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Transition from CFO to Founder and Business Owner
As business entrepreneur, John transitioned out of a CFO role in November 2018 to begin executing his business plan to launch a business advisory practice. A career goal, he knew that he needed to acquire various business experiences before striking out on his own in his early 40s.
Leveraging Business Experience
The 20 years of professional experience (30 years business experience) prior to launching Strategic Executive Advisory enabled John to develop skills from several organizations learning business best practices.
John received several CFO and COO role invitations with various businesses yet respectfully declined to focus on launching Strategic Executive Advisory.
Rejoining Higher Ed
Early 2019, Purdue University Fort Wayne invited John to participate in a national faculty search. John accepted the invitation with an initial appointment in August 2019 as visiting lecturer as business faculty in both (1) MBA graduate and (2) accounting departments with a plant to transition into a clinical lecturer role in August 2021. John also offers continuing professional education in the (3) continuing studies program at Purdue University Fort Wayne. John accepted the appointment to join Purdue University Fort Wayne, thus rejoining higher ed, knowing that he would have the opportunity and support to continue launching his business.
Without seeking outsourced support, John developed and implemented strategic marketing and sales, technology infrastructure including web development, accounting and finance, policies and procedures, insurance and permits, tax, and related business administration plans. Leaning in on his broad business acumen with deep financial expertise, he began researching including SWOT analysis opportunities client advisory services offer businesses. John established a proprietary approach including balanced scorecard key metrics, strategy pyramids and execution, and SWOT analysis for his clients similar to what he leverages for Strategic Executive Advisory.
John began self-learning web development in August 2019 knowing the importance of an online professional presence to broaden his reach beyond Indiana. Today, John has designed several websites tailored to his clients in business and audiences in higher ed and continuing professional education programs with a global reach. John simultaneously designed websites and defined his brand and proprietary process leveraging his business experiences.
He also knew the importance of marketing and sales in addition to growing cultivated professional relations. Leveraging sales funnels, CRM, story branding, podcasts, webinars and videos, professional development sessions, blogs/articles, and positioning as a national speaker on client advisory services, John continues sustained business growth.
John Minnich, LLC dba Strategic Executive Advisory
On March 4, 2020, John formalized John Minnich, LLC as a limited liability company establishing the assumed business name Strategic Executive Advisory. In addition to his CPA licensure, his business also holds a CPA firm permit.
Oodles Complete Advisory Solution Affiliation
In November 2020, colleagues with Oodles Complete Advisory Solution approached John inviting him to advise and coach CPA firms on strategic planning and client advisory services. Supplemental to John’s business practice. John’s passions for leadership, management, and strategy are perfect for his role as Director of Professional Development at Oodles. John engages with clients on forward-looking initiatives including the Complete Advisor Solution and how firms can best serve their clients through advisory services.
Strategic Executive Advisory Opens Business Office
In March 2021, John opened a business office. He selected Northeast Indiana Innovation Collective (NIIC) given its professional office suite and conference rooms as well as proximity to his office at Purdue University Fort Wayne. Though John launched and grew Strategic Executive Advisory on his own, the professional office environment at NIIC provides a space to meet and collaborate with clients in-person. From both his business and home offices and anywhere remotely, John has the ability to serve clients across the US.
As a professional speaker, John has led professional development sessions for CFOs and CPAs since September 2014 as an Indiana CPA Society discussion leader. John joined National Speakers Association November 2019 as a professional speaker. After leading sessions for professionals across Indiana for a number of years, he became a national speaker on client advisory services in July 2021 through professional organizations including state CPA societies. In July 2021, John also began leading sessions for CEOs including as an invited expert insights guest for an REF Indiana CEO executive peer advisory board session on measuring and driving business performance.
Following his session, REF Indiana approached John several times to join the team alongside other business executives to launch a CFO peer advisory board in Fort Wayne. John respectfully declined several asks given several other commitments including solidifying a permanent faculty role as clinical lecturer with Purdue Fort Wayne, having assumed the Financial Executives International-Fort Wayne (FEI) presidency in July 2021, continued business growth with Strategic Executive Advisory, and commitments with Oodles Complete Advisory Solution. John later joined REF Indiana in October 2022 and is now a certified executive forum leader.
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