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(847) 226-0408 | | Elgin, IL 60123

CORPORATE ACCOUNTING |CORPORATE FINANCE |FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT Comprehensive experience and success in business process management and optimization; specialize in enterprise resource planning, accounting, high level financial analytics, and financial planning systems; implement complex technical research to facilitate comprehensive financial management and process improvements. Expertise in cross-functional management, lead the development of policy, plans, procedures, and processes to improve financial management and accounting processes, increase productivity, capture revenue, and shape the direction of organizational culture. RECENT CAREER CONTRIBUTIONS Senior Financial Analyst, Sears Holdings Corporation 04/2012-02/2013 Develop financial reports and presentations to facilitate business planning process, operations management, and risk management; participate in development of strategy to support future growth; prepare bi-monthly, monthly, month-end, quarterly, annual, and on-demand forecasts, projections, adhoc reports related to segment performance and variation for a fortune 100 company. Interface weekly with Business Unit Management Team, collaborate with stakeholders, department representatives and project managers, on forecasts and projections (budget formulation, anticipated changes, variances, risk analysis, benefits). Participate in annual business process modeling and segment planning; assist in the development of comprehensive presentations for the Board of Directors, Town Hall, and Stockholder meetings. Analyze business model worksheets; identify and isolate variances in business segment; (revenue, margin, expense, and EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) by segment. Financial Accounting Controller, Fontana Luigi, SPA 11/2008-03/2012 Oversight and control of operations for accounting, Human Resources (HR), and Information Technology (IT) functions, for subsidiary of a large internationally owned fastener manufacturing company. Designed and implemented cycle counting inventory system; eliminated physical inventory, improved the accuracy of records management, reduced delays in customer shipments, increased customer satisfaction ratings, and generated savings of more than $10K in overtime pay annually. Resolved outstanding accounts receivable, collected revenue and balanced accounts (collection efforts generated more than $200K in liquidity); improved accuracy of receivables, and saved valuable time during end-of-year audits reducing auditor fieldwork costs. Consolidated distribution center accounting functions to accommodate a lucrative merger, reduced manning/staffing requirements by 10 personnel. Reduced overhead costs associated with information technology management and human resources management at the distribution level; contracted independent IT consultants, HR support personnel, or legal representation on an as-needed basis.


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Project Accounting Manager, Shell Vacations Club LLC 02/2005-11/2008 Perform comprehensive financial reporting and ensured regional compliance for this privately held vacation ownership, resort developer; supervised and assigned workload for seven direct reports (onsite/off-site), monitored processes to ensure best business practices in financial management. Evaluated procedures, re-engineered operations, integrated new technology, implemented stringent controls to streamline accounting systems, and support quality control in inventory management. Senior Financial Accountant, Accountemps Staffing Company 09/2004-02/2005 Perform comprehensive financial reporting for the Stephen Fossler Company (cash flow report generation, budgeting, balance sheet/bank account reconciliation, sales tax return preparation, financial analysis, and issuance of financial statements) with operations located domestically and internationally. Applied lean management principles to streamline operations of financial, accounting, and information management systems; revamped month-end closing processes, reducing closing time from seven to four days, through automation and the elimination of non-value added processes. Regional Accounting Manager, Hussmann Corporation 06/2001-06/2004 Managed accounting activities for the South Central Region of this commercial, refrigeration manufacturer, and servicing company; an operation generating annual sales exceeding $100 million. Accountable for financial analysis and reporting, billing, payroll functions, budgeting, financial forecasting, balance sheet reconciliations, fixed asset maintenance, and issuance of financial statements. Led Accounts Payable Outsourcing Project, generated a reduction in transaction costs; eliminated nonvalue added processes, defined communication channels; increased efficiency and productivity. ACADEMIC EDUCATION Master of Accounting and Financial Management (MFAM), Major in Accounting/Finance Master of Business Administration (MBA), Major in Business/Accounting/IT Keller Graduate School of Management Bachelor of Science (BS), Major in Accounting DeVry University DATA MANAGEMENT Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Word, Outlook) | Peachtree | AS400 Knowledge of SAP, Timedata, Hyperion Essbase, and Oracle Financials CERTIFICATIONS / CONTINUING EDUCATION Think Positive" and "7 Habits of Highly Successful People" Seminar Ernst & Young Sarbanes-Oxley Training Program - Hussmann Corporation Sales & Use Tax Training Seminar Hyperion Essbase Software Training Program Advanced Microsoft Excel