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Controller, CFO, HR Director

Longwood, Florida, 32779, United States
October 27, 2016

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Tom Panzella

Controller, CFO

Longwood FL ***** 407-***-****

Budgeting/Analysis ● Turn-arounds/Startups ● Strategic Planning ● Cost Analysis/Reduction

Adept in all areas of accounting: Financial statements Prep & Analysis, (cash flow, journal entries, general ledger, bank reconciliations, payrolls, accounts payable, accounts receivable). Also very experienced in Human Resources and Admin.

Organizational Leadership

HR Administration

QuickBooks Proficient

Financial Reports Analysis

Proactive Problem Solving

Project Operations Mgmt

Cash Controls

Team Building/Coaching

P & L Responsibility


As Controller and Dir of HR Directed the growth of a $6 million internet/marketing company with 45 employees to a $30+ million company with over 350 in house employees and over 800 independent contractors. Set up and directed accounting and HR programs/ functions. Responsible for 85+ bank accounts and over 85 companies in QuickBooks -consolidating into 1 P & L. Prepared all corporate tax returns for up to 85 subsidiary/affiliate corporations.

As Controller Set up and directed all accounting & PR, Benefits, & HR programs for a start-up insurance claims management company w/offices in NY, NJ, & FL. With 1st year revenues of $12mil. Same for a start up Health insurance sales/claims company with employees & offices in 3 states (FL, IA, TX)

Managed and Directed all Operations, finances, and HR for a multi-state restaurant and food service company with 7 subsidiary corporations consisting of 30+ restaurants and a food manufacturing/distribution facility with products sold on a nationwide basis. Instrumental in managing the financial controls of the company’s growth from $15 M in sales to over $45 M

Analyzed operations, systems/procedures, and quality assurance programs and then designed and executed action plans to improve costs and bottom line profits (after taxes -from 5% to over 10%)

Prepared and executed budgets for 30+ operating units and manufacturing facility (totaling over $45M in sales) and maintained full P & L responsibilities consistently surpassing company goals and objectives.

Directed supervisor’s and unit management team’s performance, evaluations, action plans for improvement, progressive discipline, mediation of disputes and grievances, motivating, counseling and team building (for 7 area supervisors and 80+ managers ) and maintained processes at 100% in accordance with state and federal laws.

Formulated, implemented, and enforced all company operating procedures, policies, loss prevention, safety, and training programs for associates for which included 7 area supervisors, 80+ management persons and over 850 restaurant, manufacturing and administrative employees which increased productivity and customer satisfaction.

Established national buying programs and weekly buying procedures with major distributors to affect cost savings in excess of 10-15%.

Designed and implemented employee bonus incentives, profit sharing programs, and benefits administration for over 850 employees which improved employee satisfaction, maintained lower turnover rates and produced * higher retention rates (Supervisors and GM’s had average of 12 years of service).

Developed and implemented procedures through use of bid systems and improved negotiations for new unit construction and major equipment purchasing, generating $40K - $80K savings per unit for 5 new restaurants.


Confidential Company CFO/Controller/Dir of HR Sep 15 -Jul 16

Set up/managed & directed accounting/HR programs for a start up Health insurance sales/claims company with employees in offices in 3 states. (Company moving Accounting & HR to IA ). As consultant Worked from home

Canopy Claims Management LLC Controller 2013-2015 2 years

Set up and directed all accounting &HR programs for start up insurance claims management company w/offices in NY, NJ, & FL. ( Company moved operations to NJ.)

Expand Inc. Controller and Director of HR 2008-2013 5 years

Set up all accounting and HR programs and directed the growth of a $6 million company to a $25 million company from 45 employees to over 350 in house employees and over 800 at home independent contractors. Corporate tax return preparation for parent company and 85 subsidiary corps.

IFM inc./Chef Italia Inc. NY Controller, Director of Operations, HR and Training Mgr 198*-****-** years

Directed all finances, accounting systems of a $40M+ parent company with 7 subsidiaries consisting of 30+ operating restaurants and a USDA meat manufacturing plant & distribution facility

Directed operations for 30+ restaurants. Responsible for HR and training of 7 area supervisors, 80+ management personnel and over 850 restaurant, administrative, and manufacturing employees.

National VP of Sales & Marketing of meat and Italian specialty food products. of sales, marketing, staffing, physical plant and purchasing.


Controller –confidential - Directed all accounting activities, inventory control and HR for manufacturing co

Senior Accountant –Dulniak Tax Services –perform Small business accounting services and tax returns.

CFO – Habibi World of Foods Set up & supervised the operations, accounting and HR procedures. Prepared

Franchise manual for multi unit restaurant chain. Filed corporate tax returns

Contract Controller for novelty manufacturing co.

VP of Finance & Operations, –Cleinman Performance Partners Inc.

Guided the Finances, Operations and Human Resources, for a National Consulting Company. Responsible for all accounting functions and HR duties while formulating efficient methods for daily and weekly operations. Performed analysis and recasting of P & L’s for benchmarking numbers for monthly seminars/workshops

Controller, C.O.O. –Rob Salamida Co. Inc.

Supervised the Finances, Operations, Human Resources, Sales and inventory controls in a manufacturing company producing specialty retail products for major supermarket chains and distributors.

Property Development & Management Co.

Controller, Dir of HR –Hartley’s food manufacturing

Directed all accounting activities, inventory control and human resources for a food manufacturing company

Development, Leasing, Operations Manager - Food Systems Unlimited Inc, FL

Managed Budgets and Purchasing for new unit construction and major equipment purchasing for an 85+ unit National Fast Food Chain.

Oneonta Job Corp Academy/KRA Corp. NY Director of Finance /Administration 2001-2003 2 years

Senior Staff Member for a US Dept. of Labor Job Corp Academy for all Finance and Operations Departments (Purchasing, Property/inventory control, Maintenance, Food Service and Transportation). Assisted Contractor in formulating bid proposals for attaining new management contracts of other US D.O.L properties.

EDUCATION – Manhattan School of music -NYU College of Music – BA teacher education program

NYC Community College, CCNY, Un of MD, SUNY Delhi – accounting program major and various credits and courses in accounting, HR, Management, taxes and business.


Board member and President of Franklin Central School Board of Education for 15 years.

Business manager for non-profit professional theater company.

Completion of numerous seminars in economics, sales, marketing & employee relations. Tax PTIN # 0163254

Awarded the “Archie award” in Advanced Operations at McDonald’s University.

COMPUTER SKILLS - Utilized IBM AS-400, Proficient with Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, Power point. Advanced knowledge of QuickBooks, Pro, Enterprise, Peachtree, and Infor FACTS. Various Intuit tax programs

MILITARY – US ARMY –Sgt E-5 -NCOIC (Non Commissioned Officer In Charge of Cryptographic Communications Operations Land Southeast (Europe/Asia)

References furnished upon request

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