New CFO Announced
Dear NCHA Members,
The National Cutting Horse Association is excited to announce the hiring of Lance Bryson as the association’s Chief Financial Officer, beginning May 20th, 2019.
Lance comes to NCHA with over ten years of Finance and Accounting experience, with a primary focus of improving actuals and forecasting financial reporting for Fortune 500 organizations. Having spent the past five years working for Deloitte Consulting LLP, Lance has worked to optimize finance organizations through analyzing current operations, advising on future-state, strategic objectives, implementing process and technology solutions, and training global workforces.
“I have been fortunate to consult for some of the largest organizations in the world,” Lance said. “Some are listed as Fortune 3, Fortune 50 and Fortune 400. That work has exposed me to some of the most unique business models in the world and provided great insight into the complexities of multi-national operations. I’ve been able to travel the world through that work and see first-hand how changes to an organization are to be deployed.”
In addition, Lance owns Bryson Capital LLC, which is dedicated to the investment and innovation of small business ventures. He oversees business development, operations and financial performance concerns for the enterprises.
Originally from Northwestern Illinois, Lance has extensive experience in the horse and agriculture industry, having grown up showing American Quarter Horses.
“My Grandparents showed horses in the 1970’s in Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa, and eventually left horses to start a feeder cattle business,” Lance said. “My dad is an auctioneer and cattle farmer still to this day. My other grandparents owned livestock, and then turned their focus to crop farming later in life, so it’s safe to say I have a fairly good understanding of farming and ranch inner-workings.”
Lance plans to begin his role with NCHA by evaluating the current state and formulating plans to improve operational and financial efficiency.
“My predecessors have done a great job of ensuring the Association has the aptitude for technologies that most modern-day finance organizations require,” Lance said. “Based upon my preliminary discussions with Kirk and the Finance Committee, I believe there are improvements to be capitalized on within those technologies and I plan to make that a priority. As well, it is important for organizations to have standardized financial reporting cycles so that finances can be analyzed and support knowledge-based decisions. I intend to immediately implement standardized financial close cycles, so the Association has up-to-date financial reporting. I am very excited to begin this new chapter with NCHA. The consulting lifestyle required a lot of travel, which can be taxing. I am looking forward to planting roots in Fort Worth and bringing two of my favorite things together – horses and finance.”
Lance has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy from Northern Illinois University. He lives in Aubrey, Texas, with his partner, Ryan Painter, who trains and shows All-Around and Over-fence horses on the American Quarter Horse Association and National Snaffle Bit Association circuits.
Once again, please join me in welcoming our new Chief Financial Officer, Lance Bryson.
Kirk N. Slaughter