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Tom Barette Resume - Finance Management


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My name is Tom Barette and I am a 10+ corp. financial planning & analysis professional (MBA) in Los Angeles. Seeking opportunities that include modeling, presentations, budgeting and forecasting. My track record includes collaborating with management teams in setting and evaluating KPIs and profitability goals.

Areas of Expertise,
• Financial Planning and Analysis
• M&A Due Diligence Support
• Post Merger Financial Integration

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Tom Barette Resume - Finance Management

  1. 1. TOM BARETTE, MBA 3717 Sapphire Dr., Encino, CA 91436 cell (818) 808-5107 home (818) 789-5938 [email_address] http:// PROFILE and KEY SKILLS Customer-focused finance professional with a track record of success in adding value for corporate finance teams. This includes collaborating with cross-functional teams in setting/evaluating key performance indicators and profitability goals, identifying cost reduction opportunities and translating large quantities of data into analyses for impacting business decisions and for C-Level presentations. * Providing structure for growing organizations * Collaborating with key decision-makers * Financial modeling and data mining * Strategic and tactical planning * Meeting tight deadlines in fast-paced environments * Due diligence and post-merger integrations * Staff motivation * GAAP accounting * Foreign currency translations * Stock option valuations * Internal consultant to executive team EXPERIENCE Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis 2007-2010 Public Communication Services, Los Angeles, CA ($85m telecommunications company that serviced County and State correctional facilities nation-wide) Led planning, budgeting and financial modeling for the Company and its 15 departments. Partnered with the executive team in meeting their goals and objectives. * Improved the annual operating planning process by enhancing analytics and analyzing trends of margin drivers. * Analyzed key performance indicators and suggested profitability improvements for monthly executive reviews. * Collaborated with executive team to complete five-year Strategic Plan for financing packages. * Spearheaded analysis of new business opportunities, including pro-forma modeling and pricing strategies. Presented financial risks and opportunities ensuring bid requirements were in alliance with company goals. * Analyzed and identified best practices of highly profitable accounts to utilize on other accounts. * Forecasted weekly and monthly cash flows. Monitored working capital, new loans and equipment leases. Tracked capital spending on corporate assets and investments on end user equipment. * Analyzed quarterly financials of competitors for C-level management. * Performed due diligence on potential mergers and acquisitions. Created pro-formas to determine if such transactions met the strategic goals of the Company. Developed plans for post-merger integration of an acquisition. * Reviewed journal entries to ensure accuracy of A/P audit and variance analyses. * Supervised two Sr. Financial Analysts. Note: Position was eliminated due to acquisition by Alabama-based Global Tel-Link in 11/10.
  2. 2. Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis 2005-2007 DIC Entertainment, Burbank, CA ($80m international consumer products, television, home entertainment and new media company) Implemented financial planning, budgeting and modeling for the Company’s Domestic and International Consumer Products, Television, Home Entertainment, Interactive divisions and 20 departments. * Forecasted and monitored revenues and cost performance; identifying risks and opportunities for key metrics. * Developed & published monthly Board presentations; including results, full year projections & variances. * Managed ultimates process to determine film cost amortization and impact to EBITDA. * Evaluated marketing plans, coop spending and overhead costs against Plan. * Projected cash flows and long term debt for quarterly bank covenant reports. * Monitored production costs and fixed asset spending against Plan. * Analyzed impact of foreign currency rates, potential acquisitions, overhead spend and other business trends for CFO. * Prepared MD&A commentaries for annual reports, bank packages and audit reviews. * Analyzed stock options valuations of executive team for auditors and monthly reporting. * Prepared five-year Strategic Plans for library asset valuations and UK investment bankers/shareholders * Processed journal entries for month-end close. * Supervised two Financial Analysts. Note: Position was eliminated due to acquisition by Canadian-based Cookie Jar, Inc. Sr. Financial Analyst, International Theatrical Finance 2002-2005 Warner Bros., Burbank, CA Budgeted, forecasted and analyzed financial plans and trends for 65 territories ($800m rev/yr) * Improved accuracy of balance sheet and cash-flow forecasts by collaborating with Controllers in Europe, Asia and Latin America. Modeled International P&Ls, balance sheets and cash-flows in foreign and US currencies. * Initiated detailed (by title) revenue, prints, ad/pub and overhead planning cycles for 80 cost centers. * Prepared five year plan for foreign co-productions. * Validated revenue, marketing expense and print cost ultimates by comparing them to actual results and trends. * Improved accuracy and timeliness of forecasts by improving communication between Finance and Sales. * Analyzed impact of volume and currency exchange rates for monthly closes and forecasts. * Prepared journal entries for month-end close. * Provided MIS with key metrics and drivers to develop a new budgeting / forecasting system. Independent Consultant 2001 Improved cash flow and operational processes on the following projects: * 20th Century Fox TV Studios – Monthly financial reporting to Corporate. * Valley Crest Companies – Cash flow forecasting and budgeting. * Alcatel, Inc . – Sales forecasting and executive presentations. Maximized utilization of web-based forecasting. Utilized Oracle sales module to compare actuals against forecast.
  3. 3. Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis 2000-2001 Frederick’s of Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA Implemented planning processes for Stores, Catalog, Internet, Marketing and 15 departments ($100m rev/yr) * Established “bottoms-up” budgeting that saved $3m (10%) in operating costs. * Designed and monitored financial plans for executive team, distribution center, bankruptcy court and auditors. * Developed a 200-store cash flow model used to identify store closures, benchmarks for operational improvements, opportunities for lease re-negotiations and to initiate a by-store budgeting process. * Monitored weekly and monthly profitability trends, emphasizing key business risks and opportunities. * Improved purchase order process to control departmental spending against Chapter 11 reorg. Plan. * Prepared sales growth trending models, stores ROI analyses, and corporate expense allocations. * Supervised two Financial Analysts. Note: Position was eliminated due to Chapter 11-related cutbacks. Manager, Domestic Television Sales Administration 1992-1999 Paramount Pictures Corp., Los Angeles, CA Initiated budgeting and forecasting processes for Syndication and Cable licensing revenues ($500m rev/yr) * Created sales planning process to efficiently report results of five regional offices and determine sales bonuses. * Increased cash flow by $2m by discovering unbilled contracts and reducing residual costs. * Researched sales and ratings data to determine focus of marketing plans. * Organized due dilligence of library assets valuation for production company acquisition. * Planned post-merger integration of Viacom system and contracts including data validation and QA. * Provided MIS with key metrics and design drivers to improve quality of sales forecasting system. * Supervised five Financial Analyst / Sr. Analysts. EDUCATION MBA, California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks BA, Communications, California State University Northridge SYSTEMS SKILLS Advanced level of Excel, Word, PowerPoint & Access. Solomon, COGNOS reporting, Great Plains, Jaguar, SAP (R/3 & BPS Planning), Hyperion Enterprise w/Retrieve, Business Objects, PeopleSoft w/nVision, JD Edwards and AS400. OTHER INTERESTS Photography, cycling, swimming and triathlons.