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Brett Odom, CFA CMA CAIA

Entrepreneur • Advisor Washington D.C. Metro Area, US

Chief Financial Officer, MMREM / Sperlonga Data & Analytics. Previously Managing Partner/CFO, Cornerstone Partners.

Chief Financial Officer, MMREM / Sperlonga Data & Analytics. Previously Managing Partner/CFO, Cornerstone Partners.

4 vouches

Primary Skillsets

  • Business Development
  • Fundraising
I have an idea, but I'm open to other ideas

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development
  • • Fundraising

Involved In


Aardvark Sensors


Managing Director Azimuth.Solutions June 2014 - present
Chief Financial Officer MMREM December 2011 - April 2014
Managing Partner/CFO Cornerstone Partners October 2010 - December 2011
Chief Financial Officer Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC) June 2007 - December 2010
Assistant Director of Development Faison July 2005 - June 2007
Marketing Associate Danaher Corporation June 2004 - August 2004
Training Officer, Naval Aviator US Navy 2001 - 2003
Program Manager / Instructor Pilot US Navy 1999 - 2001
Maintenance Division Officer / F/A-18 Naval Aviator US Navy 1996 - 1999
F/A-18 Fleet Replacement Pilot US Navy 1995 - 1996
Student Naval Aviator US Navy 1993 - 1995
Research Assistant Los Alamos National Laboratory 1992 - 1993


Harvard Business School General Management 2003 - 2005
US Navy Fighter Weapons School (Top Gun) Advanced Tactics March 1999 - June 1999
U.S. Naval Academy Aeronautical Engineering July 1988 - May 1992

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Engineering

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Business Development • Business Strategy • Project finance • Team Building • corporate finance

Key Accomplishments

I've done well in a number of different domains, primarily as the result of a "never say die" attitude. Over the last decade I've been in leadership positions as CFO in several high growth companies in the $10M to ~$300M revenue range. For a finance/deal guy I've got reasonably solid engineering chops, with decent SQL skills, and some facility with Ruby on Rails, Git, R and Python. I'm currently enrolled in the Master of Information and Data Science program at UC Berkeley School of Information, and I get a little bit tingly at figuring out how to use data to transform a business. I earned an MBA at Harvard Business School after leaving the Navy, I can handle myself pretty well in tough negotiations, and I know enough about law and contracts to get most of the heavy lifting done before calling in the legal eagles. My first degree was in aeronautical engineering and I flew fighters off of ships during the first decade of my career. I learned leadership, the value of rolling up your sleeves to get things done, and how to have a lot of fun in really crappy conditions.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

I tend to do well in situations where there is an open, honest - and humorous - exchange of ideas and information. I can be pretty opinionated, but I work most effectively when I'm confident that I'm able to discuss and argue my ideas with a trusted partner until they either stand up or get replaced by better ones. A social element to work is important. It's important to develop a sense of cohesion and shared vision, in the context of trust. You should be able to fight your corner with passion, trusting that once the discussion - even argument - is over there's a sense that a better solution has been reached and everyone is rowing in the same direction. There's an element of the Socratic method in this approach. One counterpoint: I'm not the type to wallow in decisions. At some point you have to decide, and then move on and accept the consequences.

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Gunnar Counselman
They're my school  •  CEO, Fidelis Inc. Previously Education Operations & Strategy Consultant, (Independent). Harvard Business School grad. Cornell grad.
Incredible drive. Quality leader. Relentless while being easy going.
Steven Cohn
They're my school  •  Founder, CEO, ProdThink. Previously Founder, CEO, (sold to TripAdvisor). Harvard Business School grad.
Brett's work ethic is second to none. He is extremely trustworthy and would make a great partner. He is very creative on finding solutions ... and properly analyzes a situation. I have started 3 companies before, and I highly recommend Brett as a co-founder.
Timothy Chi
They're my friends  •  Founder/CEO, WeddingWire. Previously Co-Founder, Sr Director, Technology, Blackboard Inc. Tufts grad. Cornell grad.
Brett is hard-working, loyal, and an extremely strategic thinker that loves to roll up his sleeves to get things done. He exhibits the qual ... ities that any startup would want, at the ground level.
Eric Tober
We worked together  •  Vice President, Cornerstone Government Affairs and Founder, Relative Solutions Corporation.
Brett has a wealth of experience from numerous startups and consulting projects. He is one of the most voracious intellects that I know, co ... nstantly mastering new interest areas. I am always looking for new ways to work with Brett. I highly recommend him as a partner or advisor.