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Summary

A difference maker who utilizes automation to enhance business processes and the flow of information, identifies ways to better serve customers, and helps people become better at their jobs.

Work experience

Mar 2009Present

Management Consultant

DMD Risk Advisory, Finance and Accounting Consultancy

A personal consulting practice providing accounting, audit, and project management augmentation to multinational companies throughout the US and Europe.

Achievements:

  • Created 100 financial and operational policies, 75 procedures and developed and implemented 30 KPIs for Boomerang Tube, a Line Pipe manufacturer, to assist in managing current and future business success.
  • Identified $500K in unapproved spend auditing the Procurement process of MEMC Electronics, a Silicon Wafer manufacturer.
  • Generated streamlined approaches, tools, and templates enabling seven companies to effectively comply with the requirements of Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX).
  • Provided analysis and corrective action plans on unfavorable variances in performance, time and cost managing the construction of a solar plant in Malaysia for MEMC Electronics.
  • Enhanced the quality of information available to decision-makers performing due diligence reviews within inventory, fixed assets, and payables on a planned acquisition of Arch Coal.
Jun 2006Mar 2009

Director, Internal Audit

Thermadyne Holding Corporation

$500M global manufacturer and supplier of cutting and welding products

Achievements

  • Remediated five material weaknesses (50+ control deficiencies) in financial reporting processes implementing short and long-term initiatives.
  • Reduced SOX cost $900K (75%) identifying “key controls”, mission-critical operating practices and providing guidance on remediation efforts.
  • Strengthened internal controls within cash disbursements eliminating practices creating an out-of-balance position of $100K and recovered $65K in vendor overpayments.
  • Generated $400K in savings identifying redundancies within Customer Service.
Oct 2003Jun 2006

SOX Project Consultant

DMD Risk Advisory, Finance and Accounting Consultancy

A personal consulting practice augmenting Sarbanes-Oxley compliance efforts for US companies

Achievements:

  • Enhanced SOX project timelines and favorably impacted costs for Dole Fresh Foods, The Guitar Center, and The Newport Corporation.
Sep 2000Oct 2003

Regional Finance and Administration Manager

Amway Southern Europe

$55M business region of Amway Corporation

Achievements:

  • Doubled Italy’s revenue to $40M automating pick/pack operations.
  • Increased pick/pack accuracy 58% to 95%, improved on-time delivery 125% to 90% and reduced product returns 75% to 10%.
  • Slashed $3M in warehouse expense soliciting and negotiating a new “pay-for-performance” warehouse and distribution agreement.
  • Reduced month-end close time five days (50%) automating activities within payables, payroll and expense reimbursement.
Jul 1998Sep 2000

Manager, Internal Audit

Amway Corporation

$6B multi-level direct marketing, manufacturer, and logistics service provider of consumer products

Achievements:

  • Annually produced $15M in process improvements performing audits and special reviews worldwide within finance, sales, marketing, manufacturing, distribution, and procurement.

Education

Sep 1975May 1979

BS

University of Connecticut

Business Administration / Accounting

Technology

Strong proficiency with:

  • SAP (FI & CO)
  • JD Edwards
  • AS400
  • CODA/ACG
  • Zucchetti
  • Hyperion
  • MS Office

Technical Skills

  • Accounting
  • Auditing
  • Budgeting
  • Cash Flow Forecasting
  • Developing KPIs
  • Financial Analysis
  • Financial Reporting
  • IFRS / IAS
  • Internal Controls
  • Revenue Recognition
  • Risk Management
  • Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX)
  • US GAAP
  • Variance Analysis