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CPA, MBA, Controller, CFO

Roanoke, Texas, United States
August 26, 2018

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717-***-**** Northlake, TX 76262


Energetic, detail-oriented, hands-on, strategic, and tactical, dedicated CFO, Controller, and Financial Management Professional with superior analytical abilities evaluating business operations, and delivering results. Proven cost reducer, sales builder in a multi-state, multi-concept environment. Possesses a personal commitment to excellence, integrity, creativity, and purpose, and working with others to excel in a fast-paced environment, providing constructive team support and operational and strategic and financial leadership within the workplace, and acute financial analysis to produce excellent outcomes. Accounting, CPA, & Financial-Related Areas of Expertise Financial Statement Development • Tax Returns and Documentation • Treasury Experience • Strategic and Financial Analysis • Distribution • SEC Filings • Budgeting and Projections • Financial Modeling • Fixed Assets • Reconciling • External and Internal Auditing • Internal Controls • Sarbanes-Oxley • PCI Accounting Reporting • Proficiency w/Great Plains Dynamics, PeopleSoft • Microsoft Office • Excel QuickBooks • Start-Up Operations and Management • Regional Management & Territory and New Business Development • Relationship-Building • Contract and Vendor Negotiations • Performance Metrics • Training, Coaching, & Mentoring • Human Resources • Compensation • Green Belt Six Sigma CRS Texas 9/2016 to 3/2017

Controller Houston, TX

Full charge controller for enterprise serving as Master Reseller for Cash Register / Point of Sales System Company, handling over 14 brands of point of sales systems, which also handles Cash Advance and Credit Card Processing services, helping it grow quickly. Using QuickBooks Enterprise, and working with teams in Houston and Austin.


District Controller Austin, TX

• Provided accounting for airports in Austin and Dallas, revenues approx. $30 MM &6.7MM annually. Managed accounting manager, cash room, and payables staff.

• Generated weekly close of financial data and package, presented to executive team. CORNETT HOSPITALITY LLC 1/1992 – 12/2013

CFO, Controller, and Financial Manager Mechanicsburg, PA/Richmond, VA Cornett Hospitality was a multi-state, multi-concept franchisee of Hooters, and Max & Erma’s, and also of it’s own concept, Topeka’s Steakhouse& Saloon, which combined with revenue exceeding $25 Million.

Handled budgeting, cost controls, all finances and modeling, and franchisor compliance.

Developed complex food product mix and pricing analysis to plan for a menu format change, resulting in increased sales, and enhanced customer satisfaction. Prepared complex consolidation model, valuing 22 different LLCs, and placing values into one main entity using IRR, and discounting future cash flows of entities. Prepared sophisticated sale leaseback model, enabling company to source $16 million of investments in 2007.

Managed eight members of a controller and accounting staff to ensure timely production of financial statements, payroll information, and general accounting procedures.

Responsible, and signatory for Sarbanes Oxley Compliance as well as PCI Compliance.

Gained knowledge with payroll taxes, sales taxes, property taxes, and health and property/casualty insurance for a multi-state, multi-concept company, serving as Controller for 18 months after departure of previous controller, using Great Plains Dynamics ERP.

Managed fixed asset scheduling and debt instrument classification and scheduling; reviewing accounts payable aging and resolved vendor issues.


Opened 15 Hooters restaurants while expanding sales from $10 million to $20 million over a 10-year

period. Maintained 2 units at sales over $3 million per year for more than a decade; reduced food costs by 300 basis points in 2012 after re-engineering menus.

Performed the hiring process for management candidates; hired, trained, and oriented hundreds of new staff members for nine restaurants within the Hooters group.

Oversaw all HR issues involving EEOC, ADA, FMLA, interviewing, testing, and training.

Created attention-getting and compelling radio copy for each annual campaign season for all of the CH Hooters; directly impacted web presence and increased social media interaction, thereby enhancing traffic and sales levels.

Participated as a contributing member in the National Franchise Association; served on the Hooters advertising, creative, and food committees

Performed the hiring process for management candidates; hired, trained, and oriented hundreds of new staff members for nine restaurants within the Hooters group. CMI OF VIRGINIA 2/1987 – 12/1991

Comptroller, Director – Systems & Controls Culpeper, VA CMI of Virginia was an award winning 4 state KFC Franchise, operating 35 KFCs over that region. Revenue $33 MM.

• Coordinated aspects of internal control analysis, document preparation, and process improvements.

• Planned, organized, and implemented operation training programs for all management/staff.

• Initial Principal owner investments of $5,000 were sold 23 years later for over $3 million each.

Upgraded central accounting system from IBM System 34 to Unix-based system; later modifications included an SQL database on a Windows-based Microsoft GP Dynamics system with FRx reporting. Documented all changes and controls while ensuring financial integrity.

Completed internal control walkthroughs and systems development with data flow diagramming and implementation for two system overhauls.

Coordinated aspects of internal control analysis, document preparation, and process improvements.

Planned, organized, and implemented operation training programs for all management/staff. Key Accomplishments

As a leading KFC Franchise, did our own distribution, with purchasing, inventory, warehousing, truck delivery and routing, maintenance, routing, delivery, optimizing cost & cash efficiency.

Supported corporate accounting system for a 4-state territory with 35 KFC restaurants.

Updated databases and point-of-sale systems for sales territory of over $33 million revenue data translate- able to back office UNIX system.

Served as a beta site for polling from location to central office; wrote scripts using SQL to ensure polled data correctly went into back office system databases. Helped with due diligence on sale of company for $1 million per store, or $33 million in 1992.

ARTHUR YOUNG & COMPANY (Ernst & Young) 8/1983 – 8/1985 Staff Auditor Richmond, VA

Performed external audits for corporate clients in a variety of industries, including insurance, agriculture, manufacturing, retail, heavy equipment, and government. Public Company & SEC Filing Experience. Executed business operations, report generation, executive presentations, and staff mentoring. James E, Cornett III, CPA – Page 3


Master of Business Administration Matherly Scholar, Top 10 in Class of 110 University of Florida Bachelor of Science – Commerce, Concentration/Major in Accounting University of Virginia Professional Seminars and Teaching Experience

• Dealing with an Angry Public, Harvard Institute for Dispute Resolution

• How to Supervise People, Fred Pryor Seminar

• Who Moved My Cheese

• The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Dr. Stephen Covey

• The OZ Principle – Getting Results through Individual and Organizational Accountability Competencies

• Full Serve Safe food service and Responsible Alcohol certifications

• Languages Understood Partially: Russian, Mandarin Chinese

• Certified Public Accountant (CPA) – Active. Re-activated Sept. 2015 License # 030*-****** (State of VA 9/23/15. Active through 9/30/2018. And renewable annually as long as I put in 20 hours of CPE. I can get reciprocity for whatever state I end up taking a job in.)

• Sarbanes Oxley. Signing officer, as Chief Accounting Officer and Chief Financial Officer (Cornett Hosp.)

• QuickBooks Pro 2014 Essential Training Certificate and QB Enterprise (CRS Texas)

• Advanced Excel skills. Pivot Tables, V-Lookups (Delaware North)

• Great Plains Dynamics. Extensive use (Cornett Hospitality, Falcon Holdings Mgmt.)

• Oracle PeopleSoft (Delaware North)

• Cyma IV Accounting System Extensive Use. (Gulshan Enterprises)

• Hyperion Financial Planning (Delaware North)

• UNIX System Administrator (CMI of Virginia)

• Six Sigma Green Belt Certified, Champion Belt trained.

• Lean Six Sigma

• Various Point of Sales Systems for Restaurants

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