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Updated: Aug 24, 2018

Brian Josephson discusses sports, BB guns, and more.


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Brian has over 20 years of broad experience at both privately held and Fortune 250 companies in the areas of finance, purchasing, operations, sales, and marketing. He has also been involved in strategic business planning, business acquisitions, and integrations. Brian's most recent roles included General Manager, Emerging Markets, along with the role of CFO for Rawlings Sporting Goods Company. His prior work experience includes financial analysis and management positions at IBM for seven years, Newell Rubbermaid for ten years, and private equity roles for five years. At Newell Rubbermaid he held several financial positions, which ultimately led to becoming the CFO of Graco Children's Products. He currently serves as Group Vice President and CFO of Hager Companies.

Brian was born in Salt Lake City, Utah to Dale Cannon and Geraldine Stevenson Josephson. He was the fifth of eight children, with four older brothers, one younger brother, and two younger sisters. He graduated from Skyline High School and shortly after graduation left on a two-year mission for his church to Okayama, Japan. There he served in various leadership capacities providing service, training, and teaching.

Brian graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in Finance/Accounting and a minor in Japanese. While completing his college degree, he married his high school sweetheart, Jacqueline McDonald. After college they moved to Endicott, New York to work for IBM. While working full time, Brian finished his MBA at Binghamton University. He also received his Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation during this period.

Endicott is also where Brian and Jacqueline started their family. They are the proud parents of six children: Clarissa, Dallin, Spencer, Regan, Melinda, and Miles. Their oldest daughter and her husband Kyle have provided Brian and Jacqueline with a beautiful granddaughter named Paisley and a handsome grandson named Lincoln.

Brian and Jacqueline have lived in Saint Louis since May 2010 and have enjoyed their move to the place they now call home.



  • What is your favorite part of being a CFO for Hager? [1:52]

  • What are your favorite sports teams? [6:05]

  • Describe the setting where you grew up. [7:04]

  • How did you get into numbers as a kid? [9:37]

  • Of all the things you saved for, which possession did you treasure the most? [10:43]

  • Give me an overview of your greatest sports moments. [11:22]

  • Is there a relationship between confidence in sports and confidence in earning money? [12:46]

  • Were your parents able to lay a foundation financially that helped you to be more confident in learning about money later? [14:23]

  • Tell us more about your family dynamic growing up. [16:17]

  • Did you ever get into trouble? [18:17]

  • Do you have any specific memories of when your parents taught you about money? [24:30]

  • How did your parents make sure that you didn't turn out spoiled? [29:45]

  • How did your childhood frugality affect your adulthood? [30:40]

  • How did you figure out what your did was doing professionally? [32:11]

  • What should parents be teaching their children? [34:50]

  • Have you ever tried explaining to your children what a CFO is? How do you prepare to be a CFO? [36:26]

  • What is your favorite charitable cause? [39:36]



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