CFO Systems is actively engaged in the food, agricultural and grain related industries. Over the last ten years it has successfully completed a variety of engagements and built strong relationships with feed, dairy and cattle operations. CFO Systems operates not only as industry experts, but also as members of an executive team prepared to increase efficiency and drive growth.

CFO Systems and its CFO Capital affiliate provide the following services to companies in the food and ag industry:

  • Interim & timeshare CFOs and controllers
  • Analyze and improve accounting processes and prodecures
  • Strengthen cash flow
  • Recapitalize
  • HR Leadership
  • Risk management
  • Obtain equity and debt financing
  • Secure equipment financing
  • Recapitalize
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Transaction Readiness Assessments


Our Team

Our food & agribusiness team is led by Brett Frevert. Brett’s career includes many years in the food and ag industry. During his tenure at Deloitte, he served clients such as IBP, Inc. and ConAgra, Inc. Brett has also served as CFO for First Data Europe and several ethanol companies. He currently serves as CFO for Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy, an SEC-registered company.

Brett is joined by these other members of the agribusiness team:

Edgar Hicks has 40 years of risk management experience including stints at the CBOT, various commodity exporters, a grain cooperative, and  on the CFTC’s Agricultural Advisory Committee.

Mark Nelson has more than 30 years of experience assisting clients in the livestock, dairy, grain and meat packing industries.  His experiences include restructuring operations to gain efficiencies, refinancing operating lines of credit and modeling expansion projections.

Neal Greenberg has more than 30 years of financial and operations experience specializing in the manufacturing, healthcare, communications, advertising and biofuel industries. He also has extensive, recent SEC experience in writing and XBRL detail tagging 10-Ks and 10-Qs.

Laura Pavalis has more than 30 years of HR and Administrative experience.  She has worked with clients in the ag industry, assisting with benefits, recruitment and compliance matters.

John Gustafson has more than 20 years of experience in private equity and assisting high growth and middle market companies in completing strategic transactions.