Brian Peura

Brian C. Peura – Finance

Mr. Brian Peura is a financial thought leader and change manager in multiple roles. Brian spent his career growing and restructuring business of all shapes and sizes from startups to Fortune 100 companies.

Brian is an experienced financial professional in operational and accounting roles. He is a strong business leader and trusted advisor. He brings proven experience in change management, strategic planning, deal making, restructuring, valuation, budgeting/forecasting and general accounting to the Earlyman team. Brian is a strong communicator, problem solver with an innate ability to “get things done”. His career is marked by successful ventures with growth organizations as well as leading struggling organizations through turn around strategies.

Most recently Brian was CFO of a Berkshire Hathaway company where he doubled its revenue within two years, increasing profit margins by over 50%, while divesting unprofitable customers and product lines. As a global leader he sourced over $100 million of materials and manufacturing product in China, resulting in initiating and opening operations in China, reducing lead-time, improving working capital and managing the complexity of quick moving products.

Brian also spent ten years in the forest products and packaging industry where he held a variety of roles in restructuring, corporate venturing, investor relations and finance. He played a critical role in restructuring Smurfit-Stone’s ($6 Billion company) both financially and operationally both in and out of court as the Director of Strategic Initiative and Investor Relations. This included assisting the C-level management with competitive intelligence, M&A activity, capital structure and communications with both equity and debt investors

Prior to Smurfit-Stone Brian worked for MeadWestvaco driving its forestry division with responsibilies for strategy, procurement and finance. During his tenure he was able to streamline functions while monetizing underperforming assets in timber holdings, which included divestiture of over 1.5 million acres.  While at MeadWestvaco Brian also worked at multiple paper mills and participated in a corporate venturing group that included two acquisitions and three startups. Brian also served as the Corporate Controller for AstenJohnson a $300 million global supplier to the paper industry with 10 facilities and 1,700 employees.

After Pfizer’s purchase of Pharmacia, Brian spent two years in the pharmaceutical industry in St Louis as the Finance Manager to Pfizer’s Global Biologics R&D program. In this role he solidified a model and business plan to support emerging investments and acquisitions in biologic therapies as part of a $200 million yearly investment. He also participated in lobbying Missouri congressman in DC and developing an outsourcing program with China and Indian researcher to reduce costs.

Brian received an MBA from the University of Illinois, MS in Accounting from the College of Charleston and BS from the University of Montana. As an avid outdoorsman Brian also likes to spend his free time coaching his two sons Zachary and Kyle in Charleston, SC.

Brian’s strengths based on Gallup’s StrengthsFinder 2.0 are:

  • Individualization
  • Learner
  • Competition
  • Activator
  • Strategic