Don CentoChief Operating Officer / Chief Financial Officer for Management Division
Don is Chief Operating Officer / Chief Financial Officer for Founders 3 Management Division. Don joined Founders 3 (formerly Siegel-Gallagher) in August 2013, to assist in bringing the vision and strategic direction a reality. Since joining the company, Don added a higher level of sophistication to company and property metrics providing our managers with better tools to advise clients. He initiated and improved our format for monthly financial reporting to better bring the numbers to life for clients. To automate reporting and add a higher level of accuracy, Don implemented a Sage based software system for maintenance and work orders. He has instituted tighter financial controls and improved the use of our Yardi-web-based software for property accounting. He has restructured the Property Accounting Department to ensure consistent quality, accuracy and meaningful reporting is delivered.
Don excels at leveraging outstanding analytical skills in designing solutions and driving execution of operational excellence. He is passionate about solving business problems and employing financial data to spearhead continuous operational improvements. He began his career at Price Waterhouse with a focus on insurance, real estate and manufacturing. He leveraged his audit skills further with a position as a real estate auditor for Northwestern Mutual for another 5 years. After completing his Masters in Business Administration at Marquette University, he took advantage of a new opportunity to advance his financial background as a commercial lender at Firstar Bank, financing a number of different customers in the acquisition of real estate and buildings.
Don then changed his focus and moved into the manufacturing sector as the CFO for Plastic Components, where he spent 9 years spearheading a company-wide transformation with the installation of an ERP system saving the company hundreds of thousands of dollars. He was then promoted to Vice President and was responsible for all of manufacturing, quality and customer relations.
He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Masters in Business Administration.