Crowdfunding platform provider CommunityLeader has announced a new appointment. CEO and co-founder Joseph Barizonzi has added George Stroebel to their executive team to become the company’s Chief Financial Officer.
“With experience as a private investor, registered security professional, lawyer, CPA and a senior executive in both development stage and mature growth organizations, George bring tremendous talent to the CommunityLeader’s leadership team,” said Barisonzi.
Mr. Stroebel is a seasoned business executive with more than thirty years of broad experience over a number of diverse industries, including the financial services sector. He began his career as a consultant and partner with Ernst & Young, working for fifteen years with numerous businesses in financial services, manufacturing, and software including many multinational organizations. Building on this broad experience, he turned to serving as a senior executive with several companies, culminating with several years in the broker-dealer industry, where he served as Chief Operating Officer of Fahnestock & Co., Inc., the forerunner of Oppenheimer & Co., Inc.
“Not only does George have a profound understanding of the private investment banking market as an issuer, investor and broker,” said Jennifer Amys, CommunityLeader’s CIO. “George’s involvement and leadership in his community reflects the core values of what CommunityLeader is all about.”
For the past several years, George has been engaged in philanthropic service to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Foundation as a Director and current is its Vice-Chairman, while also serving in elected county and municipal positions in Polk County Wisconsin.
“Realistic financial projections, performance and ongoing transparency are critical components of attracting qualified investors and maintaining a compliant process in this emerging online private funding marketplace,” said Stroebel. “CommunityLeader’s founders are committed to creating an organization who’s very ‘DNA’ is defined by a deep respect for transparency, disclosure and protection of all stakeholders involved in the fundraising process.”
Stroebel earned a Bachelor of Business Administration with Comprehensive Finance Major Degree from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a Juris Doctorate from University of Minnesota Law School. He has held certifications and licensing including admittance to the Minnesota Bar; as a Certified Public Accountant; and a numerous securities licenses — 7 (Investment Representative), 63 (Uniform State Law), 24 (Firm Principal), 27 (Firm Financial and Operations Principal), and 53 (Firm Municipal Securities Principal).