General, Technical, and Financial Reporting ~ Payroll Laws & Employee Benefits
A highly experienced Finance and Accounting Professional with a track record of leading diverse teams of professionals to new levels of success in a variety of highly competitive roles, challenging company cultures, and fast-paced environments. Strong technical and business qualifications with more than 15 years of experience in accounting, finance, payroll and employee benefits. Strong project management, and business systems development and implementation experience. Proven ability to successfully analyze critical business needs, identify deficiencies and develop innovative and cost-effective solutions to increase efficiencies and improve customer service levels. Expertise in cultivating and maintaining key relationships.
Strategic and financial planning expert
Staff leadership and development
09/2008 to 02/2017
Senior ManagerGANNETT － Tysons Corner, Virginia
Created detailed financial models and analytical tools to facilitate variance analysis. Created executive analysis reports highlighting business issues, potential risks and profit opportunities. Accounting and Payroll Operations.
Led the development of the annual expense budget for corporate departments amounting to over $500M. Tracked actual costs, compared to budget and report on variances. Developed forecast based on actual expense and planned activity.
Oversaw the reconciliation of over 300 general ledger accounts, and managed the tracking and accounting for all company stock plan distributions.
Managed financial period close, using Lawson GL, prepared internal financial reports, and coordinated internal and external audits.
Managed the centralized payroll operations and the related accounting functions for over 30K employees including tax filings, garnishments, payroll accounting, payroll audits, and employee service.
Led the review of compensation and benefits data for acquisitions.
Trained, developed, and reviewed staff performance.
Partnered with corporate departments and operating units to identify, develop, and maintain operational effectiveness, provide the required service levels, and collaborate on projects to improve operational efficiency.
Analyzed complex regulation and policy documents that directly impacted budgetary and financial matters.
Managed shared services accounting department team of over 20 employees.
Managed all property leases.
Interpreted and documented lease agreements and management contracts to calculate, record, and report amounts due for lease payments under the contracts.
Developed automated system to manage all aspects of lease accounting.
Performed technical accounting in consultation with Accounting Policy.
Reviewed new accounting rules, prepared impact analysis, and met with affected departments to explain and assist in implementation.
With Corporate Benefits, contributed to the development of stock compensation plans and managed accounting and reporting for all stock compensation plans.
Identified and allocated benefit costs to corporate cost centers and hotel properties locally and overseas.
Developed annual budget for select compensation and benefits expenses amounting to over $750 million for inclusion in enterprise-wide budget package.
Managed financial period close, using PeopleSoft GL.
Assisted in quarterly and annual SEC filings.
Oversaw the treasury and accounting functions for hotel disbursement accounts, Accounts payable account and corporate payroll accounts.
Directed the design, development, testing, and implementation of systems and process improvements to increase effectiveness, reduce cost and increase productivity.
Served as department representative on conversion team for converting to PeopleSoft general ledger.
GANNETTMARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL INC
Managed financial period close and reduced time to produce close reports by 1 day.
Performed stock accounting for all stock plans and piloted conversion of stock plan accounting from a manual process to vendor software, thereby significantly increasing accuracy and gaining meaningful and flexible reporting.
Implemented automated method to allocate corporate expenses and benefits cost to individual sites, thereby eliminating tedious manual process, reduce errors, increase efficiency, and gain customer trust.
Successfully converted payroll for over 30K employees to Lawson payroll system from over 30 separate systems.
During the conversion, redesigned the accounting for several accounts to have them posted to the corporate general ledger instead of site ledger.
Conversion project resulted in annual corporate savings of over $5M in addition to savings for sites.
Established strong business relationship with critical business partners such as Corporate Tax, Compensation and Benefits, Treasury, and operating units to open communication lines and share information to improve overall effectiveness of corporate strategies.
Successfully implemented new accounting rules.
Standardized flexible methodology to compute estimated expense reserves and monitor to actual.
Successfully designed, developed, and implemented several systems to automate finance functions resulting in increased efficiencies, cost savings, and improved customer service.
Led acquisition and divesture teams in performing due diligence, balance sheet review, and tracking and collecting cash due per the transaction.
Worked with Compensation and Benefits to implement new health and compensation benefit programs to broaden benefit offerings and strengthen employee retention.
Education and Training
Master of Science: ManagementUNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE － MarylandManagement
Bachelor of Science: AccountingUNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE － MarylandAccounting