Building The Premier Accounting Firm

From Rocket Science to Financial Frontiers: Ben Risser’s Journey as a Visionary CFO

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Roger Knecht

President of Universal Accounting Center

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Welcome to another enlightening episode of Building the Premier Accounting Firm with Roger Knecht, the podcast for owners of accounting businesses and accounting professionals. Today, Ben Risser, the visionary behind Provident Financial Services, joins Roger to share his unique path from aerospace engineering to becoming a highly sought-after fractional CFO. Here are the main themes from the episode.

  • The Multifaceted Role of a CFO: Ben sheds light on the critical importance of CFOs in working alongside business owners. He emphasizes the role of CFOs in ensuring financial clarity, fostering growth, and managing cash flows efficiently.

  • Transitioning Careers: Hear about Ben’s remarkable journey from the world of aerospace engineering to real estate, and finally to finance, where he has made a significant impact. Ben’s story is a testament to the power of transferable skills and the importance of financial intelligence in any industry.

  • Financial Intelligence for Small Businesses: Roger and Ben discuss why clear reporting and a deep understanding of a company’s financial trajectory are non-negotiable for small businesses.

  • The Evolution of Financial Roles: Roger and Ben explore the shift from traditional compliance roles in finance to more advisory positions. Ben discusses how this evolution affects businesses and the growing need for financial education among executives.

  • Support Systems: The significance of family support and the impact of personal relationships on professional success form a heartwarming part of Ben’s story. It’s a reminder of the human element in the cutthroat world of business and finance.

  • A Non-Traditional Path to CFO: With no formal accounting training, Ben’s approach to the CFO role is unconventional yet incredibly effective. This segment is particularly inspiring for those feeling constrained by their current career paths or educational backgrounds.


Ben Risser’s journey is a compelling narrative of career evolution, overcoming personal challenges, and the undeniable importance of financial literacy and strategic management in today’s business landscape. Whether you’re an aspiring CFO, a business owner, or simply someone interested in the transformative power of financial intelligence, this episode offers rich insights and inspiration.

Tune in to gain a deeper understanding of the financial intricacies that drive business success and the human stories behind them.



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  • Helping accounting professionals confidently and competently offer quality accounting services to get paid what they are worth.



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  • “Your Strategic Accountant” – Understand the 3 Core Accounting Services you should offer as you run your business. help your clients understand which numbers they need to know to make more informed business decisions.

  • Your Profit & Growth Expert” – Your business is an asset. You should know its value and understand how to maximize it. Beginning with the end in mind helps you work ON your business to build a company you can leave so that it can continue to exist in your absence or build wealth as you retire and enjoy the time, freedom, and life you want and deserve.



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