Jerry Chambers, BCP-E
ISM Consultant | Chief Financial Officer at The First Academy
Jerry’s areas of expertise include strategic planning, business office operations, financial analysis, and marketing.
Jerry is an ISM Consultant and faculty member for ISM’s Business and Operations Academy. In this role, he provides insight and recommended strategies for managing the business office, effective financial aid policies, strategic financial planning, and more.
Jerry also currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer at The First Academy, FL, a Preschool–12 private Christian school with more than 1,450 students. He joined The First Academy in 2009 and has executive responsibilities over finance, operations, facilities, human resources, technology, admission, international student program, marketing, the school store, and The Virtual Academy.
Jerry helped the school experience a tremendous increase in growth and financial stability. Hard income that covers the operating budget increased from 92% to 108%. Receivables were reduced from $150,000 to an average of $4,780 the past five years. Debt services have been reduced 25% and replacement plans have been established for Operations, Technology, and the Athletic Complex. A school store was added and sales went from $6,000 in 2009 to over $200,000 in 2016.
The school has also initiated a technology plan of $1.8 million and has completed a new Middle School building and a new Field House gymnasium, raising $16.2 million to accomplish these projects.
Before joining The First Academy, Jerry worked at various senior-level positions in investment banking, retail, transportation, and logistics. In 2015, Jerry was honored as one of the top CFOs in Central Florida by The Orlando Business Journal.
Jerry earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Finance at The Ohio State University.