With over a century of hands-on experience in finance, human resources and recruiting, vcfo's executive team understands the needs of companies large and small and is committed to addressing clients' needs at every stage of development and growth.
Ellen co-founded vcfo in Austin, Texas, in 1996 and serves as its CEO. Under Ellen's leadership, the company has expanded into new markets and added service offerings to meet the evolving needs of its clients. Over the past 20 years, vcfo has opened offices in Dallas, Denver, Houston and Seattle, and now offers a full suite of services, including finance, human resources, technology and recruiting. In addition to her corporate responsibilities, Ellen enjoyed a dual role at vcfo in the early years with field responsibilities as the Consulting CFO for clients such as Motive, Agere, Digital Motorworks, Ventix and Troux. She continues to actively engage with the Austin community, serving as a board member for many local organizations and providing mentorship to the next generation of business leaders. Ellen currently serves as the 2017 Chair for the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce.
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Prior to founding vcfo, Ellen served as Executive Vice President and CFO at Capital Network System, Inc., a privately held international telecommunications company and one of the first internet players. Earlier in her career, she co-founded a telecommunications business and served as the Senior Financial Officer for two residential home builders: Hometown Builders and Block Watne Texas, Inc.
An active member of the Austin community, Ellen serves as Chairman of the Board for the University Federal Credit Union, an Advisory Board Member and past Treasurer of the Boy Scouts Capital Area Council, a Board member and Treasurer for The Entrepreneurs Foundation of Central Texas, a member of the Audit and Physician’s Compensation Committees for Seton Hospital, and a member of the Austin Area Research Organization (AARO). She is a past two-term Board member of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce and their past Vice Chair of Finance. She previously served as a Board member, Austin Chapter President and Statewide President of TeXchange.
Ellen is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and a certified Texas CPA.
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Chief Compliance Officer and Executive Vice President
Darrell joined vcfo in 1997 and serves as Chief Compliance Officer and Executive Vice President. Responsible for overseeing vcfo’s corporate HR and IT departments, Darrell is a member of vcfo’s Board of Directors and previously served both as VP of Finance and Administration and as a Consulting CFO.
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Presently, Darrell is responsible for new corporate opportunities and strategic partnerships; management and negotiation of company contracts and agreements; corporate financial planning and reporting; cash, investment and treasury management; tax planning, administration and compliance; and corporate IT and Human Resources.
Darrell is a member of vcfo’s Board of Directors and previously served as VP of Finance and Administration and as a Consulting CFO to a wide variety of vcfo clients, including those in the following industries and sectors: software, computer and device hardware, CAPCO, biotechnology, not-for profit entities such as family foundations, private schools and community foundations, fabless semi-conductor and technology and life science licensing businesses. Darrell also serves as Fund Manager for vcfo’s private equity fund and has consulted with several vcfo venture capital clients.
As a function of his COO duties, Darrell designed the company’s current back-office data processing and reporting systems. He is the system administrator of the company’s ERP systems and manager of the company’s intranet and employee portal technology. Darrell is an expert Excel user and has designed for clients numerous multi-period and multi-dimensional financial models, many successfully used to raise capital.
Prior to vcfo, Darrell was the Finance Manager of Amnex, Inc. where he assisted in the integration and transition of an acquired company, Capital Network System, Inc. Earlier in his career, Darrell was a Financial Analyst and Staff Accountant for The Clorox Company in Oakland, California.
Darrell received a BBA Degree in Finance and Honors Business and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. He currently serves as Texas State Treasurer of TeXchange and is a member of the Central Texas Regional Center for Innovation & Commercialization (RCIC).
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Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President
Mike Wilfley serves as the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President. With more than 25 years of proven executive success and experience, Mike has expertise in building strong teams designed to execute complex strategic and operational plans in a variety of fast-paced industries.
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Mike has worked with executives and managed teams in a multitude of environments, including rapid growth, M&A and turnaround. He has extensive experience with evaluating capital structure alternatives to transition companies. Through helping officers develop success-based variable compensation structures, his clients have experienced an increase in employee retention. Working closely with outside partners, he has developed strong relationships with professionals, such as attorneys, accountants and risk managers, who help support executive teams across all industries.
Prior to joining vcfo, Mike held CFO positions with Durcon Incorporated, Dorsan Biofuels, Inc., Grande Communications/Thrifty Call and Littlefield Real Estate Company, among others.
Mike received his BBA in Accounting degree from the University of Texas in Austin. He is a CPA and CGMA.
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Vice President of Business Development
Kim Hughes is the Vice President of Business Development for vcfo. As an energetic planner with an entrepreneurial spirit, Kim enjoys executing projects in fast-paced environments and achieving results in quick-turnaround situations. Her background includes venture capital, financial services and data processing.
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Kim prides herself on her ability to cultivate lucrative business, community and media relations that lead to increased firm recognition, as well as mutually-beneficial value and opportunities for all involved. During her 18 years of experience in the venture capital industry, she was responsible for all marketing initiatives and communications efforts. She also played an active role in providing marketing support, resources, and extensive press and community relations for the firm’s portfolio companies. Previously, Kim helped open the Austin office for TL Ventures and spent several years in various positions at Electronic Data Systems (acquired by HP). Kim supports vcfo across all markets, further strengthening vcfo as a go-to-resource for finance, human resources, technology and recruiting services. Prior to joining vcfo, Kim served as Director of Communications at Austin Ventures.
Kim once rappelled down 38 stories of the W Austin Hotel to raise awareness and funds to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central Texas. She and her husband, Kyle, are native Texans and love to explore Big Bend country. Kim enjoys live music and has attended and managed one of the hospitality stage areas at the ACL Music Festival for 14 years.
Kim serves on the board of directors for the SIMS Foundation and is a founding member of the Strategic Communications Group at the National Venture Capital Association.
Vice President of Human Resources
Kim Flores is the VP of Human Resources, where she leads internal initiatives focused on culture, workforce alignment and the attraction and retention of vcfo staff. With more than 20 years of human resources experience, Kim has deep expertise across a variety of HR functions, including recruiting, performance management, compensation, employee relations and employee benefits.
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Prior to joining vcfo, Kim was the Owner and Principal Consultant of Connect HR Consulting, LLC. Before forming Connect HR Consulting, she held HR roles at Green Mountain Energy Company, Pavilion Technologies, First National Bank of America, Industrial Metal Products Corporation and Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center.
Kim received her bachelor’s degree in communications from Michigan State University. She has served as a board member of Austin Human Resource Management Association (AHRMA) and is currently a member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).
Steven A. Cook
Managing Director, North Texas
Steven is the Managing Director of vcfo North Texas. With more than 40 years of experience, Steven has served as president, CEO, CFO and SVP for businesses in the energy, insurance, real estate development/management, consulting services and manufacturing industries. He has proven success and expertise providing strategic leadership and advisory services.
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Most recently, Steven served as president of Cook CFOs, a well-known accounting outsourcing firm in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area that provides CFOs and COOs to small- and mid-sized businesses. Cook CFOs merged with vcfo in January 2016.
Through Cook CFOs, Steven served as CFO for a variety of businesses in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Earlier in his career he served in Senior Vice President and finance positions with TIG Insurance Company, EQUICOR, CIGNA Healthplans, Trammell Crow Company. He started his career in public accounting with Touche Ross.
Steven speaks on topics such as management accounting and outsourcing. He has served on standing committees of the AICPA and on numerous boards of both for-profit and not-for-profit entities. Steven received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Claremont McKenna College and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Managing Director, Austin
Cristina is the Managing Director of vcfo Austin. An accomplished professional within the financial services industry, Cristina has over 20 years of financial and operations leadership experience and 7 years of CFO Consulting experience with vcfo where she has helped to customize solutions for clients who needed finance, HR and technology solutions. Throughout her career, Cristina has had the opportunity to work with companies in various industries and lifecycles--from start-ups to high-growth and mature businesses. Cristina's work ethic has earned the respect of both her clients and her peers, and her mentorship and leadership capabilities are a great asset to vcfo.
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Prior to joining vcfo, Cristina worked as an independent consultant as well as a CFO and Treasurer for HamaTech USA, Inc., and as a Corporate Controller for STEAG AG in Essen, Germany. Cristina's diverse experience has enabled vcfo to serve clients both stateside and globally abd she provides flawless service to her long-term clients while helping clients from start-ups to mid-growth. Cristina has worked closely with many international investors setting up companies in the U.S. and also with domestic companies expanding abroad through acquisitions or subsidiaries, acting as a close partner and contact point for shareholders, boards of directors, and other CEOs.
Cristina's clients at vcfo have ranged from HomeAway, SchooX, Phunware, Wind Energy, Transmission of Texas, Iccenlux Corp., T-Solar, Wastewater Solutions, Isolux Ingenieria LLC, Macheen, US Telehealth, and Portella and Magellan International School.
Cristina, who is fluent in English, German, conversational Spanish and Native Portuguese enjoys traveling throughout the U.S. and abroad for work and fun. She is also a board member of the Easter Seals of Central Texas.
Cristina holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the Universidade Estadual de Campinas in Brazil and a Master's degree in Accounting and Financial Management from DeVry University in Austin, Texas.
Cristina is a certified Texas CPA.
Vice President, Western Region
Carter is the Vice President for vcfo's Western Region. An accomplished professional with over 25 years of senior-level financial and accounting experience, Carter has demonstrated an ability to embrace new situations, establish trust and develop a workable game plan. To produce results, Carter navigates his clients through their challenges by assessing a set of circumstances and “cutting to the chase.”
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An accomplished professional with over 25 years of senior-level financial and accounting experience, Carter’s capabilities encompass negotiating ownership transition, leading and supporting capital raising efforts totaling over $100 million, participating in multiple acquisitions from both the buy- and sell-side, in addition to merging operations as acquirer and acquiree. Carter is also adept at establishing financial and operational accounting systems, managing finance and customer service personnel and leading technological conversions, such as computer software.
Having served as CFO, VP of Finance, Controller and Treasurer in his career, Carter has experience with venture capital-backed start-ups, internet-related firms, distribution and manufacturing and publicly traded multi-bank holding companies. Prior to vcfo, Carter held finance and accounting positions with Brain Matters, Bid4Vacations, Powerworx Online, TEC Direct and Integration Alliance Corporation. He began his career in public accounting with Coopers & Lybrand, a predecessor firm to PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Carter has a BS in Accounting from Montana State University and an MBA in Finance from the University of Colorado.
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Regional Vice President, Houston
Mike joined vcfo in 2009 and serves as Regional Vice President for vcfo Houston, providing clients CFO-level support and guidance. Assisting clients at the strategic and operational level, he has diverse industry experience, including computer software, software as a service (SaaS), oil and gas, manufacturing, business process outsourcing (BPO), e-commerce (B2B and B2C), consulting and bio-technology.
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Mike is known for his proven C-level executive skills effectively impacting companies’ growth potential. Through strategy analysis, business modeling and the establishment of appropriate operational, financial and administrative processes, Mike has successfully worked alongside company executives to realize their short- and long-term goals. Whether it is preparing to raise additional resources through debt, public and venture capital financing, positioning a company for successful liquidity, or fulfilling organizational needs within company objectives, Mike has the knowledge, experience and resources to help a company meet their requirements.
While with vcfo, Mike has assisted numerous clients at both the strategic and operational level, including an international medical device company experiencing rapid growth, a transportation company that needed to upgrade their financial infrastructure in terms of technology and processes and an oil and gas company preparing for public sale on the London exchange. Additionally, Mike executed strategic methods for a software company in preparation for its impending growth and guided a US-based start-up subsidiary of a multi-billion dollar European construction company with a sales pipeline exceeding $300 million.
Prior to joining vcfo, Mike held various C-level positions in companies with very successful funding and/or liquidity events such as Founder and Principal with Ascent Synergy Solutions, President, COO and Founder of Empyrean Benefit Solutions, CFO and EVP Finance and Administration for Synhrgy HR Technologies, CFO and EVP of Administration of both FastWEB and DA Consulting Group.
Mike has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Florida and a Masters in Accounting and MBA from the University of Central Florida.
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