Niraj Patel, CPA
Johns Creek, Georgia
STARR COMPANIES (STARR AVIATION) MARCH 2009 - PRESENT
A GLOBAL FINANCIAL SERVICES COMPANY Atlanta, Georgia
Responsible for all monthly, quarterly and annual reporting to parent company, along with business narratives.
Member of the Starr Aviation Executive Committee. Involved in the strategic decision making process.
Prepare all budgets/forecasts/cash flow and ad hoc analysis and business plans for the executive team.
Assisted in the company wide implementation of Great Plains Accounting package.
Part of the M&A team, that performed due diligence and provided recommendations for acquisitions.
Improved the collection process to reduce the overdue 90day outstanding items.
Coordinate the annual audit.
DIRECTOR OF FINANCIAL REPORTING
NATIONS BUILDERS INSURANCE SERVICES, INC. JUNE 2008 -FEBRUARY 2009
A PROPERTY AND CASUALTY INSURANCE COMPANY Atlanta, Georgia
Coordinate the preparation and filing of the statutory quarterly statements (Yellow Books), along with state, NAIC specific schedules.
Developed checklists to ensure that state specific requests were being completed and filed in a timely manner.
Responsible for all research on FASB, SEC and IFRS pronouncements.
Responsible for all correspondence with state insurance departments.
Coordinated the cost allocation study with third party consultants as requested by the domicile state (this was in relation to the management fees charged by the management company to the insurance companies)
Prepare monthly management reports for CFO.
Lead contact for the external auditors as part of the annual GAAP audit. (Coordinate interim and annual audit work).
FINANCIAL REPORTING MANAGER
AMERICAN SAFETY INSURANCE COMPANY JANUARY 2004 - MAY 2008
A PROPERTY AND CASUALTY INSURANCE COMPANY Atlanta, Georgia
Coordinated the preparation and filing of the statutory annual and quarterly statements (Yellow Books), along with state, NAIC specific schedules and Risk Based Capital (RBC) calculations.
Prepared the quarterly and annual SEC filings (10Q and 10K).
Coordinated monthly, quarterly and annual closing procedures.
Coordinated/Assisted in the annual audit with external auditors and quarterly reviews and state examinations.
Performed monthly and quarterly income and expense analysis to determine significant variances.
Prepared the Statutory Management Discussion and Analysis along with the MD&A for SEC filings.
Footnote disclosure write-up for the annual statement and SEC filings.
Responsible for all research on FASB and SEC pronouncement.
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Automated the elimination entries for consolidations, along with automating the consolidated income statements and balance sheets.
Dealt directly with CFO in preparing and distributing monthly management reports to senior management and business unit managers.
Presented financials to audit committee once a quarter.
Dealt directly with investment managers on a monthly basis to discuss portfolio performance and cash management.
Prepared on a monthly basis a cash and investments report that was distributed to senior management and audit committee.
ING – A GLOBAL FINANCIAL SERVICES COMPANY Atlanta, Georgia
REPORTING MANAGER FEBRUARY 2003 - DECEMBER 2003
Coordinated the preparation and filing of the statutory annual and quarterly statements (Blue and Green Books), along with state and NAIC specific schedules.
Coordinated the annual audit with external auditors.
Assisted in preparing quarterly and annual financials to be submitted to parent.
Coordinated quarterly closing procedures, ensuring smooth and timely flow of information between departments.
SENIOR FINANCIAL ANALYST FEBRUARY 2000 – JANUARY 2003
Performed quarterly expense analysis to determine significant year over year variances.
Prepared the Annual Management Discussion and Analysis report.
Footnote disclosure write-up for the annual statement.
Assisted managers on various projects from time to time.
Part of the general ledger team assigned to convert the accounting system to People Soft.
SENIOR AUDITOR/ACCOUNTANT SEPTEMBER 1999 – FEBRUARY 2000
HABIF, AROGETI, & WYNNE, LLP - A Regional CPA Firm Atlanta, Georgia
Planning, coordinating, and managing the fieldwork on inventory counts, review and audit engagements. Responsible for up to 7 staff members.
Supervising and assigning work to staff accountants.
Assisting managers and supervisors on research projects involving tax, audit, accounting and general issues.
Provided on going strategic consulting to various clients.
Servicing clients in the manufacturing, entertainment and technology sectors with gross revenues over $15,000,000.
SENIOR ACCOUNTANT JULY 1997 – JUNE 1999
GINSBERG, GLUZMAN, FAGE & LEVITZ, CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS Ottawa, Canada
Planning, coordinating, and managing the fieldwork of up to three member teams on audit and review engagements, including reporting to supervisors on a timely basis. In addition, preparing the financial statements and the related tax returns.
Recognize further opportunities by discussing business with and listening to the needs of the client. Focus on providing value-added services to clients and marketing the firm’s name.
Servicing professionals, family owned businesses and clients with gross revenues over $5,000,000.
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STAFF ACCOUNTANT OCOTBER 1996 – JULY 1997
CONNELLY & KOSHY CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS Ottawa, Canada
Auditing experience in the not for profit industries, and accounting for diversified businesses.
Assisting clients in designing accounting systems and Excel spreadsheets to effectively suit their needs.
Performed attestation engagements.
Strong communication, interpersonal and analytical skills.
Ability to work independently and in a team environment with minimal supervision.
Knowledge of Windows, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Case ware, Simply Accounting, QuickBooks
Dr. Tax, Tax Prep, Microsoft Outlook, Lotus Notes, People Soft, Great Plains, Platinum and FRX.
Languages: Fluent in English and Gujarati with some knowledge of French.
EDUCATION & TRAINING
Certified Public Accountant (CPA), 1999
State of Georgia
(Passed all four parts on the first attempt)
Bachelor of Commerce, June 1996
Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
Honors, Major in Accounting
ORGANIZATIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS
V.P. Finance for the Carleton University Commerce Society, 1995/96.
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).
Georgia Society of CPA’s.
Available upon request.