Name: Paul Hallee
Time with company: 3 years
Education: B.S. in Accounting, Bentley College; MBA, Babson College
Company headquarters: Wallingford, Connecticut
About the company: VBrick Systems provides products and services for enterprise Internet Protocol video for the creation, publishing and distribution of rich media content. The company has more than 9,000 corporate, education and government customers and 60,000 installations worldwide. Its website is http://vbrick.com
1. Where did you start in finance and what experiences led you to the job you have today?
Out of college, my first job was with a large manufacturing firm. The firm was growing fast and very successful -- and I learned a lot about finance and management over my 10 years there. But I felt lost in the crowd and began working with smaller companies where I could have a greater impact helping them grow and mature. Eventually I got involved with early stage, venture capital-backed companies for the same reason. This led me to my position today as CFO of VBrick Systems, a long standing and leading technology company providing enterprise IP video.
2. Who was an influential boss for you and what lessons did they teach you about management and leadership?
My first job as a CFO I worked for a friend of mine who happened to be the company's CEO. He was more sales-oriented and was very adept at deal making while keeping a great rapport with people at all levels. Most importantly, his knack for rallying individuals around a strategy or deal taught me that it takes a team to be successful and everyone has to play a part in an organization's success.
3. What are the biggest challenges facing CFOs today?
The overall economic climate has been a challenge for the last couple years. It has put a real damper on [an] organization's ability to invest in technology, whether those are government institutions or corporate enterprise. I worry about the steps governments will need to take in coming years to recover from the financial crises of the last few years and what impact those decisions will have on economic growth. Additionally, CFOs are challenged in today's economic times to determine where to allocate a company's spending -- specifically where to invest in new enterprise technologies like unified communications coupled with live streaming video, a trend we see still hot for 2011.
4. What is a good day at work like for you?
A day where I feel I've made a positive contribution to our success. That could be something I've personally done or, more importantly, when I've helped someone else be more effective.
5. How would you characterize your management style?
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