Evergreen Advisors team’s includes a multidisciplinary team of experts that are dedicated to ensuring our client’s success.
Vice President in Evergreen Advisors’ CFO Advisory Practice, Harris Charalambous has more than 20 years of experience in managing finance and accounting functions with high-growth technology and international companies. He is known for his ability to consistently deliver process improvements.
For this feature, we asked Harris a few questions about his role at Evergreen, what he is most proud of, and to find out whether or not he likes pineapple on pizza.
- What is your role at Evergreen and what circumstances would a client come to you?
I am a member of the CFO Advisory Practice. A client will reach out to the team when they are in need of advisory services. The services can take many forms but in general include reviewing and assessing the status of the client’s accounting/finance practices, the state of their financial statements, assessing the ability of any resources that they have in place, etc. The next steps include understanding the client’s goals, both short-term and long term, and implementing a plan to achieve those goals based on the assessment of what is currently in place and changes needed going forward.
- What is an accomplishment you are most proud of?
Having worked with early-stage companies for a number of years, I feel a sense of accomplishment when we get to the point where the entity has accurate and timely financial statements, a budget plan, internal policies and procedures are in place, and a first-year audit has been successfully completed.
- What do you enjoy most about the work you do?
I like adding value and sharing knowledge. It is a tremendous moment when you share information with someone, and you watch the light pulp go off when they realize that they just learned something that will be useful to them for the rest of their professional life.
- How did you know you wanted to be in finance and what attracted you to this career path?
I always liked structure and order. Usually, there is an infinite way something can go wrong but a few ways to get it right. My role and accounting enables me to structure the past and provide some order for the future.
5. How would you describe your job to five-year-olds?
I help companies
- Not spend more than what they have so that they don’t have to ask their parents for more all the time.
- Follow the rules so that they don’t end up in the principals’ office.
- Make sure that they can sell something for more that it cost them to create
6. Pineapple on pizza: yay or nay?
I grew up in a place where pizza topping choices were limited. Pineapple was one of the choices so yay…as long as it comes with ham!
Evergreen Advisors’ Outsourced CFO team of professionals brings a broad and diversified depth of experience in accounting and finance to serve early stage and middle market companies. We will work with you and your team over a span of time in order to provide you the best guidance for your organization’s fiscal needs. Our experience and focus on working with venture-backed, high-growth companies allows us to be a value added resource to entrepreneurial enterprises.
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