An accomplished financial professional with a solid background in both GAAP and managerial accounting. I have a proven record in building solid financial infrastructures, improving accounting and reporting procedures, and providing sound financial analysis.
In my years of working in accounting/finance, I have not only worked in the hospitality and entertainment industry but opened two night clubs and two restaurants. For these challenging tasks, I successfully implemented the restaurant, front of house and accounting systems, brought the books into compliance with GAAP standards, instituted new procedures that standardized and improved operational reporting, and established new systems that simplified asset accounting. In addition, as a financial expert, I am frequently called upon to provide the expert financial analysis that drives successful corporate decision-making.
Equally skilled in closing the financial books and conducting analysis of financial results, I consider myself a team player willing and able to tackle any challenge in the financial arena. However, my true passion lies in analysis and the identification of cost-saving opportunities. Related to this, I pride myself on my ability to develop clear, cohesive financial reports that provide the basis and justification for change and improvement initiatives. Knowledgeable and forward thinking, I have proven to be a respected and valued financial leader in the past.
Life in Color, LLCMiami, FLSenior Director02/2013 to 05/2017
Provide strategic guidance to senior management on financial issues, business proposals, policies and practices affecting the organization.
Perform analysis of exposure and return on investment for all major business decisions.
Managed operations of the organization through budget forecasting by creating and analyzing flex budget models.
Presented to the board of director and owners at month and year end.
Refined monthly reporting package, including related reports of GAAP operating results and financial position and variance explanations.
Prepared monthly forecast update, primarily by working closely with department heads in forecasting their department's overheads for yearly and rolling 90-day budget.
Created annual audited financial statements.
Reviewed bank reconciliations and loan schedules.
Analyzed monthly, quarterly, and annual financial performance, translated into financial reports for senior management and board of directors and partner investors for Life in Color Domestic and International, ACP & Committee divisions.
Calculated monthly and end-of-year accrued expenses for salary, insurance, and prepaid expenses for period integrity.
Designed and implemented in depth forecasting model and service order system resulting in improved cash management, gross margins and reduction of departmental expenses.
Restructured finance department and streamlined processes resulting in $70,000 savings for company.
Improved gross profit margins of our merchandise department by 7% by investigating inventory write-off/adjustments.
Led full implementation of NetSuite Oracle system.
Partnered with FTI Consultants to prepare all paperwork for courts and investors during Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Created multi-state sales tax organizational chart by zip-code used in processing and filing sales tax cutting costs by 25%.
Directed accounting staff of three in general accounting, project accounting, AP, and AR, departments.
Manage the day to day operations for all financial functions of the Company.
CB Entertainment, LLCMiami Beach, FLAccounting Manager01/2002 to 01/2013
Mitigated and resolved operational accounting risk, identified problems with cash receipts and posting delays.
Worked with senior accounting leaders to implement daily cash audit.
Prepared monthly general ledger reconciliation, including bank and credit card accounts, ensuring all accounting records were maintained in timely and accurate manner; reviewed financial statements for abnormalities or inconsistencies.
Lowered overhead costs by 15% by negotiating prices and terms of payments with vendors and suppliers.
Assigned to analyze monthly reporting variances, i.e.
labor, overhead, cost-of-goods sold, liquor inventory, etc.
Responsible for all daily night reports of sales including nightly credit card batches to banks for processing, comps, and spillage.
Calculated and prepared monthly Sales and Use Tax, Occupancy Tax, and Food and Beverage Tax returns in compliance with State and Federal rules.
Prepared, reviewed and updated annual budget and cash flow forecast statements.
Maintained fixed assets and annual depreciation schedules.
Managed and coordinated biweekly payroll, insurances and human resources.
Performed end-of-period adjustments related to general ledger accounts.
Bachelor of Science:Finance and BankingUniversity of Nebraska, Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Bachelor of Arts:FrenchUniversity of Nebraska, Omaha, NE, United States
Skills & Interests
& Computer Skills: Conversational French; Oracle – NetSuite; Proficient in
QuickBooks - Premier Accountants Edition; atVenu, Sirius inventory software;
Microsoft Office; EDI and Internet web-based operations; Database management,
Constant Contact; Point of Sale – POS Touch, and Micros