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Accounting/Finance Professional

Roswell, GA, 30076
September 16, 2008

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Education MBA Georgia State University **** Atlanta, Georgia

BBA Hofstra University 1981 Hempstead, N.Y.

CHAE – Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive

Proficient in Excel, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint. Working Knowledge of multiple software packages including Peachtree Accounting, Great Plains Accounting, Yardi, MRI (Intuit),Quicken and QuickBooks.

UGA Carl Vinson Institute of Government - Certificate - Governmental Accounting Series

Professional Experience

2007 – Present Civic Concepts Consultants, LLC Atlanta, Georgia Consultant

Finance and Accounting Consultant for an Atlanta based management advisory services firm.

2005 – 2007 Housing Authority of Dekalb County Decatur, Georgia

Controller/Chief Financial Officer

Responsible for the Housing Authority’s accounting/finance department. Managed the accounting and finance department’s operation including monthly, quarterly and annual generation of financial statements, external reporting and presentation of financials to the Board of Commissioners. Development Controller for all projects. Managed tax exempt bond program for multi-family housing, Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) financing, HUD mixed finance public/private real estate projects and conventional real estate deals.

2003 – 2005 Novare Group Atlanta, Georgia Consultant

Financial Consultant for a premier adaptive reuse/mixed use high rise real estate developer.

1997 – 2003 SuiteOne Hotels, LLC Norcross, Georgia

Controller/VP of Finance

Responsible for all aspects of the company’s accounting/finance department. Managed the accounting and finance department’s operations including generation of financial statements, operational property accounting, partnership tax issues and all external reporting to stakeholders.

1996 – 1997 Williams Group International Atlanta, Georgia

Corporate Controller

Responsible for the accounting and finance function of a diversified industrial services/construction company that serves utilities, pulp and paper companies, the petro chemical industry and other industrial concerns. The company also markets industrial software and performs environmental remediation work.

Resume of Matthew I. Cooper – Continued

1986 – 1996 Management, Trade and Services,U.S.A., Inc. Atlanta, Georgia

Controller/Chief Financial Officer

Responsible for the accounting, finance, administration, brokerage/sales and project management function of an international investment, development, construction and finance company with worldwide assets exceeding $750 Million (US), including luxury hotels, office parks, apartments, condominiums, shopping centers, farmland and financial institutions. Directly involved with all aspects of project development from inception to final sale

1984 – 1986 Southeast Holdings Company, Inc. Atlanta, Georgia


Responsible for the accounting and finance function of a regional resort developer/operator. Directly involved in all aspects of property management and club operations including facility construction, financing and residential property sales.

1983 – 1984 Georgia Municipal Association Atlanta, Georgia

Senior Accountant

Supervised the operation of the Association’s accounting department.

1981 – 1983 First Atlanta Corporation Atlanta, Georgia


Responsible for analyzing and coordinating the accounting function of the Bank’s retail lending division.

Professional and Civic Activities Member, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

Recent Awards – US Coast Guard Unit Commendation, US Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendation, Presidential Unit Citation

Volunteer, City of Alpharetta Fire & EMS - Certified First Responder

Member, Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals

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