Meet Ed Barton


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Ed Barton

Ed Barton brings more than 25 years of turnaround management, financial and executive management experience to bear for his clients, and has managed a broad range of financial roles — from leading and managing accounting and finance teams, tax consulting, audit preparation and defense, systems management and design, bookkeeping and tax preparation, risk management, underwriting and modeling functions of a large consumer credit debt buyer to equity structured finance commitments, as well as overseeing multiple audits for PCI DSS compliance and SAS 70 certification.

Ed is currently serving as Chief Executive Officer of fusionZONE Automotive, LLC and FZA Digital, LLC, a portfolio company of Primus Capital. He previously worked at Saint Martin’s University as the Vice President of Finance, General Counsel and Assistant Professor of Business. Ed continues to provide tax, legal and turnaround consulting services as a partner in Centerbridge Law Group, PLLC, a tax law firm and Safe Harbor Resolution, PLLC, a Washington State CPA firm focusing on tax resolution and business restructuring.

Additionally, Ed is the Managing Director and co-Founder of Clarity Energy Consulting, LLC and related companies.  Clarity Energy Consulting delivers strategic comprehensive supply and demand energy risk management solutions. The Clarity team provides bottom-line focused results for under-served mid-market sectors across industry verticals. Ed focuses on structured finance, sales and general management, legal and compliance consulting services for both Clarity and its clients.

Work Experience

Before joining fusionZONE and Saint Martin’s University, Ed worked with small and mid-sized businesses, providing consulting on financial operations and transactions structuring with CFO Selections in Bellevue, Washington.

Prior to CFO Selections, Ed was president and chief operating officer of G2 Web Services, another Primus Capital investment. As the head of G2 Web Services, he was responsible for managing the performance of the company and corporate strategy. Barton oversaw all facets of the G2 business, including sales, marketing, finance, technology and the delivery of exemplary client service and support. Prior to becoming president, Ed led G2’s finance, legal and human resources teams as vice president of finance. In that capacity, he worked on multi-national tax and accounting issues, advanced financial modeling, banking relationships, purchase accounting, and tax and compliance reporting.

Ed has also served as CFO and then as president and chief executive officer at private-equity backed B-Line, LLC, a leading purchaser of consumer bankrupt accounts. At B-Line, he oversaw the underwriting and purchase of more than $45 billion worth of bankruptcy receivables, grew their client base of top-tier U.S. banks by 65 percent and managed the development of an integrated, multivariate, risk-scoring model for underwriting loan portfolios.  Additionally, as CFO, he led multiple rounds of private equity investment in the company and secured nearly $1 billion in structured financing with lenders around the globe.

As chief financial officer at private-equity backed Lone Star Steakhouse, he restructured corporate finances to successfully lead the company through the 2008 financial crisis, including multi-site sale-leaseback transactions, development and evaluation of profitability metrics for four-wall restaurant performance, and inventory controls and standard costing models.

Before moving to Seattle, he held a number of financial consulting roles, including multi-state tax preparation, professional services financial management, and project management and process design. Ed also served as an Army engineer officer, which sparked his passion for operational efficiency.

Community Involvement

Active in his community, Ed served as a City of Mill Creek Planning Commissioner for 5 years, as an elected member of the Snohomish County Charter Review Commission, and as a member of the Snohomish County Historical Preservation Commission.  He also served on the Board of Managers for the Northshore YMCA, and as Treasurer for the Skyview Junior High School PTSA.  Ed ran for the Washington State Legislature in 2014, and was endorsed by the Seattle Times.

Education and Credentials

Ed earned a Juris Doctor from Northwestern California University, a Master in Business Administration from Syracuse University Martin Whitman School of Management, a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance & business economics from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master Certificate in Six Sigma from Villanova University, and is currently studying for an LL.M. in Economic Regulation at the University of London and an Ed.D. in Leadership Studies from Marshall University.

An attorney licensed to practice in the State of California as well as the Federal Courts in the Southern District of California and as House Counsel in Washington State, he is also a Washington State and Florida licensed certified public accountant, a chartered financial analyst since 1998 and is a member of the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute. Ed is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the American Bar Association, the Energy Bar Association, the Environmental Law Institute, the Turnaround Management Association, and the American Bankruptcy Institute. For additional admissions, certifications and memberships, please click here.