River City Six – Michael Draper
Meet Michael Draper, director at CFO Systems LLC.
Tell us a little about your business.
CFO Systems is a firm of experienced, executive leaders in accounting, finance, human resources, and operations. We serve our small and middle market clients part-time, interim, fractional, or time-share executives, depending on the specific needs of the client. We bring expertise and experience to help our clients grow!
How did you get started in the business?
About a year ago, I was going through a career transition and had to evaluate what I really wanted to do. Did I want to work for one company, or did I want to work for a variety of clients as a director for CFO Systems? Working for a variety of clients who are truly appreciative of the value I bring to their business has been refreshing and invigorating.
Tell us a little about your family.
My wife Sandy and I have been married for almost 28 years. We have three wonderful children—Abby is an occupational therapist, Ryan is a mechanical engineer, and Matthew just completed his freshman year in college.
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life?
Accepting a job to work for Touche Ross (now Deloitte) in Omaha. My nearly nine years in public accounting provided me a wealth of experience and preparation that allowed my career to grow into executive leadership roles.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
I am a big sports fan so if there is a big game to see (preferably in person) that is likely what I will be doing. I also enjoy golf and traveling with my wife and children.
Who inspires you?
My children. The dedication and responsibility that they show in their education and in serving others inspires me to be a better person for them and for others.
What is your favorite quote or the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
I have two quotes I really like and, as a life-long Los Angeles Dodgers fan, they both are from Tommy Lasorda. The first is, “The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.” The second, which is applicable to life just as much as baseball, is, “There are three types of baseball players: those who make it happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happened.”
What local nonprofit organization(s) are you passionate about or involved with, and are there any special reasons why?
I have been involved with Essential Pregnancy Services (EPS) for many years. I am currently on the board and serve as treasurer. EPS is an incredible organization that provides free, life-affirming options to women facing unplanned pregnancies. These free services are provided in a safe and understanding environment in support of the whole woman and parenting families.
What is your favorite movie?
Being a baseball fan, my favorite movies are baseball themed—whether they be more serious movies like 42 and Moneyball or comedies like Major League and Bull Durham.
What is your favorite local restaurant?
I love the Kolache Factory for breakfast/brunch or a sweet treat. Sandy and I also really enjoy Twisted Cork Bistro for a date night dinner.
If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be?
Saint Pope John Paul II.
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