AVL Growth Partners has reached an exciting milestone. Eleven years of delivering full-stack finance and accounting services for growth-stage companies. Celebrating an odd-numbered anniversary may seem unconventional, but in this year of pandemic tumult, it’s worth celebrating the good things.
In 2009, I had just wrapped up a CFO role with a tech startup in Denver. During the transition to my theoretical next role, I began helping out a few early-stage companies with their business plans, capital raises, financial reporting, and financial modeling. Within a few weeks, I recognized that no organization truly offered a full finance operations stack as a professional service on an on-demand basis to help these early-stage companies. From there, AVL Growth Partners was born to help entrepreneurs grow and succeed by providing a full complement of CFO and finance operations, from executive guidance to front-line execution. AVL Growth scaled from $1K to $700M in revenue under management — just over our 10-year plan.
From a solopreneur to a scaling Colorado success story, we have over 40 finance professionals deployed across 23 businesses and is growing. When I reflected on our transition from startup to scale-up over these eleven years, I think back to how focused on tech we were on day one. We didn’t enter the thrilling world of CPG until many years later. Our extreme focus was too narrow in hindsight, and I wish we had participated more in our community sooner. It’s so easy to be heads-down, and it’s required in many ways. However, the joy that comes from growth isn’t really about revenue. Instead, when I reflect, it’s the 11 first babies, four-second babies, one grandbaby, three engagements, and a work-from-anywhere model that makes me the proudest. For our clients, we’ve helped engineer five exits, 2 restructures, two corporate turnarounds, and secured funding for more than 100 clients. It’s kind of unbelievable.
When I reflect on what’s next, it’s challenging to get clearance from what is still anemotionally and financially challenging year for all of AVL’s clients. I want to find new ways to support them beyond the CFO/Accounting suite. It is time to chart a course for the next stage of growth and apply AVL’s tools and EOS model inward to innovate for our clients.