George Wells, Founder CEO
George Wells is the Founder of Wells Group of New York an interim CFO, Controller consulting firm based in New York City.
From March 2022 through August 2023, he served as the Interim CFO (full-time) at Barstool Sports where he oversaw the sale and integration to Penn Entertainment (NASDAQ: PENN), a publicly traded regional casino operator and leader in online betting.
From January 2020 to March 2022, George served as full-time CFO at quip where he spearhead the company's path to profitability and raised a $150 million Series B growth round led by Cowen Sustainable Investments.
From September 2015 to October 2017 George served as the Chief Financial Officer of Zola the fastest growing wedding registry and wedding company in the country. As a member of Zola’s 8 person executive team, George was responsible for designing and implementing the finance, accounting, legal and HR administrative functions as the first finance executive hire . During his time at Zola, revenue grew from single digit millions to hundreds of millions.
Wells Group is responsible for overseeing hundreds of millions of dollars in transactions for innovative businesses, private families, and investment portfolios, Wells Group helps clients better understand how to preserve, deploy and grow capital. From pre-revenue startups to $500M revenue companies, Wells Group provides CFO and CPA level expertise – having worked through thousands of financial models, millions of individual transactions, and billions of dollars of revenue managed.
Bit by the entrepreneurial bug of his father’s legacy, Stanford MBA and working with his mentor Warren Lieberfarb, George finally took the plunge in starting the predecessor to Wells Group of New York.
George is Trustee of Parrish Museum, Member of the Morehouse College Trustee’s Society, Treasurer of the Anti Recidivism Coalition, Board Member of Out in Tech, and is on the Whitney Museum’s Painting & Sculpture Acquisition Committee and its Artists Council.
George received a BA in Finance and Accounting from Morehouse College and MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He lives with his husband Manfred primarily between their homes in New York, Los Angeles, and Seefeld in Tirol, Austria.
Evan Zawatsky, Partner & President
Evan Zawatsky is a partner of Wells Group and specializes in CFO and Controller services. At Wells Group, he has served as the VP of Finance at Draper James, interim Controller at Daily Harvest, and consultant CFO at Snowe, FEED, and State Bags, among others. Currently, he consults with 20+ organizations in consumer goods & services, healthcare, food & beverage, and financial services. Evan began his career in audit at KPMG, where he earned his CPA, and later joined Ernst and Young’s Advisory group. After completing his MBA, Evan spent four years as an independent consultant while partnering with Nomad Financial and Catalant, focusing on working with start-ups in finance, accounting and management consulting engagements. He consulted 100+ start-ups in tech, consumer goods & services, healthcare, and manufacturing, while also working with Anheuser-Busch’s ZX-Ventures, Estee Lauder and Covanta Energy. Evan received his BS in Accounting from the University of Delaware and MBA from UNC Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.