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General Accountant Corporate

Wesley Chapel, FL
July 08, 2021

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Lori A. Hornecker

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Sunstar Americas, Inc – 2017 to Present (Schaumburg, Illinois)

Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis (2020-Present)

Lead/Coordinate activities, reviews, and presentations for the Annual Plan, Cycle Forecasts, Monthly Business Reviews, short/long-range strategic planning, and any other ad hoc deliverables

Provide leadership insight and support for monthly results, forecast cycles, annual operating plans and strategic outlooks that allow the business to anticipate future impacts and assist in developing alternative plans as well as ensuring that results are delivered

Facilitate the delivery of financial and business critical data

Assist Sales and Marketing organizations to develop financials for product innovation / reviews and customer bids; optimize A&P and trade spend and analytics; and manage off-invoice allowances

Monitor financial performance by measuring and analyzing results; initiating corrective actions; minimizing the impact of variances

Manager of Accounting and Finance (2017-2020)

Consolidated Divisional forecasts and budget to provide total company view to CFO

Analyzed financial performance of monthly forecasts and annual budgets and recommend opportunities for operational improvement or expense reduction

Served as the liaison for Brazil Division regarding all accounting, forecast and budget issues

oIdentified numerous inadequacies in Brazilian office and worked with Divisional management team to implement improvements to mitigate risk

oWorked with Latin American Distributor Division to mirror policies and processes in the US business to implement segregation of duties and internal controls

Managed the Accounts Receivable and Office Services Departments (5 individuals combined)

oReduced DSO on Professional accounts from 49 days to 37 days and brought all accounts to current standings

oLed the team to reduce the unauthorized Retail customer deductions from $3.5 million to $1 million by implementing a dispute policy and process

Sears Roebuck and Company - 2009 to 2017 (Hoffman Estates, Illinois)

Retail Operations, Manager of Store Accounts

Plan, forecast and manage the controllable operating expenses (excluding payroll) for full line stores

Prepared monthly, quarterly, and annual variance analysis for operating expense accounts

Worked with Business Unit partners to develop and implement cost reduction measures

Assist Field and Store level management manage their expenses and understand the limitations of their forecast and plan amounts

Worked with Procurement to develop holiday supply push saving over $1 million in Q4, 2010

oThe push methodology has been utilized and expanded every year since the implementation resulting in timely delivery and availability of supplies

ITW Construction Service & Parts - 2007 to 2009 (Elgin, Illinois)

Business Unit Controller

Prepared the financials for annual operating plans, long range strategic plans, monthly outlooks, quarterly reviews, and other special analyses for $9.5 million of annual revenues

Implemented a new pricing structure in April 2008 that generated an average of $100K per month of incremental revenue for the remainder of the year

Removed $200K of operating expenses which represented a 15% decrease in 2008

Reduced Days Sales Outstanding (DSO) from 42.0 days to 29.5 days over a period of seven months

PepsiAmericas, Inc. – 2004 to 2007 (Schaumburg, Illinois)

Financial Analyst, 2007

Consolidated monthly, quarterly, and annual results and completed variance analysis for 8 field divisions

Prepared monthly forecasts of operating expenses

Senior Accounting Analyst, 2006

Supervised and allocated daily workflow for seven accounting coordinators

Participated in a multifunctional team tasked with redesigning tracking procedures surrounding $150 million in assets

Corporate Accounting Analyst, 2005

Prepared monthly, quarterly, and annual flux analysis

Developed the first analytical reports for the Corporate Accounting department

Senior Corporate Accountant, 2004

Prepared all journal entries and account reconciliations for the Wisconsin division

Prepared monthly expense analysis and identified accounts outside of normal trend amounts

Field Container Company, LP - 2003 to 2004 (Elk Grove Village, Illinois)

Corporate Staff Accountant

Prepared monthly journal entries and account reconciliations for the Corporate division

Maintained all FRx reports for Corporate and Divisional use

Transamerica Distribution Finance - 1999 to 2002 (Hoffman Estates, Illinois)

General Accountant

Conducted all aspects of the month end close and reporting process for two Canadian business units

Assisted in integrating a Canadian business unit following acquisition


Northern Illinois University - Master of Business Administration (2003)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Bachelor of Science in Accountancy (1999)


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