John M. Blackstock

Providing CFO services and Business Transition Services in the Gulf Coast Region


About John

John M. Blackstock

Baton Rouge, LA CFO

38 Years of Experience

Direct Contact



University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Certificates & Licenses:

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP)

Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA)


American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)

Society of Louisiana CPAs (LCPA)

LCPA Business Consulting Committee

Financial Executives Networking Group (FENG)

Microsoft Partner Program

SCORE Volunteer

Contact John Blackstock and receive a free Discovery Analysis™

  • A confidential meeting with the business owner(s), then interview company staff.
  • Look at the company’s financial information and computer systems.
  • Benchmark financial information against industry averages.
  • Create a confidential report of our findings in The Strategy Gameplan™

John’s Bio

Contact John for a complimentary analysis of your business

John has experience as a CFO/Controller in industry, a CPA in public accounting and as an entrepreneur. His experience is very diverse within different industries encompassing many sizes and types of organizations. He has managed consolidated groups of companies, private investor groups, family offices, and closely-held organizations. He successfully managed and controlled a group of companies that had sales grow from $800 million to over $2 billion.

He has successfully developed and implemented numerous accounting and internal control systems, software installations/conversions, and tax, financial, and management reporting systems. All have had positive results in the controlling of operations, the efficient flow of timely and accurate information, improved cash management, and greater profitability. John has been involved with start-ups, reorganizations, mergers, acquisitions, and liquidations. He has vast experience overseeing cash management, banking relations, tax research, planning, and compliance, risk analysis, and staff supervision and training.

His focus is on improving profitability by solid financial management. This includes timely and accurate financial statements, the know how to analyze financial information, proper planning through the use of budgets, projections, cash management/forecasting, and controlling financial condition. He also builds team effort through regular coaching, training, and cross-training. This produces employee confidence and loyalty in which the workplace can be a source of pride and satisfaction.

John values honesty and integrity as virtues never to be compromised.

He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP) and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants (LCPA). John is also a member of The Financial Executives Networking Group (FENG), and a SCORE volunteer.

John is a native of south Louisiana and loves Cajun and Creole food and to play golf. He lives happily with his wife, Beth, who is a critical care registered nurse.

Contact John (225) 284-6604


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