result oriented accounting and finance leader and strategic partner
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Finance & accounting consultant
January 2016 - at Present
On demand Director of Finance & Controller - short and long term assignment. Extensive luxury industries experience with with specialization in hospitality (Opening & Established properties - Management & Ownership entities). • Operation accounting: balance sheet reconciliation, general ledger entries, sales tax reporting, allocation, fees and shared services, annual audit support. • Finance: strategist and catalyst to support operational teams by creating, evaluating and challenging budgets & forecasts. Gather, analyse and present data to align objectives with projects and spent. • Processes: month end process review & recommendation, review of data flow to improve standardization and efficiency. • Systems: interface implementation, conversion files, extraction and automation. • Training: one on one and group training on day to day accounting and month end process.
Director Strategic Marketing - Affinia Hotel Collection | The James | The Benjamin | The Surrey
May 2014 - April 2015
Implement the repositioning of the six Affinia Hotel Collection properties, from overall project management to on property impact, closely working with digital team and building business cases with key stake holders as needed. Strategic role within the Brand Management Department, serving as catalyst for the development and implementation of cohesive marketing actions. Support the marketing team with data analysis and process-driven improvements to ensure all marketing channels and strategies are integrated and aligned.
Controller - Management Company - Affinia Hotels | The James | The Benjamin | The Surrey
February 2011 - April 2014
Accounting | Ensure timely reporting of results including balance sheet reconciliation. Implement closing procedure to ensure issuance of financial statements at n+2. Cash flow and treasury | Publish daily consolidated cash flow. Work with operational banks to ensure level of service and appropriate fundings. Report monthly cash position to lender & ownership for owned hotels. Work with field finance to ensure appropriate & efficient cash flow position. Financial planning and analysis | Support and challenge vice presidents to ensure alignment with objectives, management contracts and profitability. Analyze expenses in detail with each department to report the risks and opportunities at a consolidated level to the strategic partners. Define reporting organization and budget process to align with company objective.
Hotel & Restaurant Controller
at The Mark
August 2008 - February 2011
In charge of the accounting & payroll for a 150 room Leading Hotel of the World hotel & co-op, and a Jean-Georges Vongerichten managed restaurant. Part of The Mark Hotel pre-opening team | Implemented the accounting, payroll and PMS systems and procedures to meet reporting and operational needs. Managed cash needs in pre-opening and first year of operation environment, including monthly draws from lender. Member of Executive team | defined operating standards and procedures to ensure high quality of service. Full accounting responsibilities with a team of four | Accounting for hotel, co-op and restaurant, including cash, city & state tax reporting and month end close - Presentation of results and cash flow to ownership and lender - Responding for budget and forecast.
Director Financial Systems
July 2007 - April 2008
Designed, developed and implemented budget, analysis and reporting systems in rapid growth environment for leading wine and liquor company going through three major acquisitions that integrated world brands such as Perrier Jouët and Mumm champagne, Kahlúa liquor, Malibu rum, and Chivas scotch. Responsible to oversee over $500,000 in capital expenditure and operating expenses and support 150 users with a staff of three.
Sr Manager, Financial Systems
January 2006 - June 2007
Finance Systems Manager
May 2001 - December 2005
at Lalique NA
September 1999 - April 2001
Responsible for financial analysis of the luxury china, glass and silverware brands Puiforcat, Lalique, Haviland & Parlon, Bernardaud, Philippe Deshoulières and Coquet.
April 1999 - August 1999
Define business model that ensured first round of financing for a company that was acquired by Yahoo.
January 1998 - March 1999
Successfully reorganize the accounting function for distributor of French skin care products to spas on the US market.
Assistant Finance Director
May 1996 - December 1997
Organize a system to ensure return on marketing investment reporting by client for the Duty Free business unit of mass market cosmetics and hair products division.
Graduate Certificate, Hotel Investment
at NYU - SCPS
2005 - 2006 (1 year) New York
1990 - 1995 (5 years) Île-de-France
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