Kenneth Peterson / Founder & CFO

Ken is known for his bold yet practical approach to business finance, challenging clients to make tough decisions for the good of their organizations for over two decades. Ken has seen firsthand, the good, the bad and the ugly. Ken, a natural leader, has brought together a solid team of Chief Financial Officers who are passionate about what they do and have the knowledge to be very effective.

Outside the office you may find Ken at home on his farm, competing with his horse, Carson, throughout New England, or taking a walk with Porter, his loyal black lab.


Brian McGettrick / CFO

Brian is detail-oriented and a dedicated financial executive providing accounting, management, operations, human resources, and strategic planning services to many different industries. He also knows what it takes to plan and execute the successful transition and sale of a company. With over 20 years of extensive financial experience, Brian prepares organizations to think strategically, drive transformation, and stay focused on the big picture.

Outside of the office Brian loves playing tennis, spending time with friends and enjoying life!


Lori Decato Metz / Marketing Manager

Lori is the Marketing Manager for Next Level Now and brings over 20 years of marketing, design and creative skills to NLN. She created the original logo, branding, and website for NLN. Lori enjoys being part of the great team at NLN and keeping the message of the companies’ successes at the forefront of all communications.

When not at work Lori loves riding horses, going to her daughters’ athletic competitions and spending time with her close family.


Debbie Angelico / CFO

Debbie is a solid, compassionate leader and financial pro. Debbie works with clients to overcome financial challenges, pushes boundaries that limit results, and builds organizational strategies to help reach goals. Debbie has been Chief Financial Officer for both public and private companies, has helped many non-profits succeed and has the experience of running her own business.

Outside of work Debbie enjoys the outdoors, doing yoga, volunteering at her Church, and living on the beautiful Seacoast of New Hampshire.


Ernest J. Simmons, Jr. / CFO

Joe is an accomplished CFO with extensive experience in optimizing organizations. Joe has more than 35 years of high-level financial knowledge and can quickly analyze, synthesize and create optimal solutions for diverse business challenges. He is detail-oriented and has worked with turnarounds, manufacturing, IPOs and non-profits. Joe is a trusted advisor and was named NH CFO of the Year in 2013!

Outside the office Joe enjoys playing piano and writing. He is also a Marine Corp Veteran.


Melissa L. Walker / Accountant

Melissa (Missy) is a hard-working, ambitious and technically skilled accountant. She has more than 18 years experience working for diverse industries managing accounts payable and receivables, payroll and HR. She is a specialist known for accuracy and attention to detail. Missy won’t shy away from a big challenge and gets the job done right and on-time.

Outside of the office Missy loves traveling to the islands and spending time with family and friends.


Brandi Bonds / CFO

Brandi believes meeting the needs of clients starts with truly understanding the challenges they face. She knows how to ask the tough questions and digs deep to discover the best solutions. Brandi is a passionate CFO who helps teams reach their strategic goals and initiatives.

Outside of the office, Brandi is a rock star Professor at Endicott College and North Shore Community College teaching Finance courses. She volunteers for multiple non-profit organizations and also loves spending time with her family, traveling the world, camping and having serious fun!

Gigi Brienza

Gigi Brienza / COO

Gigi excels at strategic sourcing and operational management services. She has worked with high profile, nationally growing companies as well as businesses in transition. Gigi is a strategic thinker recognized for her commitment to excellence and integrity. She is an excellent communicator, innovative problem solver and has been fueled by her continuous successes in supply chain and sourcing operations.

Outside of the office, Gigi volunteers with CASA of NH, serving as a Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian Ad Litem for neglected or abused children.


Kelly Averill / Accounting Manager

Kelly is a detail oriented accounting manager.  She is a very conscientious team member who provides thorough and accurate work for her clients. Kelly’s experience in an international public software corporation includes mentoring and managing a team, general ledger maintenance, and a variety of corporate accounting functions including month end close and consolidated financial reporting.

When not at work, Kelly has many interests including hiking, camping, traveling, and going to the beach. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, her black lab Abbey, family, and friends.

Interested In Joining Our Amazing Team?

We are always expanding, and would love to hear from you.

Our Story

From start to finish

Next Level Now was founded in 2002 by Ken Peterson. Ken saw a need for financial guidance of small-to-mid size businesses. He has seen firsthand the value it can bring to have a CFO on your management team.


There was a Need

Ken started Next Level Now in 2002 out of  a need to provide small to mid-size companies the strategic, key financial information and CFO tools to make better informed and proactive decisions for an organization’s future growth.


A Team Approach

The team philosophy at Next Level Now gives us an upper hand in the ever changing businesses of our clients. We work as a team to solve issues on behalf of our clients and are not afraid of rolling up our sleeves and really diving in. The team aspect makes us a strong group of CFOs ready to work for your organization.


Making a Difference

Our track record speaks for itself. We have made positive contributions on our clients' behalf and are ready to bring your business to the next level. Read some of the accolades from current and past organizations we have worked with.

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