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Ellen McIlhenny

Partner, B2B CFO®

Ellen McIlhenny is a Partner or B2B CFO® and the author of The Big Turnaround.


Ellen McIlhenny currently works as a strategic chief financial officer (CFO) consultant for small business owners, whom she advises on an array of financial issues including cash flow, budgeting, and transition planning. She has more than twenty years of experience as a CFO and controller with mid-sized and large privately held companies, gaining first-hand experience in small business acquisitions.

When not working with her business clients, she enjoys speaking to groups on various topics of interest to the small business owner. In 2010 and 2016, she was nominated for Virginia Business Magazine’s CFO of the Year Award. Ellen lives in Montpelier, Virginia with her husband and three sons.

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The Big Turnaround

How Bad Management Nearly Destroyed An Exceptional Company

For fourteen years Darcy Holtzman had been going to her job as the chief financial officer at the largest independent office products dealership in all of North Carolina, Burgess Industries. And then, one morning, she arrives at work to discover the owner and CEO is retiring, an announcement she anticipated…

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