Director Accounting Finance Controller in Tampa St Petersburg FL Resume Alice Coston by AliceCoston


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.

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									                                     ALICE M. COSTON, MBA, CPA
                                        St. Petersburg, Florida 33712
                                 Home: (727) 867-1140 ▪ Cell: (727) 698-0734
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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
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
    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.
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   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.
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.


         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


                                             Florida licensed CPA

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