The 6 a.m. CFO

An ongoing series for CFOs, by CFOs, and all the techniques and strategies they use to jump start their days.
January 13, 2023
The 6 a.m. CFO

The 6 a.m. CFO is a series of profiles about CFOs, by CFOs. If you’ve ever wondered how your peers strategize and structure their days for optimal efficiency and, more importantly, purpose, then follow CFO’s bi-weekly series to learn more about finance chiefs are evolving in the role. 

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How Startup CFO Grew Food Company 50% YoY

How Startup CFO Grew Food Company 50% YoY

This case study of JonnyPops’ success highlights the unusual financial and operational strategies that enabled rapid expansion into a crowded and highly competitive frozen treat market. 


Kevin BuesoKevin Bueso | McHenry County, IL

Why is the number 9 his favorite number? 

It is the last\highest of the single numbers, and represents the ending of something old and the beginning of something new.   


Avi.jpgAvi Cohen | F9 Brands

Favorite leadership lesson? 

Let me tell you about my first losing trade.

Nutt.jpgSteven Nutt | Community National Bank and Trust

Nutt still plays in two 45+ baseball leagues, and his 50+ team won the MSBL Fall Classic in Florida in 2022.

Shana.jpgShana Veale | PharmChem

6 a.m.? Try 3:20 a.m.

Because that’s when Veale works out and wakes “the beasts,” Bear, Charly, and Bruce.

Melissa_hurrington.jpgMelissa Hurrington | Premier Claims

Favorite leadership lesson: “Do it scared.” Because you never know who else is trying to overcome those fears as well.

Wray.jpgConnor Wray | JonnyPops

Mid-morning snack of choice? Coffee. Always more coffee.

A pot per day is not out of the question.

Benjamin.jpgBenjamin Joseph | CFO Centre

There are mountains to be climbed.


hopper.jpgGlenn Hopper | Sandline Global

Hopper explains why writing books, producing movies, and Klein Bottles can aid you in acquiring wisdom.

balk2.jpgJason Balk | MPP

Balk balks at the notion that you have to be a 6 a.m. riser to be an effective CFO.

hartwig.jpgAaron Hartwig | Edgewood Resort

What is Aaron Hartwig’s best strategy for email?

“Oh man, I am not a fan of email.” – Aaron Hartwig.

pasco.jpgRoy Pasco | Grossman Burn Center

Pasco is a triathlete, so it is no surprise his mid-morning snack is a Muscle Milk Protein shake.

jamie_cohen.jpgJamie Cohen | Vacasa

If finance is a puzzle, then Cohen practices her puzzle-solving during her down time.

landon.jpgLandon Cortenbach | MSH

Cortenbach believes the power of the team is always greater than the power of the individual.