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Accounting Construction

Goose Creek, South Carolina, United States
January 08, 2018

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Accomplished executive with more than 25 years of experience in the construction industry. History of maximizing profitability and productivity while reducing costs and optimizing financial controls / systems across all business functions. Demonstrated expertise in enterprise solutions management, finance, and HR systems. Strategic thinker with record of analyzing operations, identifying improvement opportunities, and developing winning programs. Diligent senior manager with proven ability to build strong business relationships.


Financial Management • Strategic Planning • Operations • Accounting • Information Systems

Financial &Cost Controls • HR Management • Regulatory Compliance • Budgeting / Forecasting

Cash Flow • Process Improvements • Job Costing • Systems Analysis / Implementation

Forensic Analysis • Profit Growth • Benefits Administration • Negotiation • Financing


KAK & ASSOCIATES, LLC, South Carolina-New Jersey-New York-Pennsylvania-Delaware-Maryland • 1997 to present

Various specialty trade construction and general construction firms serving multiple Mid-Atlantic states. $10M-$150M in annual sales.

Forensic Consultant / Financial & Managerial Consulting

Supervised direct reports and reported to Board of Directors. Provide managerial accounting / finance, strategic planning, and IT expertise to enable client growth, re-organization and operational improvements. Develop and deploy Sage/Timberline system solutions. Facilitate systems migrations / process enhancements. Cultivate strong client relationships.

Major Contributions:

Add value for clients by maximizing profits and efficiency while mitigating risk (through operations analysis) and creating / implementing new procedures and controls.

Optimize client systems by reviewing processes and programs (including operations, information systems, health & welfare programs, and retirement plans), identify cost controls / process enhancement opportunities, and deploy effective solutions.

Reduce liabilities and future susceptibility to contractual issues by delivering solutions to problems arising from substandard internal controls and reporting; negotiated favorable resolutions and penalty abatements with governmental entities and union organizations.

SPRINTURF, LLC, Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina • 2016 to Present

International manufacturer and installer of synthetic turf with $50M in yearly revenues.

Construction Accounting Manager and Estimator

Maintain and reconcile general ledger, job cost, payroll, accounts payable and accounts receivable to produce monthly financial statements to shareholders. Produce estimate takeoffs for projects within the continental US. Automate manual processes and procedures.

JT CLEARY INC., Chestnut Ridge, New York • 2013 to 2015

Regional marine construction and deep foundations firm with $10M-$15M in yearly revenues.

Chief Financial Officer

Engineer and implement new financial systems and operational controls. Develop and build entity projections for forecasting growth, improve accounting systems and budgeting controls onto Sage/Timberline system.

Major Contributions:

Added forecast cash flow and revenue reporting, and external financial reporting to obtain new surety bonding facility.

Optimized IT systems architecture to support and facilitate planned operations growth.

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THE McKISSACK GROUP INC., New York, New York • 2011 to 2013

Regional engineering and minority construction management firm with $20M in yearly agency revenues ($100M construction value and managed revenues)

Chief Financial Officer

Re-engineered all accounting systems onto a Sage/Timberline accounting platform, developed financial reporting, internal/external and system controls for GAAP, SOX, FAR and DCAA audit compliance. Design, transform and integrate new financial systems to fully functional enterprise architecture. Closed satellite accounting office to centralize functions and staff new NY headquartered location. Hired, lead and trained 5 team members.

Major Contributions:

Added exponential value for internal budgeting, forecast reporting, and external consolidated financial reporting.

Optimized IT systems architecture to support and facilitate planned corporate growth and expansion for both agency and at-risk revenue operations.

KLEINKNECHT ELECTRIC CO., New York, New York • 2010 to 2011

Regional electrical and telecommunications contracting firm with $25M-$50M in yearly revenues

Interim Chief Financial Officer and Consultant

Manage and optimize financial controls and accounting processes. Bolster and improve internal reporting while automating job cost tracking for internal cost controls. Outlined financial downsizing plan for corporate and operations

THE I. GRACE COMPANY, New York, New York and Los Angeles, California • 2008 to 2010

Construction management and high-end residential homebuilding firm. $50M-$100M in annual revenues.

Chief Financial Officer

Direct 10 team members and all finance, accounting, and IT operations; report to the CEO. Devise and implement strategies and controls to maximize profitability and cash flow, efficiency, and compliance with internal / regulatory requirements. Oversee budgets / cash flow and job costing. Manage reporting, the tax return function, government disclosures, income statements / balance sheets / cashflows, and company pension plan. Assess operational and IT programs; enhance systems and internal cooperation through process improvement and integration programs. Negotiate short/long term borrowings and maintain relationships with financial institutions. Advise and train staff on controls/processes, reporting, and estimates.

Major Contributions:

Delivered improvements to workflow and systems efficiency / integration by leading a key initiative to overhaul and upgrade finance department processes and procedures on Sage/Timberline system.

Optimized enterprise-wide IT systems by increasing integration and revamping procedures through development and deployment of a new infrastructure solution.

AG CONSTRUCTION CORP., Lincoln Park, New Jersey • 2004 to 2008

Regional union concrete and construction firm with $30M-$50M in yearly revenues.

Chief Financial Officer

Manage all financial / economic programs and 10 team members. Spearhead initiatives to drive profit and enterprise growth by bolstering capital structures, cost containment, quality, and efficiency. Mentor and counsel employees on labor relations, union reporting and negotiations, costing, and reporting. Strengthen workflows and internal collaborations in conjunction with the finance, IT and HR functions.

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Major Contributions:

Improved profitability and cash flow by positioned firm for as much as 300% growth in annual revenues without increasing HR costs by launching a cutting-edge accounting software solution.

Reduced government debt $2M (with negligible costs to stockholders / working capital) by negotiating favorable agreements and by creating effective financing plans.

Cut yearly costs $500,000 by securing 50% reduction in insurance rate factors across and property and casualty lines.

Realized large decreases in the company’s debt-to-equity ratio (60%) and benefit plan costs (25%).

KARA HOMES, INC., East Brunswick, New Jersey • 2002 to 2003

Premier residential developer and home builder with $250M in annual revenues.

Director of Human Resources

Oversaw HR operations (including benefits / insurance and 401k pension plan) after establishing the department. Built auditable program and reporting processes to ensure adherence to labor and SOX requirements and compliance. Trained personnel in Timberline accounting software system.

Major Contributions:

Decreased employee benefit costs 10% while generating 400% expansion of available benefits.

Secured a 50% cut in General Liability rate for property and casualty insurance (well below industry average) by aligning to correct underwriting markets

FABI CONSTRUCTION, INC. & AFFILIATES, Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey • 1990 to 2002

Concrete construction, equipment rental, and property management firm. $60M in yearly revenues.

Chief Financial Officer / Controller

Directed all accounting, financial / control, IT, and HR programs; managed 6 team members. Formed and oversaw benefits and pension plan, risk management and safety, and tax plans and tax consultant relationships. Led audits in cooperation with government / union labor officials.

Major Contributions:

Lowered operational / administrative costs 30% while improving productivity / systems integration.

Reduced IT costs 50% while doubling computer / technology capabilities.

Grew bonding line of credit from $15M to $40M; cut safety-related lost time 50%.


Master of Business and Science in Management Information Systems

MBA Program Course, Concentration in Accounting Information Systems

Bachelor of Arts in Accounting/Finance

Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Pomona, New Jersey


Certified Forensic Consultant (CFC)

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)

Diplomate and Fellow of the American College of Forensic Examiners (ACFEI)

American College of Fraud Examiners (ACFE), Professional Women in Construction (PWC)

The Financial Executives Networking Group (FENG), Institute of Management Accountants (IMA)

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