February 28, 2014

 Lorenz Capalad
 (732) 868-0000 x118

Irv Rothman, President and CEO of HP Financial Services Leads Straightforward Discussion at CFO Studio Executive Dinner Series Conference

SOMERSET, NJ – On February 27th, 2014, Irv Rothman, president and CEO of HP Financial Services and author of Out-Executing the Competition, moderated a CFO Studio Executive Dinner Series conference. The event, held at Highlawn Pavilion in West Orange, focused on a topic Rothman has first-hand experience with, “From CFO to CEO: The Next Natural CFO Progression.” The evening was hosted by Real Estate Strategies Corporation and sponsored by Robert Half International.

The meeting kicked off with Rothman detailing his rise from CFO of AT&T Credit Corporation to the position of President and CEO of HP Financial Services. He shared his insights as to why someone with experience as a CFO would make a great CEO and highlighted deficiencies that could stand in the way of becoming the chief chief. “CFOs have a unique perspective on a business,” said Rothman. “They are like the catcher on a baseball team. They see the whole field.” But that perspective won’t be enough to ensure success. He added, “You have blind spots when you come from a finance career path. You don’t do gray very well, and when you are CEO, there is no such thing as perfect information.”

After opening the floor to attendee discussion, Rothman concluded the evening with a few comments about his motivation for writing Out-Executing the Competition. Part autobiography and part how-to guide, the book tells Rothman’s journey from his roots in Bayonne, N.J., to the corner office. All of Rothman’s royalties from the sales of the book will be donated to Room to Read (, an international charitable organization dedicated to promoting children’s literacy with a particular focus on undeveloped and disadvantaged countries. At last night’s event, Robert Half announced they would be making a donation to Room to Read as well.

An article detailing this discussion will appear in the 2nd Quarter 2014 issue of CFO Studio magazine.

The next CFO Studio Executive Dinner Series meeting will be held on March 13th, 2014. Hugh Welsh, President and General Counsel of DSM North America will moderate a discussion on “General Counsel to President: The Next Natural Progression.” This event will be held at Blue Morel in Morristown. Attendance to these events will be limited. To request an invitation, please contact or phone: 732-868-0000 x118.


About CFO Studio
CFO Studio and CFO Studio Magazine deploy the best of new and traditional media to promote finance executives as business and strategy thought-leaders. Andrew Zezas is the host of CFO Studio and the Publisher of CFO Studio Magazine.

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Real Estate Strategies Corporation provides corporate real estate advisory and transaction services to CFOs, General Counsels, Management, and corporate Boards in New Jersey and around North America.

About Robert Half International

Founded in 1948, Robert Half pioneered the concept of professional staffing services. In March 2013, Robert Half once again was listed on FORTUNE® magazine’s “World’s Most Admired Companies” list. The company is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: RHI) and is a member of the S&P 500 index. For 2012, Robert Half reported revenues of $4.11 billion versus $7 million in 1986. Robert Half, an Equal Opportunity Employer, currently has staffing and consulting operations in more than 400 locations.

As it has grown, the company has kept its specialized approach – each of its seven professional staffing divisions has a separate focus and separate employee teams. Robert Half has seven professional staffing divisions: Accountemps®, Robert Half® Finance & Accounting and Robert Half® Management Resources, for temporary, full-time and senior-level project professionals, respectively, in the fields of accounting and finance; OfficeTeam®, for highly skilled office and administrative support professionals; Robert Half® Technology, for information technology professionals; Robert Half® Legal, for temporary, project and full-time staffing of attorneys, paralegals and legal support personnel; and The Creative Group®, for interactive, design, marketing, advertising and public relations professionals.

Robert Half also is the parent company of Protiviti, a global business consulting firm that helps companies solve problems in finance, technology, operations, governance, risk and internal audit. The company and its independently owned member firms serve clients through a network of more than 70 locations in 23 countries. Protiviti helps businesses seize new opportunities for growth and profitability while protecting them from their risks.


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