Actively manage the day-to-day financial & business operations of an NBA Basketball Club.
Produce annual budget/projections with multiple updates throughout the year ($250MM).
Produce NBA-specific reports such as BRI (Basketball Related Income) and CFS (Consolidated Financial Statements) and maintain our relationship with the NBA League office.
Responsible for monitoring and analyzing revenue and expense trends for the entire company.
Conduct legal review of player, suite, sponsorship and other 3rd party related contracts.
Produce monthly cash flow analysis and manage projected operating and long-term debt requirements.
Oversee the financial close and generate/review financial statements on a quarterly basis.
Produce year-end financial statements and maintain our relationship with all external auditors.
Main liaison to our 3rd party concessionaire, merchandise partner and arena operating company with detailed understanding of the financial arrangements per our contract.
Develop, update and maintain financial models to help analyze specific revenue and expense trends applicable to the operations of an NBA franchise.
06/2008 to 02/2016
Director of FinanceDETROIT LIONS-NFL/FORD FIELD － Detroit, MI
Business Operations Actively managed the day-to-day financial & business operations of 5 separate entities that included an NFL Football Club, multipurpose Stadium, Parking Deck, Commercial Real Estate entity and Collegiate Bowl Company.
Managed and oversaw financial reporting, A/P, A/R and payroll for all of these entities.
Managed and coordinated the entire corporate-wide budgeting process ($300MM), including directing a focus from a 1 year budget plan to a 5 year plan.
Main liaison to 34 business units including Facility Operations, Event Sales and Operations, Ticketing, Tenant Services and Partnership & Suite Sales as it pertained to the operating plan and annual budget.
Developed/managed the 5 year capital expenditure plan including, implementing and executing large capital projects.
Annually, this budget varied from $5MM to $50MM.
Main contact at the stadium for our 3rd party concessionaire and merchandising partner.
Actively negotiated a long term contract with our food service provider.
Managed all major 3rd party event settlements, internally and with outside promoters.
Super Bowl XL, Wrestle Mania 23, NCAA Final Four, NCAA Frozen Four, concerts, tradeshows, amateur sporting events, etc.) Conducted legal review of all suite, sponsorship, event and other party related contracts.
Actively managed monthly and annual cash flow projections.
Provided timely monthly, quarterly and annual financial statements, as well as, any specialized reports required by senior management.
Responsible for unique NFL Salary Cap reporting and NFL Conforming Statement preparation, as well as, all other reporting required by the League.
Created/maintained relationships with banks, attorneys, independent auditors, insurance professionals, clients, vendors, tenants and partners.
Maintained the lead on all external audits.
Continued to develop and implemented financial process improvements for the stadium.
Debt covenant reporting.
Maintained/performed all duties as risk manager for the stadium.
09/2002 to 06/2008
Staff Accountant/Senior Accountant/Accounting ManagerDETROIT LIONS-NFL/FORD FIELD － Detroit, MI
Assisted in the development, maintenance and implementation of all accounting and financial systems.
Oversaw all transactions that related to A/R and A/P.
Assisted in budget preparation and analysis.
Prepared event specific profit and loss statements for all stadium events.
Analyzed profitability on corporate suite and sponsorship contracts.
08/1999 to 09/2002
Ticket Operations ManagerDETROIT LIONS-NFL － Pontiac, MI
Oversaw operations staff and day-to-day departmental activities.
Responsible for accounting for and reconciling all monies collected for season and individual ticket sales.
Facilitated a large portion of the conversion process from the Silverdome to Ford Field.
09/1998 to 08/1999
Staff AccountantHENRY & COMPANY PC － Troy, MI
Performed yearly audits, reviews and compilations.
Responsible for preparation of corporate, partnership and individual tax returns.
Prepared and analyzed financial statements for small businesses.
Bachelor Degree: Business Administration AccountingWestern Michigan University － Kalamazoo, MIBusiness Administration Accounting Member of IAVM (2012-2015)