Transforming Planning & Analysis in Finance & Operations

BetterVu was founded by Mitch Max and Rob Torok with a view to bringing best and emerging practices in performance management to innovative organizations.

We are a firm of experienced business consultants, with deep expertise in Performance Management including planning, forecasting, costing and profitability. Our focus has always been the linkage between operational and financial management – long before anyone was talking about Integrated Business Planning. We came to Anaplan in 2013 because it was a tool that finally allowed us to deliver on the practices that we’ve been gathering, synthesizing, and promoting. So unlike other firms, we put business methods first and then enable our solutions through software. Our team reflects this strategy – experienced practitioners who have become highly proficient in the use of Anaplan as an enabling technology for the processes where we have business expertise.

Over the years, we've expanded to cover a broad set of use cases that extends into the full suite of financial and operational measurement and management, with a focus on delivering solutions based on Anaplan.

 
 
 

Mitch

Mitch brings over 25 years of experience in costing, planning and forecasting in multiple industries to each client situation.

He particularly enjoys taking best practices from one industry and bringing it into another. He has over 20 years of performance management experience in Financial Services and as an Anaplan Certified Solutions Architect is building on that knowledge with new experiences in healthcare, technology, service and retail sectors. When not working, Mitch loves to unplug and relax with family and friends at his cottage in Northern Ontario.

Rob

Rob brings more than a quarter-century of experience in costing & planning, along with enterprise risk management, from a wide range of industries.

He has held both senior consulting roles as well as corporate leadership positions with responsibilities for planning & budgeting, production & operations, labour relations, and staff management. A native Montrealer, Rob’s passions include golf and hockey. Rob has been known to plan travels to include a round of golf in new destinations, and rarely misses his Friday afternoon hockey game.

 

Proudly an Anaplan Partner

We have been an exclusive Anaplan partner since 2013.  Our solutions cover a broad range of applications for Finance, Sales, Operations and Human Resources, with a growing library of Apps on Anaplan's App Hub.


Our Team

We've assembled a team of experienced practitioners that bring a combination of business and technical skills to every client engagement and help us in continually pushing the envelope and extending the art of the possible.  

Our team is geographically dispersed across the US and Canada.
 

Members of Team BetterVu @ Anaplan Hub16 

Members of Team BetterVu @ Anaplan Hub16 


Darryl Wood

Darryl - solutions architect

Darryl brings nearly thirty years of experience from a background of financial services, retail and consulting. He is an Anaplan Certified Solution Architect, and is recognized as a Master Anaplanner.

Darryl he currently spends the majority of his work time implementing Anaplan forecasting and business analysis solutions. Darryl designed and now serves as general manager over BetterVu’s state-of-the-art Activity-Based Costing platform (rapidABC) where he is responsible for client support and continuing evolution of the platform. Darryl lives in Nashville. He loves the natural beauty of Tennessee. When he is not working, he will be found outdoors hiking or riding his bicycle.

 
Blake brings over 25 years of business proficiency, 17 years as an Enterprise Architect in OLAP design consultancy, and several years of financial planning and accounting background with strong knowledge and hands-on experience in planning, reporting, and consolidation business processes.  He is adept at leading business teams through the process of translating current financial and planning practices into efficient best practice data model design and procedures.  Blake is a sports enthusiast who also enjoys being on the water and motorcycle rides on back country roads.

Joel - Solutions architect

Joel is a Consultant on Advanced Analytics and Finance, and has over 15 years of global consultancy experience, with expertise on financial modelling, risk measurement, and quantitative finance. He is an Anaplan Certified Solution Architect, and is recognized as a Master Anaplanner.

Joel is a CFA charterholder with a background in Mathematics and Financial Engineering, and is finishing an MS in Predictive Analytics at Northwestern University, where he is writing an Independent Thesis on cancer biomarkers. He is also actively involved in professional organizations such as CFA Institute, where he takes part in the Education and Examinations Programs. Joel has taken an interest in doing Sports Analytics research, particularly in developing algorithms using NBA Advanced Metrics

 
John Czimbal

John - solutions architect

John is a seasoned consultant with over 16 years experience designing and implementing business planning solutions.  He is an Anaplan Certified Solution Architect.

John has proven expertise in financial modeling and analysis as well as rolling forecast methodologies. He has a keen ability to analyze client requirements and translate them into powerful applications that drive organizational performance. When not working John enjoys skiing in the Adirondacks, near his hometown of Saratoga Springs, NY.

 

Jane - project manager

Jane brings over 30 years of proven experience in all aspects of systems design, development and implementation; and the development of strategy and infrastructure to plan, control and assess the value of an enterprise’s project portfolio.    She has successfully delivered numerous custom and packaged software  initiatives for North American and international  financial services, manufacturing, energy, health, agriculture, and retail clients. In her spare time, Jane is an avid reader with only  565 hours left to go on Balzac's Human Comedy, and a keen gardener working on a bougainvillea forest for next season.

 

Blake - senior consultant

Blake brings over 25 years of business proficiency, 17 years as an Enterprise Architect in OLAP design consultancy, and several years of financial planning and accounting background with strong knowledge and hands-on experience in planning, reporting, and consolidation business processes. 

He is adept at leading business teams through the process of translating current financial and planning practices into efficient best practice data model design and procedures.  Blake is a sports enthusiast who also enjoys being on the water and motorcycle rides on back country roads.

 
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Bob - senior consultant

With over 30 years' experience working with Fortune 200 global companies, Bob has held many senior finance, operations, engineering and IT management positions. In addition to focusing on improving the top and bottom lines within these organizations, Bob has demonstrated a hands-on capability to design, develop and deliver systemic planning, process and performance solutions to address the changing business conditions facing these companies.

Bob is currently focused on custom enterprise performance management solutions including predictive/prescriptive analytics for a wide variety of business applications across multiple industries. With his family in the greater Boston suburbs, Bob also enjoys serving as a coach and mentor to local young businesses, being a Board member for non-profit organizations, and trying to maintain a low double digit golf handicap.

 
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Bob - senior consultant

Bob brings over thirty years of experience in cost and performance management as a consultant and manager in a variety of industries

Initially, Bob spent 20 years in line management and financial support for a NE based electric and gas utility serving 2.5 million customers. Subsequently Bob moved to consulting where his deep management experience supported practical application of conceptual ideas and programs in ways that achieved client objectives. More recently Bob has worked in the Financial Services sector supporting cost and profitability modeling, analytics and forecasting. In his leisure time Bob enjoys spending time working on his property in the hills of western NJ and in the kitchen preparing meals for his growing family.

 

Mike - senior consultant

Mike is an experienced performance management software professional with deep understanding in financial, sales, operational processes, systems, and corporate strategy, with extensive experience in performance management solutions and services. He has designed and built solutions specialized for the banking, insurance, retail, pharmaceutical, and manufacturing industries as well as in the public sector. He enjoys spending his leisure time exploring the Olympic Peninsula and Puget Sound with his family and their three Australian shepherds.