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Rob Otto


Rob has nearly 25 years of operations, management consulting, finance and accounting experience for both public and private companies ranging in size from entrepreneurial to over $1 billion in revenues. He has extensive experience in direct to consumer strategy and operations, business process improvement, ERP evaluation and integration (including implementation of Business Intelligence systems), financial/...

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Robert E. Bates, CPA, CFE

Financial forensics, fraud, & corporate investigations; dispute resolution/expert witness; CFO Services; Due Diligence

Rob is an Avant Advisory Senior Consultant. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) with over 22 years of experience in accounting and finance. He comes with a public accounting background at Deloitte & Touche and has accumulated a breadth of experience leading and managing the financial and...

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Adam Lewis, CPA

Senior Consultant

As a certified public accountant (CPA), Adam has nearly ten years of financial reporting, accounting, auditing, and tax experience addressing generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and tax basis reporting for both public and private companies. In addition, he has handled the accounting, financial reporting, and tax filings in support of high net worth investors, family...

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Andrew N. Paskin

Principal Consultant, Senior C Suite Executive – International Operations, Manufacturing

Andrew N. Paskin is a Senior C Suite Executive with a proven track record in building corporate value in operations, engineering, supply chain, and technology. He is focused on developing customer centric strategies that build market competitiveness and has a strong track record of utilizing change management to advance performance, either in new ventures, start-ups...

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Gary T. Lizanich

CFO Services; Mergers & Acquisitions Due Diligence; Manufacturing Specialist

Gary T. Lizanich – has nearly 30 years of experience in Finance, Accounting, Purchasing and Operations Management with 15 years as Controller and CFO/VP Finance working with companies up to $120 million in revenues. He has managed cash flow analysis in distressed companies that involved preparation of 13 week rolling cash flow forecasts, loan BBC’s,...

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Jeff Hazell

Supply Chain and Six Sigma

Jeff is a seasoned leader, supply chain manager and Six Sigma Black Belt with over 30 years of experience in various consumer electronics, service environment, and government supply chains. He has managed many logistics turnarounds and has led a number of organizations in vastly improving operational performance using a DMAIC methodology. Jeff has also led...

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Thomas J. Pedersen


Thomas J. Pedersen brings broad, far-reaching skills in healthcare services, product development, marketing, and technical service areas. Tom’s experience and expertise include company/hospital imaging, therapy, and surgical joint-ventures; application generator software development; medical group development, assessment, operations, management, and turnarounds. He also has a deep understanding of entitlement program sponsored health center/clinic (e.g., Federally Qualified Health...

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Kathryn Tran, CPA

Bankruptcy Compliance; Litigation Support

Kathryn Tran is a CPA with a law degree and a bankruptcy case management specialist. She is a litigation services expert with sixteen years of a legal and financial analysis experience. Her cases have involved client management, developing and implementing case goals, scope, resources, and processes to align client needs and regulatory reporting requirements. Kathryn...

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Michael A. Slavens, CPA (inactive)

CFO Services – Consumer Goods, Manufacturing, Specialty Retail

Mike Slavens has over thirty years of finance, accounting, and operations experience as a 10-year Big 4 firm CPA, and senior executive – chief financial officer, Vice President/General Manager, and Controller. He has worked for PE, VC, and entrepreneur-owned middle market companies. As CFO, Mike has created and executed strategic plans while building efficient infrastructures...

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John Gorbutt

Principal Consultant, Operations and finance

John Gorbutt has over 30 years of senior level experience in both operations and finance. As Senior Director of Mergers and Acquisitions, he has executed more than 75 mergers & acquisitions. He has also served as a CFO for a medical distribution and service company and as Vice President of Operations for a national distribution...