Our Team: Brent Elsass
An accomplished financial professional, Brent has a wide range of experience and expertise providing sell-side and buy-side advisory services, succession planning, and financial solutions to closely held businesses and middle-market corporate clients. Brent’s background as both an advisor and industry professional gives him a greater understanding of all aspects of his client’s businesses. Prior to joining C Squared, Brent spent 5 years at The Wendy’s Company in management roles within the finance organization. In his time at Wendy’s, Brent assisted with the acquisition and disposition of corporate and franchised restaurants, including building comprehensive financial models, leading due diligence efforts, and tax structuring. Brent also assisted with the tax structuring and diligence in conjunction with multiple corporate reorganizations and debt recapitalizations, including a $2+ billion whole business securitization. In his most recent role, Brent led a lean six sigma team tasked with identifying savings opportunities related to G&A expenses and operational improvements for the company.
In addition to his time at Wendy’s, Brent served as the Chief Financial Officer of a multi-unit automobile dealership group. During his time as CFO, Brent led the company through numerous cost savings initiatives including the creation of a consolidated shared services center for all finance and human resource functions. He also led the company through the acquisition of multiple automobile dealerships. Having first-hand transaction experience, Brent has an appreciation and understanding for the work and all the moving parts that go into a successful transaction and the key roles everyone plays.
Brent began his career in public accounting where he worked for 5 years providing tax consulting and business advisory services. A graduate of Ohio University, Brent holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, Cum Laude, and is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) in the State of Ohio.