The Imperial Team
Gershon is the founder and principal of Imperial Advisory. In this role, Gershon has provided CFO services for companies across a wide range of industries, acting as an advisor to CEOs and CFOs on issues relating to both day-to-day profitability and long-term strategic growth planning. He began his career developing financial projections and working on special projects relating to Nassau County’s $2.7 billion budget, before continuing on to work in the bond industry as both an investment banker and issuer. In addition, Gershon is an Adjunct Professor of Finance at Touro College where he helps mold the next generation of business students.
Bob joined Imperial Advisory in 2019 as a Portfolio CFO and became a partner in 2021. He began his career in public accounting and then went on to lead a customer-focused team at CSC ServiceWorks, a top provider of home and commercial laundry and air vending solutions. Over Bob’s 30 years at CSC, the company went from a $50 million family business to a publicly traded, and then private equity backed $1 billion international behemoth. After serving as CFO of CSC, Bob was promoted to CEO, where he more than doubled the company’s size in seven years.
Ares joined Imperial Advisory in 2021 as a Portfolio CFO. Ares is a strategic and diversified CFO and CEO with extensive experience leading and managing all aspects of public, private and private equity owned Hospitality, Leisure and Travel Retail entities. For the past 25 years, he has served in various C-level positions, with a track record of major accomplishments in strategic profitable growth, brand building, go-to-market initiatives, and financing plans. Ares holds the CFA designation and has completed multiple mergers, acquisitions and integrations focusing on revenue generation, operational excellence, cultural integration, and leadership development. He has held CEO and President positions at Starboard Cruise Services (a Louis Vuitton subsidiary), Ship Supply International, and American Queen Steamboat/Victory Cruise Lines. He has also held senior roles at Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd/Celebrity Cruises, and MSC Cruises USA.
Simon “Buddy” Blattner
Buddy joined Imperial Advisory in 2021 as a Portfolio CFO. Prior to joining our team, Buddy spent 35 years in the Manufacturing, Distribution and Telecommunications industries. For the past 20 years, Buddy held CEO and CFO roles across a range of companies and was integral in their Mergers, Acquisitions, and Debt Financings. He consults with small and mid-sized companies, helping them with their specific needs using his experience in corporate finance, manufacturing, strategy, supply chain management, revenue growth, and operations. Buddy received his MBA in Finance from DePaul University and his BA in Political Science, with a concentration in Public Law from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Barry M. Shereck
Barry received his MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business and is a licensed CPA in the state of New York.
Mark joined Imperial Advisory in 2021 as a Portfolio CFO, bringing more than 40 years of experience in finance and business to the group. Mark has spent more than 30 years in the healthcare field, concentrating in small to mid-sized device companies, both private and publicly traded. He has been the Chief Financial Officer of four different companies in the past 25 years and has been instrumental in mergers, divestitures, spinouts, incubation, and acquisitions in each of these companies. He has also been deeply involved in operations, supply chain, product development, and other functions that heavily influence financial planning and resource management.
Mark earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a specialty in accounting from Bowling Green State University.
Jim Altieri, MBA
Jim joined Imperial Advisory in 2021 as a Portfolio CFO. Jim has 33 years of experience streamlining and reengineering global operations with a background in finance, accounting, and supply chain management. He has held roles as COO and CFO at numerous companies where he implemented ERP systems and sustainable business processes to drive growth while focusing management on developing teams to become adept at delivering scalable business solutions. He has worked extensively in retail and spent five and four years, respectively, in the defense industry and not-for-profit arena. Jim also has international experience having built businesses in Australia, HK, and China.
Jim received his MBA from Boston University.
Jennifer joined Imperial Advisory in 2021 as a Marketing Associate. Jennifer has experience in Digital Marketing, Brand Strategy, and Community Engagement. She has experience in copywriting for paid ads, websites, email newsletters, and social media. She has run paid ad campaigns on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Google. Jennifer has worked with 3 start-ups to develop their messaging and branding. The start-ups were in the fitness industry, the video-sharing platform industry, and the educational online course industry. She also has experience in recruiting professional speakers and planning networking events at California State University, Northridge.
Jennifer earned a Bachelor of Science degree with concentrations in Management, Marketing, and Finance from California State University, Northridge.