Professor of Finance,
MBA, Dartmouth College
Eliot H. Sherman, CPA, is Professor of Finance at the Hult International Business School and a Senior Lecturer in Finance at Northeastern University, teaching classes to undergraduates, MBA, EMBA, and MSF students in the D’Amore-McKim School of Business. Prior to joining Northeastern’s full-time faculty, he served as Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer, and Director of Gloucester Co. Inc., a manufacturer of adhesives, sealants, and caulking materials, and as Partner and Chief Financial Officer of Venture Builders, an advisory firm dedicated to helping entrepreneurs build successful businesses, established in 1999. Earlier, he was principal of his own consulting firm providing strategic and operational planning assistance and financial management guidance to smaller, growing businesses. Among the firms he served were a developer of electronic commerce software products, a developer of specialized voice recognition and report generation software, a consulting firm focused on repetitive manufacturing practices, and a security consulting and investigative services firm.
Earlier in his career, he was Chief Financial Officer of a medium-sized shoe parts manufacturing company and controller of two successful textile manufacturers. He has more than twenty-five years of financial management experience in several manufacturing and service companies, holding titles from Administrative Manager and Divisional Controller to Corporate Controller and Chief Financial Officer. During his career, he has worked for businesses from the very small to the Fortune 50, from private to publicly held, from domestic to multi-national to foreign-owned. For twenty-five years, until 1997, he served on the Board of Directors of a NASDAQ-listed foam plastics fabricator, and he has served as a director or advisor to several corporations and non-profit organizations in the Boston area.
Mr. Sherman was educated at Harvard College and earned masters degrees from The Amos Tuck School and from Bentley College. He has taught regularly for several state societies of CPAs and for American Institute of Certified Public Accountants for the past 25 years. Mr. Sherman has authored programs on Controllership and Finance for the Non-Financial Manager, which have been presented a number of times to the Smaller Business Association of New England and programs on Planning and Budgeting, Negotiating Debt and Equity Financing, and The Business Plan for AICPA. He has also written Finance and Accounting for the Non-Financial Manager published by the Amacom Division of the American Management Association (published in 2001, 2006, 2011). He also wrote The Business of Project and Program Management (Dubuque, Iowa; Kendall-Hunt Publishing; 2009) which has been used as a text in a course that is part of a Master Degree in Project Management program at Brandeis University.