About JACKFINN

JACKFINN, a leading finance and accounting consulting firm located in the Washington DC area, strives to develop true partnerships with its clients, not simply serve as an hourly service provider.  JACKFINN measures its success by its client’s prosperity and financial achievements, not by hours billed.  We truly believe that if our clients are successful, that our success will simply be a by-product of that. 

With a foundation built upon real-life CFO and Big 4 experience, JACKFINN’s leadership brings a dynamic and innovative approach to its strategy.  Its boutique nature enables engagement flexibility with both large and small businesses allowing both parties to evolve together as businesses and markets mature.  

JACKFINN’s founder, Mike Empey, believes and champions these ideals by integrating with clients on both short and long-term engagements.  He understands that each client has different and unique challenges and goals and helps businesses navigate towards those goals together as an extension of the management team.

Mike Empey
Principal

Mike has been a financial executive and management consultant for the last 13 years. He founded JACKFINN in 2010 (and formally launched as its own brand in 2011) in an effort to create a firm that reflects his drive for partnership and prosperity with his clients. Mike is constantly trying to ensure that he’s taking the best of his learned experiences - from the Big 4, as a CFO, and as a Partner at consulting firm - and coupling that with his relentless customer service to become a true partner to each of his clients.

Career highlights include:

  • Partner at Pipaya Partners - accounting, finance, and transaction consulting
  • SVP of Business Planning & Analysis at Integreon – financial management and strategy, and internal M&A
  • CFO of ONSITE3 - litigation services/software business, sold to Integreon
  • Ernst & Young Transaction Advisory – advised on over 40 buyout transactions

Mike is a CPA and graduate of the University of Notre Dame. When he’s not running his business, he’s usually busy being a dad. He’s also a sports junkie and avid Crossfitter. Mike lives in Alexandria with his wife Casey and his two sons, Jackson and Finn.

Katie McAllister
Senior Consultant

Katie has over thirteen years of experience in finance and accounting, including consulting services, public accounting and on the operational side, as a corporate controller. She enjoys getting into the details with clients and helping them streamline processes, produce meaningful financial reporting and develop budgets and forecasts to help manage their business. Katie is a CPA and graduate of the University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce. Katie resides with her family in Arlington, VA.

Career highlights include:

  • Senior consultant at Pipaya Partners - accounting, finance and transaction consulting
  • Corporate Controller at Madison Marquette, a retail real estate investment and management company; reorganized corporate accounting department and streamlined close process, created and produced monthly reporting packages, developed annual budget and quarterly forecast tools for the operating company, managed cash forecasts for the entire portfolio
  • Manager at Beers & Cutler (now known as Baker Tilly), commercial services group - managed financial statement audits for middle market, privately-held companies in several industries, including government contracting, retail, newspaper publishing, reprographics, and homebuilding
  • Senior consultant at Arthur Andersen, Strategy Finance and Economics group - litigation support services
Jason Smith
Senior Consultant

At JACKFINN, Jason is focused on client engagements and service delivery. His background includes 11 years of financial analysis and management experiences, including high-impact roles at companies that span public and privately held emerging growth through large-scale multi-national enterprises.

For each client, Jason leverages robust capability in financial, operations, and marketing management to accelerate development of key business insights and actions. By developing an appreciation of multiple dimensions of each client’s needs, decision variables, and constraints he rapidly develops plans and responses for decision makers.

Career highlights include:

  • Consultant at Pipaya Partners - accounting, finance, and transaction consulting
  • Manager of Business Planning & Analysis, US&UK at Integreon – financial analysis, management discussion and reporting, and due diligence
  • Perdue Farms – CPG focused sales & marketing financial management, budgeting & forecasting
  • Various financial and marketing management positions with Extended Stay Hotels over a 7 year period (including the $3B LBO of Extended StayAmerica by The Blackstone Group in 2004), focused on revenue management, operations, and e-commerce

Jason enjoys cooking and entertaining and is accurately described as a foodie, but his true passion lies sailing on the waters of the Chesapeake Bay, where he can be found most weekends. He defines his sailing season as ‘Tax Day to Turkey Day’ and hopes to one day retire to a geography that will extend this period to year-round. Jason is based in Annapolis, MD.

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Mike Empey and JACKFINN were one of the first calls I made when I developed the concept around Energy Squad.  What started as a great brainstorming partner has developed into a critical member of our financial and strategic advisory teams.  We are looking to shape the future of energy management at Energy Squad and view JACKFINN as a very important partner in helping us execute our future.”

Jon StovallFounder and CEO, Energy Squad

“Mike Empey and JACKFINN built our first formal budget and financial plan.  We are growing rapidly as a firm and now have a solid financial blueprint to execute from which balances today’s needs with tomorrow’s goals.  We are excited for the future and view JACKFINN as an integral part of our team as we move forward and strive to achieve our long-term objectives.” 

Bob KrantzFounder and CEO, Mindseye Solutions