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Larry Cooper has over 25 years exceptional financial operations experience in public auditing and account manager positions.
Larry Cooper, CPA Cell (816) 719-2620 Kansas City, MO 64151 firstname.lastname@example.org EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Over 25 years exceptional financial operations experience in public auditing and accounting management positions. Take initiative to improve processes, remove inefficiencies, improve management decision making, expedite software implementations, build performance-oriented teams, liaison with IT, 401(k) Plan Administration, review department budgets, asset accounting, management and consistently meet and exceed organizational objectives for performance and resource management. KEY SKILLS Financial Operations Documenting Accounting Policies and Accounting Management Procedures Great Plains Software Implementation Extensive Excel Spreadsheet Development Superior Query Skills Software, including Great Plains, FRX, General Ledger Management Financial Edge, Excel and Word A/P, A/R, Inventory, Payroll, Taxes Financial Statement Preparation Accounting Liaison to IT Financial Advising with Management Staff Supervision, Training and Development Take initiative in improving operations Staff Selection and Hiring Asset Accounting and Protection Analysis and Problem-Solving Budget Review and Analysis People Skills Skilled in identifying budget to actual Organization Communications variances and resolving future issues MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS Spearheaded the purchase of inventory software that produced timely management food cost reports and also interfaced with Great Plains accounting software for efficient operations. Designed and installed a cash control and reporting system on 17 restaurants which identified problems immediately from cash handling through the safes security system. Commended by supervisors for turning around an underperforming accounting department into a model of efficiency and performance. Praised by staff members for excellent training and coaching skills. Two staff members have worked with me over 20 years. CAREER HISTORY Heartland Chicken, Inc., Kansas City, Kansas 1998 - February 2012 Controller/Chief Financial Officer Direct five-member accounting department in efficiently managing the financial reporting, accounting, payroll, accounts receivable and accounts payable for the Kansas City Popeye’s Chicken Restaurant franchise. 401(k) Plan Administrator for 250 employees, including census review and filing of 5500 return. Contributing to decisions regarding the effective operation of 17 restaurants to maximize profits. Provide management with timely reports detailing key food and labor costs. Worked closely with banks regarding financing and refinancing options for current and new stores. Preparation of company projections and cash flow analysis. Larry Cooper, CPA Two Special Express Corporation North Kansas City, Missouri 1995-1998 Controller Multi-city trucking company specializing in long haul, dock to dock and LTL trucking combined with a regional warehousing center for distribution to major retail stores. Hands on supervision of six-member accounting department managing all financial reporting, payrolls, accounts receivable and payable plus daily cash flow. Major accomplishment was setting up a new accounting department and receiving praise from the owners for receiving timely accurate information. Video Masters, INC. Riverside, Missouri 1994-1995 Consultant Contracted by owner to set up new accounting department after recovery from the 1993 flood. VMI does high tech construction work for the government. Budget Rent A Car and Car Sales Kansas City, Missouri 1984-1994 Controller Direct accounting staff of 17 people in three cities with 25 locations plus two dealerships. Major achievement was collaboration with IT in designing and implementing a system to account for dealership program incentives on a per car basis. Francis A. Wright & Company Kansas City, Missouri 1981-1984 Audit Manager Complete charge of audit from planning to preparation of tax returns. Client consulting in variety of industries. Troupe, Kehoe, Whitaker & Kent, CPA’s Kansas City, Missouri 1978-1981 Junior Auditor Assist in audits and tax preparation. EDUCATION AND AWARDS Certified Public Accountant BSBA in Accounting, Central Missouri State University MVP CMSU Baseball REFERENCES Excellent performance and personal references are available upon request.
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