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Larry Wasserman

Larry Wasserman

“In order to improve long-term performance, an organization must tie strategic goals to operational plans, project portfolios and daily management practices.“

Message

In the end companies must make a profit to survive. I believe that a financial component is essential in making good management decisions. Rather than relying on only the CFO, I believe all managers need to develop the necessary skills to make better business decisions. My teaching and consulting is dedicated to developing ways to make it easier for non-accountants to learn and apply financial skills.

I’ve been fortunate to have a long list of mentors who have helped me immeasurably in advancing my career. In return, I have always looked for opportunities to teach, mentor and coach.

Biography

Larry Wasserman has a wide variety of business experience, including public auditing, CFO and COO positions, consulting and teaching. Larry’s business experience includes public offerings, numerous private equity offerings, debt financing, mergers, business plans and financial planning and forecasting. Besides the financial component, Larry has managed system and product launches, led growth initiatives and where appropriate downsized organizations.

Larry grew up in Wisconsin and went to both undergraduate and graduate school at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Larry began his professional career at Arthur Andersen & Co in Seattle and was transferred to the Los Angeles office after becoming a manager to help grow their healthcare practice.  He became the CFO of an early stage health care management company, which led to an IPO, a second public offering and two acquisitions. Subsequently, Larry moved to the Portland area where he held both CFO and COO positions, including COO of Gentle Dental at the time of their public offering and CFO at Qsent, Inc. from startup until its sale at the end of 2006. His industry experience includes healthcare, technology, service and the non-profit sectors.

Finance, operations, consulting and teaching have given Larry a well-rounded view of business and how accounting can best serve the organization. He has taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has developed curriculum and led training on financial forecasting and budgeting for entrepreneurs. Most recently, Larry, in his consulting practice at Wasserman & Associates, has developed his own curriculum to make it easier ways for non-accountant professionals to learn and use financial skills as managers, consultants and board members.

Larry and his wife Vicki have lived in Oregon since 1992. They have two adult children who are growing their professional careers on opposite coasts of the country. His interests include racquetball, hiking and volunteering in the community.

Education

  • M.S., University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin - Madison

Areas of Instruction

Introduction to Financial and Managerial Accounting in the MBA for Professionals, Healthcare and Not-for-profit.

Other teaching experience includes financial accounting, managerial accounting and intermediate accounting.

Professional Affiliations

  • Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member of the Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member, The American Society of Training and Development (Oregon Chapter)
  • Member, Oregon Entrepreneurs Network
  • Member, Nonprofit Association of Oregon