About

CFO Relief is a professional services firm primarily providing CFO services, Controller services and financial management services to software, service, internet-only and technology businesses ranging from seed stage to publicly-traded.

Part-time CFO services, part-time Controller services, interim CFO services and interim Controller services include the areas of :

  • Strategy and Business Planning
  • Financial Operations
  • Debt and Equity Financing

Part-time services are also called fractional CFO services and fractional controller services.

With CFO Relief you will get:

  • More time to focus on new services, new customers and other core business needs.
  • A better understanding of the financial side and operational side of your business.
  • A sounding board to help you with tough decisions.
  • A professional reviewing and constantly improving the finances of your business.
  • Assistance with planning, budgeting and forecasting.
  • Liaison with bankers, attorneys, external CPA’s, vendors, investors, marketers and insurance agents.
  • Financial controls to deter employee theft, increase revenues and increase profits.
  • Cash management advice to help your business survive and prosper.

We primarily serve the metropolitan areas of Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Morrisville, RTP, Apex, Sanford, Pittsboro, Clayton, Hillsborough and Cary, North Carolina.  We also serve clients nationwide.

steve dragoSteve Drago, CPA, CMA, MBA

Steve Drago is a seasoned finance executive in the software and services industry with over 17 years of broad experience in leading high growth private and public companies in the U.S.  He knows how to create new organizations, grow companies and lead them to profitable and cash positive operations.

Prior to founding CFO Relief, Steve was the Corporate Controller of Ultimus, Inc., a leading BPM (Business Process Management) software company in Cary, NC. The venture-backed emerging-growth company had over 1000% revenue growth in 9 years, increasing its customer base to over 2,000 customers and the opening of 18 offices around the world.

Prior to joining Ultimus, Steve was CFO or Group Controller with several multi-site manufacturing firms serving industries worldwide. These firms included public and private companies headquartered in the U.S. , Europe and  Asia.

Steve received a BS in Accounting and Finance from Drexel University and an MBA from Cleveland State University.

He is an active Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Management Accountant and a North Carolina Notary Public.

Steve served on the national Board of Directors of the Institute of Management Accountants for five years. He is a member of the American Institute of CPA’s (AICPA), the North Carolina Association of CPA’s (NCACPA), the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), the Council For Entrepreneurial Development (CED), and a Founding Member of the North Carolina Executive Roundtable.

Call Steve at 919-475-6707.

Email at Steve@CFORelief.com