Vanessa Graham, owner of VGraham, LLC, has almost 20 years of experience, including twelve years as Chief Financial Officer and Controller for small to medium size businesses in the Baton Rouge area, working with business owners and private equity investors to achieve growth goals. Vanessa began her career with four years of experience with KPMG before joining APPRO Systems, Inc., a software development company providing auto decisioning software in the financial services industry.  During these seven years, Vanessa played an integral role on the management team responsible for the turnaround and tremendous growth APPRO experienced from time of raising capital in 2000 through successful sale to Equifax, Inc. in 2005.  Vanessa remained with Equifax for two years, successfully integrating new acquistions into Equifax global systems and business practices.  Vanessa then served as Chief Financial Officer for two businesses in the BatonRouge area working with business owners and investors to achieve growth goals before opening her practice providing outsourced CFO services to several businesses. Vanessa’s strengths include ability to effectively lead through growth and change initiatives, provide visibility into financial and operational performance, and create a forward thinking approach to managing in growth mode.


  • Executed sale of $25M software development company for $92 million
  • Provided visibility into financial and operational performance through implementation of forecasts,
    metrics, analysis and models
  • Led companies out of insolvency to point of sustainability and positive net worth
  • Worked with lenders through forbearance agreements, debt restructuring and repayment
  • Executed sale of subsidiary companies to restructure overall enterprise and obtain positive cash flow
  • Secured new credit facilities for company and term debt refinancing


  • Led significant business process re-engineering project across organization
  • Identified and implemented process improvements to obtain efficiencies in delivery
  • Implemented operational metrics and incentive plans to align organizations with growth goals
  • Designed IT solutions to provide better reporting on operational and financial performance

Corporate Governance

  • Led organizations through changes in ownership and leadership
  • Worked with investors through foreclosure, transfers of ownership from one investor to another
  • Positioned companies to capitalize on better market opportunities through work with senior lenders, subordinate debt holders and investors

Community Involvement