Nathan Rust, Finance Expert in Phoenix, AZ, United States
Nathan Rust

Finance Expert in Phoenix, AZ, United States

Member since August 19, 2021
Nathan leads M&A for a $7 billion enterprise-value, publicly traded company. His main focuses included verifying financial model inputs, leading due diligence, and integration planning. Nathan's efficient leadership of a cross-functional diligence team resulted in the most significant transaction ever for the company and the largest ever among publicly traded peers.
Nathan is now available for hire

Career Highlights


Case studies



  • Director of Corporate Development

    2019 - 2022
    Centuri Construction Group
    • Led transformation project to be a standalone public entity, including selecting company KPIs, gap analysis of staff skill sets, investor relations preparation, equity analyst coverage, regulatory reporting requirements, and operational optimization.
    • Benchmarked the company’s performance against peers to identify lagging areas and worked with executive leadership and operations to prepare a game plan to improve.
    • Narrowed the focus of M&A due diligence to remain competitive in the robust M&A marketplace, resulting in the company’s largest-ever transaction and largest among publicly traded industry peers ($855 million).
    • Created an M&A playbook to formally document processes from target prospecting through diligence and ultimately integration, creating the ability to effectively communicate strategy and goals to internal support groups.
    • Networked with multiple entrepreneurs, building trust that resulted in numerous bilateral negotiations with companies not previously considering a sale.
    • Developed a new three-statement financial model that incorporated historical results into the future forecasts. Advanced the company's ability to quickly review and assess opportunities and set the pace for all potential buyers.
    • Forged relationships with previously apprehensive business unit leaders and corporate support departments, resulting in clear, open, and transparent dialogue and the willing support of M&A target analysis and pursuit.
    • Assessed real estate portfolio of target companies and developed sale-leaseback plans that resulted in immediate accretion.
    Focus areas: Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Asset Acquisition, Divestitures, Due Diligence, Integration, Board Decks, Executive Presentations, Modeling, Financial Modeling, Cost of Debt, Debt Raises, Cost of Capital, Investment Banking, Research Analysis, Equity Research, US GAAP, Valuation Modeling, Capital IQ, S&P Capital IQ, Excel Expert, Forecasting, United States, M&A (Buy-side), Cross-border M&A, M&A Pipeline Management, M&A Earn-out Agreements, Revenue & Expense Projections, Three-statement Modeling, Growth Strategy, Financing, Leveraged Buyout (LBO), Leveraged Buyout Modeling
  • Director of Corporate Development

    2016 - 2018
    Risas Dental
    • Led all stages of the acquisition cycle resulting in record practice growth.
    • Provided FP&A leadership that identified causes of declining practice performance and corrective solutions resulting in 20–30% improvement.
    • Managed internal and external transaction partners, including environmental engineers, legal firms, and buy-side brokers resulting in an accelerated opening timeline.
    • Developed and maintained 5- and 10-year three-statement financial plans to assess capital sources and needs necessary to execute growth targets.
    • Developed targeted improvement plans with practitioners resulting in increased average doctor pay, improving the doctor pipeline and free cash flow, allowing for accelerated growth.
    Focus areas: Dental Services Organizations, Price Negotiations, Term Sheet Negotiations, Real Estate Map APIs, Property Valuation, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Excel Expert, Financial Modeling, Forecasting, United States, M&A (Buy-side), NetSuite, Revenue & Expense Projections, Three-statement Modeling, Waterfall Modeling, Private Equity
  • Senior Financial Analyst

    2015 - 2016
    • Utilized investment strategy to create valuation reports that enhance bonus allocations based on quantifying portfolio managers’ impacts on the company's profitability.
    • Performed regular budget, forecast, and variance analysis for multiple operations groups.
    • Consulted with investment executives to accurately prepare budgets and month-end accruals, allowing annual budget creation and accountability.
    • Developed financial analysis for multi-scenario asset growth models and utilized actuarial analysis to simulate impacts of market movements on profitability and free cash flow, determining sustainable dividend levels.
    Focus areas: Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Analysis of Variance (ANOVA), Annual Budgets, Forecasting, P&L Forecasting, Financial Modeling, Excel Expert, United States, Revenue & Expense Projections
  • Financial Analyst

    2012 - 2015
    • Developed staffing needs analysis and coordinated with third-party contractors to ensure availability of resources for installations and maintenance.
    • Maintained accurate month-end close, reporting, and accruals; worked closely with the marketing department, analyzing promotion profitability and risk through NPV/DCF analysis of costs and acceptance rates.
    • Managed equipment inventory to optimize investment while minimizing inventory costs.
    Focus areas: Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Budgeting, Forecasting, Analysis of Variance (ANOVA), Digital Media, United States, Excel Expert, Customer Acquisition Cost (CAC)
  • General Manager

    2007 - 2012
    Harley Davidson
    • Incorporated financial analysis at the dealership level to identify optimization opportunities.
    • Turned around failing dealership through strong management and employee development.
    • Incorporated budget and variance analysis at multiple dealerships that led to immediate financial improvements.
    Focus areas: Operations, Management, Leadership


  • Master's Degree in Corporate Finance
    2009 - 2011
    Virginia Tech - Blacksburg, VA, USA
  • Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration
    2003 - 2005
    University of Virginia's College at Wise - Wise, VA, USA

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