J. FRED VAN GULDEN
Pembroke Pines, FL 33028
Summary of Qualifications
Accounting and Finance professional with ample international experience in accounting, business management, audit, strategic planning, financial planning and analysis (FP&A), mergers and acquisitions (M&A), due diligences, systems implementations, tax and corporate financial statements compilation in industries such as transportation, logistics, manufacturing, gas and oil, insurance, wholesale and retail.
-Competent working in self-managed projects as well as a team member
-Executive and Supervisory experience and enjoy training and coaching staff
-Efficient, organized and detail oriented
-Professional hands-on experiences in general accounting, cost accounting, auditing and tax
-Proactive, analytical, diligent, result oriented and multi-tasker
-Leadership, problem solver and team management
-Fluent in English and Spanish
01/2012 – Present
Representing stockholders in large “Free Zone” project in Latin America.
CFO (Chief Financial Officer)
04/2005 - 11/2011 TRANSWORLD FORWARDING INC Miami,FL
International Transportation, Warehousing and Logistics company (75-200+ employees): lead, manage, supervise and control of staff and all financial and administrative tasks including but not limited to Accounting, Treasury, Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable and Human Resources.
Implemented new Accounting software, payroll service and policies and procedures reducing expenses through controls and outsourcing.
Preparation and reporting of financial statements, budgets and cash flow analysis.
Analytical review and variance analysis of actual and budgeted financial statements. Prepare reports for Board of Directors. Coordinate filing of federal and state tax returns with CPA firm. File city and other tax returns.
Respond to and resolve federal, state and local tax notices
-Special projects resulting in significant reduction in insurances (workers comp and fleet insurance), trucking (improving efficiency per truck) and overhead expenses.
Director of Finance and Administration
04/1998 - 04/2005 Tampa Cargo Miami, FL
International cargo transportation airline ( 500+ employees ): lead, manage, supervise and control of staff and all financial and administrative tasks of the company including Accounting, Treasury, A/R, A/P, IT, Internal Audit, Purchasing and Human Resources.
Prepare and present financial statements, budgets, cash flow forecasts, strategic and financial planning. Analytical review and variance analysis of actual and budgeted financial statements. Prepare reports for Board of Directors. Coordinate filing of federal and state tax returns with CPA firm
-New projects focused on costs and efficiency including new procedures and regulations resulting in 7 figures savings in operational costs
-Implement fuel hedging
04/1981-01/1985 11/1994 - 03/1998 Confedegas Bogota/Bucaramanga, Colombia
-Lead, manage, supervise and control of all Confedegas owned companies (over 30 companies in Colombia and Venezuela in propane and natural gas wholesale and retail distribution, gas bottles/tanks and appliance manufacturing, wholesale and retail of appliance and furniture stores, insurance broker, transportation, automobile import, radio station with over 2,000+ employees) with tasks in Accounting, Internal Audit, IT, Treasury, Administration, Organization, Operations and Sales & Marketing.
Consolidate and report of financial statements of all companies of the group including budgets variances. Present financial and strategic planning to Board of Directors.
Reporting of financials to majority owner and Board of Directors.
Audit of financial statements and implement procedures in Accounting, Operations and Sales.
Coordinate filing of federal and local tax returns with CPA firm
-General Manager of Gas de Santander S.A. (Confedegas owned) one of the largest LPG company in Colombia converting the company in largest contributor of profits of the group by increasing revenue in 50% and controlling costs and expenses.
-Lead due diligence and coordinate joint venture with major international LPG company based in The Netherlands with worldwide branches with reports in Dutch, English and Spanish resulting in joint venture agreement of high 8 figure amount.
02/1985 - 01/1998 Leon Sports Bucaramanga, Colombia
President and Owner of an apparel factory, including stores, specialized in sportswear, work uniforms, school uniforms and children's wear converting the company from scratch in a well-known and successful brand.
Education and Training
Issuing Institution Qualification Course of Study
Praehep-The Netherlands Master’s Degree Finance & Accounting
Praehep-The Netherlands Bachelor Degree Accounting
I.B.M. Certification Programmer/Analysis RPG II
Several courses in: Management, Taxes, Marketing & Sales, Six Sigma, Coaching
Fluent in English, Spanish and Dutch