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CFO Controller Operations

Woodstock, Georgia, United States
October 14, 2016

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P&L Responsibility / Business Process Re-Organization / Strategic Planning / Start-Ups / Growth Strategies / Turnaround Management

I have been fortunate to enjoy a classical management career within small to medium sized privately and family owned businesses in the manufacturing, construction, IT services, hospitality, real estate and consumer-product retail industries in positions as Controller, General Manager, Project Manager, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer.

Experienced in all areas of Executive, C-Level, Operations, Finance and Information Management, including developing operations within the U.S. and South Africa. I possess extensive P&L experience, grounded from Big-4 Public Accounting and have consistently exceeded company objectives with gains in revenue and profits, reducing costs and streamlining business operations.

I have a confirmed cognitive process learning approach allowing me to work with adaptable thinking in order to effectively solve problems in many different ways; including developed skills in retaining and recalling information, and ordering and structuring this information into coherent and meaningful work systems. I have a preference for working with the world of new ideas and creativity, but comfortable working with detailed, technical and complex assignments such as strategic planning and overseeing large projects, with the ability to delegate effectively, ensuring necessary tactical objectives are attained.


Davisons Downtown LLC Controller/Operations June 2012 – October 2016

Recruited as Financial Controller for this multi-entity real estate investment of the Old Macy’s building (est. 1927) in historic downtown Atlanta. Accounting responsibilities include maintaining accounting records, recording all general journals, processing all cashbook, accounts payable and accounts receivable entries, processing and recording all weekly wages and monthly salaried payments, reconciliation of all bank and subsidiary ledgers and preparation of monthly consolidated P&L statements, annual 1099-INT and MISC preparation, submission and reconciliation.

Through collaborative efforts, was able to help lead the investment to profitability in the 2015, by reducing the overall annual losses incurred by $1Mil per year in each of the three prior years.

Additional responsibilities assumed also included the following:

180 Peachtree Retail LLC

Performed regular accounting responsibilities in addition to mortgagee responsibilities including refinancing documentation, rent rolls and other leasing reporting requirements.

200 Peachtree Leasing LLC

Performed regular accounting responsibilities in addition to Landlord Leasing Agent functions such as tenant representative, utility metering and billing, rent collection, annual CAM charges and reconciliations, building maintenance, fire life safety officer responsible for annual inspections, new tenant build-out representative and representative for leasing terms and requirements.

200 Peachtree Special Events and Conference Center

Performed regular accounting responsibilities including daily operational requirements, financial procedures and controls, human resources, suite maintenance and management, event operations management and IT responsibilities.

This Special Event company was established to supplement cashflow requirements for the organization, until the majority of the square footage remaining in the building was leased out. after which the operation of the business woul

LavAzza Caffe’ & Peachtree Legal Suites

Performed regular accounting responsibilities including new tenant suite build-outs including permits, plans and certificates of occupancy. Both of these ventures opened for business in March 2016 and where wholly owned by 200 Peachtree Special Events.

Independent Consultant/Broker April 2008 – May 2012

I performed multiple assignments and roles as an independent consultant, as detailed below:

Reserve Consulting and Staffing : An IT staffing company, providing contracting and permanent staffing solutions to new and existing clients, within the technical SAP environment.

Responsibilities include: HR function, full desk recruiting, candidate sourcing, identification, evaluation and consideration for submission to clients; business development with new clients for recruiting opportunities.

Maintenance of private database and talent identification through self-developed recruiting process utilizing resume content text editors and EXCEL MACRO manipulation of extrapolated ranked results.

Purchasing Power : A national employee benefit program allowing purchase of brand name computers, electronics, appliances and furniture through a convenient payroll deduction program.

Accounting Services : Management Accounting and Reporting, Supply Chain system evaluation, Inventory management and validation.

The Hantz Group Independent Consultant September 2009 – October 2010

GLC Liquidations

Recruited and tasked with creating a liquidations business to purchase product from building supply companies around the country that had closed, or were going out of business. Purchased items were shipped to warehousing in Detroit MI, where they were stored and sold to employees and clientele of the Hantz Group as well as members of the public.

Created online eBay store and selling platforms as one medium to sell product. Consistently ranked monthly in Top 5 of eBay Home & Garden category, for volume sales. Created various weekly discounted sale categories for slow moving items, and maintained product for sale within these categories through ETL functions developed in software.

Enhanced existing inventory management software to maintain the perpetual inventory system of more than 10,000 individual SKU items (including improvements to the in-house developed SQL database software program) to define bin locations for all categorized product, quantity audits and picking data for successful sales.

Performed picking, packaging and shipment of all online orders, reconciliation and accounting of all online payments received through PayPal and reporting to management.

DiLaura Brothers

In addition to normal daily activities, also tasked with the Purchasing function responsibility of this national 10-pin Bowling Distributorship, including suggestions, enhancements and improvements to the same in-house developed SQL database software program, as used by GLCLiquidations; database maintenance of catalogued items, creation of new product lines, close-out of discontinued product lines, back order maintenance, and other operational requirements performed at the request of the company President.

YER (USA) Executive Consultant September 2008 – December 2008

Business Development and recruiting activities for this national and international, executive talent placement agency within the Finance & Accounting industry, for the local Atlanta branch office.

Staffing Professionals Inc. COO/CFO March 2005 – April 2008

An IT Staffing business specializing in SAP consultants within the Aeronautics & Defense industry

Recruited as CFO after exit of existing co-owner and eventually appointed as COO and minority co-owner, of this national staffing company, coordinating daily operational activities and responsibilities including, amongst others :

Human Resources :- Independent Contractor and Employee contracts, Staff payroll including deductions, Bi-weekly Subcontractor payroll, withholdings, year end reporting (W-2, 1099’s), monthly and quarterly reporting (including multi-states) commissions and validations.

Accounting function :- supervision of Bookkeeper (responsible for Payroll, Billing, Cash Disbursements, AP and AR) with control of month end close, general ledger maintenance and reconciliation, annual budget preparation, monthly management accounts, financial statements, bank reconciliations, journal entries, accruals, pre-paid expenses and Fixed Asset accounting.

Converted internal documentation to a paperless environment with Fax-to-PDF technology, for all Time Sheets, Expense Reports, Contracts and Agreements received from consultants and clients.

Created automated procedures for weekly reconciliation of consultant Travel and Expense claims to PDF format documents (via EXCEL MACRO’s), showing prior individually approved weekly expense detailed amounts by client, to substantiate billing and seamless approval by clients for payment purposes.

Created automated procedures for weekly reconciliation of consultant Time and Billing charges to PDF format documents (via EXCEL MACRO’s), showing prior billed and paid invoices against Purchase Order amounts set by clients, to substantiate billing and seamless approval by clients for payment purposes.

Computers and networks: Responsible for the installation, implementation, custom design, modification and maintenance of the company’s new applicant tracking database system with unique user capabilities, implementation of dual-screen employee workstations in a terminal services environment - which increased efficiency and productivity and responsible for company data and backups as well as disaster recovery procedures. Network administration was performed by an outside contractor with remote capabilities.

Business Development and Business Process Re-engineering: including concentrating exclusively on new SAP software engagement, sourcing new clientele, marketing to existing and new clients and subcontractors. Recruiting of new and existing subcontracting talent in addition to implementing incentive plans for referral of new talent and clientele from existing and newly subcontracted resources (third party marketing).

Company Achievements :

Increased Turnover by 300% and Revenues by 1,000% within first 18 months. Awarded with Top 250 Women Owned Business in USA 2007, Top 50 Women Owned Business in GA 2006 & 2007 and Top 100 Diversity Owned Business in GA 2006 & 2007 awards.


Southern Specialties Construction Founder/Partner October, 2001 December, 2004

Lipsey Mountain Spring Water Accounting September, 2004 – November, 2004

OneSource Accounting February, 2005 – March 2005

After arriving in the USA without guaranteed full time employment, I performed residential remodeling and construction services for referred clients and clients of an Interior Design business, started by my wife. This eventually led to taking on a partner to assist with our increasing work load. We performed all home repairs, basement build-outs and finishing, plumbing, electrical, painting, decks ourselves without the use of any sub-contracted labor.

After being awarded Permanent Resident status, I was able to forego having to work construction and obtained contracts direct with Lipsey Water and OneSource on consulting opportunities.

For Lipsey Water, I was responsible for maintaining a spreadsheet-based accounting system for all fresh water deliveries for hurricane relief and a FEMA contract and $10Mil federal loan. This included the coordination of waybills of independent truckers from suppliers, to delivery destinations requested by FEMA, to payments to suppliers for product and trucking companies for deliveries, to confirmed federal receipt of deliveries (originals required), to finally billing the federal government as per the terms of the FEMA contract.

For OneSource, I was responsible for reviewing reconciliations performed by staff of all major GL control accounts and inter-company transactions. I was requested to join their internal audit department as a full time member, but decided to pursue the opportunity with Staffing Professionals instead.

Software used: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Outlook) and Peachtree Accounting software.

Play It Again Sports Kennesaw, GA Accountant October 2001 March 2005 Kennesaw, GA Partner January 2002 September 2007

A sporting goods wholesaler and retail franchise

Evaluated internal controls and performed system evaluations and enhancements for this retail sporting goods business on an as-available and needed basis.

Expanded the scope of the current business by creating an internet based sales medium (Web domain) which complimented the current range of products sold through the retail outlet. Responsible for the creation, maintenance and support of the web page domain, processing orders and payments which were shipped from the retail store premises.

All accounting functions: month end close, general ledger maintenance and reconciliation, monthly management accounts, financial statements, bank reconciliations, journal entries, Fixed Asset accounting, cash flow reports and budgeting.

Responsible for AP (recording, payment and reconciliation) and AR (daily retail accounting, collections and recording) and Sales & Use Tax reporting.

Responsible for bi-weekly Payroll: including salaries & wages, payroll deductions & disbursements and quarterly statutory reconciliations and W-2’s.

Scheduled, maintained, reconciled and adjusted quarterly inventory cycle count audits to substantiate compliance with the business perpetual inventory system valuation of inventory at year end.

Provided supporting data generated from monthly historical trends which was used by the owner to determine company expansion including such items as “open-to-buy” projections, seasonal planning predictions and forward ordering scheduling.

Reported direct to the President who was also a partner in the internet domain business.

Software used: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Outlook), Peachtree Accounting, DRS (Data Recycling System- franchisee point of sale software)

Kenzan Tiles, South Africa Grp Financial Controller/Branch Manager January 2000 November 2000

A ceramic tile & granite importer, wholesaler and retailer

Financial and all imported inventory responsibilities for the Group (foreign AP, forward exchange contracts, foreign payments, containerized shipping co-ordination (approx. 3-5 weekly containers of ceramic tile products with a max shipping weight of 21 tons each), foreign cash management)

Administrative responsibilities for local branch office, including supervision of AP, AR and monthly reconciliations and collections. The preparation of Group sales team commission statements (through EXCEL data extraction, HLOOKUP, VLOOKUP and MACRO automation and matching), management accounts, financial statements, GL control account reconciliation’s and local branch HR responsibilities.

Created automated computer tasks for existing manual procedures, streamlined internal company procedures and increased efficiency, restructured branch operations through effective zero based budgeting, leading to increased revenues and productivity.

Marketing and promotion of company image and products to local contractors and developers. Supervision of three sales representatives; including forecasts, targets and budgets.

Managed admin staff of 10 employees and reported direct to President.

Kurlandbrik, South Africa Regional Branch Manager April 1995 December 1999

A family owned clay brick & paver manufacturer

Marketing and Sales of company manufactured clay brick products, promotion of company image to local contractors and developers, maintaining established sales agencies, daily sales transportation and delivery scheduling, financial budgeting and AR.

Raw material (burnt coal ash) sourcing, acquisition, contract maintenance, stockpiling, logistics and maintenance. Coal Ash is a major ingredient used in the manufacture of the final product and required daily hauls of around 30tons, on the same vehicles used to deliver product to customers from the plant.

Supervised admin staff of 2 employees and reported direct to President.

TwoSim Designs, South Africa Financial Controller/Manager October 1992 March 1995

A family owned clothing manufacturing business, with wholesale and retail outlets.

All accounting responsibilities: month end close, General Ledger maintenance and reconciliation, Monthly Management Accounts including bank reconciliations, journal entries and Fixed Asset accounting.

Responsible for AP (recording, payment and reconciliation) and AR (billing, collections and recording).

Responsible for preparing weekly Payroll: including salaries & wages, payroll deductions & disbursements and quarterly statutory reconciliations, Sales & Use Tax reporting.

Factory production control in conjunction with designers and line foremen, retail sales boutique management & control, sales and marketing of company’s uniquely designed wholesale products.

Managed the administration of this business started by my wife, with a staff of around 20 employees.

KPMG Aiken & Peat, South Africa Senior Accountant January 1990 September 1992

Public Accounting and Auditing

Completed Articles of Clerkship (CPA Track), performing accounting, auditing, management accounting, and taxation functions for the firm.

Participated in and responsible for delegated sections of all major audit engagements of the firm, and in addition maintained monthly Accounting, Costing and Taxation preparation services for numerous awarded small business clients.

Supervised junior audit clerks on audit engagements and reported direct to Senior Partner.

Military Service : Commissioned Officer (Lieutenant) January 1985 December 1986

Earned during compulsory Military Service in the South African Defense Force and served 12 months operational duty in Namibia as an 81mm Mortar Platoon Commander.


University of Port Elizabeth, SOUTH AFRICA

Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm) Business Administration and Economics (1987-89), Accounting (1990-92)


Accounting, Finance, General Ledger, Account Reconciliations, Journal Entries, Month-end Close, Year-end Close, Financial Statements, Management Accounts, Ratio and Analysis, Financial Analysis, Consolidated Financial Statements, Accounts Receivable, Pre-Paid expenses, Accounts Payable, Accruals, Budgeting, Forecasting, Internal Controls, Business Process Re-organization, Change Management, Risk Management, Internal Controls, IT system evaluations, Management Information Systems, Networking, Foreign Exchange, Foreign Currency payments and instruments, Fixed Asset Register, Depreciation and Amortization, Sales Commissions, Reports and Analysis, Cost Accounting (including Job Costing, Work-In-Progress, Activity based costing etc), Inventory Control (Perpetual and Periodic), Sales & Use Tax, Payroll Taxes, wage garnishments, Workmen’s Compensation, Data extraction and analysis, Data extract and re-import (ETL), Business Development, Daily operational business activities.


Windows and Windows Server, Microsoft Office Suite (Excel-Platinum level Microsoft Certified), Outlook, PowerPoint, Internet Explorer, Peachtree Accounting, Quicken, QuickBooks, Microsoft Frontpage, dtSearch, SQL based - Applicant and Inventory management systems (cBizOne, Endevor), eBay Store sales and listing maintenance, knowledge of DOS, Networking experience.

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