John Williams, a founding partner of GROW: The Family Business Advisors, is a financial executive with an extensive background in management, mergers, acquisitions and business valuations. His profit and loss leadership experience includes improvement initiatives in operations, finance and information management. John has well-developed analytical, computer, interpersonal, general leadership and team development skills.
John gained financial and leadership experience while working at Country Fresh, a $450 MM revenue dairy processor in Grand Rapids, Michigan. John was with Country Fresh for 27 years, the last 15 years as VP Finance/Chief Financial Officer. While at Country Fresh, John was responsible for the finance and information resource functions, including all accounting, financial reporting and treasury activities. He also worked on mergers and acquisitions and negotiated financing packages to help finance the acquisitions. John was also responsible for implementing a computerized manufacturing resource planning system, and an order to cash sales system.
Prior to working at Country Fresh, John worked at Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Chicago, and at Hungerford Aldren Nichols and Carter CPA’s in Grand Rapids, MI.
John received a M.B.A. and a B.A. in finance, both from Michigan State University. He also received his CPA certificate, and is a member of the Michigan Association of CPA’s and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. John is also Accredited in Business Valuations (ABV) by the AICPA, and a Certified Merger & Acquisition Advisor. He is a member of and earned his Certificate in Family Business Advising from the Family Firm Institute in Boston, MA.