Sherry Bowden

Sherry Bowden

Work History

Work History
Aug 2001 - Aug 2009

Vice President

Treat America Food Services

Leadership experience of 400 people, including 5 GMs, having full P&L responsibility of a $62M division with $2.5M capital budget and 2,500 customer locations across 5 states. Took over Controllership of a $1.7M business which grew into a $120M organization. Slashed turnover from 75% to 27% after helming operations. Trusted by business ownership to acquire and consistently turn around operations; transformed one location’s true earnings from $383K to $1.7M annually within 24 months, while boosting another location 274% during the same time period. Implemented employee safety program which drove accidents down by 90%. Increased service level performance by 75% within 1 year. Recognized as one of the top 25 women in business by the KC Business Journal in 2007. Also one of the Women of Influence in CEO Midwest Magazine in 2009 and in an additional 2010 publication.

Acquisition/Mergers – In-depth experience with 12 acquisitions, from both the Operations and the Finance sides. Doubled company size with each of two transactions; acquired one company that was twice the size of employer’s revenue. Additionally, completed 3 acquisitions within 12 months on two separate occasions. Catapulted revenue during VP of Operations tenure, from $11.7M to $62M through smart acquisitions and subsequent turnarounds; this includes growth of 75% in 2006 and another 77% in 2009. Sizes ranged from $500K to $30M cap companies. Also sold off operations, once netting $.5M, while adding a $400K account within 30 days through 007. Also one of the Women of Influence in CEO Midwest Magazine in 2009 and in an additional

1995 - 2001

Controller

Treat America Food Services

Full P&L responsibility - preparation of monthly financial statements, annual budgets and analysis of operations.  Implemented controls for warehouse, routes, products, and cash. Tracked shrinkage-maintaining 1/2% when industry average was 2%.  Established vault procedures for complete accountability.  Director of HR - produced employee handbooks, set training procedures for all levels of personnel; negotiated benefits and reviewed and presented benefit packages to owners and employees.  Installed new industry specific sofware and condusted training.  Introduced new PDA's for higher route accountability and efficiency.  Researched, purchased, and implemented new accounting and asset tracking software.

Summary

Vice President of Operations

Change Management • Strategic Vision •Financial Controls • Budget Administration • Margin Expansion Recognized Authority on Leadership • Multi-Product/Site Operations • Warehousing • Solutions Focus

I have nearly a decade of award-winning experience achieving amazing results in all aspects of Executive Operational Leadership. In addition, I have compelling experience in financial management and Controllership. When added to my hands-on experience with large contract Sales, Marketing, Training and HR functions, this has proven to be a powerful combination – I led a small, local B2B service operation on the verge of foreclosure to become one of the top 25 enterprises nationwide in its industry.

I succeeded through strong operational controls, sales best practices and strategic acquisitions. Always pursuing innovative solutions to challenging problems, I have never sought to maintain the “status quo.” I have built a regional reputation on my ability to transform struggling businesses into thriving operations within short timeframes. Give me the resources and executive support, and I will exceed your most aggressive organizational goals. Let’s have a conversation about how my abilities can positively impact your bottom line.

·        Operational Turnaround Specialist

·        Substantial Experience in High Growth Acquisitions

·        Consistent Success in Both Revenue Generation & Cost Control

Key Skills:  Servant leader with solid business ethics × Strong executive presence × Exceptional at financial/budgetary analysis with a true passion for bottom line improvement × Adept at performance management × Easily communicates with all levels × Skilled at negotiating × Quickly adapts in challenging environments × Unwavering commitment to excellence.

Education

Education
Jan 1998 - Dec 2002

Bachelor of Arts

Ottawa University