Marcus Wendler

Marcus Wendler

Selected Career Accomplishments

Orchestrated the turnaround and recovery of company on the brink of insolvency by analyzing problematic areas across the organization and restructuring existing systems and processes, restoring department accountability and financial reporting integrity.

Developed new financial forecasting process, including the reporting and consolidation of financials, which significantly improved accuracy and reduced turnaround time from 8 days to 4 days.

Served as project team lead for finance group on SAP implementation team, bringing the project to successful completion on time and under budget.

Demonstrated proactive leadership and personal initiative in creating a parallel databasethat provided for seamless continuity of operations, as well as saving countless hours in validation procedures, during the implementation of SAP.

Summary

Dynamic and technically savvy executive with consistent successes in driving operational efficiency and financial strength for businesses across diverse industries. Innovative problem solver with exceptional operational, financial, and technical skills able to identify inefficiencies and implement corrective actions that streamline existing processes, improve financial reporting, and maximize overall efficiency of business operations. Consistently exceeding performance expectations.

Excel at building, motivating, and managing high-performance cross-functional teams to consistently meet on-time commitments for complex deliverables with challenging deadlines and demanding requirements. Catalyst for change, process improvement, and growth. 

Accounting and Technical Skills

Finance:Budgeting, Forecasting, Financial Analysis, Financial Modeling, Cost Analysis, Management

Reporting, System Conversions

Accounting:Income Statements, Balance Sheet, General Ledger, A/P, A/R, Consolidations, Inventory Accounting / Management, Payroll, Cash Flow, SOX

SAP (R3, BW), PeopleSoft (FI, nVision), Hyperion Essbase, Cognos, Excel (VBA), Access,

Word, PowerPoint, QuickBooks, Diverse banking and financial applications.

Core Leadership Qualifications

-- Team Building & Leadership

-- Financial Management & Analysis

-- Business Startup & Turnaround

-- Staff Training & Development

-- Operations Integration & Consolidation

-- Organizational Restructuring

-- Operations Leadership

-- ERP Systems Implementation                        

-- IT Systems Conversion

-- Project Management           

-- Process Reengineering

-- Budget Administration

Work History

Work History
2008 - Present

Consultant

Resources Global Professionals

A management consulting firm that provides business solutions in the areas of finance, accounting, human capital, information management, internal audit, legal and supply chain, with more than 80 offices in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.

Work proactively with high-profile clients across diverse business sectors including retail, media entertainment, pharmaceutical, and utilities. Analyze and identify problematic areas of business operations to develop and deliver solutions that optimize operational efficiency, reduce costs, and maximize financial return.

  • Overhauled existing forecasting process to deliver significant improvements in speed, accuracy, and turnaround time.
  • Identified and validated a $2 million upside for retail client by delivering a detailed inventory audit for stores going out of business.
  • Drove significant cost eliminations through financial leadership in scrutinizing capital and expense activities and examining budget tradeoffs.
2005 - Present

Consultant

Resources Global Professionals

Accepted this interim consulting position during this period pending the acquisition and SBA capital funding to purchase and start own business enterprise. Served in the capacity of Finance Manager for a major clothing retailer client. Managed budget of more than $300 million for corporate administration and corporate jets.

·      Designed and created new financial reports, implemented and documented a new close process, and investigated and audited existing policies and procedures.

2005 - 2008

President & CFO

Wendler Industries, INC.

A flooring company with one warehouse and 3 retail store locations that specialized in carpet, custom hardwood, and vinyl installations.

Leveraged extensive financial and management background to purchase this existing flooring design business and rapidly grow it through acquisition of additional complementary businesses. Managed all aspects of operations for several entities, which included oversight of 35 staff members. 

·      Increased revenues by more than 25% while slashing costs over 30% by consolidating the back office operations of four acquisitions into a single business unit. 

2003 - 2005

Manager of Financial Reporting & Analysis

Diageo

Managed all monthly, quarterly, annual reports and a $100 million advertising and promotions budget. Directed the flow of information across the organization to ensure that company standards for vital information were continually maintained. Established strong cross-functional relationships between departments, divisions, and corporate headquarters. 

  • Led the seamless and accurate input and integration of financial information during major SAP upgrade, which included the financials of a newly acquired winery business.
  • Reduced month-end close process from 3 days to 4 hours.     
2000 - 2003

Manager of Financial Planning

Quadramed

A leader in the development of IT solutions that enable healthcare organizations to maximize financial performance and reimbursement based on the quality of care provided. 

Oversaw the administration of company financial operations including reporting, budgeting, forecasting, and organizational planning. Implemented process improvements that increased the transparency and accuracy of financial reporting, improved department structure, and created greater visibility and accountability for each department. In addition, served as the PeopleSoft FI functional administrator and managed a staff of three.

  • Ascended to one of the top-ranking positions in the company within 2 months for proactive leadership in providing the new President and CFO with accurate financial data that enabled them to steer the company out of insolvency.
1998 - 2000

Manager of Sales and Margin Analysis

Sola Optical

A leading manufacturer of ophthalmic lenses, lens coatings and dispensary technologies.

As a core member of the sales and marketing executive management team, with a dotted line to the VP of Finance, administered short and long-term product planning, competitive /industry trend studies, and product /customer profitability analyses to ensure optimal results for sales and profitability.

  • Enhanced accuracy of financial data as project lead for data warehousing and ERP implementation teams. 

Education

Education

Bachelor of Science, Business and Finance

California State University Stanislaus

Master of Business Administration, International Management

Golden Gate University