PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwired - Apr 30, 2013) - Pressured by ongoing uncertainty in the economy and the ever-changing regulatory environment, Southern California business leaders from Los Angeles and Orange County are forming the newest community of The CFO Alliance, a CFO peer-to-peer community responsible for disrupting traditional C-suite knowledge channels across the country. The inaugural meetings are slated for May 15 and May 16. The May 15 meeting will be held in Los Angeles, an interactive breakfast roundtable at the Ritz-Carlton in Marina Del Rey, Calif. UC Irvine Dean's Professor of Strategic Management, Dr. Philip Bromiley will lead the May 16 roundtable on strategic risk management and other issues at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach, Calif. These first gatherings of the newest CFO Alliance members will provide a discussion forum for the region's finance leaders to collectively discuss, debate and dissect the critical opportunities and issues that they encounter each day.

According to a report surveying CFOs from various industries, more than 75 percent of corporate growth strategies include expanding internal investments and increasing the funding behind organic growth initiatives in order to increase shareholder value and top-line performance. To achieve these goals, corporate partners Burnham Benefits Insurance Services, Drinker Biddle & Reath, and academic partner, UC Irvine, will work closely with CFO Alliance's Southern California members to build a platform in which to share information and guidance as they lead organizations through times of opportunity, challenge and transition.

"As one of America's largest and most energetic economies, Southern California brings a wealth of knowledge to The CFO Alliance as well as a great appetite for additional insight," says Nick Araco, CEO and co-founder of The CFO Alliance. "We expect our members in Los Angeles and Orange County to quickly become a vibrant regional hub for knowledge-sharing as they build relationships that can supply timely, relevant information and insight."

More than a validation of an innovative knowledge-sharing model, the formation of The CFO Alliance-Southern California is viewed by its 4,000+ CFO members as an important milestone in the advancement of the flow of CFO knowledge and insight nationally. As one of the few brokerages specializing solely in strategic employee benefits consulting services in California, corporate partner Burnham Benefits and its team of California employee benefits consultants understand this need for a collaborative, progressive environment for the CFOs of today.

"The CFO Alliance is a unique collective forum that provides an open dialogue on the issues that matter most to middle-market CFOs in the Southern California market," says Kris Allison, President, Burnham Benefits. "We understand the complexities and nuances today's CFO faces, and are proud to sponsor this collaborative organization and support the executives in our community."

The CFO Alliance prescreens all roundtable participants in order to ensure that finance leaders are seated with their peers. Registration is complimentary for qualified first-time attendees. CFO Alliance meetings offer participants 1.5 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits. Registration is strictly required.

Press Release: The CFO Alliance – Tue, Apr 30, 2013 8:23 PM EDT