About Us

How We Provide Direction You Can Trust

We started JACO Advisory Group with one goal: to help your business succeed. Our team’s collection of experiences provides us with a variety of tools to help our clients develop and execute the strategies they need to maximize value for all of the stakeholders of the business. We specialize in growth strategies and transition planning; helping our clients with:

- Strategic Planning
- Business Development
- Operational Performance
- Talent Optimization
- Succession Planning
- Turnaround & Restructuring

Our philosophy focuses on recommending business and financial solutions that maximize value for owners, investors, employees, customers, suppliers, and the community. By maximizing value for all stakeholders – rather than simply protecting the interests of a select group – we deliver advisory solutions that are more comprehensive, more productive, and more focused on creating a stronger foundation for future business success. We understand process and we know how to work with people. It’s a combination of knowledge, experience, hard work, and personality that make us uniquely prepared to maximize outcomes for our clients.

Our deep understanding of mid-market and family-owned businesses allows us to come along side you, and become an extension of your business, providing you with guidance, expertise and leadership when you need it. Our high-performing, multidisciplinary team will provide strategic leadership and seamless management of all engagements from kick-off to completion, ensuring that your needs will be met and your company’s values honored. If you’d like to secure your legacy, then connect with us to get started. We’re JACO Advisory Group, providing Direction You Can Trust.

What We Believe In

Our core beliefs represent the stated values that our organization strives to live and work by each day. Serving as the touchstone for our decisions and behaviors, they also represent the experience that we desire each of our stakeholders to have when dealing with us.

Build Trust - We believe in meaningful relationships that are built on a foundation of trust.

Work Hard - We embrace hard work, and the personal sacrifice required to achieve success.

Do Right - We will challenge the status quo in support of doing what is right, not just what is required.

Give Back - We will help those in need by giving of our time, talents, and treasures.

Integrity - We will perform our work in a manner so that our actions reflect our core beliefs.

Why We Come To Work

Our mission is to solve complex problems for the betterment of the people, organizations, and communities we serve.

Jeff Cope, Managing Director
Managing Director

Jeff Cope

Jeff has over 25 years of strategic planning, business develop, and business transformation leadership experience. Having worked with mid-market, closely-held and family-owned businesses his entire career Jeff has a unique understanding of how these enterprises operate and the challenges they face.

He is passionate about working with business leaders to build strong cultures while developing and executing strategies that deliver exceptional results that benefit all the company’s stakeholders. Jeff’s hands-on approach to working with companies begins with a commonsense approach to strategy development.

With extensive experience in organizational turnaround and growth Jeff follows a defined process (disciplined, focused, intentional) to guide clients from strategy to execution. His experience covers a multitude of industries, with an in-depth understanding of automotive manufacturing.

Jeff holds Master's in Business Administration from the Capital University School of Management and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Management from Ohio Dominican University.

Managing Director

Kevin Griffin

Kevin is an experienced executive with over 40 years of senior financial management experience. He has worked in both public and privately held businesses as well as regulated industries. He has an in-depth background in SEC reporting, regulatory compliance, treasury and cash management, credit relationships, global tax reporting and compliance, risk management, and company equity and retirement plans.

In addition to his technical background Kevin has extensive experience in strategic planning, due diligence, mergers and acquisitions, divestures and dissolutions, capital formation, and business valuations. His experience spans multiple industries - public accounting, manufacturing, financial services, insurance - in both high growth and turnaround operations.

His ability to problem solve is aided by a well-developed ability to create solutions by listening to and asking probing questions, of the various stakeholders of a business.

Kevin is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). In addition to serving in his corporate roles, he has also served in interim and transitional management C-level executive positions, such as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Restructuring Officer on a consulting basis.

Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Central Michigan University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants.

Rob Quick, Managing Director
Managing Director

Rob Quick

Rob has over 35 years of automotive experience, 25 with Honda of America Manufacturing. His specialty is helping manufacturing facilities turn their operations around.

He has supported companies through bank workouts, cash burn analysis, and developing plans of reorganization to exit bankruptcy. His experience with operations of all types of production facilities gives him a comprehensive proficiency when it comes to addressing unprofitable practices and cultures.

Rob is certified by the Turnaround Management Association as a Certified Turnaround Professional (CTP).

During several new model launches, Rob managed the Marysville Auto Plant’s mass production purchasing department. He was responsible for the supply chain and synchronization of over 4 million parts daily.

Before Honda, Rob was the regional quality auditor for MascoTech Stamping Technologies, responsible for plants in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. He was often recruited by Nissan to evaluate potential new suppliers.

Rob holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Ferris State University. He is a senior member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and was a Certified Quality Auditor through the American Society of Quality.

Project Manager

Tricia Finkbeiner

Tricia has over 20 years of project management, continuous improvement, and sales experience. With strong technical writing skills Tricia excels at reviewing, documenting, and streamlining business processes. Her natural curiosity, attention to detail, and collaborative approach to problem solving gives her the requisite skills to lead complex continuous improvement projects.

Utilizing her unique ability to understand documented and undocumented systems, she establishes process flows, work instructions, and training procedures to document the “tribal knowledge” of a business. Her desire to figure things out gives her the requisite skills to find new and innovative ways of doing things.

Tricia holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from Western Michigan University, and is continuing her passion for learning at the graduate level.

Creative Director

Ben Hartman

Ben has nearly a decade’s worth of experience working in the digital marketing field. He participated in one of the nation’s earliest e-commerce college programs while also studying finance. After a stint in insurance, banking, and auditing, he left the world of finance so he could put his creative and collaborative talents to work helping businesses grow.

Since then, Ben has been involved in numerous marketing projects, including web development, public relations, rebranding, product launches, content development and social media strategy. He has spearheaded hundreds of projects in these areas, managing team members from all over the world, leading with a disciplined creative process that helps companies stand out in the marketplace.

Ben is focused on what sets companies apart and has advised small businesses, creative agencies and multi-million-dollar businesses in building their brands and uncovering what makes them unique. Ben’s authentic approach to “storytelling” is designed to turn the Marketing and Human Resource Departments into engines of growth, providing the sales revenue and people talent that allows companies to reach their goals.

Ben holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Grand Valley State University and is currently taking graduate level classes from MIT.