N. Shawn Blair
NSB Consulting Services, LLC
Currently, consulting full time with a startup organization working to support all mergers/acquisitions throughout the Southeast US.
Review existing financials for strength & weaknesses as well as converting these businesses from Cash to Accrual basis accounting and providing support at the corporate level as requested by the CFO and CEO.
Provide leadership and experience as Interim CFO and/or Controller during personal change or long term support on a part time schedule.
Manage and support technology upgrades including basic software to complete platforms.
February 2016 – December 2017
Gifted Holding, LLC / Gifted Nurses, LLC (dba Gifted Healthcare), New Orleans, LA
Robinson Management Resources Group, LLC
Chief Financial Officer
Gifted and related entities are approximately $65M company based in New Orleans, LA with 8 additional offices around the US. The company provides staffing services to various healthcare companies including hospitals, clinics, government facilities, nursing homes, private duty, etc. in 38 states.
Responsible for all activities related to finance, accounting, and IT for all companies
Activities include all banking, debt restructuring, bonding, insurance, policy and procedures development/implementation, payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, state registration/compliance, annual budget, federal and state tax review, audit, and monthly reporting
Due to significant grown of over 75% last year and expected to be roughly 50% again this year there are significant opportunity for improvements in the administrative and accounting functions
Work very close with Ownership to oversee and manage the Operations throughout the organization
November 2006 – February 2016
Graham Holding Company, Inc. and other related affiliates, Mobile, AL
Chief Financial Officer
Graham Holding Company, Inc., is an estimated $100M company based in Mobile, Alabama with office throughout the Gulf of Mexico. It offers new hull construction and repairs for vessels up to 250 feet in length and estimated cost of $15M each. The company also operates various vessels in the Gulf of Mexico with experience in the international market. There are a total of 12 affiliate companies with diverse operations—timber property, golf course, land development, vacation rentals, etc.
Responsible for all activities related to finance, accounting, project accounting, IT and human resources for all companies
Activities include all banking, debt restructuring, bonding, insurance, policy and procedures development/implementation, payroll, benefits, accounts payable, accounts receivable, state registration/compliance, annual budget, federal and state tax review, audit, and monthly reporting
Focused on streamlining and increasing the efficiency of existing systems and evaluating new systems necessary to move the company forward
Represent the company with the United States Navy as the Executive Manager responsible for all aspects of existing contracts and ongoing discussions of new opportunities
July 2001 – November 2006
Mitsui Babcock (US) LLC (a division of Mitsui Babcock Energy Limited), Atlanta, GA
Mitsui Babcock Energy Limited is an estimated $800M company based in the United Kingdom. It offers engineering, design, manufacturing, and installation of new-build industrial power facilities throughout the world. After years of experience in the US market the decision was made to open an office in the country. This office is responsible for all sales/marketing, operations, engineering, project execution, finance/accounting, human resources, and overall administration for work developed in the Americas region (North, Central, and South America). The offerings include spare parts, maintenance on existing plants, NOx reduction solutions, and redesign/engineering for existing utilities.
Responsible for all activities related to finance, accounting, project accounting, IT and human resources for the region
Activities include all federal and state taxes, foreign tax, foreign exchange rates, trading agreements, banking, bonding, insurance, policy and procedures development/implementation, payroll, benefits, accounts payable, accounts receivable, state registration/compliance, annual budget, monthly revised forecast and all activities related to project accounting
Extensive experience in international contracting and currency issues. Responsible for the monthly reporting to the region president as well as preparation and presentation of the quarterly business review to the parent companies in the UK and Japan. The financial manager is considered a member of senior management and as such serves on the proposal/project risk evaluation committee, which is responsible for evaluating and approving all major pro-jects undertaken by the company. Focused on streamlining and increasing the efficiency of existing systems and evaluating new systems necessary to move the company forward in the region
March 2001 – July 2001
ConAgra Poultry Company, Athens, GA
ConAgra Poultry is a $2.5B company with offices throughout the southeast. The company provides poultry products for fast food companies worldwide.
Responsible for all activities related to accounting and finance for several divisions and supervised seventeen employees
January 1989 – March 2001
Williams Group International, Stone Mountain, GA
Williams is a $500M industrial construction company offering services to the nuclear power, fossil power, and petrochemical markets.
Operating Financial Manager (Controller)
(February 1998 – March 2001)
Responsible for trial balance, income statement, and balance sheet review and reporting to executive management for five divisions with revenues of $250M. Controlled million dollar accounts by providing budgeting and forecasting advice to clients for new work. Managed seven full-time employees in the home office and approximately fifteen field office managers located in eight states and two countries
Supported general accounting in the home office including spreadsheet development and manipulation, bank reconciliation, and travel expense reimbursement. Also performed budgeting, forecasting, collections, contract ad-ministration, state qualification and licensing, sales and use tax filing, and annual reporting to management
Cost Controls Manager
(November 1997 – January 1998)
Responsible for five divisional income statements including direct and indirect costs and revenues for twenty-three customers
Job Cost Accountant and Field Systems Manager
(July 1993 – November 1997)
Extensive experience in job cost accounting with responsibility for approving accounts payable vouchers for internal policy controls, coding, recoverability, payment terms, and accounts receivable invoices for contract terms and conditions
Was the field systems manager responsible for traveling to new job locations to assure successful new job startup
Responsibilities included establishing purchasing procedures, payroll processing, installing computer hardware and software, training, establishing accounting policies and procedures, performing contract review, and implementing other customer requirements
Other responsibilities included account management for Wiccacon Project, Inc., a power plant that was built, owned, and operated by Williams. The plant produced electricity and steam for sale to Virginia Power and Perdue Farms
Accounts Payable Clerk
(February 1991 – June 1993)
Prepared and paid accounts payable vouchers
Accounts Receivable Clerk
(January 1989 – January 1991)
Prepared accounts receivable invoices based on contract terms and conditions
June 1988 – December 1988
Smart, Rayburn & Associates, Huntington, WV
Computer accounting and payroll using Open System accounting software
Spreadsheet development and manipulation using Lotus 1.2.3.
Daily and weekly accounting using One Write Plus accounting software
Completed tax returns using Micro-Tax and other tax software
Microsoft Windows 98/2000/XP
Basic-4 accounting software
Business Objects database query software
Shared Sales System
Industrial & Financial Systems
Excel, Word, Outlook,
Access, & PowerPoint
Marshall University, Huntington, WV
Computer Technology & Information Systems with elective hours in accounting and finance
Member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity with many hours of community service and volunteer work.
Contact Information: N. Shawn Blair
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11886 Halcyon Loop 1401 Iberville Street
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NSB Consulting Services, LLC (Eye Health America)
Supporting all areas for Mergers/Acquisitions throughout the SE USA. Review and identify practices with growth potential in target markets and prepare budgets to determine if the Earnings can be elevated by consolidating services and support. Preparing company for joining the group through systems and process and working close with existing staff to move accounting to the corporate platform. Supporting Corporate Staff as needed with special projects and month-end closing.
Initial review and further background of two different companies in the healthcare staffing business however, deep dive of financials and customers we found the companies had other non-related business staffing that did not match our existing structure of the market we were looking to grow. Also, the customer base was limited and 70% of with one customer with government business which is much lower profit than we required as part of our growth profile.
Graham Holding Company
During the last 2 years at Graham Holding I was directly responsible for the refinance or sale of the company to competitors, private equity, traditional banking or other potential lenders who might be interested in part or whole. This transaction was over about 8 months during a major decline in the offshore service market servicing oil companies in the Gulf of Mexico. Below are a list of lenders and private equity companies that we approached:
Victory Capital Partners
Business First Bank (of LA)
Goldman Specialty Lending
Black Diamond Commercial
Ares Management, LLC
Gulf Coast Bank and Trust
Briar Meads Capital, LLC
Nations Equipment Finance
2014 Secured $50M credit facility with Wells Fargo in partnership with Regions Bank (Assets Based)
Sale of Shipyard and equipment for over $22M to local competition
Sale of 14 vessels to Private Equity
Various other transactions from buying and selling vessels and property.
Williams Group International
Worked on several transactions with the first being in 1989/1990 supporting the purchase of Benchmark Engineering to the largest being the purchase in 1995/1996 of several companies including Union Boiler, UB Services, Nitro Electric, etc. with consolidated revenue over $200M and more than 4,000 employees during peak periods. I was the team lead from the Accounting and IT department responsible for detail review of existing contracts, pricing, and revenue recognition (including profit/loss) prior to acquisition. Team consisted of consultants as well as existing staff for both due diligence and implementation once the transaction was finalized.