Paul Garner

Summary

Over ten years of experience in a variety of responsibilities including: plant controller for $80M - $100M operation, corporate fixed assets, project management, industrial engineering and manufacturing supervision. Industries include bedding, metal stamping, textile manufacturing and textile outlet store retail.System applications include:

  • Lawson
  • Hyperion
  • Essbase
  • Metacube
  • Manbase
  • SAP
  • AS400 based Software 2000.

Work History

Work History
Aug 2006 - Feb 2009

Controller - Orlando, FL

http://sealy.com/
  • Key member of management team brought in to turn around failing operation.
  • Used Lean Manufacturing and Continuous Improvement to improve operations and financial functions. Brought plant from worst to first in operational metrics in two years.
  • Improved budgeting process and monthly accounting and reporting of P&L and balance sheet.
  • Provided rolling twelve month forecast of P&L.
  • Recruited, developed and cross trained relatively inexperienced staff to operate independently. Improved physical inventory process, inventory accuracy and reduced finished goods inventory levels.
  • Worked to overcome resistence to SOX compliance enabling operation to meet corporate expectations.
Oct 2003 - Jul 2006

Controller - Brenham, TX

http://sealy.com/
  • Relocated to the small, socially closed community of Brenham to be the Controller of the Sealy plant.
  • Quickly assimilated with management, staff and community to build their trust and respect. Improved office efficiency and cross trained staff which allowed the reduction of two employees through attrition.
  • Part of corporate team to write and implement SOX policies company wide.
  • Worked with operations to implement Continuous Improvement.
  • Hired and trained perpetual inventory coordinator that led to improvements in inventory accuracy.
May 2000 - Sep 2003

Controller

Leggett & Platt - Collier-Keyworth
  • Took over financial responsibilities of a branch that was in a state of declining sales, profitability and internal controls.
  • Developed staff and worked closely with internal auditors to re-establish controls and checks and balances.
  • Partnered with operations to reduce and illiminate costs enabling the branch to maintain acceptable profitability ratio. Improved accuracy of standard costs.
  • Reconcilled balance sheet accounts, writing off assets that could not be supported or identified.
Aug 1997 - Apr 2000

Mgr of Accounting

Dan River Inc. - Factory Outlet Stores
  • Responsible for financial reporting for nine factory outlet stores and 12-14 annual warehouse sales.
  • Part of implementation team to convert company to SAP software.
  • Worked with IT to design and implement PC based point of sale system that updated SAP daily.
Dec 1994 - Jul 1997

Supervisor of Fixed Assets

  • Accepted challenge to turn around the Fixed Assets department which was a year behind in establishing fixed assets records.
  • Recruited, trained and developed clerk to improve departmental efficiency allowing the reduction of one person through attrition.
  • Posted monthly depreciation for the corporation.
  • Supplied monthly depreciation forecast and annual depreciation budgets for entire corporation.
  • Tracked and reported monthly capital and expense project expenditures.
  • Reconciled fixed asset system to G/L providing a monthly roll forward.
Feb 1992 - Nov 1994

Standards Engineer

  • Established tracking system for forklift maintenance costs enabling a 25% reduction in the quantity of the fleet and 35% reduction in maintenance costs.
  • Part of team to design and implement AS/400 based radio frequency inventory tracking system which led to the elimination of quarterly physical inventories.
  • Maintained and managed system hardware.
  • Responsible to maximize warehouse space through improved floor layouts.
  • Project manager for capital and expense projects of value up to $2M.
Dec 1989 - Jan 1992

Management Trainee

http://www.springs.com/
  • Management trainee in both greige mill and finishing operations

Education

Education
1994 - 1997

MBA

Wake Forest University - Babcock Graduate School of Management
1985 - 1989

BS