Tom McDonaldChief Financial Officer
He’s knows this business
As BRC’s CFO, Tom has a laser focus: make sure all BRC projects are on solid financial footing from the initial proposal through their life cycle. Tom looks at projects from all angles. He has a thorough understanding of the tax implications involved with large-scale projects. His expertise in this space helps him limit costs for BRC and its clients around the world.
He knows the fundamentals
Tom is a CPA and got his MBA at UCLA. When he reviews a project for the first time, he starts off as a skeptic. He makes it his business to understand and anticipate possible trouble spots. His experience working in international organizations is critical for BRC’s ever growing global client base. He knows how currency markets can impact long-term projects and how to minimize risks for both parties.
He’s more than just a bean counter
Tom’s experience working with Los Angeles Olympic Committee in 1984 was an epic effort in collaboration. This challenging project was a billion dollar project, back when a billion dollars meant something, set in a tight 16-day period. Tom was a key player in making sure the venture was financially sound. Despite the challenges, the 1984 Olympics was a resounding success for Los Angeles.
He thinks long-term
BRC engages in long-term projects. Part of Tom’s job is to make sure that these projects can be successful long after launch. This forward-thinking approach is part of why Tom’s insight is critical for BRC’s evaluation process. Just as BRC’s designers and builders focus on creating audience experiences that will last, Tom helps to ensure that BRC’s projects are financially sound for the long haul.
He’s the “resident adult” at BRC
BRC employees are highly disciplined and results-driven individuals who understand the importance of deadlines and staying on budgets. They’re also enormously creative individuals who have boundless ambition for the projects they develop. As the “resident adult,” it is Tom’s job to ensure that these projects are as successful financially as they are creatively.