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Paula Waggoner-Aguilar, CPA
Managing CFO | Strategic Advisor

Paula Waggoner-Aguilar is a Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Texas CPA, and successful C-Suite Finance and Accounting executive who has dedicated more than 25 years helping public and private companies develop, construct, start-up, grow, change, and turnaround their investments in energy (oil & gas, oilfield, chemicals, renewables, export), technology, manufacturing, and life sciences. 

Paula started her career in the 1990’s working in the oilfield and then power generation in Latin America and has since worked in leadership roles for several Global Fortune 100 companies including Buckeye Partners, BHP Billiton Petroleum, GDF Suez LNG (formerly Tractebel), Duke Energy International, Enron International, Halliburton (formerly Dresser Industries), and most recently for Lewis Energy Group (the largest private vertically integrated oil and gas producers in the US and first US company to explore and drill in Mexico since 1938), owned by the billionaire wildcatter Rod Lewis.  Paula is also an Ernst & Young Alumni. 

Paula has always focused on helping people solve challenging problems that are inhibiting their businesses.  She is a broad strategic thinker with an understanding of markets, especially energy markets.  She also has a strong business and financial acumen having run global, foreign, domestic, family-owned, and her own business.  Paula really loves looking at companies, understanding the big picture and then building a plan on how to connect the functional pieces and the operational parts of the business.  Through her entrepreneurial work, as well as her work with companies in different industries, she has developed institutional knowledge that enables her to pivot in and around organizations and customize an approach for each of her clients.  Her insights help clients understand and assess what the CEO or CFO on the other side of the negotiating table may be thinking or doing.


Paula obtained her Masters of Science in Taxation (MST) from the University of North Texas and her Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA) in Accounting from the University of Texas at Arlington. In addition, she has completed post-graduate studies in an employer-sponsored intensive "MBA type" program administered by INSEAD & Emory University. Being an advanced Spanish speaker, she has enjoyed working on projects in 15+ countries.  Paula’s education has been ongoing coming from significant corporate and operational finance, and global management experience, while working for several Fortune 100 companies, as well as high net worth families who have built significant companies.

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Working with Paula

"She is Approachable, Friendly & She Listens".  Feedback from Several Clients
"Strong Moral Compass & High EQ...".  HR Executives
"This Lady CFO Has Got GUTS Challenging ALL These Layoffs...".  Exploring Energy Host

"The ability to be so innovative is a great talent, and Paula will continue to rise and be even more successful than she is now."  Shirley Crandall, President of Crandall and Associates.

"Paula's energy and positive attitude is INFECTIOUS.  She INFLUENCED a change in mindset that impacted my entire company.  As a result of her coaching, our accountant was promoted to Controller and awarded the Employee of the Year".  Former Content Licensing Client.


"As far as Chief Financial Officers ("CFO") go, Paula is the REAL DEAL."  Former boss, and mentor, Jim Wilkenson (1956-2017), Founder and CEO of The Strategic CFO based in Houston, Texas.

"She is a rock star and I look forward to working with her more in the future."  Managing Partner CPA Firm who has worked on 4 projects with her.  


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The Energy CFO is a CFO Advisory and Business Consulting Firm helping private oil and gas, energy infrastructure, oilfield, energy services, renewables, manufacturing, and technology companies accelerate their growth and take them to the next level.  Many of our clients are family-owned business enterprises with multiple generations working in operations.  The Energy CFO offers a range of financial and operational leadership services including Startup CFO, Interim CFO, Part-Time CFO, Fractional CFO, Virtual CFO, financial modeling, energy modeling, financial planning and analysis (FP&A) packages.  We serve clients across the US, Texas, and Lousiana:  Houston, the Gulf Coast, Austin, San Antonio, Midland, Dallas, and Corpus Christi.


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