Vincent J. Sweeney, CPA, MBA

CFO Consultant


Marquette University – BBS – Accountancy

DePaul University – MBA – Entrepreneurship



A hands-on, results-driven finance executive with 30+ years of experience in manufacturing and distribution businesses in public and private markets. Extensive background in leveraged environments scaling for growth, managing liquidity, analyzing capital investment, driving operational improvements, and implementing business systems. Leader and developer of effective global teams of 100+ professionals in accounting, finance, IT and HR. A collaborative team player of the highest integrity who leverages effective communication skills to be a trusted business advisor to business owners, management teams and Boards of Directors.



Financial Reporting & Management
Debt Financing / Bank Negotiations
Cash Flow Management
Standard Costing
Inventory Control / Management
Budgeting & Forecasting
Acquisitions, Integrations & Divestitures
Business Process Reengineering
Strategic Planning
Cost – Benefit Analysis
KPI Dashboard Development
ERP Implementations
Developing & Mentoring Talent
Benefit & Compensation Plans



Perfect Aire LLC – Countryside, IL
2021 – 2022

  • Refinanced the company’s debt saving $800K annually
  • Evaluated organization structure resulting in three headcount reductions
  • Outsourced HR function decreasing enterprise risk & improving service
  • Improved Cash Forecasting providing early warning of credit shortages
  • Developed Weekly Flash Report / KPI Dashboard
  • Strengthened inventory controls including E&O review process, physical counts, 3PL inventory visibility and cycle counting

CFO / Operating Partner
Benford Capital Partners | Chicago, IL

  • Three platform acquisitions, three exits and two add-ons, leading diligence, financing, and integration activities. ERP, website, and business analytics conversions
  • Interim CFO for new portfolio company; created reporting package, KPI dashboard, covenant reporting and Board presentations
  • Drove value creation projects for portfolio companies saving $500K+

CFO – Specialty Retail Group
The Marmon Group | Berkshire Hathaway | Chicago, IL
2016 – 2019

  • Lead shutdown of underperforming UK business saving $2 million annually
  • Partnered with President to build acquisition pipeline for North America
  • Transformed an aging IT environment by moving to a cloud-based model

Senior Finance Director (2 years)/ Corporate Controller (7 years)
Knowles Corporation | Standalone Public (previous Dover Corp) Itasca, IL
2006 – 2015

  • Lead & developed team of 100+ professionals across 22 global locations
  • Instrumental in production transfer from China to the Philippines resulting in annual cost savings of $10 million
  • Built robust forecasting process starting with S&OP and demand planning
  • Lead Finance & IT integration of large Austrian / China acquisition
  • Drove programs to reduce working capital with $8 million of improvement

Division Controller
ITW Paslode | Division of Illinois Tool Works | Vernon Hills, IL
1997 – 2004

  • Lead & developed staff of 30+ people across 15 factories & distribution centers
  • Implemented new parts & service ERP system
  • Created market P&L’s and KPI dashboards using 80/20 strategy
  • Vertically integrated fastener manufacturing facilities saving $3 million annually
  • Developed, presented, and executed long range strategic plans



Cole-Parmer Instrument Company | Controller

Maxtec International | Controller

Saxon Paint & Home Centers | Asst. Controller

Aon Corporation | Accounting Manager

Deloitte & Touche, LLC | Audit Staff Senior



CPA – Illinois

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Illinois CPA Society

CFO Leadership Council, Member

McGaw YMCA | Board of Directors | Evanston, IL

St. Athanasius Parish | Finance Board & Men’s Club Chair | Evanston, IL

Youth Job Center | Work Readiness Trainer | Evanston, IL