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Accounting Manager Accountant

Superior, CO
May 18, 2020

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Brenda Silvestrini, CPA

Superior, CO *****



Experienced, disciplined, dedicated, professional CPA, focused on complex data with a proactive approach in the implementation of process improvements. In depth understanding of the financial processes. Identifying and exploring opportunities to develop organizational value.


Financial Reports, analysis, trends, budgets, forecast, margins, budget variance analysis.

Worked public and private companies, from start-ups to well established fortune 500 global entities. Joint Venture experience.

Month end, audits, internal control, Sox compliance and reconciliations, Technical research, documentation, and conclusions

Global accounting, Intercompany, payroll, foreign exchange, compliance, contracts, royalties, indirect taxes

Cash management, wire transfers, banking.

Mergers and Acquisitions Integration

Systems - Oracle, PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, SAP, Great Plains, Microsoft Dynamics AX, MAS 500, Blackline, Microsoft Office and BST, Salesforce. Reporting tools - NVision, SQL queries, Hyperion, Crystal Reports, Essbase and OBIEE

Bilingual – English/Spanish

Consultant 2016 – Current

Clients: miRagen (4 mos)

Ball Corp (13 mos)

RealD (11 mos)

DMC (5 mos)

Month end close, financial reporting, consolidations and global accounting.

Tax reconciliations, sales & use tax calculations including audit support and resolution.

Canadian GST, Australian GST and UK VAT, withholding tax rates and analysis.

Researched US and international tax as well as legal compliance issues.

Designed an Inter-Company process for reconciliation using pivots matrices, payments and collections, royalty, indirect tax

Policies and procedures creation, implementation and improvement.

Managed the month end IC reconciliations in two systems, SAP and JDE. Used HFM to consolidate the IC transactions in one currency. Identified IC variances that exceeded the threshold in the millions. Supported the consolidation team by getting the global partner to clear variances in HFM.

Lead quarterly leadership review of professional fee's budget, forecast and accruals. The forecasted budget and adjustments were complex and done manually. It included a review of the BS and IS.

Established the global ADP budget with invoices in USD and EUR and used it monthly to recharge the expenses to each entity.

Consultant 2014 – 2015

Client: Level 3 Commnunicatons (17 mos)

Sr. Accounting Manager – Contracted for a fortune 500 company with over 10,000 employees. Supported a team of 4-5 individuals who do all the accounting for N. America, Asia Pacific and some global areas.

Reviewed and approved large quantities of JEs and over 3,000 reconciliations plus Inter-company reconciliation streamlining.

Prepared the foreign exchange analysis for 30+ currencies. Corrected global revaluation errors prior to the close

Technical accounting reviews and conclusions of foreign exchange FASB Statement no 52.

Reviewed documentation on the preparation of Statement of Cash Flows, Earning per Share and Foreign Exchange Analysis.

Completed the mergers and acquisitions integration of TW Telecom with its 40 separate entities from People Soft to Oracle.

Merrick and Company, LLC. Greenwood Village, CO 2012 – 2014

Sr. Accountant – Responsible for all the accounting needs of 4 subsidiaries, 3 JV and 2 holding companies.

Managed an accountant, all of the accounting and legal compliance for two entities in Mexico. Worked with our CPA firm on statutory requirements as well as with the local attorneys to maintain legal compliance. Technical accounting research, documentation, and conclusions for a Colombian’s subsidiary. Calculated and filed the quarterly VAT. Worked closely with the local audit firm. Handled all the IC transactions and helped research the consolidation variances

Officer of the Board Director for both operations in Mexico, with power of attorney.

Prepared the transfer pricing calculation for the entire organization including a yearly review of the process with external CPA firm.

Analyzed risk areas, prepared cash forecast, and reconciled. Cash management around the globe.

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RICOH Production Printing, Boulder, CO 2008 – 2012

Advisory Professional Accountant – Reconciled taxes for US, Canada, and 7 South American Countries.

Tax reconciliations – Lead a team of 12 local and country level accountants by assisting with tax reconciliations, including sales / use tax, income taxes, AFIP, DIAN, SUNAT, VAT, direct / indirect withholdings, import taxes, and social security related to sales.

Technical accounting included research, documentation and implementation of each country’s unique tax treatment. Established processes/procedures and safeguarded legal tax returns into a database.

Reduced consolidated variance for South American countries to a tolerable level of less than 3% of the total in millions of dollars.

Payroll, benefits, and retirements’ reconciliations for 9 countries – Minimized expense write-off related to change of providers.

End of JV – Due diligence to close all the ledger accounts for taxes and payroll in 8 countries. Finalized employee AMEX charges.

BT Conferencing, Westminster, CO 2007 – 2008

Sr. Revenue Accountant – Revenue Recognition and Management of the Deferred Revenue System

Reviewed one-of-a-kind service, hardware, software and bundled contracts for the US and UK’s operations for corporations and government agencies. Tested and improved the utilities of the deferred revenue system. Increased the effectiveness and speed of the revenue recognition in the 100’s of millions.

Internal Control – Reviewed revenue recognition differences between US GAAP and IFRS. Documented IFRS technical issues and changed revenue recognition to meet the IFRS standards used by the UK for the board of directors during the acquisition by BT Conferencing.

CROCS, Inc, Boulder, CO 2006 – 2007

Accounting Manager - Cash and Intercompany Accounts, Patents and Royalties with 3 consultants and 1 full time employee

Cash management – Included main operating cash, payroll, internet credit cards sales and investment accounts. Helped IT close many loops creating errors with internet credit cards. Inter-company reconciliations – Included US, PR, CAD, Europe, Brazil, Mexico, UK and Asia’s AR, AP, and loans. Cleared large variances in the hundreds of millions.

Capmark Financial Group, Inc, aka GMCCHA Capital, Denver, CO 2004 – 2006

Assist Assistant Controller – Investment banking - Management’s reporting package and asset backed securities.

Created all the internal and GAAP financials reports, including budget to actual, trends, charts, and graphs for the executive committee monthly reporting package. Reported off-balance sheet transactions and the banker’s production reports. Created ADHOC layouts. Reviewed all the approved JE for errors in coding prior to closing the books.

Implemented PeopleSoft Fixed Asset module. Maintained all the fixed assets and schedules and filed all of the property tax returns.

Wild Oats Markets, Inc, Boulder, CO 2000 – 2004

Corporate & Fixed Asset Accountant

Controlled all the accounting for 40 corporate departments. Created P&L, BS, Margins, Trends, Flux Analysis and parts of Cash Flows for stores in USA and CAD. Assisted with SEC footnotes. Managed and reconciled the fixed assets module for 104 stores in the USA and CAD worth $250M. Documented internal control, flow of transactions, and segregation of duties. Supported audit schedules and requests.


CPA in Colorado

CU Boulder masters’ requirement for the CPA

BS Science of Accountancy from Northern AZ University

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