owners’ hard work, sacrifice and reinvestment in the business They have dedicated employees, many of whom have been with the owner/business for

Mar 31Van Campbell

Business Lessons From the NCAA Basketball Tournaments

Mar 31Van Campbell
Basketball Hoop During Sunset

I coached my younger son and his basketball teams from third to ninth grade at the Bellevue Boys and Girls Club.  Along with teaching individual skills and team plays, the most important lesson I tried to teach was… Finish. I even preached this during warm-up/layup drills.  Finish.  Make the layup.  Fast break?  Finish. I am a college basketball fan, and I love this time of year with the conference championships and the NCAA tournaments (both men’s and women’s).  Unless a

Feb 26Van Campbell

Insights from PwC’s US Family Business Survey

Feb 26Van Campbell

Family owned businesses have unique characteristics, particularly in the areas of culture, ownership and succession.  The slides presenting PwC’s recent US Family Business Survey contained in the 2/4/2015 FEI Private Company Roundtable webcast do indeed provide some interesting insights about family owned businesses.   52% of owners do not plan on passing the business on to the next generation to run     These interesting insights include: 73% of surveyed businesses do not have a documented succession plan in place for senior roles Family businesses are

Oct 26Van Campbell

Saluting the Oak Harbor High School Football Team

Oct 26Van Campbell

In the aftermath of the madness and sadness of the 10/24 shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, the Oak Harbor High School Football Team demonstrated an almost unfathomable amount of class, respect, sportsmanship and support for and toward their rivals. See the KING-5 report here. Through their actions these young people truly made a difference at a critical time in the lives of their fellow competitors. I salute them, their coaches and their families, and thank them for demonstrating the good

Sep 4Van Campbell

B2B CFO® Develops M&A Incubator Program

Sep 4Van Campbell

An article on our M&A Incubator Program, currently in beta testing, was published in the 9/1/2014 edition of BizTimes Magazine.   Please click here to read the article.   Mergers and acquisitions advisors are constantly seeking out business owners who would like to sell their businesses, but sometimes red flags prevent a sale from taking place.  

Aug 17Van Campbell

Plan Exit Strategies to Yield Positive Outcomes

Aug 17Van Campbell

Jerry Mills, founder of B2B CFO®, was quoted in an article on exit planning that was published in the August edition of InBusiness Magazine.   Please read the article here.    There are numerous options for the entrepreneur who decides it’s “time to move on”.   My take-aways from the article, in addition to the information on the various exit strategies, are: “As the late businessman and author Dr. Stephen R. Covey writes in The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,

Jul 21Van Campbell

Rule #2: If You Don’t Know Where You’re Going, Any Road Will Take You There

Jul 21Van Campbell

Rule #2 was a favorite saying of Dr. Stuart Rich, a business professor of mine at the University of Oregon.  I chuckled when I first heard it, but it has stuck with me and been proven true time and time again in my experience. “Without a direction, companies never achieve their full potential.”     As I mentioned in Rule #1 (We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know), many owners operate by ‘gut feel’.  Without the help of a destination and

Jul 20Van Campbell

Rule #1: We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know

Jul 20Van Campbell

Fans of the popular CBS television series NCIS know that the main character, Leroy Jethro Gibbs (played by Mark Harmon) has an extensive series of ‘rules’ that he has developed through his experience.  He lives by these rules and teaches them to the people he works closely with. I have to come to realize that I also have a series of ‘rules’ that I have learned from client situations throughout my career.  I will be sharing these rules with you

May 26Van Campbell

Public School District Foundations Earning Our Support

May 26Van Campbell

I had the pleasure of being invited to and attending the Issaquah Schools Foundation Nourish Every Mind fundraising breakfast recently.  (I live in the Renton School District and have supported the Friends of Renton Schools over the years.) If you’re not familiar with these foundations, here is the Issaquah Schools Foundation mission statement: “The Issaquah Schools Foundation is a non-profit organization that drives resources to help all students achieve the promise of their academic potential. We do this by bridging

May 25Van Campbell

B2B CFO®’s The Exit Strategy Handbook Finalist For National Award

May 25Van Campbell

B2B CFO®’s book “The Exit Strategy Handbook” is one of the finalists for the 2014 Small Business Book Awards (http://bookawards.smallbiztrends.com/economics-2014/the-exit-strategy-handbook/). “If you are a business owner, there’s no doubt: one day you will exit your business. Preparation is key, and in this book, Jerry L. Mills walks you through a step-by-step process to help you get the most out of your business. With the impending Baby Boomer Tsunami in the next few years, there will be more businesses for sale