corporate hotel controller resume example with 12+ years of experience

Jessica Claire
, , 100 Montgomery St. 10th Floor (555) 432-1000,

Analytical, technological savvy accounting professional with over 10 years’ experience in general and corporate accounting functions with knowledge of financial statement preparation in accordance with GAAP and IFRS. Precise reporting and accurate records management. Stellar interpersonal and operations oversight skills with the ability to foster strong working relationships with business partners of all levels. Ability to analyze financial data, prepare financial reports, statements and projections for multiple properties.

  • General ledger accounting and financial management
  • Month-end and year-end closings
  • Financial analysis and planning
  • Excels in team leadership
  • Process development & improvement
  • Effectively develop and maintain relationships with several ownership groups and asset managers.
  • Assist with and financial oversight of several hotel openings, closings, and rebranding.
  • Consistently work with lenders over the last 18 months on PPP Forgiveness.
  • Train and develop staff at each of my properties to ensure growth within the company. Several prior staff members have gone on to be promoted within Highgate.
01/2019 to Current Corporate Hotel Controller Highgate Hotels | Richmond, VA,
  • Oversight of finance and accounting departments for several assets to deliver complete financial information to facilitate decision making for management, ownership groups, and parent company.
  • Manage monthly and quarterly close cycles, ensuring that US GAAP financial reporting is performed timely, in accordance with corporate close guidelines, reviewing income statement and balance sheet reconciliations to ensure the accuracy and integrity of the financial statements.
  • Collaborated with department heads to develop comprehensive business plan and presented financial forecast with recommendations to senior leadership.
  • Work alongside property leadership to create efficiencies within the hotels in finance as well as operations. Oversee and foster working relationships with off-site accounting team.
  • Provide leadership and guidance to the financial staff while providing training, career progression and succession planning.
07/2014 to Current Director of Finance Villagereach | Seattle, WA,
  • Opening Director of Finance for a 330 Room Luxury hotel in the heart of Times Square with five hotel run F&B Outlets .  Assisted with the management and control of all financial aspects of the opening including OSE, Capital, & Pre-Opening expenses.
  • Intimately involved in all budget, forecasting, analysis, and special projects with ownership and property management.
  •  Extensive operational involvement in all areas of the hotel to ensure that financial goals are met.
  • Spearheaded several projects to bring hotel operational costs down by $500K in 2017 (inclusive of labor and operational costs analysis) 
  • Assisted with the renegotiation of multiple contracts to effectively reduce costs since opening
  • Assist with the financial management of the CBRE condo entities
  • Successfully assisted with the transition of  fully non-union staff to union staff in 2016

    05/2013 to 08/2014 Complex Director of Finance Highgate Hotels | San Antonio, TX,
    • Successfully split one 935 Room property into two separate running entities running as one complex entity.
    • Prepare annual budgets, forecasts, and financial statements for two hotels.
    • Manage all pre-opening, capital, and renovation budgets in conjunction with General Manager's for both properties, management group, and hotel ownership.
    • Responsible for managing the financial activities of the hotel in compliance with GAAP and SOX.
    • Prepare and monitor all internal/external audit documentation as well as establishing and implementing property SOP's as well as keeping in compliance the company's SOP practices.
    • Worked very closely with ownership group in all aspects of the renovation, and opening of Park Central and Westhouse Hotels.
    02/2011 to 04/2013 Director of Finance Villagereach | Washington, DC,
    • Prepare and present annual budget, monitor and assist with capital budget and rolling forecasts, in conjunction with the General Manager to management company and ownership.
    • Develop, document and maintain financial reports and budget expenses.
    • Prepare all month end financial data in accordance with GAAP and SOX compliance.
    • Prepare and monitor all internal/external audit documentation and ensure property is in full compliance.
    • Establish and implement policies and procedures as needed to ensure internal controls.
    • Generate and implement hotel/management companies best practices and SOP's to enhance revenues, guest service and to improve cost and productivity.
    • Maintain compliance with all legal requirements, finance and accounting policies and procedures of the hotel.
    • Provide complete and accurate financial and hotel management reports.
    • Train, counsel, supervise, and evaluate the performance of a staff of four.
    Education and Training
    Expected in to to Bachelor of Science | Economics SUNY Empire State College, Saratoga Springs, NY GPA:
    Expected in 11/2022 to to MBA | University of Phoenix, , GPA:

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    School Attended

    • SUNY Empire State College
    • University of Phoenix

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    • Corporate Hotel Controller
    • Director of Finance
    • Complex Director of Finance
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    • Bachelor of Science
    • MBA

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