December 12, 2012 // Franchising.com // CARMEL, Ind. – Bill Brunner, chief financial officer for J.D. Byrider, the country’s leading used car sales and finance enterprise, was recently named CFO of the Year by the Indianapolis Business Journal. Brunner was among several honored in the program and was named the top CFO for private companies with revenues of more than $100 million.
Brunner engineered J.D. Byrider’s first asset-backed securitization, a $145 million deal led by RBS Securities which the company completed earlier this year. Additionally, Brunner paved the way for the May 2011 acquisition of the company by private investment firm Altamont Capital Partners.
Brunner’s nomination came on the heels of the company’s latest milestone - $1 billion in outstanding retail installment contracts.
“Bill possesses numerous leadership qualities, and his employees appreciate his focused, passionate direction,” said Steve Wedding, J.D. Byrider CEO. “I see Bill being my partner in leading J.D. Byrider for many years to come.”
Prior to joining J.D. Byrider, Brunner was a 25-year veteran of the banking industry, most recently serving as CFO, executive vice president and treasurer of First Indiana Corporation, as well as the CFO and executive vice president of First Indiana Bank N.A.
Brunner is a board director for the Little Star Center, past board chairman of Indianapolis-based Children’s Bureau, Inc. and past chairman of the American Banker Association’s accounting committee. Brunner is a previous graduate instructor of securities analysis at Northern Kentucky University’s Haile/US Bank College of Business and a past instructor of accounting and economics for the American Institute of Banking. He received his bachelor’s degree in economics from St. Cloud State University and earned his master’s of business administration from Georgia State University.
Founded in 1989, J.D. Byrider is the nation’s leading used car sales and finance enterprise. The company was founded to serve customers with special auto financing needs and to ensure that they receive the same quality service in every J.D. Byrider dealership. With nearly 950,000 consumers matched to quality, affordable vehicles and a franchise system servicing approximately $1 billion in contracts, the company continues its focus on reliability and customer satisfaction. Headquartered near Indianapolis in Carmel, Ind., J.D. Byrider consists of 122 franchised- and 23 company-owned dealerships in 31 states. Visit www.jdbyrider.com to learn more.
Andrea Farmer | Tim Coxey