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Richard Schoenthaler

Executive Vice President - CFO

Eau Claire, WI

"I think one of our greatest assets is the transparency of our actions and operations at all levels. There's also a willingness by the staff to really pitch in and see that the success of the company comes to the front. It's like a big family."
Richard Schoenthaler

I am Ayres' executive vice president and chief financial officer. I have direct control over all aspects of the finance and information technology departments, as well as our West region and development services operations. I oversee external and internal financial statements and controls, general ledger, payroll, risk management, cash management, collections, budgets, information technology, customer service, banking, regulatory and legal issues, and mergers and acquisitions.

I am a certified public accountant and have obtained vast experience in finance, treasury, taxes, information technology, and operational areas while working with a Fortune 500 corporation, multimillion-dollar manufacturing and architectural/engineering corporations, and the fifth largest international public accounting firm.

I am Six Sigma Black Belt and lean manufacturing certified, with completed projects in plant layouts, document management solutions, enterprise resource planning, implementations, delivery time, inventory management, and the sales process. I have expertise in international, federal, and state tax laws; public and managerial finance; budgeting; cost and pricing standards; domestic and foreign investments; mergers and acquisitions; political lobbying; audit defense; project management; and strategic planning. I am skilled in new business development, market research, and cross selling of diverse services.

My areas of expertise include:

  • International, federal, and state tax laws
  • Public and managerial finance
  • Budgeting
  • Cost and pricing standards
  • Domestic and foreign investments
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Audit defense
  • Project management
  • Strategic planning
  • New business development
  • Market research
  • Chartered Global Management Accountant
  • MBT, Master of Business Taxation, University of Minnesota
  • BS, Accounting, University of Minnesota