STEPHANIE A. WEIL, CPA, CIA, CGMA, MBA
Certified Public Accountant with more than 20 years’ experience in the financial industry, encompassing securities, investment banking, controllership, compliance, auditing, corporate tax and analyst functions. Strong record of identifying and implementing process improvement, cost reduction, and leadership. Comfortable working in collaboration with cross-functional groups at peer and executive level. Excellent communication, analytical, and interpersonal skills. Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Oracle, Hyperion, Access, PowerPoint), Creative Solutions, ACL, SQL, Great Plains, MAS 200, DataPro and Lotus-based applications.
DOCTOR DIRECTORY.com, INC – Asheville, NC April 2014-Present
Doctor Directory is a $20 million market research company focusing on obtaining research for their pharmaceutical clients. Responsible for budgeting, variance analysis, tax preparation, ad-hoc analysis. Single-handedly revamped the fixed asset process by installing a process by which fixed assets were tagged prior to going out to the employee. Worked with IT Technical Department to identify obsolete and non-existent assets to write them off the balance sheet; this had the effect of lowering the assets that were reported to the county on property taxes saving the company at least $2,500. Selected by IT Executive to write procedures and disseminate said procedures to IT employees for internally developed software.
Recruited by Company to act as Controller for newly purchased subsidiary. Resposible for handling accounts receivable, accounts payable, financial reporting, month-end duties, and payroll for $4 million entity.
AMERICAN CREDIT ACCEPTANCE, LLC – Spartanburg, SC May 2012-April 2014 Senior Internal Auditor
American Credit Acceptance, LLC is a $1 billion automotive consumer financing company specializing in servicing the sub-prime market. Responsible for auditing the accounting department including accounts payable, finance receivables, fixed assets, loan payments, month end close process, general ledger reconciliations, and balance sheet and income statement analysis. Also validated that policies and procedures were in place, and evaluated internal controls including segregation of duties issues.
Identified duplicate payments made by Accounts Payable
Noted that access to applications surpassed what was necessary and could lead to unauthorized usage of that application
Solely responsible for assisting external auditors with USAP testing, saving the organization several thousand dollars on its annual audit bill.
Performed SOX 404 internal control testing.
STEPHANIE A. WEIL, CPA, PLLC/CARTER, P.C. – Asheville, NC January 2008-May 2012
Full-service CPA firm specializing in providing tax, accounting and payroll services to small businesses, start-ups and high net-worth individuals. This firm was started in 2008 with one tax client and has grown organically to a basket of over 100 clients through networking, seminars and word-of-mouth referrals by current clients. Prepare tax returns for C-Corporations, S-Corporations, LLCs, partnerships, individuals and estates. Meet with clients to discuss tax planning and how to reduce their tax liabilities. Client size ranges from $50,000 to $100 million. Industries served include manufacturing, bakery, restaurant, artists, home builders, computer programming, physicians and retail.
Work with clients to set up their books on Quickbooks or Creative Solutions. Ensure that fixed assets are accurately tracked.
FESTIVA RESORTS, LLC – Asheville, NC September 2007 – May 2009 Chief Accounting Officer
Primary accountabilities include ensuring that accounting systems and resulting financial statements are in compliance with GAAP, act as primary liaison with auditors during annual audit, month-end closing process, develop monthly cash flow process of $150 million company, prepare and analyze monthly consolidated financial statements for ultimate review by CFO and President, as well as multiple outside entities.
Assist with the monthly general ledger closing process. Prepare and record general journal entries required to close the monthly financial books. Prepare or review the preparation of regulatory, tax and insurance filings. Process lease and other official documents requiring finance dept. control. Prepare month-end financial reports. Keep fixed asset and depreciation records and track capital spending against budget. Prepare ad hoc analysis as requested by management. Perform other duties as assigned by senior management.
Act as primary accountant to $10 million charter cruising business unit concentrated in British Virgin Islands, Grenadines and Saint Marten. Responsible for weekly cash funding, bank reconciliations, payables, payment of monthly tax obligations to foreign taxing authorities, payroll, analysis of monthly repairs and maintenance expenditures, analysis of monthly financial performance.
WACHOVIA SECURITIES, LLC – Charlotte, NC April 2004 – September 2007
Vice President, Controller/Manager-Bank Referral
Manage reciprocal brokerage referral relationships among 1,300 financial advisors (Wachovia Securities, LLC) and 2,000 registered representatives (Wachovia Bank, N.A.) to ensure appropriate attribution. Participate in development and administration of $108 million production and $26 million money transfer budgets. Lead and mentor team of three accountants. Provide strategic direction to unit, including development of procedures, goals, and guidelines. Primary accountabilities include financial reporting, trend analysis, regulatory compliance, month-end closing process, G/L posting, and compliance with GAAP. Oversee accounting, process improvement, and other special projects. Manage integration of accounting discrepancies involving merger and acquisition activity.
Collaborate with other business units in developing new and improving existing referral programs. Advise senior management in critical issues as needed. Serve as member of Finance Employee Council, chaired by CFO, Capital Markets Group. Serve as sole representative from Investment Services Group (ISG) Finance to provide feedback to CFO on relevant topics.
Oversee compliance of quarterly Access Review System to ensure access by authorized employees and compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley regulations.
Spearheaded automation of a managed money referral program to expedite referral process and improve accuracy of calculating commissions. Co-authored internal proposal with Senior Vice President of Licensed Brokerage Exchange, as well as contributed to internal communication distributed to all 3,300 licensed securities salespeople enterprise-wide.
Developed an upload application to expedite the team brokerage exception request process. Payoff: Expanded exception request processing time from 5 days before month-end to final day of month, or 25%. Worked with technical support group to design technical application.
Assumed ownership of check processing and mutual fund trail posting process, providing an interim mutual fund trail posting standard during integration of South Trust accounts following acquisition by Wachovia.
Invited to participate on Women’s Conference Planning Board Committee which recognizes professional women in business and brainstorms solutions to key issues.
Identified urgent need and moved quickly to develop an Adobe report to provide trust information to all field/branch offices. Payoff: Report distributed critical data on fees/commissions paid to salespeople.
ABN AMRO NORTH AMERICA, INC. – Chicago, IL January 2000 – April 2003
Officer, Senior Auditor II
Managed, trained, and evaluated team of auditors responsible for auditing of designated departments within the Investment Banking/Treasury Group, including Money Markets, FASB 133, Foreign Exchange, Asset Management, and Treasury Research for Domestic Banks. Defined audit scope and provided strategic direction to audit team. Reviewed internal controls to determine efficacy of controls and assure alignment of organization’s objectives and goals. Designed and implemented audit procedures that test internal controls, including risk assessment and reconciling all balances to the general ledger. Prepared reports with recommendations to senior management.
Proposed to senior management an increase in the maintenance balance within an AUD nostro bank account that was consistently overdrawn, costing the firm bank fees. Payoff: Saved approximately $30,000 in annual fees.
EDUCATION: M.B.A., Finance, DePaul University, 1992
B.A., Business and Spanish, Illinois State University, 1987
North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (NCACPA) (#32677, February, 2007)
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
Institute of Internal Auditors
Immediate Past President, North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants, Western North Carolina Chapter
Secretary, Western Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors
Publicly Elected Trustee of Vernon Hills, IL.