Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others. —Jack Welch

ABOUT JOE

Joseph Gwozdz is a former C-Level executive and a CPA possessing deep financial and operational leadership experience across a breadth of industries including SaaS, tech enabled services, hospitality, education, financial services, healthcare, and construction.  He has a track record of repeatedly scaling operations, generating consistent growth in EBITDA, revenue and shareholder value while creating and sustaining a culture of employee engagement across businesses and industries.  He has been the CFO, COO or advisor on M&A deals valued at over $1b in enterprise value.   

At Edison Partners, Joe Gwozdz leads the Financial Center of Excellence within the Edison Edge platform. Joe advises the finance organizations of our portfolio entities on matters of personnel, strategic FP&A, reporting and optimization of processes and financial systems.  He leverages his 30+ years of financial and operating expertise as he coaches and mentors on how to translate strategies into actions that maximize enterprise and shareholder value. 

PRIOR EXPERIENCE

Joe founded JTG Ventures in 2020 through which he advises privately held and investor-owned business on implementing and executing financial and operational excellence.  Prior to launching his own firm, he served as CFO with Compass Group, TwentyEighty Strategy Execution, and Folio Financial and has held other leadership roles at E*TRADE and Navigant Consulting.  He served on the board of Financial Executives International and was the founding Managing Director of the National Capital Chapter of the COO Forum.    

EDUCATION

Stanford Executive Institute 

BS, Accounting, DePaul University 

POINT OF VIEW
We are on a constant journey of learning and teachingKeeping our eyes and ears open, life becomes a series of events that we can grow and learn from – be it success, failure or somewhere in between.  Everything we do, experience, and see is an opportunity to learn from and grow.   As we progress in life and our careers, we have the responsibility to lead, grow and mentor others while remaining open to learningI have had the pleasure to work with and advise many CEOs and entrepreneurs, and the consistent theme among them is how they viewed failure as a part of the process, a mere bump in the road, nothing to shy away from.   These were some of the most valuable lessons to learn from, which in turn became examples to lead and teach about.