Brian Raphael comes to Propeller Industries in 2022 with over 20 years of leadership roles spanning accounting, finance, and operations, including experience at The Blackstone Group and Macquarie, two of the world’s leading private equity firms. As the SaaS/Tech Practice Lead, he excels in operational leadership and in helping companies develop the financial insight they need to resolve challenges, support growth, achieve business goals, and maximize value for all stakeholders.
Brian started his career in accounting in NYC for New Plan Excel Realty Trust, Inc., then The Blackstone Group, and Aetos Capital. He then moved to Macquarie Group where he served as the Manager of Fund accounting to develop and implement finance and accounting policies for Macquarie’s newest infrastructure fund. He managed teams across New York and India, and oversaw the accounting and financial reporting for two infrastructure funds headquartered in New York with over $5.5 billion under management, including annual audit and quarterly tax preparation process for all entities in funds’ structure.
As the CFO for Naturopathica Holistic Health, Brian oversaw all financial operations, including business strategy, cash management, monthly reporting and tax filings; managed all aspects of finance, tax and HR for corporate headquarters as well as two retail locations. At CBIZ Private Equity Advisory, he served as a fractional CFO for multiple PE portfolio companies where he consulted on finance functions for portfolio companies, managed a SaaS unicorn finance team, and helped multiple companies raise venture capital.
Brian graduated with an accounting degree from Baruch College, and in his free time can be found running, biking, and swimming.