Played integral role in helping Start-up Company realize enough growth to be listed as one of the top US Hispanic Companies in Hispanic Business Magazines "Hispanic 500" in its initial year. Led a feasibility campaign that was driving force in convincing upper management in the benefits of creation of a shared service center that has helped create significant savings. Created training program to help staff and senior auditors more efficiently use Excel and TeamMate during testing. Created training manuals and conducted training on the IFCA to International facilities so that they may comply with the requirements of the Act and help company avoid any potential litigation. Created spreadsheets that led to significant time saving in documentation and report creation that helped firm secure client bringing in > $1 Million in revenue. Promoted within a year in 3 of last 4 Corporate/Public Firm Positions held.
A highly accomplished and skilled Accounting Manager with over 15 years of experience within Accounting and Audit functions in Fortune 500 companies and start-ups. Sustain a proven ability to impact corporate performance through skillful orchestration of fiscal management and team leadership. Retain keen capacity to influence and design processes and controls integral to company growth, operational excellence and achievement of objectives. Expertise in performing and monitoring of month-end procedures and analysis while providing strategic value by staying informed to changes in US GAAP, COSO 2013 and regulatory guidelines in order to shape appropriate solutions and approaches. Maintain language skills in both English and Spanish with conversational skills in Portuguese.
Outside the Box Thinker
Financial Report Generation
Accounting/Finance Manager June 2011 to CurrentMidwest Holdings Co. LLC － Highland, IN
Created and presented business plan with budgets and forecasts that was catalyst to securing financing with banks and investors Oversee or perform all financial and accounting functions of the company including: financial statements, financial forecasts, budgets, variance analysis, reconciliations, accruals, accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, special projects, taxes, banking and governmental compliance Implemented accounting software and activated/designed all necessary application to be used including chart of accounts, billing, purchasing, inventory and banking functions Designed spreadsheets that helped in the budgeting, forecasting and the evaluation of feasibility of major projects.
Evaluated the risk environment from scratch and created, implemented and maintained controls that allow procedures/systems to run efficiently.
Internal Audit Manager September 2005 to June 2011RR Donnelley － Chicago, IL
Developed the companies risk assessment, established audit objectives and tailored an audit plan that includes a budget and estimation of time and resources for each engagement Conducted meetings and presentations with corporate and facility management to discuss findings and recommendations Completed the yearly audit plan for the segments of the company with the most written issues on a timely basis and within the approved budget, while at the same time adding value with strong and appropriate recommendations Effectively managed and mentored a team of four staff/senior auditors that have went on to take important manager and director positions within the company Managed implementation of Sarbanes-Oxley within the corporate functions as well as in Latin America and Caribbean that passed external auditors reviews with no major deficiencies.
Assisted Latin America's facilities in ensuring their compliance with FCPA, IFRS and US GAAP and implemented database that has allowed them to stay updated with any statutory changes Worked with US Shared Service Center in successful implementation of a shared service center in Latin America that has allowed company to have leverage for better negotiations with vendors.
Successfully completed various fraud examinations with outcomes that helped company avoid potential losses.
Senior Internal Auditor August 2004 to September 2005Sara Lee Corporation － Chicago, IL
Reviewed the division's risk assessment model through discussions with the assignment manager and customized the audit based on the identified risk areas.
Evaluated internal controls and ensured that they were in compliance with Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS) and Sara Lee Corporate policies.
Developed testing methodology to be used in assessing the effectiveness of key controls and provided recommendations to management on improving their control environment so that it would be in compliance with US GAAP and Sarbanes-Oxley Regulations.
Internal Auditor November 2002 to August 2004BCBS - Blue Cross Blue Shield － Chicago, IL
Performed financial, operational and compliance audits as requested by the Corporation.
Assisted External Auditors in the administration and performance of SAS-70 Reviews.
Performed and led special audits to ensure the corporation complied with Sarbanes-Oxley and HIPPA Regulations.
Senior Auditor July 2000 to November 2002Thomas Havey LLP － Chicago, IL
Performed audits of Pension Funds, Health and Welfare Funds and Non-For-Profit Corporations.
Led compliance audits that assured union employers where in compliance with the collective bargaining agreement.
Senior Accountant June 1999 to July 2000Pasquinelli Homes － Homewood, IL
In charge of all accounting functions for the companies Greensboro, North Carolina division.
Completed month-end closing process and created a financial statement package for executive management by performing monthly accruals, reconciliations, journal entries, ratio analysis and budget vs actual analysis.
Managed an AP Clerk and assured that all payables where paid timely and that potential discounts where applied.
Bachelor of Science : Accountancy, 1999University Of Illinois － Urbana, ILAccountancy
Emphasis in MIS and Spanish
*Scheduled to start a Fraud Examiners Certificate program at Purdue University in the Summer 2015
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (2007 - Present)
*Institute of Internal Auditors - Chicago (2007 - Present))
President's Award Scholar - University of Illinois
*Volunteer - English/Spanish translator
*Volunteer - VITA