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Laura C

Director/Controller/Senior Manager of Accounting

Occupation:

Controller

Education Level:

Bachelor

Will Relocate:

No

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I have 23+ years accounting experience in the hospitality, construction, development and real estate industries with 15+ years experience in leadership roles. I have worked for fast paced, large companies, like Marriott International and Trammell Crow Residential, in their accounting corporate/shared service centers. I was a long time associate of each of these companies and due to my excellent performance, took on roles of increasing responsibility during my tenure. I provided leadership and coordination of my company’s complete financial accounting and reporting functions. In addition, I streamlined processes to maximize efficiency and save time and money for my employer and tracked those successes by having quality and quantity metrics and Key Performance Indicators. I was a key leader in establishing a new centralized accounting center as well a new accounting shared service center for my company's financial accounting and reporting functions. I also was key leader in transitioning new financial accounting and reporting functions into my existing portfolio as well establishing a new accounting office from conception to completion. I was instrumental in dissolving a division within my company that was no longer profitable as well as handling all aspects of sales transactions that resulted in new financial accounting and reporting functions for my employer.

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COMPANY POSITION HELD DATES WORKED

Marriott Business Services Senior Manager 3/2007 - 6/2014
Action Sports Media Controller 1/2006 - 3/2007
Trammell Crow Residential Regional Controller 8/1989 - 8/2005
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SCHOOL MAJOR YEAR DEGREE

Florida Atlantic University Accounting 1995 Bachelor Degree
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Highlights:

• Developed and implemented strategies to enhance cash flow and overall cash management for 800+ hotel’s Marriott Business Services’ cash position which is made up of their A/R receipts less A/P disbursements. These efforts led to a reduction in staff. • Developed investment strategy and managed investments of over $130 million and was able to negotiate fee reductions with Marriott’s 20+ preferred banks which generated a cost savings of approximately $200K. • Planned and successfully executed transitioning new balance sheet, general ledger, account reconciliations and discrepancy resolution work (approximately 500+ new balance sheet accounts) from Marriott International Headquarters to Marriott Business Services. • Took on additional accounting responsibilities as the homebuilding division was phased out and because of my superior performance, was the only team member who stayed with TCR and was transferred to the apartments division.

Companies I like:

Disney, MetLife, Marriott Vacation Club Worldwide, Universal Studios, Sea World, LEGOLAND, Trammell Crow Company, Hilton, Starwood, Kessler Collection, Delta Construction, Mosiac Business Services

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• Oversaw all activities that relate to the Banking & Cash Management/Treasury process for 800+ hotel properties. These activities include managing the cash balance sheet accounts, journal entries and general ledger activity associated with them. It also, includes discrepancy resolution for any out of balances between the general ledger and the bank account. • Recruited, trained and evaluated staff of 7+ employees. • As the department manager/process owner of Banking & Cash Management, prepared the department’s annual budget and monitored and analyzed the monthly operating results against forecast and budget. • Developed strong collaborative relationships with outside vendors, peers and leaders in the Marriott organization. • Reviewed and approved month end close process for the balance sheet accounts of Marriott Business Services which consolidates with Marriott International, who has annual revenues of $1.5 billion, to ensure accounting procedures conform to GAAP. • Managed balance sheet, general ledger, journal entries, account reconciliations and billing for the 750+ balance sheet accounts under the responsibility of Marriott Business Services (hotel property accounts). • Reviewed and approved internal financial reporting for 750+ balance sheet accounts under the responsibility of Marriott Business Services including Balance Sheet, general ledger, account reconciliations and discrepancy resolution. • Recruited, trained and evaluated staff of 30+ employees. • Identified and implemented new department goals, objectives and policies to improve the work processes which resulted in reduction of staff. Established Key Performance Indicators and metrics to monitor and analyze results to identify areas of success and areas that needed improvement. • Ability to facilitate groups meeting and training and was a member of the Leadership Team and a leader of an organizational process team which only key leaders at Marriott Business Services participated in. • Directed the internal and external financial audit processes (SOX and SAS70/SSAE-16) and provided recommendations for procedural improvements. • Reviewed and approved month end close process for 100+ entities with combined annual revenues of $860 million including analyzing monthly operating results against forecast and budget. • Managed daily accounting operations from conception to completion including A/R, A/P, billing, cost accounting, GL accounting and journal entries for 100+ entities. • Reviewed and approved financial reporting for 100+ entities including Balance Sheet, P&L, and general ledger and account reconciliations. • Recruited, trained and evaluated staff of 8+ employees. • Worked with external auditors on annual audits for 100+ entities to validate accounting and procedures conformed to GAAP. • Oversight over statement of cash flows, cash forecasting and Treasury and Risk Management functions. • Prepared tax projections and tax distributions for 75+ partners. • Prepared business plans and strategic review reports for 4 regional offices in the US. • Oversight over real estate deal closings and bank draws for construction and development projects for 4 regional offices. Performed many of the same duties as my controller position as well as the following: • Oversight over for the annual 1099 process for 100+ entities. • Prepared the quarterly preferred return calculations for 75+ partners. • Responsible for pursuit and construction status analysis reporting including variance analysis and critiques. • Completed monthly, interim and closing bank loan draw requests for 25+ construction projects. • Reconciled 25+ bank loan draws to corresponding job cost reports. • Analyzed outstanding debt and interest rate calculations on loans. • Prepared cost reports and performed cost and variance analysis. • Performed month end close for 35+ entities including entity consolidations. • Completed financial statement reporting for 35+ entities. • Prepared and recorded hundreds of monthly journal entries. • Analyzed and critiqued Balance Sheet, P&L and general ledger as well as job cost reports for 35+ entities. • Prepared weekly cash investment and cash position reports for 35+ entities. • Prepared corporate and partnership tax returns for 100+ entities. • Responsible for all sales, use and property tax reporting. • Coordinated efforts to successfully transition the preparation of the entire tax return process to an external tax preparer. Then was responsible for reviewing and approving the tax returns and recording all corresponding journal entries. • Coordinated all closings for new home sales and recorded corresponding journal entries to record transactions. • Processed A/P for closings.
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