Tim Bradley, President & CEO
After working for some of the premier entrepreneurs in the southeast most of his career, Tim decided to begin his own business consulting and crisis management practice with an emphasis on entrepreneurial and small business support.
Tim began his financial journey working for a small bookkeeper in 1985 while still in high school where he learned manual book keeping long before the proliferation of computers and accounting software in small businesses. He then joined Ernst & Whinney (now Ernst & Young) while still in college and full time once graduating from the University of South Carolina where he generally worked 30 hours per week in the tax department while school was in session and then full time on the audit staff during summer break. He became a member of the tax department once he joined the firm full time.
Tim was often involved with entrepreneurial clients and performed special tax and GAAP analysis and specialty analytical assignments so it was no surprise when he left public accounting to become the corporate controller for The InterTech Group, a closely held multinational client based in Charleston, SC led by Jerry Zucker, a member of the SC Business Hall of Fame. While InterTech was a large multinational business, it was still run as a lean privately held business and all members of the team were exposed to and involved in all facets of the business. He even was the one that translated letters from Spanish speaking employees in the San Luis Potosi, Mexico manufacturing facility and designed a logo for a division acquired from Scott Paper Company (FiberTech Group).
While at InterTech, in addition to financial budgeting and consolidations and GAAP and tax compliance, Tim was very involved in mergers and acquisitions, due diligence, forecasting and modeling as well as post acquisition transition. Additionally, he was intimately involved in a Public Debt Offering and subsequent Initial Public Offering (IPO) for a spinout division, Polymer Group.
Looking for new challenges, Tim joined a closely held start-up software company, CarePoint, where he was CFO and a vital team member in cash management, growth, and strategy including expanding the company from a disease management software system to a full service pharmacy software solution.
Deciding to return to his roots in Columbia, he joined Pioneer Machinery in 1998, run by Garner Scott, where he performed the duties of Controller and CFO for a multi-state heavy equipment dealership. While there he also was involved in the acquisition and consolidation of a competitor which increased the number of dealerships by over 50%. This is also where Tim first became intimately involved in crisis management as Pioneer had two branches in North Carolina severely and directly impacted by wind and flooding by Hurricane Floyd.
Tim Joined Southland Log Homes which, while closely held, was the largest Log Home Manufacturer in North America and led by Joe E. Taylor, Jr (who later went on to become the SC Secretary of Commerce). Tim was a key team member as CFO and was also involved in operations and marketing and helped grow the company which doubled revenue while he was there and enjoyed margins in excess of 20%. Again, he was confronted with a crisis management situation as the manufacturing facility in Virginia was impacted by a large fire that destroyed much of the manufacturing line. He was also intimately involved in the packaging, marketing, communication and due diligence as Southland was sold to an equity investment firm in 2005. Tim remained with Southland as the CFO until joining Tomlin & Company, Inc in early 2006.
Tomlin & Company, run by Don Tomlin, is a collection of companies and interests ranging from real estate development, residential and commercial construction, multi-family housing and multi state service retail outlets and numerous other ventures. As Chief Operating Officer, Tim was involved in managing and directing much of this diverse portfolio including the real estate operations during the great recession period from 2008 to 2011. During his tenure, he worked closely with banking relationships and credit negotiations as well as had responsibility for real estate marketing and operations in addition to financial, HR and systems. In addition to his normal day to day responsibilities, he was also involved in M&A due diligence activities, complex financial modeling, forecasting and analysis of multiple business units and operations.
After almost 30 years of financial and operational experience, much with strong and passionate entrepreneurs that allowed him to be involved in all facets of their business, Tim decided to open Bradley & Associates, LLC in 2013. This step in his career allows Tim to bring his diverse and unique operational and practical experiences to feed his true passion of helping others make sense out of complex financial challenges, especially entrepreneurs and small businesses.