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controller director of finance

Orange Park, Florida, 32073, United States
February 02, 2018

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Carl Ashton, BA, ASE Master Technician

*** **** ******* ******* **, Orange Park, FL 32065

Phone • 904-***-****


J-Tech Jones Technical College, Jacksonville FL• 2015 to Present

Diesel and Automotive Instructor

•Enhanced existing program for Automotive Mathematics to apply the role of a Technician to the Applied Mathematics program.

•Provided Development of programs and training aids to further retention of Students. In this new program I was First instructor to teach Steering and Suspension, Hydraulics and Electrical Il, planned and built all PowerPoints, daily lesson, quiz and tests within curriculums for those courses.

•Assisted students to realize their dreams by organizing and delivering class objectives in a clear, concise manner, utilizing Hands on, Kinesthetic, Visual and Auditory methods. Provided an orderly, controlled, and safe environment for our students in classrooms and labs; ensuring training aids, tools, and equipment are maintained and prepared for use in the classroom and lab.

•Supervising and holding students accountable while promoting learning, participation, motivation, and professionalism; testing, evaluating, and communicating performance and progress with students, supervisors, and other depaftments in a timely and accurate manner; and maintaining curriculum accuracy by keeping up-to-date on the industry.

Element Fleet, Plantation FL. 2011 to 2015

International Fleet and Leasing Company

Fleet Management Specialist

•Enhanced existing training program for new and on-going employees, with respect to certain aspects of how to achieve enhanced cost savings, promote proper and timely repairs within each fleets policies and ease of searching for information.

•In the call center Field 50-80 telephone calls every day as ASE Master Technician from drivers or Independent repair shops and Dealerships or National Accounts vendors when they experience mechanical difficulty with a vehicle. Determine necessary steps to solve issue quickly and negotiate with minimal costs and decide if repair is necessary.

•Audit incoming shop orders in Mitchell or Alldata.

•Determining vehicle useful life thru financial analysis and guidelines. Determine if unit is within repair guidelines or recommend or replace currently or at next service date by fleets policy dollar amount.

•Support the client by managing the problem; determining whether the vehicle needs to go to a shop for further evaluation; assist the driver in finding an appropriate repair location; authorize repairs as needed, manage repairs until completion.

•Ensure that all work is performed and negotiated within our client' s parameters and expectations.

•Writes formal papers to summarize completed analysis.

•Interacts with clients on a regular basis to discern their needs and requirements.

•Provides consultation on cost saving measures to clients as required.

•Implement recommendations to clients and case management. Track implemented actions and adjust as required.

The Ashton Group Inc.Service Business Solutions PLLC, Naples FL Delray Beach Florida• 2008 to 2011

Public non-CPA accounting- consulting firm specializing in CFO Services and Tax for Service Businesses.

Storm Smart Industries, Ft Myers Florida •2007-2008

Global Manufacturer and Installer of Hun•icane and Solar energy products, an Inc. 500 rated company 358 employees


Led small manufacturing company in turnaround effort that led from near bankruptcy and failure to providing completed first audit to its Bankers, into stability and going concern status as of 2007 as a INC 500 company rated #358 . Assisted corporation with acquiring 3MM post audit refinancing for expansion into solar energy and 3-year strategic plan.

Financial & Operational Highlights:

•Transitioned business from a Family owned to a multi-tiered Lean Manufacturer,

Wholesaler, and Installer of Solar and Hurricane mitigation products, by expanding out in Florida and developing franchised partnerships throughout the world.

•Saved $170,000 per year in labor costs and reduced staff requirements by 3 while enhancing reporting accuracy with accounting centralization, internal controls, and process Improvements.

•Led implementation team rolling out the SQL Ledger custom-built information system company-wide.

•Reduced inventories by over 60% (or $1 IMM) while improving fill rates and reducing install time by 30-40%

•Created and analyzed monthly management reports with department- and division-level accountability, performed extensive inventory analysis to reduce stock levels and improve cash flows.

•Completed year-end close to CPA firm and external audit in 3 weeks, that in the prior year was 11 weeks.

Driven Brands Shared Services, Charlotte NC

Manager Collection and Audit 2005

Director of Finance Collection and Audit 2006-2007

Financial & Operational Highlights:

Prepared audit reports, developed budgets, performed variance analysis, and created its current tax packages. Directed and administered internal / SOX audits to ensure regulatory compliance and operational efficiency/accuracy. Built and led teams in carrying out special proj ects including M&A research and operations. Supervised entire, Collections and Internal Audit process. Served as Underwriter, for all internal and external financing, leased equipment, purchases including existing and new franchised stores.

•Lead Econo-Lube, Aero Colors, MAACO, acquisitions.

•Led MAS 500 systems integration for shared services environment (From A/S 400) Re-structured internal controls, mapped, and created processes and procedures manual for company's divisions including Sarbanes-Oxley compliance.

•Increased cash flows by $1.2 million, which was (25%) per year through implementation of mandatory EFT and a reporting portal, to EFT/ACH or an automatic draft of all shared services environment automotive centers. Drove collections department to add over 950 out of 1200 of those centers to weekly EFT draft.

•Cleared dealer delinquencies by financing internal notes subsequently drafted via EFT program in collecting a total of28MM of past delinquencies some back to 1994.

Cottman Transmission Systems LLC, Jacksonville Florida 1998-2005

Owner/CEO of M&S Transmissions and Cottman Development Corp (Stores)

Financial & Operational Highlights:

•Oversee the operations of four Cottman transmission centers.

•Hire, terminate and train store employees and managers.

•Monitor as well as report daily/weekly/monthly financial position in the area expenses, investments and cash flow to the management teams.

•Operate centers in case of a shortage of employees, quote repairs, negotiate with customers solve complaints disputes.

•Coordinate with the preparation of the quarterly and annual budgets, and financial forecasts and variance.

•Responsible for preparing monthly sales tax returns and oversee tax payments

•Monitor deductions, rates, records and renewals for all employee and business policies

Early Career (details on request):

•Store Manager, District Manager and Regional Controller, Kmart Auto Centers, Charlotte, Raleigh, NC

•Technician, Store Manager, Asst General Manager, Meineke Discount Mufflers, Charlotte, NC


Master of Business Administration Specialization in Finance

Walsh College, Troy Michigan (Anticipated graduate 2016- completed 23 out of 39 credits)

Master of Science in Business Ethics & Compliance

(2 Courses transferred to Walsh College Spring 2014)

New England College of Business and Finance

Boston, Massachusetts

Bachelor of Arts, Accounting

Saint Leo University St Leo, Florida


ASE Certified Master Technician (Recertified 5 Times), Leesburg, VA

ASE Certified Truck Technician

ASE Service Consultant

Certified in Under Reporting of Franchisees, 2002, AICPA

Controller Update Seminars, AICPA 2002-2007


SAP, Microsoft Great Plains and Point of Sale, IBM AS 400, QuickBooks Pro Advisor 20062011, QuickBooks Point of Sale, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook), Lotus 1-2-3

Epicor Vantage, Hyperion, Peachtree, MAS 90-200-500, SQL & SQL Ledger

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