To obtain a position that utilizes my experience managing people, my excellent communication skills, my analytical and accounting experience, organizational skills, my focus on the bottom line, my experience operating managing a diversified farming operation, and my bachelor's degree in finance. Core Qualifications
Calm under pressure
Cost reduction and containment
Budgeting & Forecasting
Era Helicopters LLCLake Charles, LouisianaContracts Manager02/2012 to Current
Responsible for ensuring that provisions of all existing contracts are communicated to departments to guarantee compliance and providing our Form Master Service Agreement to new customers.
Communicate with Era Senior Management and Customers in advance of contract expiration and renewal in order to initiate negotiations.
Apply all contractual annual escalations, working closely with customers and our Billing Department to ensure that billing is in accordance with all terms of the contract.
Prepare and distribute reporting to senior management to keep them apprised of all contract rates, terms, and provisions.
Maintain contract data base, Contracts Management module in Flight Following, Salesforce Customer Relationship Management network.
Act as liaison between Senior Management, Marketing and Legal Departments to bring new Agreements to executed status.
Communicate with our customer's Procurement Managers in order to maintain customer satisfaction.
Era Helicopters LLCLake Charles, LouisianaAccounting Manager - Project Accountant07/2006 to 02/2012
Responsible for supervising twelve employees in the Payroll Department, Accounts Receivable Department and the Accounts Payable Department in a growing helicopter company with 800+ total employees and $250mm in annual revenues.
Report directly to the CFO and Controller, providing variance analysis on monthly financial reports.
Led the annual budget process, meeting with Marketing executives to forecast revenues for the upcoming year and then meeting with Operations Management and other Department Managers to develop budgets to support the revenue projections.
Publish monthly, quarterly and annual financial reports which compare current period to previous period, current period to same period prior year and actual compared to budget.
Work with Operations Management to assist with variance explanations and analysis in order to control costs.
Worked as point person with Louisiana Economic Development, enabling the Company to secure $2.1 mm in LED Grants to fund expansion.
Worked with systems developers to automate our Payroll from a paper driven system to an Internet-based one, creating training documents and training workforce on its use.
Led various cost saving teams with storage and fuel, discovering cost savings that effectively paid for my salary.
Led a Receiving Process Review to identify and resolve bottlenecks and process flow problems.
Jennings American Legion HospitalJennings, LouisianaBusiness Office Manager11/2005 to 06/2006
Managed the Business Office of a 60 bed acute care hospital, supervising twenty employees ensuring that proper charging, billing and collection procedures were followed.
Reported directly to the CEO and CFO, providing critical analysis of hospital operations and compiling, presenting, and explaining trending analysis as it pertained to billing and collection.
Devised and implemented policies and strategies that greatly improved cash collection and the overall financial health of the Hospital as evidenced by industry benchmarks.
In six months, reduced days in AR from 124 to 67 and Accounts Receivable from $11.3 M to $7.1M.
Led interdepartmental improvement teams which sparked renewed communication and realized efficiencies between work groups in the Hospital.
Promoted customer service attitude and professional demeanor by acting as liaison between employees and the Hospital and patients and the Hospital ensuring that employee/patient needs and desires were balanced with Hospital objectives.
Sonnier FarmsOberlin, LouisianaGeneral Manager01/1999 to 11/2005
Managed operations of a 250 acre rice farm, 60 head cattle operation, and a 130 acre crawfish pond.
Developed a $70,000 operating budget based on detailed forecasts and managed the farm to operate effectively within the operating budget.
Served as liaison between LSU AgCenter research personnel and rice producers in verification field trials.
Selected as 1 of 5 rice producers in the nation to participate in the Rice Leadership Development Program.
Operated heavy equipment such as tractors, combines, backhoes and very familiar with manual labor.
Kinder SupermarketKinder, LouisianaGeneral Manager08/1993 to 01/1999
Managed all aspects of operation in a retail grocery business with a 30-person staff and gross sales exceeding 2 million dollars.
Selected and implemented a new storewide scanning system which realized efficiencies and improvements in accounting and ordering of inventory.
Automated the accounts receivable system resulting in time savings and an increase in receivables security.
Conducted the hiring and evaluation of all personnel and created the employee procedures manual.
Instituted and installed a new payroll system which hastened the payroll process.
Discovered, investigated and ultimately prosecuted employee who had embezzled office funds and implemented controls to prevent recurrence.
Motivated employees during quarterly communication meetings and interacted with customers, vendors, and contractors in order to understand and resolve problems.
Exxon CompanyHouston, TexasSenior Accountant/Audit Staff02/1989 to 08/1993
Allocated and accounted for gas production volumes in fields across Louisiana, Alabama, and Florida ensuring that millions of dollars of revenue and taxes were paid accurately.
Developed extensive desk documentation and LOTUS spreadsheet improvements for Division properties.
Implemented the accounting systems and processes for the new Mobile Bay Fields.
Worked on continuous improvement teams, seeking ways to gain efficiencies and save time and resources.
Designed and presented a training workshop on Successful Contractor Audits.
Recovered $275,000 in incorrect billings in one contractor audit.
Maintained good rapport and excellent working relationship with field personnel.
Bachelor of Science:FinanceLouisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USLouisiana State University December 1988 Bachelor of Science: Finance (3.7 gpa within major) Baton Rouge, Louisiana Additional Information Past- President of Rotary Club in Kinder, Sunday School Teacher, Song Leader and Youth Group Leader at our local church, Team member of Rice Leadership Development Class, Former Assistant Cub Master and Webelos Den Leader, Former Board member of Allen Parish Farm Bureau and Allen Rice Growers Association, Past member Finance Committee at Bethel Ministries.
Past- President of Rotary Club in Kinder, Sunday School Teacher, Song Leader and Youth Group Leader at our local church, Team member of Rice Leadership Development Class, Former Assistant Cub Master and Webelos Den Leader, Former Board member of Allen Parish Farm Bureau and Allen Rice Growers Association, Past member Finance Committee at Bethel Ministries