Les Ward – BlackBriar Advisors
Over thirty years of experience, performing in executive leadership roles in both private and public companies in telecommunications, distribution, professional services, professional training and not-for-profit sectors.
Prior to co-founding BlackBriar Advisors LLC, Les was a Senior Director for BBK, Ltd., an international financial advisory firm. Before joining BBK, Les was Managing Partner for the Dallas office of Tatum LLC, a nationwide financial services firm, where he was responsible for managing the over 75 financial professionals and administrative staff directing marketing, business development and client relations..
Prior to Tatum, LLC Les was the Chief Operating Officer, Chief Administrative Officer, and Chief Financial Officer for Young Presidents’ Organization International, a global membership organization. He was recruited by the CEO and International Board to drive transformation to a professionally managed organization where he led turnaround from negative net worth to 6+ months of operating expenses in financial reserves. Les completed the merger with World Presidents’ Organization, integrating operations, information technology, people and processes. With a combined membership of approximately 17,000 members, created the largest CEO membership organization in the world.
Les’ diversified experience extends to other industries where he was President and CEO of a nationwide provider of technology-based distance learning products and services; President and Owner of a business advisory services company; President and CEO of an International provider of consulting and temporary services in IT, Finance, Engineering.