Osage Food Products Testimonial

“In 2010 I was in the market for someone to perform a business valuation on Osage Food Products. Via a friend of a friend referral I was introduced to Mark Gandy. When we first talked I explained that I was looking for a basic analysis of my business in order to determine strengths and weaknesses of the organization.

That was 8 years ago and all I can say is WOW. Actually, that’s not all I can say however what follows would not do justice to Mark’s value to my organization.

Mark initially visited our offices and spent several days with my accounting manage. During his time in our office Mark compiled a complete financial history of Osage Food Products dating back to the inception of the company. Upon completion he put together several presentations and spreadsheets as well as SWOT analysis that we still refer to today.

The financial analysis detailed all P&L and Balance sheets and gave me an in depth view in to the very business I created. The presentations Mark created outlined detail SWOT analysis as well goal setting materials for the company and managers.

After the initial financial history and valuation presentations were complete Mark offered to continue working with Osage as our CFO. Saying yes to his offer was the best decision I have made in business outside of actually starting my own business.”

“The following are just a few of the highlights of what Mark has contributed to Osage:

  • Interviewed each sales person and assisted them in creating their own SWOT analysis
  • Provided training and guidance for my accounting manager so that she now has a complete understanding of how to read and find discrepancies in financial reports
  • Taught my accounting manager key points of financial reporting so that she can better prepare reports for my review as well as review from our lending partners
  • Provides detailed margin and sales analysis so that my sales team can better evaluate their business
  • Conducted onsite sales “training” with the team and has from time to time sent the entire sales team books covering a variety of sales related topics
  • Mark spent a day on the phones with the sales people cold calling looking for new business prospects just so he could better understand what we do.
  • Provides us with monthly reports showing not just numbers but charts and graphs that show trends and statistical data for margins, sales and commissions as well as where business is being gained, static or lost.
  • Provided information on Kolbe Index that we now use for all sales staff so that we may better understand how people work and how we can better work with each other

Without a doubt I could continue highlighting what Mark has done and in two more pages I would probably still miss some of his contributions to Osage. When there are so many items, discussion topics, even a sentence here and there that were an “ah hah” moment it becomes a daunting task to record each contribution.”

“Mark Gandy has my complete faith and trust and that puts him in a very select group. He has made me, Osage Food Products and my staff better and without a doubt is part of our family.”

“In the years that have followed Mark has shown a care and concern for Osage that still leaves me overwhelmed. While being a “part time” CFO for Osage Mark’s dedication is full time and quite honestly more overtime. He is genuine in his desire to see Osage, myself and every employee here succeed and grow.

In my life and in business I have been privileged to find success. I’ve also been fortunate to have met many intelligent, driven and successful people that I have been able to call on for advice, guidance and inspiration. And while these are all great attributes there remains one other factor that when put together makes the person and that is trust.”

– Bill Dickinson, President of Osage Food Products