Finance, and Controller. Many years of experience in multiple industries, including entertainment, retail, wholesale, real estate, and technology. Hands-on manager with expertise in accounting and customer relationship management (CRM) system design and implementation, system integration, financial reporting and analysis (including dashboards), project management and financial and operational controls. Work closely with all departments to improve work flow, efficiencies and cut costs.
Accounting and CRM system design and implementation and integration
Financial reporting and analysis(FP&A), including dashboards
GAAP and SOX compliance
Legal contract negotiations and review
Budgeting and forecasting
Financial and operational controls, with an emphasis on reducing costs
Staff training and development
Advise on mergers and acquisitions
Advanced user of Excel, Word, Powerpoint
Software used: Sage 100 ERP, IBM Cognos (TM1), Peoplesoft, NetSuite, MS Dynamics, MS SQL, Oracle Fusion, SugarCRM, Salesforce CRM, Cubeware, Quickbooks, Zuora
Veritone, IncNewport Beach, CACorporate Controller01/2015 to Current
A start-up technology company that has developed the world's first cognitive media platform that allows audio and video to be searched and transforms artificial intelligence into actionable data.
Also, a full service advertising agency creating advertising for some of the world's most recognizable brands.
Developed and implemented NetSuite ERP accounting software with multiple subsidiary consolidations, revenue recognition for SaaS revenue and advertising sales.
Integrated with SalesForce CRM, Expensify expense reporting, Zuora subscription software and Tri-Net payroll.
Developed and implemented a budgeting and forecasting tool for multiple subsidiaries and departments with integration into NetSuite.
Involved with investor relations and reporting.
Involved with the S-1 process.
Coordinated multiple audits and accounting for stock compensation expense.
Created reporting tools for cash flow, sales, personnel, KPI's and analytics.
Manage a staff who oversee monthly accounting processes (including AR, AP, credit and collections), auditing, budgeting and forecasting.
iHeart Media/Premiere Radio NetworksSherman Oaks, CAVice President01/2001 to 01/2013
Largest syndicator of Radio programming with over $400 Million of revenue.
Talent include Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Ryan Seacrest and Glenn Beck.
Developed and implemented a full financial accounting and reporting system using IBM Cognos (TM1), Peoplesoft accounting and payroll, Sage 100 and MS SQL data warehouse.
Implemented a business intelligence (BI) software called Cubeware, used for on-line reporting and analytics for all sales and financial activities.
Developed and implemented an innovative web based system for budgeting and forecasting using IBM Cognos (TM1).
This included processing information for over 125 different business units.
Reduced costs by implementing financial and operational controls.
The result was a savings in personnel and operational costs of over $3 million.
Automating systems, training personnel and promoting inter-departmental communications improved efficiencies, reduced month end closing times (9 days to 2 days) and helped increase sales.
Project Manager for technology and finance related projects.
Advised on the development and implementation of the Peoplesoft accounting software, Salesforce CRM, internal Contract Database Management system and MS SQL data warehouse.
Managed a staff who oversaw all the talent relations (contract review, participation statements), monthly accounting processes, (including AR, credit/collections, AP), auditing (SOX, internal and external), legal contracts and budgeting/forecasting.
Aldik Artificial Flower CompanyValencia, CAChief Financial Officer01/1993 to 01/2001
One of the largest Importers and wholesalers of artificial flowers and decorations Developed and implemented a proprietary accounting software system.
This tracked all activity for the 10k inventory items, 10k customers, multiple warehouses and a Chinese subsidiary.
This system helped reduce costs of over $2.0 million.
Developed and implemented the budgeting and forecasting system.
Re-structured the sales and operations departments.
This resulted in an immediate 10% increase in sales and $750k reduction in costs.
Handled all legal activities for contracts and leases.
Responsible for the start-up of the international operations.
Coordinated all trade finance activities including Letters of Credit, and foreign currency transactions.
Created the Human Resources department.
Managed a large staff including accounting, human resources and credit and collections.
Assisted in the acquisition of Aldik by private equity firm Fenway Partners and the merger with Decorative Concepts.
Ellner Managed business and legal affairs for Barry Manilow, Brenda Russell, and Vito Scotti.
Realized an 80% tax savings on earnings from foreign concert performances.
Created and managed a travel agency (Mr.
This handled all travel for entertainment clients.
Create and develop web sites.
Stewart J. Ellner S E Consulting LLCThousand Oaks, CAOwner
Clients include Glenn Beck's TheBlaze, George Noory (Coast to Coast), SoundMind LLC, mOcean, Mercury Real Estate Services, iHeart Media
Developed and implemented the Sage 100 ERP accounting software and SugarCRM to consolidate multiple media advertising platforms, including TV, Streaming Radio, E-Newsletter and web advertising (using Google DFP) for TheBlaze.
Trained all sales personnel on SugarCRM.
Created all financial reporting tools, including dashboards.
Advised TheBlaze on re-structuring financial and operational systems.
Reduced month end closing time.
Reviewed documentation regarding mergers and acquisitions for TheBlaze.
Developed a real estate referral service (realestateagentsitrust.com).
Worked with developers to create web based platform.
Handled all contract negotiations and developed forms.
Set up Google Analytics to review performance.
Handle business management and review sales performance for SoundMind clients and George Noory.
Advice on general overall business functionality, including strategic planning, operations, cost containment, and financial systems.