Michael Burney

San Francisco, CA
Environment/Sustainability Financial Services Technology

“The most likely way to reach a goal is to be aiming not at the goal itself, but at some more ambitious goal beyond it.”  Arnold Toynbee

Areas of Engagement

  • Counsel board and executive team on sustainable business practices and implementation.
  • Provide Special Project guidance on working capital management and financial forecasting issues.
  • Provide CEO Advisory Services for management, financial and technology issues.
  • Serve as director on Board or Advisory Board.
  • Advise on or lead corporate turnaround.
About Michael

Michael has a track record as an effective CEO, CFO and senior executive of small and large companies, private and public, domestic and international. He utilizes a detail oriented, interactive systems approach to board, management, financial, geographical, and environmental issues.

He has operating experience with companies in diverse range of industries and has recently completed roles as an interim CFO, financial advisor and a financial diligence for several small to mid-sized private companies, as well coordinating a joint proposal from a Chinese company and a Hong Kong company to the City of Hong Kong for a public works project.

Some previous accomplishments include leading a 2-year turnaround of a public company as CEO increasing market capitalization from $8M to $80M, managing daily cash for a computer hardware company that grew from $200M to $4.4B over 5 years, and as CEO he directed the development of the first solid-state video projector with no moving parts. Michael has three patents for Volumetric Electronic Holography in the U.S. and in sixteen countries internationally. Michael has experience as a Board Director for both public and private companies.

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Client Results

Created and implemented a capital financing program and Water Offset program to monetize water saved by agricultural farmers as part of project that converts large acreage to efficient water systems & efficient crop management techniques.

Created and implemented a pilot project in Asia recycling electronics with a global real estate firm and a Hong Kong company covering 14 countries and 59 offices in anticipation of the U.S. rollout.

Led a 2-year turnaround of a public company increasing market capitalization from $8.4 to $80.3M as CEO, CAO, Treasurer and Board Member.

Managed daily cash for a computer hardware company that grew from $200M to $4.4B over 5 years.