About MEC Financial Partners, LLC

MEC Financial Partners, is a multi-discipline financial services company providing Fractional CFO services, investment capital and financial placement services to primarily small and medium sized businesses. With representatives in Houston, New Orleans and Lafayette areas, we have a solid geographic reach along the energy focused Gulf Coast.

Our Focus

Our Company focuses on:

Undervalued Opportunities
Identifying and analyzing undervalued assets or opportunities for profit potential
Improving Business Efficiency
Improving underperforming platform businesses by maximizing operational efficiencies, targeted growth, capital structuring, and strategic acquisition.
Growth Platforms
Companies with growth oriented customer base.

Meet the Team

  • Aaron Thomas

  • Managing Partner

Aaron Thomas provides operational and financial executive leadership with over 25 years of experience with E&P, and oilfield service companies including private equity portfolio interests. His experience is broad, ranging from creating start-ups to working internationally with multi-currency, multi-entity, billion-dollar organizations.

Aaron has excellent capabilities in relating to people across functional disciplines, building teams, and achieving targeted results in the areas of strategic planning, valuation, and M&A valuation, due diligence and integration.

Mr. Thomas has held International Controller roles for Schlumberger Oilfield Services and Fugro Chance Inc and was CEO of Odyssea Marine, Inc. an international marine transportation company. Further, he was President of a project/construction management firm focused on the oil and gas industry and served as Director of Maxus Capital Group.

Mr. Thomas received a Bachelor of Science with a major in Finance from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, an MBA from the A.B. Freeman School of Business, Tulane University, a holds a CPA licensed in Louisiana and Texas, is a Certified Management Accountant and is a Certified Merger & Acquisition Advisor (AM&AA). He is based in New Orleans.

  • Stephen Nunes

  • Managing Partner

Stephen is an experienced Financial Professional with a strong strategic, transactional processing and operations related background who can quickly establish credibility with frontline managers, and partner with them to provide analysis that can drive business profitability. Mr. Nunes possesses a strong interest in developing and mentoring subordinates to maximize the value of the finance group to the organization.

Mr. Nunes was previously CFO of Abrasive Products and Equipment, where he was responsible for all financial and risk functions, and was part of the management team that grew the company by 500% both organically and via acquisitions working private equity ownership on both the buy and sell side to support this growth. Mr. Nunes has also held Controller positions for Delcor USA, Merrick Systems Inc., Waste Management and Schlumberger.

Mr. Nunes holds a Bachelors Degree in Accounting and Economics from Rider University where he was a Rhodes Scholar candidate and graduated Cum Laude. He is based in Houston.

  • Ed Long

  • Managing Partner

Ed has over thirty years of experience in accounting, finance, auditing, operations and consulting. His career has included both financial and operational roles with public, private and family owned companies where he has been responsible for core accounting and financial operations, performance improvement, risk identification and mitigation, business operations, and leveraging and enhancing technology to drive both top and bottom line results.

Ed is a proven financial and operational executive with broad based experience in numerous industries including E-waste recycling, food service, automotive, manufacturing, logistics, distribution, insurance, power generation, oil field services, marketing, food processing, and healthcare. Ed spent over a decade at a large private automotive related group of companies where he served initially as the Corporate Controller of Shared Services with a staff of 25 providing accounting and financial reporting, AP, AR, and financial analysis. Ed was then promoted to VP and “acting” COO of the logistics company where revenues grew 400% over five years, a new terminal constructed and a world class dispatch system installed. In his final role at the company he served as the VP of Enterprise Performance Improvement with a staff of eight responsible for connecting people, process and technology to drive efficiency, scalability and risk reduction across the group of companies.

Prior to this role Ed served in a key global finance role with a corporation in the aero derivative power generation industry with sales exceeding $1B annually. Ed also has held key finance roles in both the sales and manufacturing operations of a multi-billion-dollar global snack food company where he was responsible for accounting and financial controls for production, warehousing, distribution and delivery logistics. Prior to this role, Ed was the initial Corporate Controller for a newly formed public company in the healthcare industry where he established the initial accounting control environment and filed the company’s first quarterly SEC report.

Ed also spent five years with an international public accounting firm and has served in the capacity as “Acting” Internal Audit Director for a global food and beverage company. He holds a BBA in Accounting from Texas Lutheran University is a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant. Ed is also a Certified Six Sigma Green Belt, Certified Capability Performance Improvement Leader and Certified Blackline Implementation Professional. Ed is based in Houston.

  • Neal Jackson

  • Senior Consultant

Neal is proven leader and sound financial executive with a successful track record including a successful exit of Deepwater Drilling Consulting company he co-founded. An effective communicator with strong interpersonal skills, Neal can relate to people at all levels of an organization. Both hands on and strategic, Neal has developed detailed plans and provided focused execution in reaching corporate objectives.

Prior to starting and successfully exiting Argonauta Drilling Services as CFO, Neal was Manager of Oil and Gas Accounting at Reading and Bates as a subsidiary of R&B Falcon, later sold to Transocean. Neal also served as CFO of Matrix Gas Corporation, was Controller of O&G Production company as well as Accounting Manager of Coastal Corporation, a NYSE listed company with over 40 indirect and direct reports.

Neal holds a BBA from Texas A&M Kingsville and is actively involved in his community including Fort Bend Child Advocates, Krause Children’s Center and Chair of various volunteer committees at the Second Baptist Church. Neal is based in Houston.

  • Webb Crunk

  • Director

Webb has over 30 year’s financial experience including 10 years as a CFO and a controller for both a public and a privately held company. He also has nine years audit experience including three years of Big 4 accounting firm experience.  Webb was the internal audit manager for a Fortune 100 sales and distribution company. Those audits focused on not just the financial areas; but also on best business practices and operational and compliance areas such as Contract Compliance, Inventory Control, OSHA and DOT.

Successfully improving cash flow by assisting with credit availability, managing supplier payables and improving credit and collections are part of how Webb has aided companies. Webb has assisted with proforma data for a Private Placement Memorandum and has orchestrated the reconstruction of previous years’ financials for a group of restaurants whose records were limited.

Driving process improvements, facilitating cost control and restructuring accounting departments are all areas where Webb has produced successful results for businesses. In addition, Webb has produced board reports, ad-hoc reporting for executive management, and both running forecasts and what-if projections.

Webb’s experience allows him to understand the business, quickly identify areas needing improvement and put together the various pieces to fix those challenges in a practical manner. Bringing Webb on as your Fractional CFO allows you to have a trusted, long-term, senior financial advisor as part of your executive management team. A Fractional CFO handles the issues inside your business that causes the private business owner to get side tracked from the joy of growing their business.

Mr. Crunk served on the board of directors for Hope for Youth, a para-church ministry working with inner-city youth for twelve years. He is currently the Chair of their Advisory Council.  Webb has been the overall winner of the NFL Community Quarterback Award from the Houston Texans for his volunteer work.

Webb earned a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from The University of Mississippi and also passed the uniform CPA exam in 1984. He has been a Texas resident for over 30 years and is based in Houston.

  • Don McHugh

  • Director

An accomplished corporate financial and accounting executive, Don has over 20 years’ experience in manufacturing, construction and logistics. A process oriented leader, Don has helped transform organizations through improvements in understanding business metrics; procedure efficiency; and transactional analysis.

With this experience, Don has also been a driving force behind the implementation of ERP/Software systems for three different organizations. A keen understanding of the entire business process flow ensures the implementation encompasses key components of the company’s strengths and adapting best practices throughout the process.

A strong believer in human capital, Don has built many successful teams on focused efficiency and achieving organizational objectives. Working within the company to improve communication and interdepartmental cooperation, Don has been able to realign goals, improve customer satisfaction while creating greater productivity.

Don is a graduate of Northeastern University with a degree in Finance and Management. He also holds a degree in Organizational Communication from FGCU.  Don is based in Houston.

  • Greg Elliott

  • Director

Greg Elliott has over twenty five years experience in accounting, finance, auditing, oil and gas, software and project management. Greg’s career includes public accounting, corporate, family limited partnerships and limited liability companies. Greg is a process oriented leader with an emphasis on internal controls, due diligence and SOX 404 reporting and international reporting.   Greg has helped transform organizations in the areas of risk management and ERP implementations for three different organizations. Greg holds a BS from Texas Tech University and a BA from the University of Houston. Greg is licensed a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant, and Texas Realtor. Greg is based in Houston.

  • Karl Bar

  • Director

With over 20 years of expertise across a diverse set of industries, including technology, supply chain, transportation, and manufacturing, Karl has a proven track record of leading companies to generate revenue, cut costs and improve overall efficiency.

In organizations ranging from entrepreneurial startups to Fortune 50 enterprises, Karl has been responsible for all aspects of finance and accounting functions, from budgeting and forecasting to executive reporting and strategy, as well as leading process improvement initiatives and managing the day-to-day operations of accounting teams.  With that experience, he has acquired a strong working knowledge of ERP systems, such as Dynamics, Oracle and SAP, and has become a master-level user of Microsoft Excel and Access, developing custom solutions and training staff to maximize their productivity through technology.  Working with business unit leaders, back-office support groups, bankers and external business partners, he has delivered system implementation and business intelligence projects that have increased operational efficiency and profitability.

Karl strongly believes that providing value to a business comes from results and relationships.  With him as your Fractional CFO, you have an executive team member with the financial, technological and business savvy to be your trusted adviser, allowing you to focus on realizing your business objectives.

Karl is a graduate of the University of Texas with a degree in Economics and holds an MBA from the University of Houston.  He has given a series of guest lectures for the Finance Students Association at the University of Houston Downtown entitled “Practical Applications of Excel in Business” and is currently working on a book on the same theme.  Karl is currently based in Houston.

  • John Graham

  • Director

John is a results-driven financial executive with demonstrated success assisting employers to meet aggressive business objectives with expertise in financial analysis, strategy formulation and implementation.  He is proficient in all aspects of financial analysis, forecasting, cash flow analysis, budgeting, balance sheets, P&L, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, and negotiating.  He has an excellent grasp of the transactional details that make up a business’s accounting processes, can lead a staff to maintain those systems and processes as well as communicate issues with senior management.  He has participated in the growth of several businesses both organically as well as through M&A.

Having held several senior management roles with Schlumberger (Eastern US Controller), Weatherford (Gulf Coast Region Controller), Integrated Production Services (VP Controller US, Canada & Mexico), Crane World Wide Logistics (North America Region Controller), John is able to oversee large complex businesses, establish plans to mitigate risks and strategize with senior management to capture growth opportunities.  John is bilingual and holds a BBA from the University of Texas.  John resides in Houston.

  • Brian White

  • Director

Brian is a “go-getter”, who is not afraid to roll up his sleeves, with a reputation among cross-functional teams as a positive resource, collaborator, and solid finance leader who motivates, trains, and provides guidance to teams to ensure consistent results well beyond expectation.

A financial services leadership professional with a track record of maintenance and management of transaction systems, including general ledger, accounts receivable and accounts payable, Brian provides business analysis, vendor management/cost containment, credit and collections, capital expenditures and financial performance reports to leadership team detailing progress in these areas. Additionally, he excels in creating an atmosphere of collaboration, working with department heads and clients to access, identify, and solve problems that create improvements such as cost savings, as well as mitigating risk. His experience includes managing large-scale accounting services projects for diverse client bases as a strategic problem-solver with the ability to work across all levels of an organization to initiate cost savings and change management.

Brian brings breadth and depth of finance, accounting and auditing, specifically strategic & operational planning, P&L ownership, operational finance and technical accounting (GAAP), Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), financial reporting and variance analysis, financial and operational forecasting and budgeting, commercial offers and pricing strategies, investment decisions, growth initiatives, cost reduction, auditing and SOX compliance, working capital & free cash flow, internal controls, capital spending, M&A, ERP, month-end closing, cost accounting, and product costing.

Brian has held senior financial leadership roles in TMEIC, Flowserve, and Daniel Industries.   He is a CPA and holds a BA in Business as well as an MBA from Baylor University, Hankamer School of Business.  Brian is based in Houston.

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