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High performance and very detailed controller and vice president of finance who successfully manages the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of the accounting, finance, support operations, and HR functions. Outstanding supervisory abilities that are aligned with established policies and applicable laws. Personally manages interviewing, hiring, planning, work assignments, rewarding and disciplining employees, providing performance reviews, addressing complaints and resolving problems.
Creates robust processes to improve productivity, consistency while securing win-win work environments. Leads continuous improvement efforts and monitors procedures for highest possible quality outcome. Enhances workflow to improve customer and regulatory compliance. Exceptionally adept in analyzing financial business needs and improving productivity through technology. Aligns resources for exceptional productivity gains.
Executive strengths include:
Managing accuracy and productivity of financial processes
Developing and improving strategic reporting to officers
Managing banking relationships successfully
Providing visionary leadership to create high performance results
Safeguarding assets and accurately record all transactions
Delivering financial process improvements that lower risk, costs and labor
Mentoring team members to success
Education: MBA, and BS in Accounting, both from Gardner-Webb University.
Career History & Selected Accomplishments
Vice President and Controller
Sharonview Credit Union
1998 to 10/2017
Responsible for the daily financial operations and administration of the organization including set up of the chart of accounts, the general ledger, establishing and managing accounting processes and employees, hiring and training accounting staff, and processing of electronic funds. Administrator for the Federal Reserve System, FHLB Admin, EDS set up and BSA, OFAC, FinCen, NCUA compliance.
Prepare monthly balance sheet, general reports, income statement, quarterly and annual financials and compliance reports. Manage self-Insured medical coverage for employees, and accounting for ATM/Debit/Credit Card settlements. Prepare charts, graphs, presentations and negotiate fiduciary bond, commercial liability, Workers Comp and other insurance requirements. Approve contracts and supervise team of 14 and control $500K budget.
Established activity report to budget executive report. No comparative data resource existed. Developed a GL import from CORE processor to an Excel format. Built workbook to accommodate daily requests, automated reports and set a daily recap. Rolled out to 18 branches to view their branch activity compared to budget. Recap included FR2900 checkpoint, unencumbered assets, and FRB information.
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Developed high performance career pathing. Determined a staff member wanted to work for a CPA firm. Developed a strong career path, and mentored the employee to success. Utilized tuition assistance to enable the associate to complete an undergraduate degree, an MBA and pass the CPA exam. Marketed to external CPA leads and employee was hired and continues to thrive in that industry.
Replaced processing systems to raise productivity and reliability. Reports and invoices were continually 'lost' and labor to fix was expensive. Analyzed issue, developed new technological solutions, and rapidly transformed production to high performance levels. All levels of employees raved about the changes that automated processes, eliminated lost documents and lowered past due notices to less than 1%.
Automated reconciliations, cutting overhead by $100K. Reconciliation of 200+ GL account sheets was done to benefit audit process, but was horribly time wasteful. Research automated systems with feature and cost benefits and presented to officers. Gained approval and completed the project on time and on budget. Eased approval processes, met audit standards and staff redeployments eliminated need to hire two employees.
Improved group synergies and dynamics. Processors and accountants were cross-trained, but lack of dual control became audit issue. Built a strategic plan aligned to growth projections and crafted a new work deployment that caused better delegation and processing. New electronic fund, house member inquiries and product questions allowed for better specialization and deeper employee knowledge of tasks.
Championed operational excellence culture. As the organization grew, there became a growing need to better prioritize challenges and improve solutions and actions. Set a cross-functional team, meetings and a defendable priority action plan that was reviewed weekly. Steadily used collaboration to identify and resolve 22 significant business issues in short order.
Activities & Hobbies
Martha enjoys reading all varieties books and publications. She works in many non-profit and charitable activities including Breast Cancer Walks, Suicide Prevention, Out of Darkness Walks and multiple fund raising events.
Willing to relocate to the coastline of the Southeastern United States, and references are available upon request.