Jessica Claire
Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
Home: (555) 432-1000 - Cell: - - -
Executive Profile

Successful senior financial manager with CHAE and CHTP certifications. Over a 25 year professional financial background leading all aspects of accounting, auditing, budgeting, forecasting, analysis and reporting across portfolios of properties. Demonstrated expertise leading cross-functional finance teams and interdepartmental projects to implement financial information systems and automate processes for enhanced efficiency. Expert in leadership and team building in diverse areas in both corporate and property environments.

Skill Highlights
  • Financial management and analysis
  • Strategic planning
  • Budget and forecast development
  • Cash management
  • Process improvement
  • SOP development
  • Internal Controls
  • Change management
Core Accomplishments

Project Management:

  • Lead and Directed portfolio financial software implementation over 2 years in a diverse property environment.

Staff Development:

  • Launched and executed well-received program training and development for all stakeholders in Finance, Operations and Sales.
  • Mentored and coached property employees with new systems resulting in increased acceptance and faster implementation.
  • Developed company wide SOP's for financial and accounting process with enhanced internal controls.

Professional Experience
09/2013 to Current
Corporate Director of Financial Projects Kimpton Hotels Winston Salem, NC,
  • Currently serving as full responsibility accounting/financial consolidation and reporting point to portfolio of 44 hotels with annual revenues of $1.5 billion.
  • Successful in directing, designing and guiding 2 year implementation of full consolidated financial and reporting software package in an extremely challenging and diverse portfolio of assets.
  • Achieved optimum results in guiding company through 11th edition USALI conversion.
  • Spearheaded portfolio reporting requirement revisions and directing the re-writing of report parameters and presentations.
  • Performing and guiding the company in internal audit processes, as well as conducting audits and following up with properties on areas needed for improvement.
  • Providing ongoing support and training for entire portfolio on software and complex systems.
  • Member of the new acquisition transition team providing initial and ongoing review, accounting and financial policy and procedure implementation at properties.
05/2013 to 09/2013
Consultant and Task Force Gamestop Corp. Fairfield, CT,
  • Served as consultant on software and process re-engineering projects, as well as Task force accounting support for new acquisition properties.
  • Spearheaded financial software selection and project set up.
  • Strengthened training and guidance to property level associates in acquisition/transition properties.
02/2013 to 09/2013
Task Force Director of Finance Lithia Motors Sterling, VA,
  • Completed Task Force assignments as property Director of Finance at properties with vacant positions.
  • Responsible for full financial and accounting management at property level including P&L, tax and balance sheet.
09/2011 to 02/2013
Director of Finance Gamestop Corp. Fort Bragg, NC,
  • Direct oversight on all aspects of finance and accounting, for 3 companies in Vail totaling $31 million in sales and centralized accounting and finance for the collection's multiple and international hotel operations.
  • Lead onsite and remote teams in accounting functions including Controllers, Credit Managers, Project Accountants and Accounting Clerks.
  • Devised cost controls and annual business plan with senior development executives and property leaders.
  • Analyzed financial results for reporting to management and ownership, as well as meet reporting requirements for investors.
  • Served as an officer on two boards of directors.
  • Successfully implemented change to save Vail hotel operation $170,000 per year in labor costs and reduced staff requirements by enhancing procedures and centralization.
  • Lead, built and trained team on implementation of centralized accounting processes and software systems company-wide.
10/2010 to 09/2011
Group Transition Controller Change Machine Brooklyn, NY,
  • Accountable for portfolio of properties nationwide.
  • Responsible for all aspects of financial transitions for incoming and outgoing properties to including accounting/finance systems implementation, owner relations, Controller and staff training, budget preparation and execution, cash and requirement management and implementation of corporate policies and procedures.
  • Worked directly with operations teams on new projects to ensure proper training and staff development, and execution of plans.
  • Spearheaded process improvement in the hotel transition process and rewrote company procedures for execution.
  • Lead transition team that went live on 5 properties in geographically different locations on the same day and completed 18 transitions in one year.
  • Lead the integration of the financial accounting process into a changed role with closer ties to the operations teams.
11/2008 to 10/2010
Area Controller Charles River Community Health Waltham, MA,
  • Directly accountable for finances, accounting, reporting, billing, budgeting, forecasting, payroll, A/P and A/R for 3 properties in the collection with over $25 million in annual sales.
  • Served as HOA officer at one property and was responsible for conducting the association's business per the management agreement.
  • Responsible for system data integrity and administration of Information Technology, and was in charge of staff development and training.
  • Played key role in property transitions to Marriott Autograph Collection.
  • Integral role in establishing and executing corporate initiatives in the western region and established standards for diverse operations and challenging properties.
02/2007 to 11/2008
Director of Finance GARMISCH LODGING City, STATE,
  • Directly responsible for finances, accounting, reporting, billing, budgeting, forecasting, payroll, A/P and A/R for 2 properties having over $10 million in annual sales. Managed financial operations and administration including HR and technology functions.
  • Spearheaded transition and purchase of condominium units in condo hotel property with conversion to pure hotel operation
09/2004 to 02/2007
Director of Finance and Administration ASPEN CLUB & SPA City, STATE,
  • Responsible for all aspects of accounting, financial reporting, and human resource management as well as data integrity within POS, Club management system and accounting systems.
  • Guided and directed IT functions including hardware and software systems upgrades and new implementations.
  • Direct P & L responsibility for sports medicine clinic, as well as daily operations, billing and general management.
  • Successfully lead organization in finding savings of over $100,000 per year which led to profitable operations.
1999 to 2003
Chief Financial Officer WABASH PARTNERS Hospitality/Gaming Management Company City, STATE,
  • Served as lead financial person and partner for a startup company concentrated in hospitality consulting and gaming management with operations in three geographic locations.
  • Spearheaded all aspects of accounting and financial matters including day to day operations.
  • Designed, implemented and administered company policies and procedures.
  • Maintained financial reporting and analysis, cash and asset management, assisted in strategic planning, and was responsible for payroll and benefits.
  • Authored and utilized complex financial models to attract investment from foreign sources and to raise debt financing for expansions and acquisitions.
  • Lead organization in all financial matters and played key role in successfully building a company which was ultimately sold for a large profit for investors.
1991 to 11/2003
Controller, Finance Director, Chief Financial Officer MOS, Inc City, STATE,
Expected in
Master of Business Administration: Finance/Accounting
St. Martin's College - Olympia, Washington
Expected in
Bachelor of Science: Accounting
University of Indianapolis - Indianapolis, Indiana
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Certified Hospitality Accountant (CHAE)

Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP)

Vice President of Colorado HFTP Chapter

Institute of Management Accountants

Rotary International

Computer Skills
Expert level proficiency in Profitsword, Oracle, Great Plains, MAS500, M3, FRx, Sage SMI, Sage Active Planner, Franchise Flag (Marriott, Hilton, Starwood, IHG) and Non-Flag PMS and POS systems including Galaxy, OnQ, Opera, PMS, Springer Miller, Micros, Squirrel and Aloha. Enterprise Accounts Payable system API. Enterprise payroll systems, Salesforce, Network applications and Microsoft Office Applications

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