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Project Manager

Long Beach, California, United States
January 11, 2017

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*** ****** ***. **** *** • Long Beach, CA 90802

(702) ***-**** •


Accomplished finance and IT executive, with more than 15 years of experience managing key accounting and technology operations for organizations ranging from local tax preparation and accounting firms to global enterprises and Fortune 500 companies. Hands-on project leader, recognized for facilitating successful accounting software upgrades, installations, and conversions across numerous locations. Consistently maximize efficiency and productivity through effective team leadership, innovative process improvements, and expert strategic planning. Professional strengths include: Full Cycle Accounts Payable & Receivable • Financial Reporting & Analysis • Team Leadership & Training • Intercompany transactions • Consolidations • GAAP • CPA Candidate Accounting System Development & Administration • Project Management • Process Improvements Compliance • Tax Preparation • IT Systems Analysis & Management • Strategic Planning Vendor & Client Management • Technical Support & Troubleshooting • Policy Development PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

SCS Dynamics, Inc., Glendale, CA • 2015-2016

Microsoft Gold Partner for Dynamics Navision ERP Software Implementer

Setup Navision for various clients in SaaS environment. Trained clients on processes. Tested modifications to verify correct operation. Gathered requirements in order to understand the clients’ business practices. Conducted user acceptance testing. Held status meetings. Created training videos for clients. Followed up on issues.

BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY AUTOMOTIVE (VAN TUYL MGT CO.), Dallas, Texas • 2011-2015 One of the top retailers in the automotive industry operating approximately 73 dealerships. Internal Auditor

Audited financial statements, cash handling procedures, computer security, payroll / HR, check disbursements, and inventory.

IT Support Manager

Assisted in establishing standard level of accesses for the different positions. Mentored the dealership personnel in company and accounting procedures and payroll. Monitored access and setups for compliance and internal controls. Setup custom reports for mgt. company personnel. Performed monthly maintenance of users’ accesses. Established reports in Excel for analysis. Setup accounting, parts, service, and finance parameters. Data extraction and data analysis. SONIC AUTOMOTIVE, INC., Las Vegas, Nevada • 2008-2010 Fortune 500 company and one of the largest automotive retailers in the U.S. with 130 dealerships. Regional Business Technology Analyst

Oversaw and managed all facets of business technology activities for region. Identified all major issues and ensure appropriate and timely corrections were executed. Represented the Home Office BT department and CIO. Represented CIO for dealerships and business leaders in region. Ensured regulatory compliance. Inventoried all network centers. Educated field on technology initiatives, policies, and best practices. Facilitated all 404 IT audit activities and change control processes at dealership level.

• Effectively supported technology activities of 28 stores across Las Vegas, Denver, and San Francisco

/ San Jose, California areas.

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ADP DEALER SERVICES, INC., Las Vegas, Nevada • 1997-2008 Provides integrated computing solutions to 27,000 dealers (auto, truck, motorcycle, etc.) worldwide; a division of Automatic Data Processing, one of the world’s largest providers of business outsourcing solutions.

Project Lead (2004-2008)

Oversaw installations of accounting software at each location onsite, including implementation of all applications scheduling of trainers, and assisting various departments as needed. Conducted status meetings with management to review progress and resolve any issues. Maintained installation and SOX compliance guide. Played key role in special initiatives, change management, and assisted with general operational functions.

Developed and implemented organizational policies, processes, and procedures. Instrumental in field testing new products. Built valuable relationships with vendors and service providers.

• Assigned to company’s second largest client to facilitate the conversion of their 160 stores to ADP software, a 3-year project; provided onsite management of up to 60 people / 5 stores on installs.

• Consistently delivered projects on time and within budget.

• Identified and developed cost-effective methods to boost productivity, improve customer satisfaction, and achieve organizational goals.

• Developed and implemented a new hire packet including necessary items account executives

(trainers) needed prior to onsite training.

Senior Account Executive (1999-2004) • Account Executive (1998) • Associate Account Executive


Facilitated accounting software upgrades, installations, and conversions of ERP software in automobile dealerships. Collaborated with clients and accounting staff on all phases of projects. Identified client requirements, analyzed existing infrastructure, and oversaw installation teams. Trained clients on use of accounting application, A/R, A/P, payroll, consolidated financial reports, A/R & A/P close, and assisted them with all aspects of procedures including maintenance. Set up accounts, schedules, journals, and reports on system. Maintained detailed client checklist and resolved PC issues.

• Managed client base encompassing company’s top 61 Dealer Services accounts. ADDITIONAL CAREER NOTES (full details on request)

HUGH PACE, CPA, PSC, Williamstown, Kentucky • Accountant VARIOUS ORGANIZATIONS & LOCATIONS / Accountant / City Council Member Held accounting, billing, and budget management roles for companies including AT&T; Speedway SuperAmerica LLC, owned by Marathon Oil Company, operating 1,600 stores in 9 states in the east; a large multi-location medical imaging firm; a small limousine company; and the City of Williamstown. EDUCATION

Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting

Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky


Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, QuickBooks, Creative Solutions, ERP Software VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATIONS

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

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