Controller skilled in managing the accounting operations of a segment or functional area. Extensive experience directing the day-to-day Accounting operations and associated Financial Reporting. Strengths include strong attention to financial processes and controls to ensure accurate and timely financial reporting and adherence to GAAP.
Areas of Expertise include:
Accounting Financial Reporting Shared Services
General Ledger Account Reconciliation Internal Controls / SOX
Financial Analysis Internal / External Audit Liaison Documenting Policy & Procedures
TURNER BROADCASTING SYSTEM, Atlanta, GA 2000 - 2014
Controller III – Capital & Facilities (2011 – 2014)
Managed and directed a staff of 14 in a shared service organization responsible for the accounting and financial reporting associated with Fixed Assets ($2.5B cost) and the Facility operations for Turner’s owned and leased locations (approximately $100M in yearly expense).
Collaborated with internal and external auditors to review controls and complete interim testing required per SOX.
Provided variance reporting and analysis against monthly forecast by department and account to determine variance drivers and ensure actual results reported correctly.
Successfully integrated PP&E and Facilities areas of Time Warner’s NY Accounting operations into Turner’s Accounting systems and processes.
Controller II – Turner Entertainment Networks (2009 – 2011)
Directed and managed a staff of 7 accountants responsible for accounting and financial reporting related to the general entertainment networks including TBS, TNT, TCM, truTV and Peachtree TV.
Oversaw all general accounting functions, general ledger activity, internal reporting and analysis for the monthly accounting cycle; reviewed quarterly and yearly financial reporting as required.
Reviewed operating results for discrete businesses to determine variance drivers and ensured financial results were in compliance with GAAP.
Managed and reviewed monthly balance sheet reconciliation process for segment.
Controller II – TEN Financial Operations (2005 – 2009)
Managed staff of 19 in a shared service environment in the Entertainment & Animation segment of Turner Broadcasting. Directed the Finance and Accounting operations for the following areas:
TEN Financial Management – provided finance and accounting support to the shared service departments within the Entertainment & Animation segment.
Position Management / Payroll Accounting – managed the group responsible for tracking and financial reporting of headcount information on behalf of the E&A segment. Reviewed various metrics to estimate bonus incentive awards on behalf of the segment and making accrual recommendations to the EVP as necessary for accurate financial reporting.
Sales Compensation Accounting – oversaw staff responsible for calculating and paying monthly and yearly commissions for the Domestic Advertising Sales Groups.
Controller II – Animation (2000 – 2005)
Managed the accounting and financial reporting for the Animation Segment consisting of 2 Linear Networks (Cartoon Network and Boomerang), a website (CartoonNetwork.com) and the Atlanta based production studio.
Directed the general accounting functions including general ledger activity, internal reporting and analysis for the monthly accounting cycle and assisted the Sr. Director of Finance with actual analysis as required to complete the Forecast and the Budget/Long Range Plan processes.
Directed a staff of 6 accountants to ensure all transactions were recorded in accordance with GAAP and that all internal policies and procedures were adhered to and financial results were reported accurately.
Worked closely with VP of Animation to ensure proper internal controls were in place and operating effectively.
Developed and documented key policies and procedures.
Completed and/or directed staff to complete ad hoc financial analysis to support operational needs as required.
THE COCA-COLA COMPANY, Atlanta, Georgia 1991 –2000
Principal Fin. Analyst – Field Sales & Marketing Group (1999 – 2000)
Provided financial support/services to the Independent bottlers in the United States. This included managing their various marketing funds (special marketing funds, cooperative trade marketing and media), providing ad hoc financial analysis (school bid proposals, brand introductions, region promotions) and analyzing volume by brand and package as necessary.
Principal Fin. Analyst – Wendy’s Intl. Account Team (1998 – 1999)
Coordinated and submitted the monthly Rolling Estimate (approximately $69M) including summarization of Risks and Opportunities and reporting and analysis of Volume on a weekly basis; coordinated the year-end close process including variance analysis of Actuals and calculation of the year-end accrual for the team ($15M).
Completed ad hoc financial analysis related to franchisees to assist account executives in influencing behavior related to gallon opportunities
Developed an Excel based tool used to plan tactical volume by franchisee
Financial Services Representative – Greater Europe Group (1994 – 1998)
Managed day-to-day financial reporting activities for the two fastest growing divisions within the Greater Europe Group.
Analyzed financial results for Actuals, Rolling Estimate and Business Plan
Provide accounting and financial expertise to field locations
Assist Internal and External auditors with quarterly and year-end audit requests
Capital Analyst (1993 – 1994)
Managed and coordinated all aspects of the capital budget process within the USA Division of Coca-Cola.
Responsibilities included coordination of Business Plan; day to day management of fixed asset acquisitions, financial liaison with Manufacturing organization regarding requirements necessary for Headquarters' approval of capital projects and preparation of reports for monitoring the status of current projects.
Senior Accountant (1991- 1993)
Performed various duties including balance sheet reviews for the USA Division, preparation of tax schedules, assisting with year-end closing, managing the department's budget and assisting the department manager with special projects.
TURNER BROADCASTING SYSTEM, Atlanta, GA 1986 – 1991
Accounts Receivable Supervisor (1989 – 1991)
Managed a staff of three overseeing receivable related activities for domestic and international syndication contracts.
Responsibilities included receipt/application of cash ($6M dollars/month), billing of affiliates, reconciliation of ledger to subledgers, coordination of year-end tax package and preparation of revenue projections
Senior Accountant (1986-1989)
Responsible for NRV analysis on deferred assets to for Turner owned properties (films, documentaries and series)
TEXAS INSTRUMENTS, INC., Austin, TX 1983 - 1986
Cost Accountant (1983-1986)
Responsibilities included reconciliation of inventory to ledger, preparation of quarterly reviews for salability
and obsolescence of inventory, audits of warehouse inventory and journal entry preparation and input.
EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS
Bachelor of Business Administration (Finance), University of Texas at Austin (1982)
Certified Public Accountant – State of Georgia, 1989 (active)