George Wells, Founder CEO
George Wells is the Chairman of Wells Group of New York, an Interim CFO, Interim Controller and strategic finance consulting firm. The differentiator of the firm relates to true operating experience and results. For approximately 2.5 years through March 2022, George served as the full-time CFO at quip where he spearheaded a $50 million improvement in EBITDA and oversaw $300 million in equity and debt transactions. He also served as the full-time CFO at Zola through October 2017, George served as the CFO of Zola, the fastest growing wedding registry and wedding company in the country. During his time at Zola, revenue grew from single digit millions to hundreds of millions in a two year timeframe.
Wells began his career in 1999 as a Financial Analyst in Morgan Stanley’s Mergers & Acquisitions group. Mr. Wells also held roles as a private equity analyst in Goldman Sachs’ PIA group, an associate in Houlihan Lokey’s Financial Restructuring Group and VP at Lieberfarb & Associates.
Mr. Wells received his bachelor’s degree in Finance & Accounting from Morehouse College in 2000 and his MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2006. He and his husband, Manfred, maintain residences New York, Los Angeles and Tirol, Austria.
Mr. Wells serves on the Whitney Museum of Art’s Painting & Sculpture Committee, Artists Council, Parrish Art Museum, Anti Recidivism Coalition and Out in Tech board, an organization committed to promoting diversity in the tech and startup community, and has pledged a $1 million dollar art collection to his alma mater, Morehouse College.
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.
WILL PAPPAS, CPA
Accounting and Finance
AMIE JATANA, CPA
AARON JATANA, CPA
KEANNA VIRGIL, CPA
Jennifer Bierds, CPA
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MARSHALL MONRAD, CPA