A Leap Forward for Finance Leaders: How to Shorten Your Company’s Financial Close and Reporting in 2016

January 29, 2016

Webcast Summary

Is your company relying on spreadsheets or outdated tools to close the books and report results? If so, 2016 is the time to "take the leap" in streamlining your financial close and reporting process.

Many companies in the midst of closing out the previous month or fiscal year are devoting too much time to tasks they can execute more accurately and quickly through automation. Your finance team can dedicate more time to helping your company plan for the future if your team is not bogged down with reconciling journal entries, locating documentation to support transactions or communicating the status of each stage of the close.

From this Webcast, you will learn about best practices that enable your finance team to: Shorten your company's timeframe for completing its period-end financial close and reporting, Decrease risks of errors -- and increase confidence in your financial results, and Reduce the costs of both producing and auditing your financial reporting.

About the Panelists

Warren May, Comptroller, International Association of Fire Fighters

Warren May brings more than 30 years of experience to the International Association of Fire Fighters, an organization representing more than 300,000 full-time professional fire fighters and paramedics who protect more than 85 percent of the population in communities throughout the United States and Canada. As Assistant to the organization's General Secretary-Treasurer for Budget and Finance, Warren is responsible for all business finance functions within the organization. Prior to joining the International Association of Fire Fighters, he worked in various accounting and finance functions with companies that included Brittenford Systems, Innovative Enterprise Solutions and Signature Systems.

Brad Tingey, Corporate Controller, Golden State Foods

Brad Tingey brings more than a decade of finance experience to Golden State Foods (GSF), which he joined in 2013. Prior to working for GSF, Brad held a variety of finance management roles with PwC for more than ten years, which included two years in PwC's national office. GSF is one of the largest diversified suppliers to the food service industry. Established in 1947, the company currently services more than 125,000 restaurants and stores from more than 45 locations on five continents. Headquartered in Irvine, California, GSF employs 5,500 associates worldwide and is 100 percent management-owned. GSF's associates run a national nonprofit organization, the GSF Foundation, which helps children and families in need.

Gary Wong, Corporate Controller, Host Analytics

A financial executive with broad experience in all aspects of accounting, auditing and financial management, Gary Wong is responsible for the full accounting function at Host Analytics, including software-as-a-service (SaaS) revenue recognition and tracking, financial reporting and consolidations. Prior to joining Host Analytics, Gary held a wide range of finance positions with Crossmatch, DigitalPersona, Monitise Americas, Coverity, Magma Design Automation, Cadence Design Systems, Simplex Solutions and PwC.

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