John Eastman

John Eastman

Los Angeles, CA, United States
Member since February 10, 2017
John launched his consulting practice after a 20-year financial career working at leading commercial real estate firm Majestic Realty, sports entertainment conglomerate AEG and on Wall Street at CIBC. John has served as a CFO and raised over $1 billion in debt and equity capital for companies in a variety of industries. He freelances to leverage his experiences to help companies leverage capital and maximize efficiency.
John is now available for hire
Career Highlights
Education
Select Certifications
Case studies
Industry Expertise
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Entertainment & Leisure
Software Expertise
  • Intuit QuickBooks
  • Microsoft Excel
Other Expertise
  • Financial Modeling
  • Investment Banking
  • Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)
Employment
  • Chief Financial Officer
    2017 - PRESENT
    The Ranch Malibu
    • Raised $10 million to refinance an existing multifamily real estate portfolio, producing all marketing materials and negotiating with potential lenders to achieve the highest loan proceeds at the lowest cost of capital.
    • Conducted discounted cash flow analyses and created a pitch deck for the capital raise of a mid-sized fitness and wellness program.
    • Created precedent transaction analyses to screen over $50 million in real estate transactions, successfully executing multiple acquisitions.
    • Developed a strategic plan for the management of $10 million of liquid assets by creating financial reports to analyze current returns from existing investments and coordinated with financial institutions to improve the investment performance of cash holdings.
    • Instituted a payroll management process to ensure the successful implementation of a $2 million annual payroll system leveraging the web-based Paychex platform to streamline the process.
    Focus areas: Financial Modeling, Financial Reporting, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Finance Systems, Financial Accounting, Valuation, QuickBooks, Market Research, personal finance
  • Chief Financial Officer
    2015 - PRESENT
    Casa de Leones Entertainment
    • Led a team of five employees to coordinate the financial management efforts of a profitable music company, tracking financial reporting on a daily basis and creating models to monitor and track projected performance.
    • Analyzed quarterly distribution statements to ensure the proper calculation and payment of management commissions, achieving significant improvements in commission collection.
    • Managed all human resources efforts, negotiating employment contracts to help scale the team and establishing a healthcare program for the stakeholders.
    • Built detailed financial models for potential projects and the calculation of management commissions.
    • Tracked bank accounts and tax payments via QuickBooks to monitor cash flow and calculate manager commissions and reimbursements.
    Focus areas: Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Financial Accounting, Financial Statement Analysis, Pro Forma Financial Statements, Revenue & Expense Projections, Valuation, Personal Finance
  • Portfolio Manager
    2009 - PRESENT
    Strategic Trading Corporation
    • Built a financial model for return projections from stocks and options investments for a fund that generated an IRR of 30%+ over five years.
    • Executed daily stock and options trades, totaling $2+ million of trading volume over five years.
    • Conducted analyses of transaction fees and decreased the portfolio management cost by 70%.
    Focus areas: Private Banking, Asset-backed Securities, Portfolio Analysis, Financial Options, Bond Indices, Stock Trading, Stock Price Analysis
  • Associate Director of Capital Markets
    2004 - 2009
    Majestic Realty Co.
    • Developed a financial model to raise a $175 million credit facility to finance gaming and retail space at a $500 million casino in Las Vegas.
    • Created pro forma financials and offering memorandums to facilitate the successful raise of $100+ million of debt financing for a 2+ million square foot property based in California.
    • Raised $1+ billion of debt to refinance additional industrial, retail and office real estate.
    • Structured and executed a variety of real estate development and finance transactions for a commercial real estate portfolio exceeding 68 million square feet of industrial, retail and office space.
    Focus areas: Real Estate Finance, Financial Strategy, Financial Modeling, Valuation, Discounted Cash Flow (DCF), Asset Valuation
  • Financial Analyst
    2001 - 2003
    CIBC World Markets
    • Provided deal structuring analysis for a variety of investment banking and credit transactions including industry and equity research, analysis of debt and equity trading multiples, discounted cash flow analysis and financial modeling.
    • Raised a $500 million senior credit facility for Isle of Capri Casinos, a leading gaming company.
    • Raised a $200 million senior credit facility for Central Garden & Pet, a consumer products company.
    • Raised $150 million in an equity offering for Magna Entertainment, a horse racing and real estate company.
    • Assisted with the composition of 50+ equity research reports for use in the annual CIBC Gaming, Lodging, and Leisure conference.
    Focus areas: Financial Modeling, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Equity Research, Asset-backed Securities, Valuation
Education
  • Master's degree in Finance and Entrepreneurship
    2008 - 2012
    University of Southern California - Los Angeles, California
  • Bachelor's degree in Business Administration
    1996 - 2001
    University of California - Berkeley, California
Certifications
  • Investment Advisor Representative
    JANUARY 2017 - PRESENT
    Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)

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