Jane Gentry, Jane Gentry & Company, and Robert Stephens, CFO Navigator (Family Business Radio, Episode 39)
On this edition of Family Business Radio, host Anthony Chen welcomed two highly regarded business advisors to the studio. Jane Gentry discussed the three biggest mistakes she sees in the companies she consults with, issues in moving a family business into the next generation of leadership, and more. Robert Stephens shared how he works with companies as a fractional CFO, dealing with recent changes in interest rates and higher inflation, and more. Anthony closed the show with a commentary on how effective financial planning comes from a team of professionals, each of which share their own expertise.
Jane Gentry & Company
Many companies have seen success from their tried-and-true approach to understanding your business and identifying obstacles, ultimately providing an action plan for your business growth. Whether your organizational gaps are in leadership development, sales or profitability, our goal is to provide leaders with a manageable and tailored action plan.
Jane Gentry, CEO, Jane Gentry & Company
Jane Gentry has had a successful 30-year career as a CEO, Business Consultant, Executive Coach, Sales Manager, and Keynoter. In 1999, Jane formed her practice where she has partnered with her clients to improve growth, profitability, client retention, employee retention and leadership capabilities.
Jane helps entrepreneurs and senior leaders diagnose and solve gaps and weaknesses enabling profitable growth and improving sales velocity. Even HR leaders bring her in to coach managers on inspirational leadership and using Relational Intelligence to build high-functioning cross generational teams and improve employee engagement.
The world’s most successful organizations have brought Jane on board, including Assurant, The Home Depot, Milliken, Philips, Coca-Cola, Leidos Healthcare, Stryker, GSK, Transamerica, BlueCross Blue Shield and Mercedes-Benz.
Jane is considered one of the top voices in leadership and sales. She has been a guest on numerous podcasts and is a prolific speaker at high-profile meetings from Canada to the Czech Republic. She has been tapped to address topics including “Selling Value” to “Social Intelligence and Your Millennial Sellers” and “Inspirational Leadership”. Audiences and clients have described her as a woman with a vision, energetic and inspiring.
Jane holds a BFA/MFA from Kent State University/ The University of Pittsburgh. She also holds a CPI (Certified Professional Innovator) distinction from GA State University. Earlier in her career she was a professional stage actress. Jane lives in Atlanta, GA.
Robert Stephens, Managing Partner, CFO Navigator
Robert Stephens is managing partner of CFO Navigator. As a fractional Chief Financial Officer, Robert fills a critical gap for growing privately held businesses and non-profit organizations that do not have the budget or need for a full-time CFO. Having advised over 75+ organizations during his 30+ year career, Robert strives to bring “Wall Street” worthy financial expertise to local “Main Street” companies by turning his financial insight into their business foresight.
In addition to his professional roles, Robert is active in the philanthropic and business community, currently serving on the Chattahoochee Tech Foundation Board of Advisors. He has previously served as Board Chairman of the Boys & Girls Club of Paulding and the North Paulding Band Foundation. Other board service includes the Kennesaw State University Entrepreneurship Center, and Starfish Greathearts Foundation (USA).
Robert earned his BSBA in Accounting from the University of Southern Mississippi, is a member of Vistage International, Leadership Cobb, and the Georgia Society of CPAs. He has two adult sons and resides with his wife in north metro Atlanta.
Anthony Chen, Host of Family Business Radio
This show is sponsored and brought to you by Anthony Chen with Lighthouse Financial Network. Securities and advisory services offered through Royal Alliance Associates, Inc. (RAA), member FINRA/SIPC. RAA is separately owned and other entities and/or marketing names, products or services referenced here are independent of RAA. The main office address is 575 Broadhollow Rd. Melville, NY 11747. You can reach Anthony at 631-465-9090 ext 5075 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anthony Chen started his career in financial services with MetLife in Buffalo, NY in 2008. Born and raised in Elmhurst, Queens, he considers himself a full-blooded New Yorker while now enjoying his Atlanta, GA home. Specializing in family businesses and their owners, Anthony works to protect what is most important to them. From preserving to creating wealth, Anthony partners with CPAs and attorneys to help address all the concerns and help clients achieve their goals. By using a combination of financial products ranging from life, disability, and long-term care insurance to many investment options through Royal Alliance. Anthony looks to be the eyes and ears for his client’s financial foundation. In his spare time, Anthony is an avid long-distance runner.