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					                                     Olivia C. Kessler
                                       118 Rollins Way
                                     Yorktown, VA 23692
                             757-243-1006 (H), 303-881-0655 (M)
                                 Olivia_Kessler@hotmail.com

Objective: Freelance Writing and Translating professional with business/finance background
seeking to further career with a growing and dynamic company.


Profile:
    Highly detailed, self-motivated and organized
    Track record of meeting assigned deadlines on-time
    Excellent communication and interpersonal skills both company-wide and with external
       customers
    Act independently with minimal need for interaction from management to accomplish
       objectives while delivering very high quality products
    Ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with co-workers, all levels of
       management, and external agencies to maximize performance, creativity, problem solving
       and resulting deliverables

Education/professional development:
    BA, Economics (Magna Cum Laude), 5/03, Univ. of Colorado
    Certificate, Understanding Financial Statements, 3/06, Rockhurst Univ. Continuing Ed.
      Center
    Advanced Excel training

Technical and Other Skills:
    ERP: SAP (All FI and CO modules)
    Accounting apps: Peachtree Software
    Desktop apps: Access, Excel (advanced user), Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, WIN XP & Vista
    BI & Stats: Crystal Reports, SPSS
    5 years experience with GAAP and 1.5 years experience with SOX standards

Foreign language skills: German, written & spoken

Employment:
3/08 – present, stay at home mother

4/06 – 2/08, Staff Accountant, Transmontaigne, Inc., Denver, CO
($8.5 billion dollar petroleum distribution co, subsidiary of Morgan Stanley)
    Completed monthly close including inventory and exchange contract reconciliations in
       accordance with SOX standards
    Solved G/L account discrepancies with primary customers that include DFAS (Defense
       Finance & Accounting Services), Royal Caribbean, Disney Cruise Lines, and Carnival Cruise
       Lines.
    Analyzed terminal margins for proper monthly financial reporting to senior management.
    Assisted with regular financial audits, daily/weekly P&L reporting/forecasting.
    Formulated new financial reporting process as a result of merger with Morgan Stanley
    Prepared G/L journal entries in SAP for inter-company revenue/cost postings, 3rd party
       invoicing, monthly accruals, and other multi-million dollar terminal charges.
    Completed multi-million dollar A/R effort for bunker customers such as DFAS.
6/04 – 3/06, Variance Purchasing Coord, Keller Homes, Colorado Springs, CO
(Single family home builder, $25-$50 M in annual revenue, 70 employees)

      Prepared company financial reports depicting weekly variance costs for management,
       maintained internal price/bid files and processed Variance POs (VPO).
      Worked across dept’s to develop strategies to reduce and/or eliminate cost variances
       incurred during home construction process.
      Analyzed source of cost variance and compared estimated job costs w/ actuals in order to
       ultimately work variances into budgets.
      Provided process-improvement solutions to AP processes to increase clarity, accuracy, and
       efficiency.
      Developed new procedure for variance POs to be submitted from superintendents in the
       field and developed new VPO's.
      Reduced variance costs 50% by incorporating costs into estimates or eliminating them
       through production control, passing costs to customers, fixing construction errors, etc
      Developed new long-lasting relationships with vendors.
      Assisted with “ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” when Keller Homes joined forces
       with ABC to build a house for the Barrett family in one week

8/03 – 5/04, Accounting Assistant, ISF Contract Mfg, Colorado Springs, CO
(Colorado-based hospitality contract manufacturer of all major FF&E items used in today’s hotel
suites, and extended stay properties, $1,400,000 annual sales, 10 employees)
     Assisted with project coordination from the beginning of a new sales order to final
        shipment delivery for new construction projects by well-known clients such as Embassy
        Suites, Marriott Suites & Best Western.
     Corresponded with corporate vendors, interacted with sales personnel and customers on
        project orders, status, and shipment delivery.
     Assisted with all accounting functions including inventory, revenue, G/L accounting, cash
        disbursement journals, and state taxes using Peachtree.
     Successfully coordinated several hotel renovation projects from start to finish.

12/02 – 5/03, Research Assist. (Contract, PT), Adduce Consulting International
    Assisted nation-wide renowned brand marketing expert Stuart Agres (author of “Emotion
     in Advertising”) with research in disciplines covering brand marketing, and the differing
     relationships between economic theory, brand equity and financial profit.

11/01 – 11/02, Grad. Research Assistant, (PT) Univ. of Colorado College of Business
    Maintained project management DB of statewide companies depicting cost and schedule
     information for company contracts focused on detecting overruns.
    Recoded and transformed project management data using statistical software packages
     (SPSS) for research purposes.

9/02 – 12/02, Marketing Assist (contract, PT). Global Business Partners
    Successfully translated monthly European economic newsletter (German to English).
    Assisted with the development of Internet marketing strategies intended to attract
      American investors to European investment markets and promote European economic
      newsletter.

6/02   – 8/02, Legislative Assistant, US Senator Wayne Allard, Washington, DC
       Prepared for Banking/Housing/Urban Affairs committee meetings.
       Prepared for briefings.
       Researched issues/topics surrounding committee meetings.

				
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