Dennis Drent is a partner in the Orange County office of Hardesty, LLC. Dennis has served as CEO, Divisional CFO, Chief Audit Executive, Vice President of Financial Planning, Assistant Controller of Financial Reporting, and other roles primarily in the insurance industry.
Dennis has a history of accomplishment by articulating clear goals and putting controls in place ensure they are achieved. For example, while Dennis served as CEO of a personal lines specialty insurer and general agency, the company’s value tripled in several years leading to the successful buy-out of activist minority shareholders. While serving as a Senior Vice President of Internal Audit for a large multi-line insurer, Dennis was responsible for the design and implementation of the company’s response to the Sarbanes-Oxley Law. As Vice President of Financial Planning, Dennis led the financial team that completed all the documentation related to a billion dollar IPO.
Dennis has also served as a consultant to small to mid-sized companies. A typical assignment included helping management and the board set the strategic direction. Some assignments included assisting the client in implementing key initiatives stemming from the plan. Dennis has the ability to help focus a management team on the big picture while also helping drive the tactical action plans that create the desired results. Dennis has a BS and MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.