Lee Eisenstaedt brings more than 35 years of diverse finance and operations experience to the clients of Value Drivers, LLC.
The CFO of a large, multi-national company once told Lee that he was a well-rounded executive because he had “…worked for two companies, in two functions and in two countries.”
Prior to Value Drivers, Lee was a founding partner of L. Harris Partners, LLC, during which time he surveyed/interviewed several thousand clients of professional services firms. He has been a Chief Operating Officer of McGladrey and Blackman Kallick (now Plante Moran), Top 5 and Top 50 CPA firms respectively. Lee spent the majority of his career, 22 years, with the SC Johnson family of companies – including the consumer products company, the SC Johnson family office, and Johnson Outdoors, Inc. – in the U.S. and Western Europe, frequently as the “right hand” to the leader of the division, subsidiary or country to which he was assigned.
During his two European assignments, Lee lived and worked in Paris, France for five years and had responsibility for finance, accounting, logistics, IT and customer service in five countries within the European Union. He oversaw the conversion to the Euro for five European subsidiaries, coordinated the move of back office functions into a shared services center, championed the implementation of a Sales and Operations Planning process (S&OP) and led the migration to a new integrated enterprise resource planning system (ERP). In the U.S., Lee served as Senior Director, Corporate Services and Facilities, Controller of several divisions, a “global professor” of strategic planning, and Director of Business Development. He led the consolidation of the manufacturing operations of a $60 million subsidiary, opened a fine dining restaurant and commercial recording studio, and led the planning and execution of high-visibility shareholder meeting that took more than two years to plan. Lee also spent six years with Baxter International, Inc. in various finance and accounting positions.
Speaking and Writing
Lee's second book, "Being A Leader With Courage: How To Be Successful In Your C-level Position In 18 Months Or Less," was published in May 2016. He is the co-author of the book “Wallet Share: Grow Your Practice Without Adding Clients,” the second edition of which was published in May 2014. Both books are available on Amazon.com. Lee is a frequent speaker at national and regional conferences on the subjects of leadership and client loyalty.
Education and Certifications
Lee received his MBA from Northwestern University and his BA from Franklin & Marshall College. He has attended executive programs on marketing at Harvard, Wharton, and Northwestern Universities, and executive development programs at INSEAD and the Center for Creative Leadership. Lee is also a Net Promoter® Certified Associate and a member of Private Directors Association (PDA), Attorneys for Family Held Enterprises (AFHE), Family Firm Institute (FFI), Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and the Human Resources Management Association, Chicago (HRMAC).