Tom Mense

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We have had an outstanding experience working with Tom Mense and Rankin McKenzie.  One of the things that I was most impressed with in working with Tom is his ability to help in a variety of ways.  From executive level consultation, to implementing accounting processes, to actual “in the books” controller duties – Tom can do it all.  He works well with every personality and exudes a high level of emotional intelligence.  He is very flexible with his schedule and works hard to accommodate schedules for everyone on the team.  Tom also delivers feedback in a way that is professional and supportive.  He does a great job of identifying areas of improvement and is fully engaged in creating solutions and implementing positive changes.  Above all, Tom worked diligently to make sure we were in great hands before his consultation period was completed.  Not only did he assist with the hiring process of team members within our financial dept., but he also went above and beyond to make sure those individuals received great training and support.  I highly recommend Tom’s services and am very grateful that we had the opportunity to learn from him.

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Jon Daly, Chief Financial Officer

LeoTerra Development Inc.

Tom’s expertise and thoughtful approach was key to driving our growth and professionalizing our organization. He helped us think about our business in ways we hadn’t previously and unlocked areas of investment we hadn’t contemplated. Further, Tom’s caring and professional approach has enabled us to navigate difficult choices with confidence and clarity. During our 5+ years of working with Tom, he has not only been a great advisor and CFO but has also grown into a professional friend as well.

Kurt von Koch, CEO

FM:Systems

Tom is an amazing CFO who is very consistent, honest, and gives wise counsel.  He has taken on some of the toughest challenges in our businesses and has seen them through to success. Tom was critical to the success of Intelligent Access Systems and a valued member of the senior leadership team.  The company was named on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing US companies for four straight years and won many other awards before it was sold in 2014.  Tom’s contributions to the success of that company were priceless.

Ron Oetjen, Former CEO

Intelligent Access Systems

Tom Mense began his career with a Fortune 100 steel producer and throughout his career has worked with both publicly held and private domestic, as well as international companies. Mr. Mense has led accounting departments, managed both Human Resources and IT groups and played key roles at the executive management level.  In addition to accounting, Mr. Mense has been responsible for treasury management, banking relationships and negotiations, insurance requirements, employee benefits and legal affairs.

Mr. Mense is a CPA licensed in North Carolina and has over 30 years’ experience in software, technology, manufacturing, insurance, professional services, commercial and residential construction, and land development.

Mr. Mense is an operationally focused, hands-on leader with significant experience in the following areas:

  • Cash Flow Management & Enhancement
  • ERP Implementations
  • Establishment of Internal Controls
  • Financial Management
  • Organizational Restructuring
  • Development & Implementation of Operational Improvement Plans
  • Due Diligence
  • M&A (sell side)
  • Financial Modeling & Budgeting
  • Corporate Strategy

His current clients include:

A native of Ohio, Mr. Mense graduated from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio and holds a BSBA in Accounting and an MBA concentrating in Finance.  He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accounts and the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants.

Career Timeline

  • 2010 to 2021 – Provided fractional accounting and business advisory services to small to midmarket companies through his company, Mense CFO Services LLC.  His clients included professional services firms, a technology company, a SaaS software company, a manufacturer of implantable fabrics for medical devices and electronic security integration companies.
  • 1998 to 2010 – Worked with multiple companies including a title insurance underwriter, Investors Title Insurance Company as Vice President of Finance, an aerospace manufacturer, Tecstar, Inc. as Director of Business Management and a software startup, TrackEquity LLC as Director of Finance. He was responsible for the development of business plans, the negotiation of banking and finance arrangements, the development of both internal and external financial reporting, cash flow management, human resources, Inventory control, product costing, contract management and financial oversight.
  • From 1996 to 1998 – Controller for Quality Software Products, a publicly held accounting software developer based in the United Kingdom. Mr. Mense was the primary financial officer for operations in the US with responsibility for all areas of accounting, insurance, banking arrangements, facilities management, Immigration, and contract administration.
  • From 1984 to 1996 – Assistant Controller for Buehler Products, a fractional horsepower DC motor manufacturer.  Mr. Mense managed the accounting team in NC and focused on product profitability, improved financial reporting and the integration of operations and computer systems.
  • From 1979 to 1984 – Mr. Mense worked with Armco Steel, a Fortune 100 steel producer based in Middletown Ohio.

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