Executive Director of Facility Accounting, Philadelphia, PA (1998 – 2002)
Director of Finance, Denver, CO (1994 – 1998)
Accounting Manager, Los Angeles, CA (1992 – 1994)
Challenges: Continued expansion and growth positioned the company to need a strong leader who could facilitate change in new facilities while monitoring the financial operations of current facilities.
Operational Transitions:Created new finance staffs in newly constructed convention centers and restructured staffs in facilities in which objectives were not being met. Spent 9 months in Anchorage Alaska as member of 2 person team to salvage accounts that were at significant risk of being lost, resulting in 10 year contract valued at over $200,000 per year in fees.
Leadership:Led a nationwide team of over 25 Finance professionals and their staffs in the development of financial statements, budgets, analysis and problem solving to ensure individual locations had adequate financial resources to maintain successful operations. Enhanced previously existing training program to include greater focus on practical use of financial policies and procedures along with focus training new employees in the transactional accounting required for their roles.
Financial Projections:Created model for projecting new facility management opportunities for business development, including a 5 year forecast of revenues and expenses. Coached local Directors of Finance on annual budgets and mid year forecasts to ensure accuracy in both of these critical functions. Prepared, approved and monitored budgets for multiple multi-million dollar facilities throughout my career with SMG.
Stakeholder Accountability: Reported results of operations to city and state contract management teams throughout North America. Negotiated with municipalities on reporting requirements and local financial objectives for facilities. Negotiated directly with local government in San Juan, Puerto Rico to collect balances owed to SMG in 2001 in excess of $200,000.