I am a proven and accomplished C-Suite Executive and the former Chief Financial Officer of a publicly traded Australian Fortune 500 company that entered the US market and expanded from 900 employees / $200M Revenue to 4,500 employees / $1.0B Revenue (while investing over $225 million) during my 8 year term.
I am an energetic, positive and agile executive with years of progressive leadership in aerospace and defense, engineering, manufacturing, support and financial services. I have effectively led planning, coordination and implementation of strategic and tactical initiatives across a number of industries. I have directed de novo startups, multi-state business expansion, restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, internal control systems, process improvement and normal operations. I enjoy establishing esprit de corps across organizations via open communication, transparency, collaboration, setting clear expectations / achievable goals, and by coaching / mentoring the staff. My diverse background allows for thinking outside-of-the-box, not accepting the status quo, seeking root causes, and seizing opportunities that others dont see or know how to execute.
" Strategized, developed, and implemented methodologies allowing for the submission of the costs / financial proposals for government programs. Developed and delivered estimating training to 600 professionals. Results: Awards of $6.0B+ Navy Programs at Austal USA; multi-million dollar awards at Teledyne Brown Engineering.
" Coordinated / executed multiple strategic plans and supported due diligence on multiple opportunities. Results: Two de novo startups and expansion, complete facility product line change, acquisitions, merger and JV analysis. Established an industrial development foundation which resulted in the creation of 3,000+ direct jobs.
" Transitioned a commercial shipyard into a compliant government contractor. Results: Compliant with government Cost Accounting Standards and FAR/DFAR, approved Disclosure Statement with no withholds required.
" Developed and implemented vertical integration strategy. Result: Allowed for a complete product line change of a manufacturing facility, award of multi-million dollar contracts from the Army; all based on the capabilities acquired from the integration.
" Prepared, submitted and negotiated a Request for Equitable Adjustment with the Army for Operation Desert Storm. Result: Recovered 98%+ of the original claim amount.
" Created environments that valued the establishment of internal controls. Results: Extensive policies / procedures and SOX 404 Compliance as required.
" Championed, issued and administered financing for the expansion of Austal USA. Results: $225M Gulf Opportunity Zone Act Bond Issuance (extremely low interest rate) required to expand the facility and to be awarded a major Navy Program.
" Built strategic relationships with global financial institutions: Results: Allowed for the issuance of the aforementioned bonds and the transition to financing in the United States at lower cost and with additional capacity.
" Envisioned, developed and emplaced strategies for the use of derivatives to increase profits and reduce risks. Results: $XXM+ Profit through a currency exchange strategy and $XM+ Savings using commodity hedges.
" Requested and negotiated government grants to support the expansion of Austal USA. Results: $XXM Expansion Grants, $XXM+ Tax Abatements, $XXXM+Capital Investment Tax Credits, and $XXM Facilities Grant, worth ~$XXM before Tax through the grant structure and accounting treatment.
" Created cultures committed to continuous improvement and cost reduction strategies and led the implementation of the 4 Disciplines of Execution (Covey). Results: Savings of $XM, with significant recurring savings, and with culture focused on eliminating waste and reducing costs.
" Restructured Risk Management and its various elements. Results: Recurring cost reduction of $XM+ for workmens compensation insurance premiums and additional cost reductions for property / liability coverages.
" Coordinated tax strategies (significant credits, resolving transfer pricing and capital structure issues). Results: No finding in audits by IRS or the State and significant tax credits claimed ($XXM+) across multiple tax years.
" Migrated / Implemented systems / networks / technology across multiple industries. Results: Implementation of ERP systems (3), multi-location warehousing / logistics systems, financial services and other platforms. Implemented EDI and guest speaker at Army forum.
Visionary Leadership Holding Company Manufacturing w/LEAN / TPS
Strategic & Tactical Planning Corporate Governance Program Finance
Goal Setting / Metrics / KPIs Risk Management ERP / Systems Implementations
Analytical / Technical Skills Due Diligence / M&A Technology / Networking
Banking / Treasury / Financing Boards & Investors Startups / Growth
Austal USA (February 2008 - March 2016): A prime government contractor for the design, manufacture and support of high speed aluminum ships for the U.S. Navy. Grew from 900 to 4.500+ employees.
" Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer / Director & Secretary/Treasurer of Austal USA LLC Board of Directors / Member Government Security Committee / Interim President (2012): As SVP & CFO, responsible for all aspects of Accounting / Finance / Budgeting, Treasury, Tax, Financial Analysis and Earned Value, as well as past responsibility for Information Technology / ERP / IT Security, Supply Chain Management, Pricing & Estimating, and Facilities. Responsible for enterprise risk management; supporting strategic planning; providing capital forecasting; coordinating issuance of debt instruments; and implementing systems required by the Government as a DoD Contractor. All the aforementioned accomplished while winning major programs, designing new classes of ships, expanding the facility and growing the workforce from 900 to 4,500 employees. Served as Interim President, during which time relationships were improved with the Secretary of the Navy, NAVSEA and the Navy hierarchy.
United Security Bancshares (April 1995 January 2008): A community bank and its finance company subsidiary providing financial services in the Southeast.
" Vice President / Chief Financial Officer / Director of Human Resources - Acceptance Loan Company (de novo): Responsible for all administrative Corporate activities of the consumer finance company; exclusive of underwriting, lending, and collections. Further responsible for 1) development of the strategic plan that led to the expansion of the company, 2) establishment of all facilities of the Company, 3) implementation of all systems, 4) implementation of SOX 404, 5) development of the initial compliance program, and 6) the development of the administrative and accounting policies and procedures in use by the Company.
" President First Security Courier Corporation (de novo): Responsible for all aspects of the bank courier company, including the initial formation of the corporation. Operated in full compliance with the Public Service Commission, provide services to both bank and non-bank customers.
" Vice President / Chief Administrative Officer First Bank and Trust (acquisition & merger): Responsible for all administrative aspects of the bank, from 1995 until the bank merged with United Security Bank. This includes implementing a full cafeteria benefits plan, redesigning data communications for significant cost savings, supporting merger and acquisition activities, and supervising the construction of facilities. Also provided strategic planning support to the Chief Executive Officer and Board of Directors.
Teledyne Brown Engineering (April 1987 April 1995): A prime government contractor for the design, manufacture, test and support of a wide range of programs and systems for aerospace and defense.
" Director of Estimating and Pricing Corporate Office in Huntsville, Alabama (Holding Company environment): Served at the corporate headquarters as the Director of Estimating and Pricing, and responsible for estimating / pricing / business plan analysis and related activities for numerous multi-million dollar proposals in a government contracting environment. Customers included Teledyne Power Systems, USAF, Navy, NASA, Army Missile Command, and both foreign and domestic military and non-military customers. Coordinate international sales during Operation Desert Storm. Responsible for the development of training materials, providing the training, and certification of employees on the proper methods of estimating, at the request of Corporate (compliant with FAR/DFAR and CAS).
" Plant Accountant Manufacturing Facility in Jackson, Alabama (de novo facility product line change): Responsible for all financial, systems, contract administration and purchasing requirements at the manufacturing facility. Highlights include the implementation of a MRP package to automate planning, purchasing, accounting, and manufacturing management, compliant with FAR/DFAR/CAS. Personally responsible for developing the in-house production capability (vertical integration) that allowed for the eventual complete product line change of the facility, converting from radar scattering multi-spectral camouflage to military tents, including design of some automation equipment. Supported proposals and execution of awards for 2D / 3D military decoys. Supported the pricing and proposal submission, negotiation and award, design, assembly, integration and test of many electronic assemblies, devices, control panels, wiring harnesses and pieces of flight hardware and other electronics with the associated support services. Successfully led negotiations with customer when design changes impacted the programs.
Kaiser Aluminum (April 1984 April 1987): A manufacturer of aluminum power transmission cable with a network of warehouse and dealers supporting the Southeast.
" Manager of Accounting and Systems (restart after strike): Responsible for accounting and systems functions. Installed hardware at facilities and implemented modules of a regional MRP system.
Scott Paper Company (now Kimberly Clark) (January 1982 April 1984): A manufacturer of consumer paper towels and tissues and commercial papers.
" Various Accounting Positions: Performed a variety of accounting roles (cost and financial) of increasing responsibility, including the re-write of several arcane computer systems.
Executive Masters in Business Administration Troy University (4.0 GPA)
Graduate School of Banking Louisiana State University
Various Systems Courses University of South Alabama
B.A. in Accounting University of West Florida
SPECIALIZED TRAINING, ACTIVITIES AND CERTIFICATIONS
Redstone Consulting Group - Cost Accounting Standards; FAR / DFAR / Six Business Systems; Government Contracting
Federal Publications Seminars - Masters in Government Contracting; Requests for Equitable Adjustments; Contract Closeout Seminar
Humphreys & Associates Earned Value Management Systems
SEC Institute SEC Reporting
Bank of America Accounting for Foreign Currency
Fred Prior Seminars / Others - Sales & Use Tax; Managing Difficult People; AAP; Wage & Hour; Other HR
Alabama Bankers Association multiple seminars on Bank Regulations, Lending, Compliance
Various Systems Training - ERP training and implementation planning across multiple platforms.
MEMBERSHIPS & COMMUNITY SERVICE
Downtown Mobile Alliance: Board Member.
Clarke County Development Foundation: Former Board Member and Founding Chairman.
Leadership Clarke County: Former Board Member and President.
Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce: Former Board Member, Secretary, Treasurer and 2 term President.
United Way of Clarke County: Former Board Member, Secretary, Treasurer and Chairman.
Lions Club: Former Member, Secretary, Treasurer and President.
Grove Hill Baptist Church: Member, Sunday School Teacher and Deacon (inactive).
CFO, CEO, COO, Board of Directors, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Banking, Treasury, Financing, Leadership, Corporate Governance, Enterprise Risk Management, Audit, Internal Controls, SEC Reporting, Strategic Vision, Strategic Planning, Business Strategy, Goals / KPI / Metrics, EVMS, EAC, IMS, IMP, Accounting, Financial Reporting, Program Cost Accounting, Financial Planning & Analysis, Financial Analysis, Budgeting, Earned Value, Tax, Government Proposals, Government Contracting, Government Relations, Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), DCAA, GAAP, IFRS, Pricing and Estimating, Internal Controls, Foreign Currency and Hedging, Aerospace & Defense, Manufacturing, Lean / TPS, ERP Systems, Technology, IT, SaaS, Contracts, Contract Negotiations, Contract Close Out, Request for Equitable Adjustment, Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Facilities, Grants, Training, Mentoring, Coaching, Team Builder, Change Agent, Leader, Ethical, Integrity, Honest, Open, Transparent.