Shawn Hawes

Finance Controller • 571-233-2490

LinkedIn  • Lovettsville, VA
Establishing new protocols, applications, systems, and processes of organization with contributions to administrative, budgetary, financial, and workflow optimization.

Results-oriented professional with stellar record implementing robust financial improvements and operational enhancements strategies; leading to increased bottom-line performance. Expert in accounting and financial management with proven track record of developing finance models as well as streamlining budgeting, payroll, auditing, and financial reporting processes. Adept at generating financial predictions by managing budget creation and forecasts, while collecting, evaluating, and combining financial data. Distinguished for supplying leadership to departments on cost analysis, financial planning, and budgeting duties to accomplish revenue objectives, while adhering to accounting and reporting policies. Skilled at guiding teams through development and execution of strategic financial procedures and systems, management of daily bookkeeping needs, as well as improving accounting procedures to maintain fiscal sustainability and expedite business success.

Areas of Expertise

Financial Planning
Balance Sheet Reconciliation
KPI & Profitability Analysis
Regulatory Compliance
Account Analysis
Journal Entries
Cost Accounting
Year End Closing
GAAP Compliance
Cash Management
Lease Management
Fleet Management
Non Profit Accounting
Construction Accounting
Mergers & Acquisition
Payroll & AP/AR
P&L Management
Budgetary Analysis
Benefits Management
Fixed Assets

Key Career Highlights

Instituted various accounting applications to streamline financial processes and reporting for a multi-site corporation. AP/PAS system, purchasing card, merchant services, payment processing, and banking procedures.
Orchestrated integration of financial processes and 200+ account conversions post-acquisition of CVCA by Southern Veterinary Partners; implemented best practices for future specialty acquisitions.
Increased top-line revenues over 22% within 2 years via client acquisition and caseload expansion.
Reduced accounts receivable by 35% and enhanced cash flow by tightening payment conditions to bolster financial position.
Optimized financial cycles via creation and execution of financial process calendar to reduce monthly, quarterly, and annual close times by 44%.
Created COA and completed inter-company billing for three distinct businesses under the CVCA umbrella, with one entity serving as a conduit for billing expenses to two others.
Streamlined payment process by maintaining 12 separate checking/savings accounts with thousands of transactions per month.
Effectively managed Accounts with over 3-5M in cash.
Conserved and controlled cash by efficiently managing 17 commercial leases and over 20 equipment leases.
Career Experience
Controller, International Cemetery, Crematory and Funeral Association, Sterling, VA 2022-Current

Enhance and optimize business financial procedures by updating and integrating digital reporting and storage of information. Maintain all financial reporting activities, including revenue/expense and balance sheet. Improve cash flow management and support audits by updating accounting system and handling accounts payable. Guarantee accurate and on-time payment by overseeing purchasing and payroll operations. Maintain compliance across organization by preforming full annual audit with CPA firm.. Prepare annual operation and meetings budgets and present to financial committee. Report monthly to Executive Director. Prepare and conduct quarterly financial committee meetings with non-profit financial committee and BOD. Maintain separate accounting for legal and legislature committee. Oversees Accounting Manager’s task and responsibilities.

Leesburg Veterinary Specialists, LLC, Leesburg, VA 2012 – 2023

Accounting /Bookeeping/Tenant Management Consultant

Optimize business financial performance by aligning and managing all financial reporting activities, including revenue/expense and balance sheet. Improve cash flow management and support with audits by building accounting system and handling accounts payable and receivable. Guarantee accurate and on-time payment by overseeing purchasing and payroll operations. Maintain compliance across organization and provide tax exemption by preparing mandatory S-Share distributions. Eliminate legal problems and solidify corporate financial position by engaging with business’s CPA and preparing all financial reporting for business taxes and audited financial statements.

Avoided accounting errors by identifying and resolving irregularities via reconciliation of company’s bank and credit accounts monthly.
Impacted informed financial decisions by creating CPI adjustments for tenant leases.
Enabled proper maintenance of commercial properties by calculating and providing owners and tenants with annual NNN/CAM reconciliation reports.
Strengthened financial control by collaborating with Hospital Coordinator on hospital budget planning and refurbishment projects.
CVCA, Cardiac Care for Pets, Leesburg, VA 2011– 2022

Finance Coordinator

Established financial control and improved capital decision making by planning, creating, implementing, and managing all financial functions of corporation with 16 operating sites and 128 individuals, while overseeing 2 reports. Aligned financial policies with business goals and maintained systematic record of organization’s financial information by supervising fiscal regulations and accounting practices driving growth and profitability. Strengthened internal controls by creating, documenting, and enforcing financial policies. Provided actual financial condition of business by maintaining ledger of account information and annual financial calendar, while assuring compliance in timely manner. Enhanced implementation of data-driven strategies by identifying spending trends. Instilled cost effective practices in line with established processes and led staff training and documentation for financial procedures. Supported month-end and year-end close and established and eradicated accounting errors through Bank reconciliation, while monitoring and reconciling purchase card program and overseeing collection operations. Created compensation summaries, tax returns, and accountants’ materials. Ensured GAAP compliance and partnered with external accounting firm to conduct successful initial audit of company’s financial results.

Delivered accurate forecasts and reduced inefficiencies by guaranteeing accurate expense categorization, evaluating invoices and expenses, and reconciling intra-company billings.
Decreased insurance claim expenses by establishing new end-of-day routine, check scanners, cash logs, and online payment options to reduce losses.
Expedited payment of bills and ensured error-free functioning of business establishment by implementing Accounts Payable Invoice Management system.
Obtained economies of scale by creating new bank line of credit account, cutting interest expenses and raising cash to finance expansion in Eastern market.
Analyzed and addressed deal liabilities by undertaking due diligence for accounting firm and investment bankers, as part of company’s M&A strategy.
Optimized expense management by maintaining account receivables and P&L reporting.
Additional Experience

Business Manager/Estimator/Bookkeeper, Ronald M. Hawes, Inc Custom Homes & Contracting, Lovettsville, VA

Intuit Quickbooks Certification, Real World Training – Certified Quickbooks User

Virgina Notary Public

Member, National Association of Certified Professional Bookkeepers

Penn Foster University  Accounting/Business

Technical Competency

MIP, Sage Intacct, Quickbooks, Abila, Netforum, Lease Query, Google Office Suite, Power Bi, Microsoft Office (Access, Excel, Word, Outlook, & Powerpoint), Sharepoint, Stampli, Divvy, Visa Spend Clarity, Intuit Payroll, Dayforce, Paylocity, Monday.Com, Ezyvet, Infinity, Vetcove, Procore, Nexus, State and Federal Tax Payment Services, WEX, Fleet Management, Benefits Management,  Human Resources, Construction Management.