OUR TEAM

Our team consists of business-savvy finance and accounting professionals that are smart, nimble and passionate about solving problems. From C-level to accounting manager, our team members have diverse backgrounds that span across Big 4, startup companies (seed stage to Series-D) and mature businesses. From consumer products and technology, to life sciences and medical device, our team also has the industry experience and skills to help you plan your financial strategy and fulfill your daily accounting needs.

CEO / FOUNDER

FELIPE VEGA

The IronClad team is led by Felipe Vega, a finance and accounting industry veteran that has spent the last 20 years of his career helping early-stage and startup companies navigate the financial and operational stages of funding and growth. He is a hands-on strategic advisor who is passionate about working with founders, management teams and the investor community to help build scalable businesses. Throughout his career as a fractional CFO, Felipe has helped pave the way for hundreds of companies by providing leadership and insights to establish strong financial and operational practices. While his experience spans multiple industries, including technology, Felipe has amassed vast expertise and specialization in consumer-packaged goods (CPG). As the leader of IronClad, Felipe values relationships above all and is committed to the mutual success of both clients and his team. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Texas State University.

Vice President of Operations

KRISTEN JOHNSON

Kristen has spent her career working with small businesses and entrepreneurs across a vast array of industries in both accounting and strategic operations roles. She has had the opportunity to lead teams both nationally and internationally taking on anything from new product go-to-market plans, software implementations, performance management processes, and anything in between. Always looking for measurable efficiencies and process improvements, Kristen helps drive companies to scalable growth. She hails from the Midwest with a double major in accounting and business management from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

CFO

Adam Casto

As a CFO consultant for IronClad, Adam has 15 years of experience in accounting and financial operations. He partners with clients to provide strategic guidance and support including strategic planning, financial modeling, financial statement review and board meeting support. Prior to IronClad, Adam held finance and accounting roles at Amplify Snack Brands, SolarWinds and Deloitte. A certified public accountant (CPA), he earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a Master’s Degree in Accounting from Texas State University.

CFO

Devon Ponds

As a CFO consultant, Devon contributes both technical expertise and a successful track record of leadership experience to his clients. In his role at IronClad, he provides strategic direction and support for both established and developing companies. From budgeting, reporting and forecasting—to optimization of financial and operational systems, Devon has expertise to support a broad scope of financial, operational and technical functions.
A licensed CPA, Devon began his career in public accounting with PricewaterhouseCoopers before transitioning into the beverage industry. As CFO of Port Brewing/The Lost Abbey, a regional brewery, Devon spearheaded multiple expansions and strategic initiatives, improved systems and increased margins. Devon earned a Master of Professional Accounting from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas.

CFO

Greg Miller

Greg is an experienced CFO that supports IronClad clients throughout all phases of the start-up cycle—from early-stage angel funding—through venture-backed financing. He lends his extensive experience to help his clients develop a scalable finance and operational model to achieve their short- and long-term business objectives. Greg’s experience includes leading finance, controllership, legal and human resources functions which comprises financial planning, budgeting, forecasting, financial analysis, decision support, reporting, M&A, contract negotiation and board of directors’ corporate governance.
Greg was a founding member of the Builder Homesite executive team where he served as company CFO for 20 years. He also held leadership roles at Pervasive Software and Applied Materials. Greg received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from San Jose State University, and he is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the State of California.

CFO

Andy Gentile

Andy has 15+ years of financial operations experience helping early-stage and mid-sized companies with financial planning and forecasting, internal controls, financial reporting, M&A and ERP systems. Throughout his career, he has helped many companies navigate the acquisition process, including due diligence exercises and contract negotiations. Andy has deep expertise in the CPG industry having held positions with Lavva, Oatmega Bar, Live Soda, Stubbs Barbecue and Whole Foods Market. He is experienced in both the co-packing and manufacturing models and understands what it takes to compete and grow in both the natural and conventional CPG space. A Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Andy earned his MBA from Texas State University and his Bachelor’s in accounting and financial analysis from SUNY Buffalo. He enjoys mountain biking, baseball and being outdoors.

CFO

Freddy Marichal

Freddy Marichal is a principal at IronClad Consulting Services, LLC where he provides strategic growth and finance advisory services to early and expansion stage clients in the technology and healthcare sectors. Freddy has a strong track record of helping enterprises enhance business performance through the effective use of digital technologies that deliver actionable insight and analysis while increasing efficiency, control and compliance. Prior to IronClad, Freddy performed director-level finance and strategy roles at Dell, PwC and Schwab. Freddy holds a BBA and MBA degrees in finance and accounting from The McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin. He lives in Austin, TX with his wife and daughter. He enjoys golf and tennis and serves on the Board of Trustees for The Girls School of Austin.

CFO

Derek Carden

With 20 years of finance and accounting experience from startup to Fortune 100 company, Derek is a CFO consultant providing strategic advisory and technical finance & accounting guidance for up-and-coming CPG companies. Key areas of emphasis are capital raising, modeling, and supply chain optimization. His previous industry experience includes CPG, biopharma, hedge fund, and financial services. Derek has spent time working overseas and is a proficient public speaker. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance from Arizona State University and a Master of Science in Finance from the Boston College Carroll School of Management. He lives in Orange County, California and enjoys live music, travel and sports.

CFO

Sam Reimer

As a CFO consultant, Sam brings 30 years of financial and operational experience to IronClad, with innovative and proven disciplines to processes, solutions and strategies he has obtained from pre-IPO and start-up enterprises to multi-division and multi-national public and private companies.
As a recent resident of Texas, Sam has advised Austin based Tech SaaS platforms specializing in Public Safety; and served as Senior Client Executive & Managing Director with alliantgroup LP, in Houston, TX, providing CPA firms and SMB clients with outsourced accounting and CFO advisory services. Prior to this, he has held a wide range of advisory and leadership positions for multi-national companies enabling new strategies and leading finance and operations.
Sam’s passions are providing business insights, developing growth strategies, enterprise risk management, board governance, and operational enablement.

CFO

Brian Prehn

Brian is a CFO with experience across various industries including Manufacturing, Software, Food and Beverage, Consumer Packaged Goods, Technology and Retail. Since 2014, he has been consulting with high growth companies to provide value through financial forecasting, accounting system integrations and financial reporting and analysis. Brian started his career in public accounting at Ernst and Young, then moved on to accounting leadership roles in the technology and manufacturing space.
Brian has experienced success as a mentor, team leader, change advocate and project manager. An active CPA since 2005, Brian graduated from Texas A&M University with a Master of Business Administration in Finance and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.

VP of Finance

Chrissy Koob

Chrissy is a multi-faceted finance and operations leader that has passion for helping early-stage companies grow and scale. With more than twelve years of diversified experience, she works with clients to provide a wide variety of financial and operational support. From forecasting, inventory accounting and financial reporting, to developing metrics and optimizing technology automation, Chrissy has a keen ability to identify efficiencies to help her clients achieve success. Prior to IronClad, she consulted with multiple venture-backed companies, including multiple e-commerce and CPG companies. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Villanova University.

VP of Finance

Theresa Owens

Theresa has more than 25 years of financial accounting experience including management reporting and analysis, audit and compliance, and process improvement. She has worked with clients across a broad range of industries, including manufacturing, retail, financial and consumer packaged goods. Leveraging an accounting foundation gained as an external auditor for nine years, Theresa was a strong in-house leader for several startup companies where she helped grow and automate internal systems, establish sound accounting policies and procedures, and developed dynamic reporting. Theresa earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Baylor University and is a licensed CPA in the state of Texas.

VP of Finance

Travis Russo

As VP of Finance with IronClad, Travis is focused on strategy, growth and profit optimization for his clients. Throughout his 20-year career, he has amassed progressive and comprehensive finance and accounting experience across several industries. Previously, Travis worked at Amazon Fulfillment, overseeing all financial and operational aspects of ten fulfillment robotics centers including development of weekly and monthly financial metrics, as well as financial planning, forecasting, and reporting models. He has also served as Director of Financial Services for US Auto Logistics LLC, where he was responsible for devising strategic initiatives, positioning the business, and leading the finance, accounting and IT support functions.
Travis earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s in Public Accountancy from St. Edward’s University.

VP of Finance

Abla Jad

As an experienced VP of Finance at IronClad, Abla works with clients to manage and support their accounting and finance function for maximum efficiency. For the last 10 years, she has worked her way up from an entry-level AR/AP to controller-level position, which has provided the opportunity to amass detailed insights and strategic expertise to help her clients establish efficiencies and processes across all levels of an accounting organization. Her background encompasses both operational accounting and accounting management across a variety of industries, including manufacturing, consumer packaged goods and land development/homebuilding. Abla earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Colorado State University.

Controller

Trisha DeSoi

Trisha joined IronClad Consulting with 25+ years of diversified accounting experience. She has a passion for working with startup companies and helping them achieve success. Trisha’s career started in the government contract field in Texas working with the Super Collider project and continued in Tennessee with engineering and environmental clean-up projects.
Upon her return to Texas, she joined a consumer product delivery company as an accounting manager. This position spawned additional controller and accounting manager roles where she has supported a variety of clients in business sectors including alcohol production, consumer products, social media marketing, medical services and project management.
Trisha earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Texas A&M University.

Controller

Christina Mason

Christina is an accomplished controller with more than two decades of finance and accounting experience. Throughout her career, she has amassed the ability to quickly master accounting software and identify efficiencies for clients. Her extreme attention to detail enables her to organize and implement repeatable processes to ensure a timely month-end close. Christina earned a Bachelor of Science in Radio-TV-Film, and a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas. Prior to her career in accounting, she achieved a PreK-6 Texas Educator Certificate and enjoyed teaching both children and undergraduates for ten years.

Sr Controller

Elsa Iris Reyes

Elsa Iris Reyes is a Controller with nearly a decade of experience in FP&A and accounting. Elsa has a successful track record of process improvement, project management, and budgeting. Industry experience includes heavy manufacturing, consumer packaged goods, SAAS, e-commerce, and non-profit organizations. One of Elsa’s specialties is in financial modeling and forecasting to support company management and early seed stage fundraising rounds.

Controller

Dominique Edwards

Dominique joins IronClad with experience and passion assisting startups scale their operations. She has experience in operational accounting and financial planning and analysis as she managed the full accounting cycle, finance functions, and led strategic initiatives at a consumer packaged goods startup. Through her professional experience she has worked with a variety of industries, including consumer packaged goods, SaaS, tech, and traditional service companies. To achieve the best results for her clients, Dominique enjoys using her leadership skills to build connections and establish trustworthy relationships. Dominique brings a midwestern charm from Nebraska where she obtained her Bachelor of Finance and Accounting and is currently pursuing her Masters of Organizational Leadership from Oral Roberts University. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her rescue, Sophia, and testing the newest bites around Austin!

Controller

Marie-Sue Canada

Marie Sue joined IronClad with more than16 years of diverse finance and accounting experience across industries including CPG, SaaS, manufacturing, electrical, construction and hotel/restaurant services. Marie Sue also has broad international accounting experience that she gained in the Caribbean Islands and at large, multinational manufacturing companies in the Philippines including Tyson Agro-Ventures, Century Canning Corporation, Del Monte Philippines and Ajinomoto Philippines. Her deep understanding of the manufacturing industry contributes to her comprehensive cost costing skills. Marie Sue is a licensed CPA in Texas as well as the Philippines. In her spare time, she enjoys Chinese and Korean TV dramas, singing karaoke, and playing the guitar and drums.

Controller

Halane Hughes

Serving as Controller for IronClad clients, Halane brings extensive expertise in accounting, financial planning & analysis, and process optimization gained through over 15 years of experience in a wide variety of industries and entities ranging from start-ups to multinational corporations; wholesalers to consultants; regional nonprofits to international organizations. In every role, Halane streamlined procedures and established effective policies to enhance resource management, advance profitability, and promote growth. Leveraging an MBA in Finance, Halane has a proven track record in financial modeling and data analysis to support operational management and strengthen decision-making.

Controller

Paige Warburton

Paige started her career in public accounting, where she managed and led audits across various industries. She focused on technical areas such as implementing 606, purchase accounting for acquisitions, and managing the control and process documentation for risk mitigation. She is a certified public accountant (CPA) who earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting at Elon University. Paige enjoys assisting startup companies in building their operations and accounting platforms to become successful in the market.

Sr Controller

Tanner Meeks

In the Controller role with IronClad, Tanner utilizes his nearly 20 years of accounting industry experience and his drive for results to help clients move their business forward into the future. With a wide array of knowledge in areas such as inventory, cost accounting, variance analysis, treasury management, trend analysis, fixed assets, budgeting/forecasting, and consolidations, Tanner possesses the skill set required to help support a multitude of needs from his clients. Tanner has experience in industries ranging from manufacturing and consumer packaged goods to property management. He has successfully led teams through integrations, systems implementations, and plant expansion projects. Likewise, Tanner is highly organized and disciplined in his commitment to reporting and providing useful insights and interpretations of financial results. Tanner earned his Accounting degree from Auburn University followed by a Masters of Accounting and a Masters of Business Administration from Samford University. He loves being in the outdoors whether it be camping, trail running, hiking, or fishing. He along with his wife and 3 daughters call Chelsea, Alabama home.

Sr Accountant

Rodney Moore

Rodney brings 14 years of accounting experience to the team as a senior accountant for IronClad. His diverse background working with public and private companies includes manufacturing, retail, ecommerce, and consumer packaged goods. He has demonstrated a proven track record of utilizing his accounting and finance competencies, ethics, and interpersonal skills to maintain successful and high achieving cross-functional teams.
His friendly demeanor and team focus allow him to lead others by example through hard work and attention to detail. Rodney holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Louisiana State University Shreveport.

Sr Accountant

Courtney Hale

As a Senior Accountant, Courtney contributes both proficiency in and application of the fundamental aspects of the accounting cycle for a wide range of industries. In her role at IronClad, she provides enhanced technical accounting support for both established and developing companies. From performing bank and other account reconciliations to producing understandable supporting documentation, Courtney offers a wide range of accounting assistance and clarity for her clients.
As a licensed CPA, Courtney began her career in public accounting with a local auditing firm before transitioning into the SAAS industry, the Non-Profit industry and then the Consumer Packaged Goods industry. As a Director of Accounting and Finance for an international Non-Profit organization, Courtney is savvy in the accurate preparation and strategic analysis of financial statements. Courtney earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Accounting at the University of Texas at El Paso.

Sr Accountant

Ally Castanon

Ally brings 13 years of accounting experience to the IronClad team. Much of her career has been dedicated to accounting in the student housing real estate industry and start-up small business accounting. Ally combines her technical innovative training to empower employees to reach their potential and provide digestible financials to clients. Much of Ally’s expertise consists of stakeholder engagement, organizational analysis, software implementation, and accurate financials to clients. Ally has earned her Bachelors at the University of Texas at El Paso and enjoys the sunny city of El Paso.

Sr Accountant

Emily Sellers

Emily brings over 15 years of diverse accounting experience to IronClad. Her accounting background has included forensic accounting, private equity fund accounting, compliance and she has worked in the CPG, retail, and manufacturing industries. She started her career at EY and most recently has held roles at Whole Foods Market and YETI. Emily earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance from Texas Christian University and is a licensed CPA in the State of Texas. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters.

Sr Accountant

Taryd Makal

Taryd started her accounting career in South Texas in the oilfield services industry and then relocated to Austin to work for an AI Solutions start-up. During her time at this growing startup she had the opportunity to support the company in establishing an internal finance team, various system implementations, Series round financing, acquisitions and establishing subsidiaries and joint-ventures. Taryd is an excellent problem solver and direct communicator that leads to effective and efficient output. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and backpacking in the wilderness.

Accountant

Robert Stagg

Robert is an experienced accountant at IronClad Consulting that focuses on providing his clients with exceptional service. From special projects and short-term engagements, to permanent account process implementations, he is committed to approaching each engagement as a unique opportunity to make an impact. Previously, Robert worked at Lantana Foods where he grew his skills across a variety of roles, platforms and processes. He also had the opportunity to experience as the company expanded, re-branded and ultimately experienced a sale. Robert earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Park University.

Accountant

Wells Chu

Wells has the keen ability to quickly learn and adapt to meet each client’s individual needs. Wells began his career as the internal accountant for a private logistics company where he oversaw the bookkeeping. Over time, he also managed the accounting and finance department which included reviewing the financials and helping manage cash flow. Thereafter, he moved on to a financial consulting firm that supported startup companies where he gained experience in a range of different industries including e-commerce, CPG, professional services, technology and media.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting at SUNY Albany, and a Master of Science in Taxation at Pace University.

Accountant

Anfisa Burova

As an accountant, Anfisa has a passion for helping business owners to manage and grow their financial well-being. With a strong accounting background, Anfisa provides clients with expert advice, professionalism, responsiveness and peace of mind. Her experience covers a wide range of industries and has been focused predominantly in the small to medium sized sector. Coming from Siberia, Anfisa arrived in the U.S. with a dream to live in sunny Austin. She has made that dream a reality with her dog, Frenchie, and they enjoy all of the outside activities Austin has to offer. She earned her degree in Accounting from the Academy Budget and Treasury at Moscow.

Accountant

Zac Simmons

Bio to come soon!

Accountant

Holly Prather

Holly is an accountant with 20 years of experience within Home Building, Land Development and Property Management industries. Her accounting experience includes managing accounting teams, creating budgets, WIP schedules and various other accounting functions. As an accounting professional, Holly wears multiple hats and is able to see the entire picture when dealing with client needs, focusing on detail while not losing sight of a business’s ultimate goal. She is passionate about solving problems and scaling while being hyper focused on efficiency.
Holly is a native Austinite. When not working she enjoys live music and spending time with her son.

Accountant

Nadia Marafioti

Nadia joins IronClad after spending 10 years as a procurement officer in the South African manufacturing sector, prioritizing the provision of cost-efficient, high-quality goods and services for multiple companies. Upon her arrival in Austin, she was able to apply the expertise she acquired back home to help manage the accounts of multiple commercial properties in and around the area. She excels in operational accounting, HR, and providing personable customer service. She thrives on her ability to learn quickly and adapt to her clients’ needs. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, crocheting, and attending concerts in the Live Music Capital of the World.

Bookkeeper

Brenda Pearson

Brenda has spent her career working in the accounting departments for various companies from Property Management to a Child Development Center and most recently with a fast-growing church, Grace Place in Northern Colorado. She managed accounting systems and budgets for the business side of the church including a Café and Bookstore. During a $13 million building project she maintained construction draws, pledge drives and budgets. She has worked with many teams to implement various software systems and likes organization and structure. Her degree is in Business Administration. As a native of Colorado she enjoys, skiing, hiking, boating, reading, and spending time with her two grandchildren.

Bookkeeper

Stormy Homan

Stormy has worked with small businesses to corporate organizations keeping track of their financial, employee, and process information. Her specialty is in organizing and streamlining procedures to produce efficiency of labor and quality of product. She worked as a Corporate Bookkeeper for Performance Management, LTD, which involved trusts, oil and gas revenue, auto dealerships, and property management before transitioning into the Consumer Package Goods industry. Her Master’s degree is from the University of Florida.

Join the IronClad Team

IronClad will help you grow yourself and your career. Our team is focused on working together and learning from each other. As a member of our team you will diversify your industry experience and grow your technical skills. We stay connected through weekly meetings and team gatherings.