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Tulane University (Finance)
Tulane University - Accounting (Master's)
CFA Charterholder (Other)
WHAT I DO:
I tutor MBA/undergrads, corporate executives, and CFA candidates. I cover finance, accounting, the CFA exam material, statistics, excel modeling, and other related areas. I have also covered FAR material on the CPA. On a referral basis, I have worked with individuals as far away as Europe (Turkey, Germany, etc.) and Asia (India, Australia, etc.).
WHY YOU SHOULD CONTACT ME:
I'm probably the best accounting/finance tutor in Chicago. I am not the cheapest option, but I am typically one of the highest quality options that will help you effectively understand the material or problem you are trying to solve. I have been frequently referred to by former students as better than the average professor at Northwestern, DePaul, etc., and it is not uncommon for people to tell me that I am the best teacher they have ever had.
I have a very strong mix of real world and academic experience experience. I focus on taking people beyond basic formulas or academic example exercises to understanding contextually why certain analysis matter and how they relate to real world scenarios in the global economy / financial markets framework.
MY EDUCATION BACKGROUND:
I've an MS in accounting and a BS in finance from Tulane University. I am a CFA Charterholder. I passed every exam on the first attempt. I have extensive experience in modeling and statistical analysis in R and Excel.
MY WORK EXPERIENCE BACKGROUND:
I have eight years working experience at multiple investment partnerships (hedge fund and venture capital). I was a generalist/special situations analyst and venture capitalist primarily focused on the technology sector.
In private/venture capital, I have boardroom experience and worked on situations ranging from distressed restructurings to start-ups with nothing more than IP and a powerpoint slidedeck. Firms I’ve invested in and worked with have been sold to Oracle, Intel, as well as taken public (IPO). I've funded companies with well known C-level executives.
In public company/hedge fund work, I've worked on various accounting frauds/restatements, special situations (spin-offs, etc.) and other equity generalist situations. I am more of an equity person than a debt person. However, I have done a bit of distressed debt work.
MY TUTORING EXPERIENCE:
I've tutored people off and on as a personal hobby. It’s expanded more in recent years, largely through referrals. I have tutored people from many organizations including:
Wharton, Duke, Creighton, Notre Dame, Northwestern, DePaul, New York University, Columbia, Stanford, Univ of Wisconsin, and Univ of Chicago (Booth). I have worked with executives from major companies such as Chicago Mercantile Exchange, UBS, JPMorgan Chase, Medtronic, Takeda, Northern Trust, a couple hedge funds, and other well known institutions.
- Consulting work is separate from tutoring/teaching.
- If you contact me – PLEASE BE AS DETAILED AS POSSIBLE: Tell me what you are trying to accomplish and any other pertinent data (materials, topics, etc.). WHAT I DO:
I tutor MBA/undergrads, corporate executives, and CFA candidates. I cover finance, accounting, the CFA exam material, … Read more
1 hour minimum. Executive development/CFA is $90/hr. 24 hr cancellation notice required. Excessive travel requires higher rates.
If corporate finance or accounting is troubling you then Cliff is your man. Correlating case study examples with theory, I found his explanations very easy to follow. Now I don't consider myself a person that is exceptionally capable of swiftly grasping concepts, but if you ever feel like he's going too fast then just tell him to slow down (and trust me, he WILL slow down and make sure you understand EVERYTHING). His style of teaching is very flexible and you will learn as long as you stay attentive. So if you're struggling like I was then I suggest giving him a go. In the end, you may not have to drop that $2,000 class and can attempt to maintain that strong GPA that you've always wanted.
Cliff is a really good instructor. He is to the point and understands how to teach. I recommend him to anyone who needs help with most business aspects of excel
Cliff is very knowledgeable in the accounting field. He was able to give examples and apply advanced concepts to explain the big picture behind the problems we were working on.
Cliff was astute and extremely efficient in his ability to assess my knowledge of Financial Accounting. He was quick to give a broad picture overview and then explain the details. My time with him today was extremely helpful and well worth the money. I highly recommend him.
Cliff is a big help when it comes to finance, he knows just about everything. Highly recommended. Thank you
This is my first time using WyzAnt, and boy am I impressed. There hasn't been a question I've had that Cliff hasn't been able to answer. Finance is very challenging for me, but with Cliff's help I've really been doing well.
Cliff blends real world experience with problem solving that equates to a very effective learning session! His insight into breaking down financial models through easy to understand steps accelerates the learning process.
Cliff went over some problems with me and walked me through how to create a tree versus a cross-tab. Very helpful. I needed that extra one on one time with a tutor to review this concept. Thank you Cliff.
Cliff was prompt and provided excellent service. He is a very sharp young man and has an bright future as an accountant. He uses personal techniques to jump start even for the slowest of learners, and does not mind repeating a theory until there is a hint of understanding. I would recommend Cliff to any struggling accounting student.
Cliff is a very good and helpful tutor. He helped me with preparing one of my interview and I did get an offer eventually. He is very nice, patient and full of responsibility. He will take care of your problems and situation very well.
I would recommend Cliff to be your tutor.
Had a couple of tutoring sessions with him, he is of great help. He has excellent knowledge of finance and goes out of his way to help you out. Highly recommended.
Thanks for helping me so much. Really helpful. E-mail solutions on time and perfect solutions.
Financial accounting and Managerial accounting.
Cliff was excellent at breaking down the problem and ensuring that you understood what was going on. He was helpful in providing feedback and following up with his clients. He is an excellent tutor.
Well, maybe not "the light", but I did get clarity on options for my Series 7 exam. I am going to utilize Cliff's suggestions, examples and insight to now apply to my study time. I plan on utilizing him in the next week or so for another session.
I truly appreciated the follow-up emails with links to topics we had discussed. Thanks, Cliff!
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I have a masters degree in accounting and have seen at least 8 different accounting textbooks at all different levels. I explain accounting in a unique, easy-to-remember way that makes all transactions understandable (debits/credits). I've experience working with people from basic financial accounting 101 through complicated IFRS/GAAP merger and acquisition analysis. I can cover any accounting material except tax. I do not tutor for the CPA exam, only for college-level coursework and the CFA exam.
I've experience in all areas of finance including: basic college/MBA finance coursework, all major standardized tests (CFP, Series 7/65, CFA, CAIA), most derivatives, executing venture capital transactions, modeling LBOs/debt/equity recapitalizations, corporate finance scenarios (build/buy analysis), long/short hedge fund, and cap structure arbitrage.
In venture capital, companies I have funded have been sold to Intel, Oracle, Mtekvision, and taken public (Opentable.com).
I'm probably the #1 finance tutor in the greater Chicagoland area.