Moving an enterprise from stage “n” to stage “n+1” requires know-how, a great team and the right attitude. The hallmark of Les' career is his "can do" attitude and his ability to guide finance and operations teams and for-profit and non-profit organizations through these inflection points. Whether an organization is launching its first product, forecasting the future, maturing the financial systems, raising capital, acquiring companies or taking the company through an IPO, Les' experiences give him the confidence to make the right decision and get the job done.
Les has joined private and public companies of all sizes at critical turning points. Sometimes the company is on the verge of greatness. Sometimes it has been given one last chance. Whatever the phase of growth or size of company, Les has been able to step in, assess the risks, discover opportunities and build or rally teams to push to the next stage. Les’ top tier accounting background, his CPA credential, experience maturing the financial systems of companies and raising over $270million in capital (including completion of 2 IPOs) provides him with the a strong financial skillset. Meanwhile his entrepreneurial experiences and deep roots in both consumer and enterprise product management and operations give him the ability to recognize new opportunities and configure businesses to implement them.
Les is first and foremost a team player. He contributes his business and financial expertise, ideas and "can do" spirit to any team he joins while simultaneously has great respect for others' expertise and ideas.
As a team leader, Les begins by attracting and retaining the best people and clearly articulating what success looks like for every member of that team. The work of leaders, however, is to engage people to do their best work. As a leader, Les believes in setting high standards and holding people accountable for their commitments. Les' secret sauce is his positive attitude and his ability to encourage and cultivate engagement and participation.
Les relentlessly pursues the extraordinary in everything he does. He knows the difference between good enough and perfection, but at the same knows when to go for the magic 3% that differentiates the "OK" from the "great".
Les is a professional and takes great pride in his work and the teams that he has lead. Forthright, no-politics communications and a deep respect for individuals and attentive listening have helped Les win team awards and kudos. He is guided by the inevitable truth that trust is earned not given, is not built instantaneously, but can be dissolved in a nano-second.
With Les, you get a leader that anticipates and leads from vision, but is always willing to evaluate new information and evolve as needed. Les' entire Silicon Valley career infuses him with the ability to thoughtfully embrace change and lead others through it.
In today's world technology, customer preferences and competitors change fast. Sometimes organizations have the skills to tackle these challenges, but may not have what it takes to win tomorrow. Les' experience with every stage of growth - from seed-stage start-up to "plateaued" mid-stage companies and public companies - gives him the perspective to adapt his skills, styles and leadership to what's needed.