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Alice Coston is a dedicated senior financial manager with industry experience which includes real estate, technology, business services, non-profit, construction and hospitality, with demonstrated expertise in financial and cost accounting and many other areas.
ALICE M. COSTON, MBA, CPA St. Petersburg, Florida 33712 Home: (727) 867-1140 ▪ Cell: (727) 698-0734 Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org SUMMARY Dedicated senior financial manager with industry experience which includes Real Estate, Technology, Business Services, Non-Profit, Construction and Hospitality, with demonstrated expertise in the following areas: Financial and Cost Accounting Contract Management Treasury Management International Accounting and Currency Translation Corporate Compliance Management and Supervision International Tax Staff Training and Development PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE CORPORATE FITNESS WORKS, St. Petersburg, FL 2010 - 2012 National Fitness Management Company Controller Managed all aspects of accounting, financial planning and analysis, risk management, human resources, contract management and corporate compliance. Scrubbed the fixed asset list of “ghost” assets to reduce tangible tax liability Implemented accounting processes to ensure accuracy of account balances and improved management reporting Implemented multi-state sales and use tax compliance THE SEMBLER COMPANY, St. Petersburg, FL 2004 - 2010 Large Regional Retail Developer and Commercial Property Management Company Director of Accounting, Treasury Management and Development Accounting Oversaw development accounting as the company grew to be recognized as the 6th fastest growing developer in the nation, due largely to the development of several large mixed-use centers, including one in central Florida that included over 1 million square feet of retail space. Tracked and processed the real estate taxes for over 400 annually changing tax parcels in multiple states and Puerto Rico; at one time identifying a series of errors by a Georgia tax assessor in the combination of 43 tax parcels, ultimately resulting in a refund of nearly $75,000. Monitored and moved cash to and from investment accounts to minimize risk and maximize earnings, while ensuring sufficient available cash to meet daily needs. Worked with outside consultants to refine the tri-monthly reporting of cash and debt for over 250 projects and partnerships and trouble-shot the migration to web-based reporting Calculated and compiled property valuations and contingent liabilities by partnership and partner for incorporation into personal financial statements of the principals Initiated cross-training and the development of desk manuals for all direct reports, resulting in increased efficiency and seamless coverage of all positions. Instrumental in the migration to web-based travel expense reporting and related online training, streamlining the process and insuring compliance with company travel policies. SYKES ENTERPRISES, INC., Tampa, FL 1996 - 2003 Publicly held, multi-national information technology company Assistant Controller / Tax Manager Identified the need for and initiated a tax function, previously unaddressed in a global organization Prepared U.S. federal and state estimated corporate income taxes and federal and state extensions, as well as supervision and review of multi-state sales and use and property tax returns. ALICE COSTON PAGE TWO (727) 867-1140 Prepared M-1 schedules and Forms 5471 for the Federal Form 1120, and reviewed returns prepared by outsourced tax professionals to insure accuracy. Involved in domestic and international tax planning; initiated state and federal tax saving strategies, saving the company over three million dollars on various initiatives. Successfully concluded a three-year federal tax audit with no changes to filed returns. Prepared FAS 109 tax allocation and related footnotes for consolidated organization. Coordinated state sales tax audits, negotiating for the most favorable outcome. Supervised staff and senior accountants in preparation and analysis of consolidated international financial statements, including foreign currency translation. Participated in quarterly and annual reporting to the Securities and Exchange Commission A.S. AUSTIN COMPANIES, Tampa, FL 1994 - 1996 Real estate development, property management, and hotel management. Controller Managed all accounting functions of 13 commercial real estate properties, a hospitality management company, five hotels and a property management and construction company, including the supervision of an accounting department of four accounting clerks / staff, preparation of monthly financial statements, cash management, as well as other internal management reports. MIS supervisor in problem resolution and training for a TI-990 minicomputer using a DX10 operating system, as well as the conversion to a PC network functioning in both OS / 2 and DOS environments, which updated and streamlined all processes in the accounting and property management departments. CLINICORP, INC., Pinellas Park/West Palm Beach, FL 1992 - 1994 Publicly held national healthcare management company Assistant Controller Supervised an accounting department of eight clerks / staff for 15 professional corporations, the corporate parent company, and 17 subsidiaries, including accounting functions through consolidated financial statements. Facilitated the move of the corporate accounting department from Pinellas Park to West Palm Beach, hiring and training new staff and closing the books for the fiscal year while commuting weekly from Tampa. Participated in preparation of quarterly and annual reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Prepared audit schedules and served as contact person for independent auditors. Established policies and procedures for reporting to the corporate office by 72 clinic locations. Coordinated with MIS department in assuring information processed by internally developed clinic software not only provided managerial information, but was sufficient for GAAP and provided adequate controls. Training and problem resolution for CYMA accounting software. STRAIGHT, INC., St. Petersburg, FL 1990 - 1992 National non-profit crisis intervention company. Accounting Supervisor Supervised an accounting department of six clerks /staff for the National Corporate Office, including accounts payable / receivable, and general ledger through financial statements for nine treatment programs, the corporate office and a related foundation. EDUCATION MBA, Florida Metropolitan University, Graduated Summa Cum Laude, Clearwater, FL BS, Accounting, Tampa College, Graduated Summa Cum Laude, Clearwater, FL AS, Hospitality Management, St. Petersburg Junior College, Graduated with honors, St. Petersburg, FL CERTIFICATIONS Florida licensed CPA
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