Hard working and highly motivated Chief Accounting Officer for $12 billion publicly-traded banking organization responsible for financial reporting to the Securities and Exchange Commission, banking regulators and other external parties. Experienced, detail-oriented, dead-line driven and dedicated professional experienced in financial statement preparation, financial analysis, forecasting, acquisition accounting, capital planning, independent decision making and managerial oversight of accounting staff. Also responsible for interpretation, implementation and compliance with generally accepted accounting principles, SEC reporting requirements and bank regulatory reporting requirements.
Public company financial reporting experience
Merger & acquisition experience
Excellent financial analysis skills
Excellent communication skills
Insider trading compliance
Ability to handle multiple priorities under strict dead-line
Forecasting & budgeting experience
Long-career of successfully managing, individually and through a team, all accounting processes related to coordination and preparation of quarterly and annual financial reports, including formal processes to ensure retention of appropriate evidentiary support materials for all disclosures the company's public filings.
Successful interpretation, communication and implementation of new accounting policies, procedures and practices to ensure compliance with generally accepted accounting standards.
Coordination of Sarbanes Oxley internal control update and testing.
Initiated Stress Testing project, working collaboratively with Executive Managements, Enterprise Risk Management and Credit Administration to ensure compliance with the Dodd Frank Act. This included identifying oversight committee members, contracting with vendors, establishing small groups, conducting meetings with various groups and reporting to the Board of Directors.
Responsible for company's insider trading compliance, including development and implementation of insider trading policy, development of web-based training materials, board education and on-going compliance.
04/1997 to 06/2017
Vice President & Chief Accounting OfficerFirst Interstate BancSystem, Inc. － Billings, MT
Lead the coordination and preparation of quarterly and annual external financial reports, including business section, risk factors, footnotes and management's discussion and analysis
Monitor and enhance formal processes to ensure that appropriate evidential support is maintained to support all disclosures
Lead disclosure committee in review of quarterly and annual financial results
Ensure compliance with and timely implementation of all new accounting standards and other guidance promulgated by the SEC, FASB and other regulatory agencies
Support investor relations function with respect to earnings releases, press release and, investor presentations
Lead COSO implementation and SOX updates
Maintain accounting policies and perform accounting research on new issues and transactions
Oversee annual impairment tests
Proactively assist business partners with application of accounting standards to new transactions
Evaluate all significant accounting transactions, research and implementation of relevant technical accounting memos
Maintain expert knowledge in existing and emerging accounting issued and regulations
Assist with financial due diligence related to business combinations and determine appropriate purchase accounting
Assist business partners and provide accounting treatment for various transaction, including asset purchases, debt transactions, etc.
Prepare pro forma financial statements showing results of business combinations
Prepare regulatory applications
Participate in Dodd Frank Act stress testing preparations
Lead the preparation of the annual proxy/information statement
Prepare Section 16 filings for company insiders
Respond to SEC comment letters
Lead accounting department in month-end close process
Financial analysis of reporting results
Responsible for initial SOX 404 implementation and subsequent refresh of documentation
Responsible for supervision and development of reporting staff
Maintain professional relationships with external auditors and legal counsels
10/1992 to 04/1997
Audit SeniorKPMG LLP － Billings, MT
Supervised audit staff in the completion of audits of client financial statements in the financial services, retail, bio, non-profit government, manufacturing and gaming industries
Applied risk-based auditing procedures to effectively and efficiently complete audits
Supervised audit field engagements and managed project progress
Reviewed work-papers to ensure documentation standards and quality control requirements were met
Performed analytical procedures to complex accounts
Recommended improvements to accounting processes and internal controls of clients
Exhibited strong technical knowledge generally accepted accounting principles
07/1988 to 10/1992
Assistant ControllerGeneral Parts － Billings, MT
Education and Training
Bachelor of Science: AccountingMontana State University-Billings (formerly Eastern Montana College) － Billings, MT, USA