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BACKGROUND...

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Industry Experience
Education and Employment Experience

How and Why Did This All Start?

 


Industry Experience

     Thanks to many years of experience as a consultant, I've gained Accounting
     and/or Sales and Management experience in the following industries:

bulletVariety of Retail, Wholesale, & Manufacturing businesses (too many to list)
bulletFinancial advisors and Commodity brokers
bulletInsurance agencies and Mortgage companies
bulletProperty and Condominium Management
bulletReal Estate Sales and Development
bulletCommercial/Residential Construction: New/Renovations
bulletPool/Pool Cage Builders; Fire/Alarm Systems/Services
bulletElectrical, Plumbing, and Garage Door companies
bulletNurseries, Agricultural, and Lawn Service companies
bulletRecycling Facilities and Waste Removal Services
bulletHotel, Resort, and Marina Sales and Management
bulletRestaurant and Fast Food establishments
bulletBoat Charters and Tourist Attractions 
bulletAutomobile Sales and Customization businesses
bulletHealth Care professions and Retirement facilities
bulletAttorney and Accounting firms
bulletPR and Advertising agencies
bulletPrinting/Reproduction and Publishing Houses
bulletArt, Photography, and Architectural studios
bulletInterior Decorators and Fashion Designers
bulletGovernment Agencies and Utilities
bulletNon-Profit Community Assistance offices
bulletAnd the list grows...

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Education and Employment Experience

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1985 ~ BA from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ [Major in Psychology, Minor in Business Administration]

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1985-1986 ~ Import/export company in Secaucus, NJ and short-haul trucking company in Hillside, NJ  [temporary positions before travel for friends - did freight consolidation and accounting]

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1986-1987 ~ Travel and work abroad 

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1987-1990 ~ Custom electronics manufacturing company in Bergenfield, NJ [started as clerk and promoted, over time, to Controller]

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1990-1993 ~ High-end lingerie manufacturing company in Bergenfield, NJ [same principals as above ~ acted as GM and Controller for a start-up]

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1992-1994 ~ Continuing education in Fine Arts with a concentration in Social Documentary photography at Ramapo College in Ramapo, NJ.

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1993-1995 ~ Independent software/computer consultant in Northern NJ

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1995-Present ~ Independent consultant in Southwest FL

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How and Why Did This All Start?

Coming from a family comprised of small business owners (parents, grandparents, etc.), it frustrated me to see how dependent my relatives were on their Accountants.  They were paying professionals to do, on a monthly basis, tasks they were able to accomplish on their own - they just didn't know they could!  While still a teenager, I set up a custom record keeping system for my father's Upholstery business.  He began to keep the records as instructed and was soon able to provide the information the Accountant needed to produce Financial Statements, offer tax advice, and prepare tax returns.  My father then saved the cost of having the Accountant or the Accountant's assistant come to his business to do the record keeping for him.  Don't misunderstand - Accountants are necessary and valuable to every business, but I firmly believe small businesses should and can do their own basic record keeping,  using Accountants to perform the more challenging tasks they are so well trained to do.  

When personal computers became affordable, the company I worked for purchased one.  Accounting was the first aspect of the business moved onto the computer.  It fell upon me to learn how to use the computer and the accounting software.  Upon further exploration, I discovered a program called DBIII Plus and created a database to store information on and report on company personnel records.  Later, I created a computerized version of the U.S. Defense Department's job costing system (we were a defense contractor) to avoid having to track so many details on paper.  Eventually I could afford a personal computer for the home.  Once purchased, I spent many an hour on the dining room floor, much to my husband's dismay, unlocking the mysteries of the machine.  

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