Paul Saari

Lilburn, GA United States


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As a result of the completion of the sale of Atlantis Plastics, I am currently looking for my next CFO opportunity. With my significant experience in manufacturing, I would like to work for high quality manufacturing company with a strong market position and management team, significant growth potential for value creation and an excellent strategic fit with my background and strengths. With a very strong operational focus, my goal is to partner with the CEO to strategically grow the business to drive enterprise value. Specifically, I can bring to the table extensive skills in business development, financial accounting, and audit coordination, as well as team leadership and implementing a wide range of innovative initiatives that spur profitability. I have an MBA, a CPA with a public accounting background and 23 years of manufacturing experience. I have experience working under private and public company structures as well as eight years CFO experience with private equity.

Some of my highlighted achievements include the following:
- Served as executive member of management team for development of new growth strategies, driving company sales from $248M to $410M in six years.
- Increased EBITDA and shareholder value, resulting in completion of dividend recapitalization in 2005 and $103M in special dividends to shareholders.
- Significant acquisition experience including analysis, due diligence and integration.
- Experience in restructuring and turnaround situations.
- Enhanced reporting metrics, KPI’s, and communications with board members, stakeholders and private equity sponsors, improving overall visibility business unit and company performance.

In addition, I am a highly skilled manager of both people and resources, with a proven track record of accomplishment of bringing out the best in both and I can easily translate these skills to add value to the management team.

I would be happy to discuss my background further at your convenience. I look forward to hearing from you about any opportunities that you believe would be a good fit with my background and experience.

Sincerely,
Paul Saari


Paul's Resume

PAUL G. SAARI
1065 Parkview Way | Lilburn, GA 30047 | H: 770.925.4073 C: 678.938.7659 | paulsaari@bellsouth.net
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Financial Accounting | Audit Coordination & Policy Implementation | Executive Management
Highly motivated and experienced senior executive with expert proficiency in financial control, management reporting, and operational efficiency. Comprehensive understanding of the external audit process, budget plan forecasting, and performance analytics. Technical talent and accounting expertise transferable to director-level positions across industries and specialized management practices. Synthesize, review, and analyze complex data, contributing valuable insight to enhance the executive decision-making process. Regarded for the ability to drive processes and motivate cross-functional teams; work well under pressure to manage and meet multiple project deadlines. An articulate presenter with outstanding interpersonal skills.
Additional strengths include:
- Extensive Acquisition Expertise
- Private Equity/Private & Public Company
- Organizational Restructuring & Integration
- Client Collaboration / Leadership Skills
- Expense Analysis & Operations Control
- High-Profile Management Presentations -
- Employee Development & Mentoring
- Interpersonal Communication Abilities
- Multi-Tasking / Project Management
- Problem Solving & Abstract Thought
- Internal Relationship Management
- Continuous Process Improvement
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
MTS PROPERTIES, Saint Simons Island, Georgia 2009-Present
Property Development Company
MANAGING PARTNER
As an interim financial opportunity, work as managing partner responsible for all funding, financial planning, design, budget, construction and property management. Oversee all aspects of organization, from all P&L through project management.
• Successfully completed the development of a 7,000 sq. ft. residential real estate property including launch as a high-end vacation rental property business.

ATLANTIS PLASTICS - Atlanta, GA 2000-2009
A publicly traded (private equity controlled) $400M manufacturer of specialty plastic films and custom molded and extruded plastic products with 15 facilities and 1,400 staff members.
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF FINANCE AND CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Lead financial controller and key executive with oversight of all finance, accounting, and technology functions. Charged with analyzing business needs and implementing solutions to drive operations, enhance enterprise value, and grow EBITDA. Established and cultivated strong relationships with debt and equity analysts, debt rating agencies, institutional investors, bankers, directors, private equity sponsors, auditors and contract professionals. Oversaw all strategic planning, forecasting, project management, and structure management for the organization.
• Served as executive member of management team for development of new growth strategies, driving company sales from $248M to $410M in six years.
• Increased EBITDA and shareholder value, resulting in completion of dividend recapitalization in 2005 and $103M in special dividends to shareholders.
• Enhanced reporting metrics, KPI’s, and communications with board members and private equity sponsors, improving overall visibility business unit and company performance.
• Improved financial management and moved company to operational focus to drive improvements in profitability, creating a strong team of “A” players in finance and accounting functions





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H: 770.925.4073 C: 678.938.7659 | paulsaari@bellsouth.net
ROCK-TENN COMPANY, Norcross,GA 1984-2000
A publicly traded $1.5B global manufacturer of recycle paperboard, folding cartons, corrugated packaging, promotional displays, solid fiber partitions, laminated paperboard products, and thermoformed plastic packaging.
Vice President of Finance
Provided direction and support to 10 direct and 50 indirect staff members, with oversight of all IT, Credit, Tax, and Treasury. Received multiple promotions throughout the company, including positions as Controller, Treasurer and Vice President Finance. Oversaw banking relationship, treasury management, credit, tax compliance, IT management, budgeting, forecasting, acquisitions analysis, due diligence, pension, and retirement asset management.
• Key contributor in securing 23 acquisitions by performing all value analysis for potential companies, resulting in significant company growth.
• Pursued and secured new sources of capital by diversifying funding sources and reducing cost of capital, which included private placements, industrial revenue bonds, asset securitizations, and tax advantaged structures.
• Established and managed strong financial team for support of rapid company growth.
• Served as member of financial management team that grew company from $231M to $1.5B through analysis of business needs and implementing strategic growth initiatives.
• Contributed to the financial management team for $70M initial public offering in 1994 and $100M public debt offering in 1995.
DELOITTE HASKINS & SELLS, Atlanta,GA 1980-1983
One of the “Big 8” international accounting, tax and consulting firms.
Audit Senior
Certified Public Accountant – State of Georgia
EDUCATION
EMORY UNIVERSITY, Atlanta, GA
Master of Business Administration, Atlanta, GA

DICKINSON COLLEGE, Carlisle, PA
Bachelor of Arts, Economics


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