As Principal, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of KCP, Jacen Dinoff oversees all company operations and case assignments. Mr. Dinoff is highly-regarded as a corporate restructuring and turnaround management advisor with over 20 years of hands-on accounting, finance, management and operations experience that complements his technical expertise in bankruptcy case administration and financial advisory. Mr. Dinoff’s career has included engagements in financial and operational restructurings, asset divestitures through sale and liquidation, and senior debtor/creditor advisor roles for many well-known companies, both publicly and privately held.
Prior to founding KCP, Mr. Dinoff was responsible for the successful growth and development of the Boston office of a well-established, national turnaround and restructuring practice. While there, he developed a line of transaction advisory services for investors and lenders that provided a more thorough analysis of operations, infrastructure, assets and liabilities, and overall strengths and weaknesses of a potential transaction. Mr. Dinoff has also spent many years as an independent turnaround consultant, providing management advisory services to privately and publicly held companies across many industry sectors, and has been engaged on projects for a multitude of well-known turnaround firms.
In addition to his work as an independent consultant, Mr. Dinoff held a number of positions at Paragon Capital LLC, a partnership between The Ozer Group LLC (now Gordon Brothers), a leading boutique asset valuation and reallocation firm, and Foothill Capital, a subsidiary of Wells Fargo Bank. Paragon provided secured debt financing to small and mid-size retail and consumer product companies; specializing in expansion working capital for early stage and emerging growth companies before being acquired and becoming Wells Fargo Retail Finance.
Before joining Paragon, Mr. Dinoff was a Senior Financial and Business Analyst for Strategic Management Services, a Boston-area provider of strategic and tactical advisory services for financial and operational improvement, corporate growth and development, and the management of employee resources. His case activities included identifying sources of working capital and negotiating terms; integration of a new division to an established company; CFO-support duties including financial forecasting and budgeting; research and development of business plans for emerging companies and due diligence analysis for mergers and acquisitions.
Mr. Dinoff holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire, and an M.B.A in Finance from Bentley College. He is an active member of the Turnaround Management Association and American Bankruptcy Institute and is a frequent speaker and contributor at industry events and media outlets.
Michael Goldman specializes in matters relating to insolvency, valuation, and forensic accounting. He has had numerous engagements representing creditors, debtors, and equity and uses his experience with each of those perspectives to optimize the results in his cases. He has been qualified in both state and federal court as an expert witness and has served as a consulting expert numerous times in cases involving solvency, allegations of fraud, fairness, commercial damages, valuation issues, professional malpractice, and bankruptcy issues. His over fifteen years of consulting experience combined with fourteen years of in-company experience as a senior executive give him a unique perspective in his client assignments.
Mr. Goldman’s industry experience includes a number of executive positions: Chief Financial Officer for a $100 million retail company; Controller for a $550 million retail company; V. P. of Finance and Controller for a $550 million retail company; and Controller for a $50 million wholesale distributor. This in-company experience developed his expertise in productivity enhancement, systems improvement, expense control and reduction, cash management, and crisis management. He has extensive experience in modeling operational changes; developing accurate forecasts and budgets; and improving both the timing and accuracy of internal reporting.
Mr. Goldman is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Fraud Examiner, a Certified Valuation Analyst, and is certified in Financial Forensics. He is an adjunct professor at the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management teaching a course on Entrepreneurship. His academic degrees include a Master of Management in Finance and Accounting from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Managerial Studies from Rice University in Houston, Texas. He maintains professional affiliations with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; the Illinois Certified Public Accountant Society; the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts; the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners; the Turnaround Management Association; and the American Bankruptcy Institute.
Paul Valentine specializes in the management, development and operation of high-quality, fast-growth, small-to-mid-size organizations. Mr. Valentine brings a diverse industry background to KCP, including roles in healthcare services, medical devices, retail products and manufacturing. His formal education in accounting and finance is further enhanced by his corporate roles in sales, operations and product development, as well as a number of officer roles including the chief executive position. Mr. Valentine focuses his case matters on Performance Improvement and Corporate Renewal, providing his clients with strategic and marketing advice, while maintaining a solid focus on financial structure and operational efficiencies.
Prior to joining KCP, Mr. Valentine held a number of executive positions, including: CEO of Sleep HealthCenters, a multi-center provider of sleep testing and sleep therapy equipment; COO, CFO and President, Children’s Medical Ventures, a developer of products and educational services for neonatal intensive care units across the U.S. and in other countries; CFO of Cape Cod Potato Chips; and CFO of Boston Popcorn.
Mr. Valentine has published many articles and papers. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance and Entrepreneurship, both from Babson College, Wellesley, MA. He is a member of the Turnaround Management Association.
Frank Musso is a seasoned financial executive with over 30 years of experience in finance, accounting and management consulting. Mr. Musso has significant expertise in the analysis and preparation of financial statements, audits, due diligence, bankruptcy planning and administration, as well as providing litigation support including leading special committee investigations of earnings management and purchase price arbitrations. He also serves on the board and chairs the audit committee of a publicly held company.
Prior to KCP, Mr. Musso worked as an independent turnaround consultant, providing management advisory services to privately and publicly held companies across many industry sectors for well known turnaround firms. He has worked as a financial advisor for several, major New York-area banks, where he was tasked with the monitoring of companies under forbearance agreements. He performed due diligence on a $6 billion food co-op acquisition of its largest member out of bankruptcy. He has assisted diverse companies in preparing financial statements, IPO’s and other SEC filings and has worked on several high profile bankruptcies cases as a financial advisor and expert, including a food service business, hardware store, supermarket chain, and a sub-prime auto lender.
Frank received his degrees in Accounting and Public Administration from Georgetown University and is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner. He is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Turnaround Management Association (TMA) and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).
Robert W. Armstrong, III has over 30 years of experience managing and growing the financial health of organizations of all sizes. As an experienced Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Armstrong has been a key partner and advisor to senior management and operational personnel assisting them in aligning goals, creating business plans, and managing personnel and resource allocation. He has worked with closely-held and family owned businesses as well as large, multi-national businesses with multiple locations and legal entities. Adaptable and resourceful, he is known for his attention to detail as well as his ability to evaluate and address the legal and organizational issues that accompany complex financial decisions.
Prior to joining KCP, Mr. Armstrong enjoyed a long and successful career as a corporate CFO for companies in the retail, food distribution, medical device, electronics and manufacturing industries. Notable achievements include his active participation in over 200 acquisitions and divestitures for a $3B healthcare company where he oversaw their analysis, planning, due diligence, and integration into existing operations; and the institution of financial controls and operating procedures at a $28MM manufacturing company that resulted in profits growing from a loss to over $3MM EBITDA.
Mr. Armstrong is Certified Public Accountant and a graduate of Bowdoin College. He also received his MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.