Sebastian (Seb) Coppola has over 25 years of domestic and international experience. He has developed and implemented business and financial strategies in rapidly changing and growing middle-market and large companies, including energy, manufacturing, information technology and construction. His expertise includes strategic planning, finance and business restructuring.
In addition to leading the consulting practice at Corporate Analytics, Seb gained expertise at Michigan Consolidated Gas Company, MCN Energy Group, Inc., SEMCO Energy and JC Jones & Associates, a management consulting firm.
As Chief Financial Officer at SEMCO Energy Inc, a $600 million diversified energy and construction services company, Seb led the company’s five year strategic plan and performed various strategic analyses to potentially LBO, merge or sell all or part of the company. He directed a $290 million acquisition and related financing that increased the asset base of the company in excess of 40%. As head of the company’s corporate development function, he was intricately involved in the financial analysis, business valuation, due diligence and acquisition process of a number of acquisition targets and capital projects.
During his tenure at SEMCO and previously at MCN Energy Group, as Senior VP and Treasurer, Seb revamped the company’s planning, accounting and financial functions to provide more useful and timely financial information. He redirected and expanded the investor relations program and tripled Wall Street research coverage. He initiated the integration of cash management of diverse subsidiaries and significantly improved the collection and utilization of cash.
Seb also gained experience in the restructuring of both companies’ businesses and divestitures of various non-core operations. He has accumulated intricate knowledge of accounting and planning systems, internal control systems, treasury, cash management, capital markets, financing alternatives, risk management, investor relations and management of relationships with investment firms and rating agencies.
His areas of focus in providing consulting services to clients include:
·Business performance improvement and turnaround management
·Financial planning and analysis
Seb earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting and his M.B.A. in finance from WayneStateUniversity. He is an active member of TMA, ACG, FEI and otherprofessional organizations.
Sam Dallas, Consultant
Sam Dallas is an experienced financial executive with expertise in various areas of finance and employee benefits. In his 25 year career, he has been a major contributor and has also managed financial professionals in rapidly changing and growing organizations. He is very well versed in strategic planning, financial modeling and scenario analysis.
Sam has significant experience with raising capital in the capital markets and from commercial banks. He has intricate knowledge in the administration and management of pension plans and 401(k) plans and other employee benefit plans. His bottom line orientation has resulted in significant cost reductions and the creation of considerable value for the organizations he has been a part of over the years.
As Vice-President of Finance at SEMCO Energy Inc, an $800 million diversified energy and construction services company, Sam was responsible for all financial planning, and treasury operations for the company. Sam’s achievements included negotiating with banks for temporary financing for a $290 million acquisition as well as the issuance of debt and equity securities.
During his career at MCN Energy Group Inc, a $4 billion diversified company, Sam held a number of high level positions including Director of Trust Investments, and Director of Investor Relations. Sam directed the investment of the company’s pension assets (initially $500 million) and their growth to $1.5 billion over a ten year period.
During his tenure, Sam directed the establishment of MCN’s retiree health care funding program through specialized trust vehicles designed to shelter the growth of invested assets from income taxes. Other key accomplishments included improvements to optimize the company’s 401(k) plan and the design and implementation of an early retirement program to achieve a material downsizing of the work-force.
Sam has substantial knowledge of both qualified and non-qualified pension plans, including their design and the investment of assets under these plans to achieve desired objectives.
Sam has a degree in Accounting and an MBA in Finance. He has served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Michigan Employee Benefits Conference.