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Project Accounting

Location:
East Islip, New York, United States
Salary:
175000
Posted:
April 11, 2018

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KENNETH BERKMAN

** ****** ******, **** *****, New Yok 11730

Home #631-***-**** Mobile #516-***-****

Email: ac432x@r.postjobfree.com LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/kenneth-berkman-25254024

PROFILE

Chief Financial Officer - Controller

+15 Years’ experience in large closely held organizations

Construction Management - General Contracting- Real Estate Development

Marketing and Promotion - Colleges and Universities - Not For Profits

Fiduciary responsibility and ethics are paramount to the execution of the duties of the CFO - Controller

Accounting-Finance is a service bureau to the company, the people we work with, and our clients

Philosophy - make your people the greatest asset of the organization

Dedicated educated team members help grow your organization

Hands-on experience facilitating improvements in accounting-finance-administration-operations

Procedures polices improved streamlined resulting in quality reporting generated to the end users

Work directly with principals, investors-lenders, clients, developers, project managers, and staff

Anything can be accomplished with hard work, working smart, and great listening skills

EXPERIENCE

Controller - The Pav-Lak Organization of Companies

Hauppauge, New York November 2014 to Present and July 2007 to July 2011

Returned to Pav-Lak in November 2014 as Controller reporting and working closely with Principal of privately held Construction Management Firm - General Contractor and Real Estate Developer.

oPav-Lak specializes in new ground up construction for Private Developers in New York City and surrounding areas. Residential, Commercial, Hotels, Hi-End Condominiums, Apartments-Rental Properties, Hospitals, Schools, Libraries, Houses of Worship and Public Works.

Reviewed systems identifying areas of improvement in accounting, administrative, purchasing, HR.

Instrumental person in moving company to PEO resulting in major payroll cost savings and workmen’s compensation insurance costs.

oBecoming part of a PEO has resulted in saving exceeding 40% in HR, payroll processing, taxes and benefits. The company now offers “Fortune 100” benefit programs to staff.

Implemented controls for timely issuance of accurate project reporting - AIA G702/G703 billing - ACRs –Forecasting - Cash Flow Reporting - Backlog Reports.

Improved procedures in the issuance and monitoring of owner-client change orders clients and sub-contractors change orders resulting in near 100% accountability.

Work closely on a daily basis with Principal, Project Managers, APMs, Staff, and Subs as mentor-advisor.

Improved reporting project historical costs assisting Project Managers and Estimators in planning current and future jobs reporting of job data, change orders, ACRs.

Worked with Broker/Insurance Carrier in implementation and administration of all insurance programs.

Directly responsible for the full administration management of all external audits.

Controller – Construction and Development – THE ENGEL BURMAN GROUP

Garden City, New York June 2013 to September 2014

Reporting to the 7 Partners of leading Real Estate Developer as Controller.

oThe company is a leader in ground up construction of luxury and ultra-luxury residential, commercial buildings and assisted living facilities.

Responsible and managed staff for all areas of accounting and finance, financial reports by project and reporting on over 75 separate companies.

Worked with Project Management Team and Partners preparing financial reports for lender funding (SBA, ICAP and Private Investors) issuance of monthly requisitions AIA702/703. Project costs reviews and variance analysis. Budgets – project and corporate, forecasts, ACRs - anticipated cost reports.

Controller – CAVA CONSTRUCTION & DEVELOPMENT, INC.

Mount Vernon, New York August 2012 to April 2013

Reporting to the Principals of a Leading Construction Management and General Contractor Firm.

oThe company is a leader in ground up construction of hotels, residential and commercial buildings in New York City.

oImprovements implemented in accounting and project job cost company closed the year 2012 reporting revenue over $110 million, management projected less than $60 million.

Year-end 2012 $40 million in revenue discovered, results, over $7 million additional net income.

Improved procedures in all areas of accounting, job costing, accounts receivable, accounts payable, budgeting, schedule of values on current and new projects, change order management.

Improved preparation of billing G702/G703 resulting in timely issued and accurate project reporting benefitting Owners-Clients, Project Managers, Estimators, Executive Management.

Controller - Acting-Interim-Consulting Assignment PinkStone Capital Group LLC and Empire Management Inc.

New York, New York June 2012 to August 2012

Reporting to CEO-President and Director of Construction provided consulting services and implemented new policy and procedures in the areas of accounting, project accounting, insurance and lender relations.

Improved reporting to lenders and investors including AIA702/703 issued accurately, timely.

Key person in development of OCIP Owner insurance program, savings $450,000 on a $40 million project.

Chief Financial Officer -– COASTAL-Coastal Environmental Group, Inc. an MBE company

Central Islip, New York July 2011 to June 2012

Reported directly to President of $24 million Construction Company providing General Contractor and Construction Management Services, Remediation, Emergency Cleanup, LEED in 22 states.

oOver 80% of COASTAL’s revenue is from Federal Contracts, requiring in-depth knowledge of Federal Accounting Regulations - FAR and Federal Contract Administration – FCA.

Facilitated improvements, processes and procedures in accounting, finance, project administration, human resources, IT, general operations. Developed electronic document retrieval and invoice approval program.

Worked hands-on with Estimators, Project Managers in development of budgets, budget reviews.

Improved reporting to management, banks, bonding companies. Secured over $2 million in equipment financing in less than 30 days. Key person Instrumental in the reinstatement of company’s line of credit.

Controller - The Pav-Lak Organization of Companies

Hauppauge, New York See Pav-Lak Above July 2007 to July 2011

Controller – Vice President Finance – Port Realty Group, LLC

Port Washington, NY and Palm Coast, Florida October 1998 to July 2007

Reporting to Principals of developer, remediation and reseller of foreclosed properties.

oPort’s annual volume exceeded $150 million through the sale of over 150 properties annually.

oDuring term as controller over +1,500 properties purchased, rehabilitated to like new condition and sold renovated homes to first time homeowners.

New York – Long Island & Boros +150 properties. Palm Coast, Florida +650 properties.

Controller – Associate Vice President of Finance – Dowling College

Oakdale, New York March 1994 to August 1998

Reported to President of Dowling College and Vice President of Finance and Administration.

Served on number of special committees of College President.

oManaged all areas of accounting finance & bursar supervised 2 department heads over 25 staff.

oKey team member in making improvements in procedures and policies in all areas of responsibility.

oMajor improvements in collection of student receivables, reduced bad debt reserve Over 75%.

Worked directly – hands on with all department heads and college deans developing annual budgets.

Key team member in the design-build-ground up construction & financing of The NAT Center, which housed Dowling’s Renowned Aviation Program.

Key team member in financing the project thru Federal Grants, Bond Issues, Restricted and Unrestricted Gifts and Endowments.

Key person implementing Student FICA Tax Reduction Program, $1 million Tax Refund to the college.

Key person working with Endowment Gift Team securing real estate land donation at no cost to college.

Handled all major audits - DOE, FAA, Bond Underwriters, and Annual College Financial Audits.

Key person development Pepsi-Cola’s Scholarship Program and Dowling’s Credit Card Program.

Worked closely with outside financial institutions including banks, bond underwriters and legal counsel.

Key Team Member-Leader in new bond issues and instrumental in raising College’s Bond Rating to AAA.

Controller – Ingelby Enterprises, Inc. (Caribiner International, Inc.) Ray Simon Inc. – Meeting Makers Inc.

New York, New York January 1992 to October 1993

Promotions, Marketing, New Product Introductions through Live Shows and Film.

Improved areas of accounting and finance resulting in timely accurate billings and vendor relations

Worked directly with project managers, directors in project cost management, budgeting, and forecasting.

Controller – Iversen Associates

New York, New York December 1989 to December 1991

Promotions, Marketing, New Product Introductions through Live Shows.

Managed and improved procedures in all areas of accounting, finance, operations and human resources.

Improved timely issuance of billings, improved accounts receivable collections, managed accounts payable disbursements resulting in reestablishing good credit relations with suppliers, vendors, productions houses.

Controller – Don Jagoda Associates

Melville, New York December 1983 to December 1989

Promotions, Marketing, Sweepstakes, Refund and Fan Club Fulfillment Services.

Improved procedures and polices resulting in improvements and efficiencies in all areas of accounting, finance, operations, human resources. Managed all areas of accounting finance staff, supervised +12 people.

Managed all audits. Key person in handling multiple major sales tax audits resulting in zero adjustment.

Senior In-Charge Accountant - Peat Marwick Mitchell (KPMG)

Jericho, New York September 1979 to December 1983

Big 8 Accounting and Auditing Firm.

Auditor In-Charge Responsibilities from 1st year as member of this Big 8 firm’s audit team.

Major audit and tax findings resulting in client organization improvements.

Major Tax Credits and Deductions identified resulting in substantial savings to clients.

Not For Profits, Colleges – Universities, Public Schools, Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Manufacturing.

Education

Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York, Master Business Administration, 1980

oPublished Master’s Thesis “Alternative Income Tax”

oMajor Paper “Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and The Lockheed Corporation”

Predecessor to The Rico Act -Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act

oGraduated With Academic Honors

State University of Stony Brook, Stony Brook, New York, Bachelor of Arts, 1979

oGraduated With Academic Honors

oAttended 3 colleges at the same time completing over 120 credits in 18 months in preparation of completing MBA at Hofstra. Overall GPA in core discipline near 4.0.

Thomas-Reuter 16 hour Seminar - October 2011, New York, NY

oNavigating the FAR - Federal Acquisition Regulation

Thomas Reuter 16 hour Seminar - October 2011, Washington, D.C.

oContract Administration of Federal Contracts Under the FAR

Timberline Training Program at Accordant Academy in Saddlebrook, New Jersey

Skills

Timberline Sage 300 Contractor – accounting and project cost program

Microsoft Dynamics SL (Solomon Platform) - MDSL, a Microsoft based accounting and management program which fully integrates to Microsoft Office

QuickBooks – Multiple Organizations with extensive inter-company activity - billings, cash transactions, management fees, general and administrative expenses, and 100% job costing. Custom reports including ACRs, Change Orders, General Requirements-Conditions Cost Reports, Project Reports, and Backlog Reports.

Insurance & Bonding

oCCIP - Contractor Controlled Insurance Programs

oOCIP - Owner Controlled Insurance Programs

oOwner Developer – CM Insurance Programs

oSub-Guard Insurance Programs,

oBond construction industry; Bond Underwriting Public Issues

Memberships - Affiliations

NYS CPA Society - Associate Member

CFMA, CONSTRUCTION FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION, Long Island Chapter

References Available Upon Request



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