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Director of Finance

Cott Beverages USA, Inc.

Established and managed newly created division and corporate national finance operations. Leadership success at division level, led to national responsibility and a nationwide U.S management structure was merged.

• Consolidated 9 distinct finance and accounting operations into a single national structure.

• Reduced month end close cycle and headcount by 20%.

• As a key member of the management team, helped lead division to the highest performance in the US.

• Assigned as Chief Financial Officer to South African division. Successfully negotiated an ownership change with banks and investors, while reducing cash demand, preserving customer goodwill and eliminating corporate exposure.


Regional Sales Manager

Simmons Pet Food, Inc

Established and managed a portfolio of strategic top national retailers, building private label programs, market penetration and volume.

• Introduced and implemented new comprehensive programs for leading retailers.

• Managed business to exceed 3.5 million cases per annum

• Successfully increased penetration through strategic expert guidance and introduction of new lines and products


President / Co-Owner

FranMark International. Inc.

Applied business development consulting tools and technology based marketing strategies to build clients' franchise business network.

• Targeted, attracted and sold qualified candidates through proprietary internet software and innovative recruiting techniques. Offered services including turnaround strategy, business process improvement/redesign, operations cost management, financial operations and advisory services, technology, business continuity/disaster recovery planning, risk management, and investor relations.


President / Master Franchisor

ACTION International Florida, Inc

Created and managed a business consulting and marketing franchise network throughout Florida. Provided guidance and support to franchisees in operating and developing their business.

• One of the best performing Master Franchises in the US.

• Applied innovative business outreach, sales and marketing strategies to successfully attract qualified professionals to purchase franchises.


Senior Vice President

Magnafoods Inc.

Led all aspects of finance and operations, including information systems and logistics management. Strategically applied advanced technology throughout the business, substantially improving productivity.

• Intimately involved in design and construction of a 110,00 sq.ft. specialty distribution / office complex. Arranged. 100% financing with institutions and local government.

• Initiated, assessed and negotiated several acquisitions to broaden and leverage the business base.


Vice President / Managing Director

Advanced FoodSystems, Inc

Directed all operational and strategic matters, including management of executive staff. Created company by acquiring physical and intellectual assets on behalf of the owners of Magnafoods, Inc.

• Rebuilt confidence of customer base, by rebuilding and refining the software and the organization

• Company enjoyed annual debt free growth in revenue (up 20% in 1996) and profits (up 300% in 1996).


Management Certified

Six Sigma Enterprises

Certified Master Business Coach

ACTION International Incorporated

The Lean Experience

Lean Learning Center

Based on the Toyota Production System - TPS

Financial Management Program-FMP

General Electric Company

Two year program of course study and international business. Recognized as equivalent to an Executive MBA

Honors Bachelor of Business Administration

Schulich School of Business