Benjamin Barrone - Experienced Corporate Accounting Professional

About Benjamin Barrone

As Director of Finance for Vital Proteins, a rapidly-growing startup in Chicago, IL. Benjamin (Ben) Barrone has been an organizational and financial leader of a rapidly-growing company from startup phase through Series A financing. In just one year Mr. Barrone led a wide range of impactful organizational initiatives to support growth and scale including: Prior to this, Ben served as a mergers-and-acquisitions and accounting consultant, Benjamin Barrone draws on diverse experience in financial management and accounting leadership. He comes to his current position having served as a Regional Controller for Chicago's Levy Restaurants, where he oversaw forecasting and reporting for nine operating locations. Also involved in budget development at the corporate level, Benjamin Barrone contributed to a company-wide budget which involved over a hundred operating locations and more than $1 billion in gross annual revenue.

Benjamin Barrone also stands out as a former Senior Accountant for LaSalle Investment Management, where he worked on a Canadian real estate fund reporting on International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). He supervised quarterly accounting, reporting of investment returns, and investor reporting including financial statements, while also serving as a key contact for the year-end financial statement audit. He accepted this position after serving as an In-charge audit professional for Plante Moran, where he focused on the engineering of complex and large audits across a number of different industries including manufacturing, distribution, engineering, healthcare, and company retirement plans. During his first year at Plante Moran, Benjamin Barrone obtained his license as Certified Public Accountant (CPA), passing all four sections of the CPA exam, as well as the ethics examination, on his first attempt.

Benjamin Barrone holds a Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), where he graduated with a 3.75 grade point average in just one year. He earlier earned a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from Western Michigan University, during which he also completed two tax-season internships at Cole and Company in Portage, MI and the Detroit office of ''Big 4'' public accounting firm Ernst & Young. He graduated with Magna Cum Laude honors for an overall GPA of 3.76. A passion for economics led to Benjamin Barrone also obtaining a minor in that field in addition to a general business minor.