Meet Our Team

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Steve Kessler

Steve Kessler has been providing less-than-full-time CFO services to private equity portfolio companies since 2007 and to entrepreneurs since 2001. Since founding Kessler Consulting in 2001, he has been the part-time CFO of ten different businesses and completed projects for eleven additional businesses. These projects have included acquisition due diligence, business liquidations, system implementations, budget model creation, financial process evaluation, lean visual management, CFO mentoring,and entrepreneur mentoring.

Prior to founding Kessler Consulting, he worked as a supply chain management consultant for the Revere Group, a Chicago based regional consulting firm.

​Steve is certified as a “Lean Leader” by the Milwaukee School of Engineering and has participated on lean implementation projects at four different companies.

His career began at Arthur Andersen. Following Arthur Andersen, he was the controller or CFO of four different manufacturing businesses.

Tim Goeben

With over 20 years of experience in financial management and reporting, budgeting, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), analysis, and strategic planning, Tim has served as both CFO and VP of Finance for Fortune 500 companies in global operation. He has a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and earned his B.A. in accounting from the University of WI – Green Bay.

His areas of expertise include financial management, operations, sales, and marketing in the manufacturing, service, and energy industries. When acting as business financial support, Tim particularly enjoys focusing on process improvement, collaboration, talent development, analytics, efficiency, and teamwork.

Tim has provided bottom line improvement through lean process improvement with tools as simple as value stream mapping exercises to find the waste in the process. Efficiency and is one of the prime drivers of Tims focus on any new client to help them improve productivity and prepare for growth.

With Tim’s strategic planning background he has led several Strategic Planning processes that include ideation through initiative prioritization and tracking to drive results and ensure everyone is operating with the same end in mind. The process Tim uses is effective and creates buy-in and engagement while ensuring communication throughout the organization that will lead to profitable growth.

Trent Spear

Trent Spear joined the Kessler Consulting team in 2016. He brings a diverse business background in industries including electrical utility equipment and services, complex metal fabrication, defense electronics, automotive, and construction. He has held P&L, financial, and strategic leadership roles at corporate, division, and business unit levels of large global companies along with financial and operational leadership at mid-sized, growth-oriented companies.

Trent started his career as an Electrical Engineer before obtaining his MBA. He joined ABB, where he gained a thorough background in accounting, financial analysis, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, treasury, project management, supply chain management, and risk management as controller and CFO in a wide variety of manufacturing, software, and services businesses. He also built a strong foundation in process/profit improvement tools such as Lean, Six Sigma, and Theory of Constraints, and gained a strong global perspective while living and working in Europe. He was recruited to as a senior financial executive at Johnson Controls where he managed a global team and led Finance integration efforts during a large acquisition. He moved to SPX Transformer Solutions where he devised strategy, led product development, and executed a large plant expansion. He has since focused his efforts on mid-sized, growth-oriented companies (publically-traded and privately-owned) where he has led and influenced significant strategic and operational changes.

Matthew Newman, CPA

Matt’s most recent experience prior to joining Kessler Consulting was as a cost accountant at Neenah Foundry where he used his problem solving skills to develop inventory policies, improve inventory accuracy and improve the financial forecasting process. While at Neenah Foundry, Matt received Lean/Six Sigma training and participated on inventory reduction/accuracy Kaizen events. Matt began his career in public accounting where he focused on manufacturing clients.

Matt joined Kessler Consulting in early 2015. He has assisted on a wide variety of assignments including acquisition support and post acquisition integration, interim Controller, and budget model preparation for two different metal oriented manufacturing companies.

Cindy B. Weiland-Wehrley, CPA

Cindy’s Kessler Consulting client assignments have included Palermo’s Pizza, Penzeys Spices, Carma Laboratories and a metal stamping company. Prior to Kessler Consulting she held treasurer and assistant controller responsibilities at Chr. Hansen, Inc., a manufacturer of food ingredients. Cindy is a very capable project manager of ERP system implementations.

Liz Brener

Liz received her MBA from the University of Kentucky. She has provided services to Kessler Consulting clients for the past six years working with clients in food processing and in metal machining and fabrication. She is becoming an expert on sales and use tax compliance.​

Kim Palmer

Kim has been a consultant for the last seven years. She was a controller of two different Milwaukee companies and has worked as a project manager implementing Microsoft Great Plans ERP systems. Prior to her career in consulting, Kim worked in financial planning and analysis for Rockwell Automation for nearly 20 years.

Kristy Hermes

Kristy has worked with Kessler Consulting since 2004. She has been a “one-day-a-week Controller” for a small manufacturing firm since 2005. Before Kessler Consulting, she was a financial analyst at Chr. Hansen, Inc. and began her career as an auditor at Clifton Gunderson.

Barbara J. Maloney

Barb began her career at Arthur Young. Over 33 years she held the positions of accounting manager, controller, treasurer, and VP of finance covering accounting, HR and IT at a multi-company, multi-state Milwaukee-area based manufacturer of light construction equipment.