Meet C.J. Addison, Consulting Practice Director

April 29, 2022

The Consulting practice at TGRP Solutions is on a growth path, and C.J. Addison is helping lead the charge. He joined TGRP Solutions after a long career as a CFO and starting in public accounting at KPMG. As someone who “loves leading people,” C.J. gets his kicks learning about new industries and businesses and helping others succeed. Get to know our fly-fishing, curious-by-nature cheerleader of people and what he has planned for the Consulting practice.

What brought you to TGRP Solutions in 2021?

After turning to Mark [Reister] many times over the last 20 years when I needed to hire someone, I called him up last year when I was looking myself, having just left a CFO position. He quickly presented his pitch on why I should join TGRP Solutions as a consulting practice director! Mark is someone I’ve known and trusted so it was an easy sell.

What is your role all about?

Alongside two other practice directors, I am charged with building our Consulting practice, which TGRP launched more formally in 2021. My area is CFO services/venture capital/private equity. We work with mid-market companies that are considering accepting private equity or venture capital funding (or have already) and need to get their ducks in a row from a financial and board reporting perspective. Some might have CFOs who know the company well but lack the experience to take on the governance documentation and reporting. We can step in to augment staff to help these companies achieve their objectives.

Why is TGRP Solutions well positioned to succeed in this area?

For 11 years, this company has put great candidates and companies together here in Colorado, so we’re well connected. This is also a unique time for businesses, and hiring consultants makes a lot of sense from an efficiency and financial perspective. Not every business needs a full-time CFO, but they need someone with heavy-hitting expertise to do what they need and get them where they need to go.

What’s your silly-but-real job title?

Straight Shooter

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Farmington Hills, Michigan, outside of Detroit, until we moved to Colorado when I was 11.

All right then: Michigan or Michigan State?

My dad went to Michigan for grad school and Michigan State for undergrad, so we cheer for both. But when they play each other, GO BLUE.

When you’re not at work, where would we find you?

Fly fishing on a river or on the golf course!

What’s your favorite place to be?

On a patio with the sun shining enjoying a beverage with someone I am blessed to know.

What are you passionate about?

I really like helping people achieve their goals. I just love that. I also take pride in doing things well. I’m a recovering perfectionist, so not too rigid, but I believe if you’re going to do something, you should do it well.

Words of wisdom?

Stay in each day. Don’t project out in a panic or think too far ahead. Make plans and set goals, but remember that each day is a brick in the build.

Any little-known facts about you?

I’m ambidextrous, so while I write with my right hand, I go back and forth with my right or left, depending on the activity.

What are the five most important things you need for your job?

Good communication, good people, clear objectives, a good sense of humor, and Wi-Fi/technology. Can’t work without tech.

How would longtime colleagues describe you?

They’d probably say that I like to laugh, I demand excellence, I want to do things well, and I will help you achieve. I am also very direct.

Any life mottos?

Shoot straight but with a soft arrow. Be kind and honest.

Where do you predict TGRP will be 5-10 years from now?

I think TGRP will be a formidable player in all things recruiting and consulting in Colorado and Arizona.

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