Barclay is a Vice President with extensive experience in the Consumer & Retail space, leading and advising startups, mid-size, and Fortune 500 companies. His balance of finance and operational expertise allows him to develop strategies with C-level executives and then effectively implement them within the organizations he serves.
At Accordion, Barclay recently helped a large PE-backed retailer implement more robust budgeting and forecasting models for store sales. Through his work with the FP&A group, the portfolio company achieved a new level of financial visibility that now allows the CFO to act on business trends in real-time.
Before joining Accordion, Barclay consulted for an overseas, VC-backed location-based entertainment (LBE) company looking to expand into the US market. He developed 3-statement financial models, ran scenario-analyses, created store proformas, and developed a framework for new-store CapEx decision-making, which was used to determine funding requirements for the US business. Previously, Barclay launched his own startup in the food-tech space, developing an asset-light, crowd sourced marketing platform that allowed online content creators to turn recipes into shoppable meal-kits.
He also served as CFO & COO for the high-growth apparel startup, Faherty Brand. There, he accelerated production and shifted sourcing strategy to deliver $1M+ in free-cash flow in year-one. He oversaw the company’s retail rollout, initiated a quarterly close process, compiled historical financials, and brought all tax deadlines on-calendar, all while the business was growing 100%+ YoY (from $2.5M to $10M+).
Barclay began his career at Ralph Lauren, where he worked for 9 years, serving ultimately as the Director of Finance & Operations for the Club Monaco division.
He graduated from Bucknell University with a B.A. in Economics (finance concentration) and a minor in Chinese.
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