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A/R MANAGER with 10 years experience looking for a Middle Management position.
A/R MANAGER with 10 years experience looking for a Middle Management position.

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JAMES E. BURKE861 Cass Lane, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007Res: (847) 895-0350 * jbdc891e@westpost.net * Cell: (847) 533-5213ACCOUNTING PROFESSIONALAccount Research & Reconciliation / Business Operations / Customer Relations / Team BuildingPROFILE* Comprehensive experience in all aspects of AP/AR management and operations with extensive expertise in developing and executing highly successful collection strategies across multiple locations to maximize the financial and operational performance of companies.* Strong background in and knowledge of accounting functions, including multi-national payroll preparation and administration, employee benefits calculations, financial statement preparation and analysis, cash flow management, month/year-end closes, and bank reconciliations. Direct accountability to corporate CFOs.* Proven ability to develop and manage successful relationships with executive management, staff, and customers, negotiate contracts, and drive continuous process efficiencies through the use of information, tools, and technology.* Demonstrated ability to hire, lead, coach, and mentor teams to achieve peak performance levels; committed to empowering employees through training, engagement, and accountability.* Persuasive communicator and skillful negotiator with a keen ability to identify resources and means necessary for success.PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE555 INTERNATIONAL, INC., Chicago, IL 03/30/2009 - 4/09/2010A retail design, development, and manufacturing firm producing commercial environments. Design clients include the Dallas Cowboys, Armani, Green Bay Packers, and Fairmont Hotels.Accounts PayableReporting directly to the Controller, provided managerial support to the AP department in the processing, analysis, and reconciliation of accounts payable records. Prepared bank reconciliations, 401(k) submissions, monthly/quarterly commissions, quarterly taxes, and month-end closings.* Processed between $200,000 and $400,000 in invoicing, purchase orders, and checks on a monthly basis.ILLINOIS TRUCK CENTRE, INC., Elk Grove Village, IL 2007 - 2009One of the largest authorized parts and inventory dealers of Isuzu and Hino trucks in the Midwest with 25 employees across 2 locations. Major customers includeRyder, Penske, and Enterprise.AccountantManaged all aspects of accounts receivable, accounts payable, and accounting functions, including payroll, monthly and quarterly payroll taxes, 401(k) contribution calculations, bank reconciliations, financial statements, and audit preparation. Reported directly to the company's owner.* Turned around the accounts receivable function successfully collecting all past due amounts, streamlining operations, and attaining close to 100% on-time coll
ection of monies.WILSON PET SUPPLY, Hanover Park, IL 2000 - 2007Leading Midwest pet supply distributor with multiple warehouse locations, 125 employees, and $120 million in annual revenues. Exclusive distributor of Iams petfood for IL and WI.Accounts Receivable 2000 - 2007 / Office Manager- Hanover Park Facility, 2001 -2007In charge of all accounts receivable and collections operations, including policy development, financial statement preparation, and customer relations, for all4 locations serving 3,000+ customers throughout a 10-state distribution area. Directed office operations within the 160,000 sq. ft. Hanover Park warehouse facility, including vendor contract negotiation. Managed 15 accounts receivable and general office personnel. Dual reporting responsibility directly to the company owner the CFO. * Successfully tracked and collected approximately $3 million in monthly receivables; achieved 15 consecutive quarters of account receivable objectives.JAMES E. BURKE Page TwoWilson Pet Supply - continued* Developed and instituted collections policies resulting in a 99%+ on-time collection rate.* Partnered cross-functionally with inside and outside sales team members regarding client accounts; received and analyzed daily sales reports to ensure synergybetween contract terms and conditions and corporate collection objectives.* Built and fostered relationships with customers; leveraged positive relationsto directly negotiate collections of past due amounts, underpayments, and NSFs.* Worked closely with state auditors in the collection and preparation of required documentation.* Hired and trained 30 team members during tenure with the majority being promoted into higher positions.* Proactively maintained knowledge of all collection laws and regulations.* Prepared annual performance reviews for all team members.ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCEDARTNELL BUSINESS CORPORATION, Chicago, ILA leading international business information and training materials publisher specializing in producing books, manuals, newsletters, and video and audiocassettetapes for a diverse business audience.Corporate AccountantIn charge of all aspects of payroll, accounts receivables, and employee benefitsfor this 150-employee, $75 million company with locations in Chicago, Boston, and England. Prepared and analyzed monthly financial statements, quarterly taxes,journal vouchers, general ledger entries, and annual W2s. Supervised a 10-member clerical team, including 7 direct reports. Reported directly to the CFO and corporate Controller.* Rapidly promoted from mailroom position to Corporate Accountant.* Personally mentored and trained by the CFO.* Directed the in-house preparation and disbursement of weekly payroll corporate-wide.* Supervised the year-end inventory counts of 2 warehouse locations with stock valued at more than $5 million.

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