Nick Araco, Jr.

Sr. Director of Growth Strategies & Business Development Philadelphia
nick.araco dbr.com
Phone: (215) 988-8235

About

Nick Araco, Jr. has a broad and comprehensive knowledge of all matters related to the growth and business of the firm. He identifies new client prospects and drives business growth and requirements for key industry, practice and market-based development that are coordinated with the firm's practice, industry, and regional market leaders.

Nick is responsible for creating business development plans, and the design and implementation of processes to support business growth through customer and market definition. He works with partners and the Business Development Team to drive prospects through to new client award, including identifying new clients and markets, developing approaches to the market, identifying prospects, and proposal preparation.

Nick is also the co-founder, president, and chief executive officer of AchieveNext and The CFO Alliance — the professional community responsible for introducing disruptive knowledge-sharing to the C-suite in North America. Nick has empowered the decision-making of thousands of CFOs across North America, so he is considered one of the leading architects of new knowledge-sharing models for top executives that incorporate the collective wisdom of peers, subject matter experts, and academic authorities. He has previously appeared on Bloomberg TV and on NBC’s Today Show for his work with The CFO Alliance. Nick has been featured in numerous podcasts, quoted in several business and industry journals, including The Wall Street Journal’s CFO Journal. He hosts CFO of the Year Awards programs throughout the U.S.

Nick has spent almost 20 years cultivating different professional communities and retooling their approach to knowledge-sharing and professional development. He is a published thought leader, a highly-regarded public speaker, and a recognized business leader.

Experience

Nick Araco has 20 years of experience consisting of corporate management, business development, marketing and national sales management. Nick is proficient in the reorganization and/or creation of marketing, sales, client services and operational business units designed to streamline operational processes; reduce operating costs in order to increase profit margin ratios; increase sales revenues through managed growth and new business development programs; and develop measurable client experience programs that drive client retention, repeat revenues and high client satisfaction scores.

This unique mix of operations and sales experience has allowed Nick to successfully build strategic business initiatives that have exceeded revenue projections, increased client satisfaction and reduced operating costs. Nick is passionate about quality, client satisfaction and employee retention and has successfully served as a change agent for many organizations in either a start-up environment or in transition due to market conditions, growth, acquisitions, or the competitive landscape.

Recognitions

2016 Meritorious Service Award, Association for Corporate Growth (ACG)
“40 Under 40”, Philadelphia Business Journal (2009)

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Credentials

Education

  • Widener University School of Law, J.D., 1997
  • Loyola University Maryland, B.B.A., Finance, 1994

Organizations

  • The Chapter Innovation Fund Committee
  • Greater Philadelphia Senior Executive Group (GPSEG), Advisory Board Member
  • Loyola University Alumni Association
  • Association for Corporate Growth (Past Board and Executive Committee Member)
  • Early Stage East Conference (Past Selection Committee)
  • M&A East Conference (Past Co-Chair)
  • PACT Conference (Past Selection Committee)