Who We Are
We are a steadfast, passionate advocate for entrepreneurs and growing companies. Our experience and expertise in business give us the tools to provide guidance and hands-on support for your company.
What We Believe
We believe society's well-being is, in large part, the product of entrepreneurship and that every citizen should care about creating an economic and social environment in which emerging ideas can flourish.
We believe the cultivation of successful entrepreneurs is not only vital for our current economic welfare and future standard of living; it is vital for the health of society.
What We Do
We have helped more than 300 entrepreneurs launch their enterprises, sharpen their strategies, build their management teams and advisory boards, restructure operations, and grow to a level where they can attract institutional capital.
We encourage research and analysis of issues about entrepreneurship and help disseminate the ensuing publications.
Tom R. Trexler, President
Tom started CFI in 1992 to give entrepreneurs the tools to start their own company on a solid footing.
CFI has had specialized consulting engagements with over 300 independent, privately-held client companies paid for by investments from venture funds. Hence, "Corporate Finance" means CFI engagements financed by venture funds. All CFI client companies have had investments from early-stage venture funds that paid for CFI's client engagements. Venture funds regard these privately-held CFI client companies as their portfolio companies. Six portfolio companies have achieved liquidity.
Tom is the author of the book Raising Capital Through SCOR published in 1996. He also has several published articles related to finance.
From 1982 to 1991, Tom served as the Chief Financial Officer and Director of Insituform East, Inc., a NASDAQ traded company.
From 1974 to 1982, Tom was a partner of Oehmann & Company, CPAs.
Tom holds an MBA, 1982, from the University of Maryland; a BS in Accounting, 1979, from Benjamin Franklin University (cum laude), and a BA in Economics, 1974, from the State University of New York at Oswego (cum laude) .
Tom has three children: Dr. Adam Trexler, Emily Trexler, and Michael Trexler.
President Theodore Roosevelt may have said it best . . .
"It is not the critic who counts, not the person who points out where the doer of deeds should have done better. The credit belongs to the person who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes up short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and at the worst, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat."