Are You Making Money?
The LMC Group
In this session moderated by Broadway Elite Worldwide’s Jason Sharenow, industry veteran President/CEO of Commonwealth Worldwide Dawson Rutter and The LMC Group’s Director of Finance Jessica Boulerice will use their expertise to help you take a closer, critical look at the financial health of your company while exploring ways to bolster your profit. We’ll help you keep your bottom line and profit margin in check by focusing on the full range of areas to keep tabs on. Take a look at a sample P&L sheet to get a handle on how to break it down, examine your variable and fixed costs, learn how important it is to know your gross profit margin to the percentage point, identify the most crucial KPIs you should be tracking monthly, scrutinize market forces, find out the real cost of carrying A/R debt and more with this session that aims to give you all the tools you need to analyze not only your company’s money-making realities but also its potential.
President and CEO
Dawson Rutter is president and CEO of Commonwealth Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation. He began his career 35 years ago, when as a young man he bought a single limousine with a clear business vision: to provide a level of personalized service that would keep customers coming back. With wholly owned fleets in New York and Boston, Commonwealth is still a family-owned business. He has been recognized as Best of Boston and Operator of the Year by the TLPA.
Contingency Planning: Stress-Testing Your Business for Likely Shock Scenarios (Part 1: Finance Related)
Windy City Limousine
Commonwealth Worldwide Chauffeured Services
Part one, moderated by Jason Sharenow of Broadway Elite Chauffeured Services Worldwide and co-chair of our Education Committee, includes speaker Kathy Kahne of Windy City Limousine, a well-regarded industry expert and Dawson Rutter, founder of Commonwealth Worldwide, a leader with 35 years in the business. For many, the pain and ambivalence of the 2008 recession remains a profoundly complex and still-present topic despite recovery, yet financial swings occur all the time. We’ll discuss how to ready your company financially before those economic dips. Other topics include the loss of a large client (especially one equivalent to a 20-percent revenue drop) and how to diversify to avoid such a situation in the future; the ubiquitous price wars that challenge long-standing relationships with otherwise reasonable clients; dealing with cash flow; and legal issues like employee embezzlement or IRS audits. This session will give you the peace of mind you need to think intelligently during a crisis rather than impulsively.
Business Development: Thriving Through Growth
Most CEOs drive company sales, but every member of the team is a potential sales touchpoint for clients. Using these two successful models, speakers will share how to create a structure where everyone sells and how even traditional non-sales positions can be critical for the overall sales effort. It will also include how to create KPIs that focus on conversion rates, track sales and accountability, mentor your existing staff, and build an effective sales team.
Presented by: Dave Reinhart of TBR Global and Wayne Knaub of RSM Maintenance
Money in the Bank: Presenting Your Best to Lenders
This session will focus on ways that companies can position themselves to be more attractive to banks to secure commercial loans. It will examine the most relevant criteria lenders look at, as well as how each weighs into the decision. It will also include advice on how to raise money through personal and credit card processor loans, and other resourceful and nonconventional methods.
Presented by: Andi Gray of Strategy Leaders and Sami Elotmani of Destination MCO
Maintaining Your Financial Edge in the Chauffeur Driven Industry
Global Business Strategies
President of Global Business Strategies Frank A. Rosenbaum, CPA, will close out the educational component of the Executive Retreat on Wednesday. His finance-centric workshop will help you establish a roadmap specifically designed to increase the overall value of your business. Over the course of two hours, Rosenbaum will discuss financial benchmarking, highlight the best methods for reducing dbt, and offer tips to set financial goals for your company.