Holt Harris

Creative Entrepreneurial CFO, Controller and Non-Traditional Side Businessperson

In my day job I’m the CFO, Controller for the US Operations of a large international manufacturing company. Formerly I was the CFO for a $20 million diversified manufacturing company with 200 employees.

Over my 35-year career, I’ve had jobs where I felt bored, frustrated and undervalued. Often, I just wanted to get out of that job.

Because I’ve got an entrepreneurial outlook, a number of times I decided to start my own business. Or expand a part-time side business into a full-time venture. Being overconfident and optimistic, I happily ventured out on my own.

Though some of those entrepreneurial ventures were successful, none of them made me rich. I learned a lot and gained a lot of skills and insights. But some of them also cost me a lot personally. One of them drained my savings and took a big toll on my marriage, my health, and my finances.

I know the classic line to say at this point would be that even with everything I’ve been through – the successes and the failures – I “wouldn’t change a thing.” In fact, there are a lot of things I’d change if I had the chance to go back and do it differently!

My lessons learned the hard way and many other lessons and knowledge I have learned are the basis for my courses.

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