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Internal Audit Management

Atlanta, Georgia, United States
May 16, 2018

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Rafael L. Gomez, CPA, CGMA, CITP

Sandy Springs, GA 30350 678-***-****

Internal Audit and Financial Executive

Talented hands-on leader and financial executive with a highly successful career driving strategic initiatives

Repeated success guiding sizeable, cross-functional financial and compliance teams through complex projects. Entrepreneurial executive driven by performance and focused on building a business and finance strategy. Sarbanes-Oxley compliance expert recognized for recruiting top talent and building organization-wide foundations to reduce risk and increase transparency. Cross Cultural Agility. Multilingual. Well positioned to deliver value and growth to small or large organizations.

Highlights of Expertise

Strategic Financial Oversight

Risk Management/Mitigation

Internal Control & Compliance

Financial Planning/Analysis

Operations Management

Budget Administration / Management

Cross Cultural Agility / Multilingual

Process Redesign / Change Management

Collaborative Relationship Development

Team Building and Leadership

Career Experience

Community Loans of America, Atlanta, GA

Led internal audits, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance initiatives, due diligence, and the Fraud Department while focusing efforts on building top performing teams.

Director of Internal Audit (12/2005 to Present)

Reorganized the internal audit process. Grew the staff from three to seventeen. Reorganized the internal audit department resulting in a performance-driven staff of CPA, CIA, CFE, and MBA’s shifting focus to process improvement initiatives.

Developed and implemented an innovative computer-based audit system developed to financial services industry standards. Saved travel costs by 1.2MM a year.

Increased audit efficiency and effectiveness by 75%. increased audit coverage by 200% implementing new risk based annual internal audit plan.

Builder of organization-wide fraud and internal control strategy. Recovered $12.5 MM

Allied Waste (now Republic) Industries, San Antonio, TX

Led administrative and financial operations of the San Antonio division of major solid waste management and environmental remediation firms in the nation.

Division Controller (1/2004 to 11/2005

Led all Sarbanes-Oxley compliance testing for the region. Streamlined the internal control process to drive efficiency and reduce overhead spend. Managed cross-functional teams, led organizational performance audits, and worked to ensure business continuance.

Reduced overhead spending by $ 2.1 MM. Reduced divisional financial staffing by 15%.

Financial Performance Group LLP, San Antonio TX & Atlanta, GA.

President (12/2001 to 12/2003)

Assumed corporate governance consulting and executive-level interim management for domestic and international firms during times of growth, change, and business stress. Appointed as interim CFO for multiple clients across diverse industries. Grew firm revenue by 125%.

Turner Broadcasting Systems, Atlanta, GA

Vice President, Finance – Vice President, Quality Assurance (1/1998 to 12/2001)

Assumed due diligence in support of M&A transactions, advised corporate leaderships, and championed the introduction of efficiency strategies designed to streamline operations and improve performance. Implemented Activity Based Costing and quality assurance processes resulting in $2.5MM in annual savings from facilities usage management and an additional $15MM in general operational savings.

Career Note

Vice President of Internal Controls Georgia Lottery Corporation, Atlanta, GA

Director of Audit & Assurance Oglethorpe Power Corporation, Atlanta, GA

Chief Financial Officer Lynteq Inc., Atlanta, GA

Manager of Internal Controls Dart & Kraft, Atlanta, GA

Director of Internal Audit – Industrial Engineering Teco Energy Inc., Tampa, FL

Regional Controller Hillman Company, Pittsburgh, PA

Senior Internal Auditor Florida Steel Corporation, Tampa, FL

Senior Consultant Ernst & Young, St. Petersburg, FL

Education & Credentials

Graduate-Level Coursework, Finance, Accounting, & Industrial Engineering Management

University of South Florida Graduate School of Business and Engineering, Tampa, FL

Bachelor of Science, Biochemistry

University of Miami, FL

Professional Development

University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business

Executive Development Program

American Institute of Public Accountants

Certificate of Educational Achievement in Financial Management

Sarbanes Oxley, Sect. 404 & 302 Professional Competence Qualification Program


Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA)

Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP)

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