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Jarrett Paynter

Jarrett Paynter

Jarrett Paynter is a Financial Principal for MLA Companies.  He identifies opportunities to drive positive change to achieve business goals.   Jarret is a results-oriented financial and operations leader who combines critical thinking with sound business judgment to drive results.

Before joining MLA, Jarrett was the owner of Cincinnati CFO, offering CFO and COO services to companies needing a trusted partner to augment the capabilities and capacity of existing resources.  Jarrett led multiple engagements in various industries, developing and implementing financial and operational processes to improve results.

Prior to that, Jarrett was the owner-operator of a chain of resale clothing stores.  He oversaw all day-to-day operations and strategy, including pricing, inventory management, HR and location identification, marketing, and expense management. Under his leadership, cash flow increased by 113%, Gross Margin % by 10.2%, and Margin Dollars by 22% while keeping expenses flat.  He increased pricing by 20%, slashed inventory by 33%, optimized product mix, and developed and implemented simple, repeatable reporting and analytics.

Prior to that, Jarrett was Senior Vice President/Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for a division of a prominent regional bank.  He was selected by executive leadership to build and lead the finance organization designed to accelerate growth.  Jarrett helped identify and prioritize the division’s critical needs, attracted best-in-class talent, and led a 12-member team that improved profitability by $15M annually.

Prior to that role, Jarrett served as Senior Vice President in two other divisions for the same regional bank.  He upgraded talent, rebuilt internal customer relationships, and increased the productivity of the Financial Systems group for the bank.  He also served as Senior Vice President/CFO of a regional market.

Jarrett has an MBA, Finance, from the University of Cincinnati, and a BA, Management Science, with a focus on Statistical Analysis, from Clemson University.