NASHVILLE, Tenn., September 10, 2018 – Southwestern Advantage, dedicated to helping college students and recent graduates build their own business by selling educational materials, announces the promotion of Brad Bernard to chief financial officer.
Bernard has been with Southwestern Advantage for six years. In his new role as CFO of Southwestern Advantage and Global Education Concepts, a division of Southwestern Advantage, he will oversee financial and accounting functions, as well as seek out opportunities to grow sales and improve cost savings for the company.
“Brad brings a rare combination of abilities to his well-deserved promotion into this new role,” says President of Southwestern Advantage Dan Moore. “He is intelligent, perceptive, objective and committed to our mission of building skills and character in young people.”
Bernard’s goal is to improve profit margins over the next 10 years and thereby contribute to the growth of Southwestern Family of Companies’ revenue. Having already created a projection template for sales managers to see their compensation in real time, Bernard aims to further automate repetitive tasks and make greater strides toward improving the efficiency of the company overall.
“In the summer of 2012, a friend recruited me to Southwestern Advantage, and I was hired one year later after completing graduate school,” says Bernard. “I look forward to serving Southwestern Advantage in this new capacity and continuing to provide other college students the same formative opportunity that I had during my summer experience.”
Previously, Bernard served as assistant controller of Southwestern Advantage, overseeing the compensation plan and instituting changes to improve visibility for sales managers. He also oversaw accounting and budgeting for the website division of Southwestern Advantage.
Since 1868, the Southwestern Advantage has provided young people a means to earn money to pay for college tuition. A member of Southwestern Family of Companies, Southwestern Advantage has continued to help students build their own sales business and gain tools necessary for success in life while selling products that help millions of children get achieve better grades, save time and become more excited about school.
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About Southwestern Advantage:
Established in 1868 in Nashville, Tennessee, Southwestern Advantage has helped college students offset their educational expenses, build character and achieve their goals in life through a sales and leadership program. Southwestern Advantage is part of Southwestern Family of Companies. For more information on Southwestern Advantage, visit www.southwesternadvantage.com.
About Southwestern Family of Companies:
Established in Nashville, Tennessee in 1855, Southwestern Family of Companies is one of the largest and oldest private corporations in Tennessee with operations in the United States, the United Kingdom, Estonia, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Canada. Southwestern Family of Companies is comprised of 16 companies across industries with the shared goals of building people and helping customers. Current members of the family of companies include Great American Opportunities, the largest school fundraising business worldwide; Southwestern Investments; Southwestern Advantage, the oldest direct sales business in the U.S.; Southwestern Tax Services; Southwestern Real Estate; Southwestern Publishing; Wildtree – one of the fastest-growing party planning businesses in the U.S.; Southwestern Travel; Global Educational Concepts; Southwestern Insurance – offering property and casualty insurance; Southwestern Consulting; Thinking Ahead – a specialist professional search firm; and SBR – a sales performance improvement consulting business. For more information on Southwestern Family of Companies, visit www.southwestern.com.