About Robert Burger
Bob has more than 30 years of executive and professional experience, and over the years has served as a CFO, Chief Operating Officer, Controller, and General Manager, as well as founding his own business. He has contributed to the success of publicly traded corporations and privately held companies as an executive, a strategic adviser, a business broker, and a CPA.
Bob’s extensive background allows him to understand the challenges that business owners face and the tools and techniques to establish, measure, and attain their objectives, and he is experienced and capable as a leader and as a hands-on expert. He has contributed to businesses’ success in such diverse disciplines as strategy development, financial planning, new market launches and new product launches, turning around unprofitable operations, implementing financial systems and controls, performing financial and operational audits of domestic and international businesses, and investigating and resolving financial misappropriations. He has assisted business owners with exit planning and helped them achieve the successful sale of their company.
As CFO of a small Silicon Valley technology company he developed and implemented international contracts that became the company’s greatest source of revenue. He hired the Controller and oversaw the implementation of the accounting system, internal processes and controls, budgeting, reporting and results analysis, and led the development of the Form S1 registration statement in preparation for an IPO filing.
As Senior Vice President — Chief Operating Officer of a regional wireless carrier, Bob led the business from initial start-up to $35M in annual revenue and over 55,000 subscribers, five retail outlets and over 50 dealer locations. His combination of financial and operational expertise allowed him to both lead the rapid growth of the business and develop the infrastructure and controls to manage it.
As CFO and Controller of a $160M business he improved systems and controls and developed the structure for pricing and profitability management resulting in a 50% improvement in profitability in two years. While there he also co-authored the winning proposal for the CALNET project, then the largest private telecommunications network in the U.S.
Bob has also managed his own successful business as the founder and principal of a consulting firm providing services in strategic and financial planning, market research and business plan development, financial and operational reporting and results analysis, financial and operational improvement planning, and forensic accounting. He has also provided exit planning and merger and acquisition services for small businesses, and has performed due diligence and led negotiations resulting in acquisitions by both publicly traded businesses and private companies.
Bob graduated Summa Cum Laude from Urbana University in Ohio, attained CPA certification in Ohio and Indiana, and graduated from the Advanced Management Program in Telecommunications at the Center for Telecom Management at the University of Southern California. He and his wife, Barbara, live in Bellevue, Washington. They enjoy the outdoors, cooking, travel, music, and classic movies.
- Urbana University, Urbana, Ohio
Certificates & Licenses:
- CPA Ohio 1982 and Indiana 1984
Articles by Robert Burger
- Sustainability for the Life of Your Business
- The First Steps to Selling Your Business – Part 2
- The First Steps to Selling Your Business – Part 1
- MAKE CASH MANAGEMENT A PRIORITY
- Planning for Growth Part VI: MAXIMIZING YOUR GROWTH POTENTIAL – QUANTITY AND QUALITY
- Planning for Growth Part V: THE GROWTH PLANNING PROCESS – START WITH THE MARKET
- Planning for Growth Part IV: I’VE ESTABLISHED QUARTERLY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES – NOW WHAT?
- THE GROWTH PLANNING PROCESS – WHERE TO START?
- WHY SHOULD SMBs TAKE THE TIME FOR GROWTH PLANNING?
- THE LOCAL ECONOMY IS GROWING. IS MY BUSINESS GROWING?