• Accounting Systems
  • Cash Flow Processes
  • Advisor Coordination
  • Budgeting & Forecasting
  • Production & Operations
  • Banking & Capital
  • Strategic Financial Planning
  • Risk Assessments
  • Revenue
  • Operating Rhythm
  • Succession or Exit Planning
  • Readiness & Attractiveness
  • Price/Multiple

Kelly Malaga-LaCarter

  • CFO
  • Detroit Metro

Kelly is a people-centered, results oriented Executive Leader with over 30 years of experience across Finance, Control and Human Resources. A proven leader known for developing and delivering strategic initiatives that drive value and a positive client and employee experience. A respected collaborator with the ability to articulate a compelling vision and engage key stakeholders across functions and hierarchies. Transition advisor helping business owners understand their current state and develop a plan to make their dreams a reality.

Before FocusCFO

Prior to joining FocusCFO, Kelly had an interesting career that has allowed her to leverage her passion for numbers to craft the story that engages leaders and employees to work together. She spent 18 years in a traditional finance capacity doing planning, analysis, capital, sales and cost forecasting, new business investment and contingency planning. She spent 8 years leading the Control & Compliance agenda where she was able to lead integration efforts to merge two companies, inclusive of their systems and people into a larger business model. Kelly then moved into Total Rewards and Human Resources with a broader focus on delivering a better employee experience through activating technology, training and building a healthy culture, leading to a reduction in employee turnover while reducing the redundant cost of manual activities. Kelly has received her Certified Business Exit Consultant certification and has been working with business owners to understand their exit options, de-risk and build enterprise value of their business.

    Other Interests

    • What was your favorite vacation?  To date, I have two favorites, both involving trips to Europe one with my husband and one with my daughters.
    • What did you want to be when you grew up?  I love the weather and would have liked to have been a storm chaser. However, I'm a bit practical and chose a more traditional career path through Finance.
    • What is your favorite way to spend free time?  I enjoy spending time with my family and our two pups, Max and Tucker!

What attracted you
to FocusCFO?

The opportunity to help business owners realize their dreams, while working as a team of professionals through FocusCFO.

Curated insights by Kelly Malaga-LaCarter