I am a dynamic, results-oriented professional with broad-based experience and demonstrated achievements in accounting, costing, administration, finance, information systems, treasury and taxes. I combine visionary strategic planning and technical financial qualifications with strong business management, communication and leadership skills to contribute to corporate goals.
Business operations management
Personnel management and staff development
City of Mill CreekMill Creek, WADirector of Finance & Administration01/2016 to Current
Plan, direct and control the functions of the Finance Department, including the City's general accounting and financial reporting system, purchasing, budgeting and cash management system.
Directs Finance, IT, City Clerk and customer service functions.
Develop and implement policies, procedures and practices to accomplish goals and objectives related to
Manage the operations of the Finance, IT, City Clerk and customer service functions.
Provide leadership, supervision, feedback and development opportunities to staff.
Offer technical assistance to staff on more complex problems.
Manage department's funds, staff resources, materials, facilities and time to ensure the efficient and effective operation of the department.
Perform cost control activities and monitor all fiscal operations of the department.
Plan and coordinate the development of the City's biennial budget with the City Manager, Implement and monitor budget.
Establish budget procedures and systems, Accumulate data from City departments and analyze/monitor for compliance to approved budgets.
Develop investment strategies and assure efficient management of the investment portfolio to maximize monetary potential in relation to interest earnings and cash flow.
Oversee both short- and long-term debt service financing and repayment.
Plan, direct and organize the accounting activities for the City.
Oversee the preparation of annual and interim financial statements and reports using cash basis accounting principles and the State of Washington's BARS accounting standards.
Prepare revenue/expenditure financial forecasts using data from several sources.
Participate as a member of the capital facilities program committee; prepare analysis of funding sources together with available revenues.
Participate as member of the collective bargaining team.
Manage City's continuous process improvement functions.
Develop for review and approval by the City Manager, policies, procedures and practices governing the City's financial management.
Maintain appropriate confidentiality of work-related issues, including but not limited to customer, employee and City information and records.
This is not designed to be a comprehensive listing of all activities, duties and responsibilities required of the job.
10/2014 to 05/2015
Interim controller for 184MM energy efficiency company located in Spokane, WA.
Responsible for direct/indirect staff of 40 during an acquisition by an international conglomerate.
Responsible for international/domestic reporting.
Senior executive responsible for full P&L and balance sheet.
Established working relationships and forbearance agreements with two funding banks and kept the company from bankruptcy filing.Negotiated with over 100 vendors to establish a 3 year payment plan of $3.5MM interest free pay down of existing old accounts payables.Assisted with the implementation of a cost system to determine profitability by product and ultimately by channel and customer.Identified material inconsistencies in audited financial statements resulting in restated financial statements.Reorganized accounting and finance team.Implemented accounting policies and procedures and internal controls.Developed budgets and accountability for 2012 plan year and effectively implemented to turn a $4 MM loss in 2011 to profitability in 2012.
10/2011 to 08/2013
P. Lauerman Consulting, Inc01/2010 to 04/2016
Provide financial and accounting services/management on a contract basis for a variety of clients and industries, including energy efficiency, agriculture, high tech, manufacturing, intellectual property, and paper products.
PopCap Games, IncSeattle, WAConsultant/Controller04/2008 to 09/2009
Successfully led in the development/management of a corporate accounting/finance department both domestically and internationally for this rapidly growing high tech game company.
Developed and implemented accounting policies and procedures and a financial close process in accordance with best practices.
A significant amount of time was invested cleaning up the financial statements in order to publish unqualified audited financial statements along with timely and accurate monthly consolidated statements in accordance with GAAP.
Assist CFO with due diligence in positioning company for IPO.
Addressed complex financial reporting and tax issues including transfer pricing.
Managed all compliance work worldwide.
Stabilized existing ERP system in addition to a system implementation to Dynamics AX, 2009.
Ultreo, Inc.Redmond, WAController09/2006 to 12/2007
Start-up Company manufacturing an ultrasonic toothbrush.
Developed the financial/accounting infrastructure to facilitate an organization that grew to 150 employees in twelve months.
Senior executive responsible for the implementation of an ERP system(Navision) and e-commerce website.
Developed fully integrated financial systems including cost accounting for product.
Responsible for the day to day operations of the accounting department along with reporting to the Board of Directors.
Coordinated and managed year-end audit and tax compliance.
Managed IT organization.
Set up Canadian organization to facilitate distribution.
Checksum LLCArlington, WAVP01/2004 to 08/2006
Manufacturer of automated test equipment distributed worldwide.
Managed finance/accounting, tax, human resources, production and purchasing.
Facilitated banking relationships and debt financing.
Responsible for establishing financial accounting and reporting information.
Provided financial planning and analysis for annual budgeting process.
Prepared and presented the financial results to the Board of Directors.
Implemented an ERP system.
Managed year-end audit with external auditors.
Lang Manufacturing CompanyEverett, WAVP of Finance/CFO, Corporate Secretary04/1993 to 05/2002
Manufacturer of "high end" commercial cooking equipment.
Privately held company with international and domestic sales.
Member of senior management responsible for planning, implementation, direction, and leadership of Finance and Administration, including HR and IT.
Maintain and administer banking and financial arrangement.
Forecast cash requirements as a basis for maintaining adequate funds.
Responsible for financial accounting and reporting.
Establish, coordinate and administer the corporate operating plan.
Responsible for risk management.
Administer Stock Option Plans.
Present financial information to Board of Directors.
Facilitate and coordinate corporate matters with legal counsel.
Finance executive on Merger and Acquisition team.
Kueckelhan, Crutcher & CompanySeattle, WATax Supervisor08/1989 to 03/1993
Certified Public Accounting firm with 50 professionals.
Managed Tax Planning and Compliance for small and medium sized businesses with both domestic and foreign operations.
Established and maintained client relationships with a view toward innovative tax planning in light of client's overall financial objectives.
Performed personnel management responsibilities including supervision, evaluation, interviewing, recruiting, career counseling and training.
Prepared and presented technical topics in-house.
Experience acquired with the use of various spreadsheets, word processing and tax software programs.
Education and Training
BUSINESS ADMINISTRATIONUniversity of Alaska, Anchorage, AK
CERTIFICATIONS Certified Public Accountant;1989
& AFFILIATIONS: Washington Society of CPAs, Member
accounts payables, cash flow, cash management, cooking, corporate accounting, cost accounting, due diligence, e-commerce, energy efficiency, filing, financial accounting, financial forecasts, financial management, financial planning and analysis, financial reporting, financial statements, intellectual property, investment strategies, personnel management, process improvement, Public Accounting, Public Accountant, purchasing, risk management, sales, spreadsheets, tax compliance, Tax Planning and Compliance, tax planning, word processing