In his role as CFO, no two days look the same. Brian is primarily responsible for all finance and accounting functions. He is often juggling a lot of different client needs—like our KAMs or PCAs. From tracking cash flow, financial planning and analyzing our financial strengths and weaknesses, Brian ensures we make strategic decisions that are financially fit for GAR Bennett. In strategizing these financial plans, Brain must stay up to date on the latest laws, rules and regulations to make sure we remain compliant. He plays a key role in the company’s overall success, especially in the long run.
Though Brian’s background primarily lies in accounting, his exposure to the agricultural industry began at a young age. Growing up in Sanger, Calif., Brian lived on 20 acres of almonds. His father was the neighborhood “almond shaker”, so he and his brothers spent many summers helping with almond harvest. He attended Sanger High and continued his education at Reedley College, later transferring to Fresno State to major in business administration with an emphasis in accounting. After graduating, Brian entered the public accounting world where he earned his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license. He later joined a local, family owned electrical contractor business where he served in a role similar to his current function. It is here where he learned the inner workings of family owned businesses and the role a CFO plays in a company. However, Brian felt he needed a career that fit him better personally and professionally. While using a recruiting firm, he found an opportunity with Bennett Water Systems. After looking into the opportunity and meeting Tyler, he knew he had finally found the right company for him.
When not handling finances, Brian can be found spending time with his family. He and his wife, Nora, met at Fresno State and have been married for 11 years. They reside in Fresno with their three children: Dylan, Charlotte and Tanner. Brian and Nora also have two dogs to add to the mix: Koda, a terrier/dachshund mix, and Ella, a cavalier/poodle mix. Brian is also actively involved in his community. Not only is he a member of the Time Out Club supporting the Fresno State men’s basketball team, but also the local Construction Financial Management Association chapter.
Brian looks forward to the potential growth for the company since the merger.
“I’m excited to see what opportunities for growth arise from the merger—both personally and for the company.”