Denise Huska

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As a seasoned CFO, Controller, and HR Generalist with over 25 years of experience, Denise Huska is a dynamic, results-oriented, and driven executive specializing in financial, operational, and human resource management for transitional and emerging growth companies.


Ms. Huska is a strategic financial executive specializing in cash turnarounds, financial forecasting, treasury management, cost containment, transparency in all accounting and financial reporting, and the development of strong financial and human resource teams with a focused eye on customer and employee centricity.  She contributes extensive experience in strategic planning and organizational coaching to the clients she serves.  Ms. Huska supports an array of industries including high-tech, staffing, clinical research, retail, e-commerce, education, service, and real estate.  Currently, Ms. Huska serves as fractional CFO for Paragon Application Systems Inc., the leading independent global provider of simulation, configuration and testing solutions to the world’s leading financial services brands and Chris Manning Communities, a real estate developer for the Myrtle Beach area.  Read the praise clients speak about her here: Client Testimonials.


Prior to joining Rankin McKenzie, Ms. Huska launched two entrepreneurial ventures, acting as CEO and CFO of A Mother’s Grace, Inc. and VIStra Business Solutions, Inc.  She developed the initial business plan and secured initial funding for both profitable ventures.  Her entrepreneurial experience contributes to her business savvy and operational acuity to drive organization results through fiscal accountability.  Her strong work ethic, roll-up the sleeves attitude, and focused team development, cultivates thriving change management and organizational efficacy to grow the organizations she serves.


Ms. Huska’s primary strength for Rankin McKenzie clients is a trusted and assertive financial executive to serve her peers and internal teams aimed toward enhanced focus and engagement within their areas of expertise.


A native of Michigan, Ms. Huska earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Michigan State University with added emphasis in business management, anthropology and the social sciences.  She is a North Carolina CPA and has completed the certification as a Human Resource Generalist.  She is a member of the North Carolina Association of CPAs.


Career Timeline:


  • Joined Rankin McKenzie as CFO/Controller and HR Generalist in 2008.
  • 2001 to 2008, Ms. Huska launched her second entrepreneurial company, VIStra Business Solutions, Inc., a consulting practice focused on assisting emerging growth companies to meet their full potential. She led the financial and operational management of $1 – $50M organizations through development and implementation of their business plans, projections, funding, operational policies and procedures, internal controls and staff resourcing to achieve their mission and objectives.
  • 1997 – 2000, Ms. Huska led her first entrepreneurial venture as the Founder, President and CFO for A Mother’s Grace, Inc., a local full-service retail store, where she executed all business development, sales and marketing, funding and profitable operations from paper to reality.
  • 1990 to 1997, Ms. Huska served as the Corporate Controller for Storr Office Environments, Inc. of the Triangle. She was responsible for all financial, client service, internal operations, automation and human resource aspects of the company.  She was later promoted to a newly created position of Director of Corporate Training and Development to fulfill an organizational need and her passion for developing talent and the human side of the business.


Ms. Huska assists the business community further with a strong sense of community responsibility and philanthropy through her service to multiple local non-profits, her faith community, and various ministry leadership positions committed to advocating for the poor and oppressed of our world.

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