Arthur Levine, CPA
Former CFO, VP Finance, Controller
Belmont , MA

Arthur Levine, CPA's Networking Photo

Previous Work:
  • Corporate Controller at PRTM Management Consultants, Inc
  • CFO at The Performance Measurement Group, LLC
  • Corporate Controller at Cahners Business Information
  • CFO at Charles River Publishing
  • Vice President Finance at American Express Travel Partnership
  • Vice President Finance at Thomas Cook Travel
  • Divisional Controller at Thomas Cook Travel
  • Education:
  • Landmark Education
  • BBA, Accounting, Pace University, New York
  • Documents:

    Maximizes profit through the use of solid analysis skills to drive more accurate forecasts and better alignment between expense and return on investment. Provides a wealth of continuous improvement expertise to streamline operations without sacrificing quality or responsiveness.
    Controls costs by optimizing internal resources and forging long-lasting and productive relationships with domestic and global service providers. Excels in the selection and cost effective implementation of ERP systems and related tools.
    Combination of detail orientation and entrepreneurial perspective to manage risk and inspire investor confidence while remaining agile to seize opportunities to drive the company forward.
    ERP Implementation
    Global Consolidations
    Transformational Leadership
    Budget Preparation
    Management Reporting
    Continuous Improvement
    Financial Planning & Analysis
    Financial Statement Preparation
    Audit Prep & Tax Planning
    Best Practices Implementation
    Just in Time Techniques

    Detailed Experience Summary:

    Corporate Controller at PRTM Management Consultants, Inc
    April 2001 - December 2008

    Reported to the CFO; supervised 12 including international accounting and finance team; worked with senior management to drive business operations. Coordinated preparation of tax returns and annual audit with external resources. Managed company metrics including gross and net utilization, contract backlogs and company bookings, operational costs and staffing. Oversaw preparation of monthly financial statements, exchange rate variance analyses, forecasts, annual budgets and operating plans. Strengthened internal accounting controls; developed policies and manuals to ensure control procedures are enforced. • Promoted to Controller of parent company while maintaining role as CFO of PMG after redesigning business model to redistribute CFO duties, reduced workforce by ~50% and continued to save $250K annually • Coordinated first time audit by outside auditors that revealed no major control weaknesses over a 5-year period; saved ~$40K US annually and improved service levels by replacing audit firm for auditing French operations; and eliminating separate statutory accounts in Germany • Recommended and earned approval to purchase Oracle financial suite and Business Objects to replace Peachtree after preparing a business case and performing comparative analysis and ROI on numerous vendors. Subsequently led finance team in implementing A/R, A/P ,G/L and ADI on time and under budget. • Led a team in implementation of OpenAir professional services automation system; selected this system after exhaustive investigation into 20 potential vendors based on Gartner MarketScope research

    CFO at The Performance Measurement Group, LLC
    April 2000 - March 2001

    Managed finance and accounting, human resources, insurance risk, treasury, and administration. Supported the Board of Managers and management team in strategic planning and day-to-day business management.

    Corporate Controller at Cahners Business Information
    July 1998 - March 2000

    Built and directed a staff of 60 to manage general accounting, accounts payable, asset management, and payroll to support 100% company growth. Devised policies and procedures to ensure adequate control over account reconciliations, accounts payable, record retention, travel and entertainment, capital expenditures, payroll and independent contractors. Collaborated on the integration of an acquisition of equal size; an accounting system upgrade and the merger of the acquired company into existing accounting systems. • Evaluated and proposed T & E processing and reporting systems that would save >$1M over 5 years • Centralized 6 payroll centers with disparate procedures into a unified organization with standardized controls

    CFO at Charles River Publishing
    January 1996 - June 1998

    Recruited to grow the business into a high-quality regional printer by leading strategic management; accounting and finance; management information systems; NT network administration; and TQM. Managed accounting and finance including planning, budgeting, estimating, procurement, payroll, accounts receivable/payable. • Evaluated, proposed and purchased equipment to reduce paper and labor savings ~$250K a year • Evaluated selected and implemented print management software to support future growth.

    Vice President Finance at American Express Travel Partnership
    January 1995 - December 1995

    Following acquisition, performed integration planning, 'best practice' evaluation, policy making and change management implementation.

    Vice President Finance at Thomas Cook Travel
    January 1989 - December 1994

    Played a key role in the merger with Crimson Travel and Heritage Travel into a single entity and the subsequent introduction of systems, procedures and controls. Monitored financial statements/performance statistics; alerted senior executives to emerging risk; worked with executive management on issues ranging from response to competition to the allocation of resources to maximize return on investment (ROI). • Co-led design and implementation of a plan saving $750K annually that included closing 3 accounting centers, staff reductions, unification of 4 G/L systems; created a single database for financial reporting that increased information accuracy for 400 offices (1150 profit centers) nationwide • Drove the adoption of, and commitment to, TQM within group that led to work flow redesign resulting in reduced monthly closing time from 17 to 7 days and supporting100% growth to $2B annually while maintaining staff levels

    Divisional Controller at Thomas Cook Travel
    October 1986 - December 1988

    Transferred with Dun and Bradstreet to this acquired travel services company. Performed acquisition analyses; prepared financial statements/pro formas and documentation used in divestiture negotiations and in working with auditors in the related due diligence process.

    Detailed Education Summary:

    Landmark Education
    December 2008

    BBA, Accounting, Pace University, New York
    June 1976

    Sports Director - Dormitory Council

    Conversation History: (65 total)

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    10/07/09 Franklin Davis
    10/07/09 Craig Edwards
    10/07/09 Julie Gershon
    10/07/09 Vincent Chiarella
    10/07/09 Kandi Perry
    10/07/09 Virginia (Ginny) Layton-Leal
    10/07/09 Mike Giles
    10/07/09 David Levenson
    10/07/09 Rick Roberge
    10/07/09 Michael C. Casey
    10/07/09 Shella Fitzpatrick
    06/04/09 Jeffrey Hattem
    06/04/09 Daniel Stoica
    06/04/09 Jaci Weissman
    06/04/09 Patricia Weber
    06/04/09 Bob Steenlage
    06/04/09 Denise Renee
    06/04/09 Susan Houck
    06/04/09 Sharon Lindenburger
    06/04/09 Roman Segal
    06/04/09 Chuck Cory
    06/04/09 Marna Friedman
    06/04/09 Barbara Waicker Larrabee
    05/20/09 Mike Hurney
    05/20/09 Jeffrey Hattem
    05/20/09 Sheila McCarthy
    05/20/09 Cheryl Santarelli
    05/20/09 Linda K Waters
    05/20/09 Bob Hackenson
    05/20/09 Lidia Scher
    05/20/09 Margo Johnson
    05/20/09 Margie Basaraba
    05/20/09 Anna Siverling
    05/20/09 Rock Griffin
    05/20/09 Suzanne Kellner-Zinck
    05/20/09 Phil Hamilton
    05/20/09 Mark O'Brien
    05/20/09 Michael S. Kraft
    05/20/09 Ed Chapman
    05/20/09 Shari Graham
    05/20/09 David Quintin
    05/20/09 Colin Murray
    05/20/09 Chris Hollis
    04/23/09 Zachary Goldberg, CFP(r)
    04/23/09 Jeff D'Urso
    04/23/09 Margie Basaraba
    04/23/09 Karen A Raisch
    04/23/09 Annette Reynolds
    04/23/09 Mo Edjlali
    04/23/09 Ben Bassi
    04/23/09 Ed Tremblay
    04/23/09 Lenna Scott
    04/23/09 Bonnie Gortler
    04/09/09 Elizabeth Taishoff Sweigart
    04/09/09 Roman Segal
    04/09/09 Bonnie Gortler
    04/09/09 Gregory Siverling
    04/09/09 David Quintin
    04/09/09 Patricia Weber
    04/09/09 Mike Sachleben
    04/09/09 Dave Steckel
    04/09/09 Dvorah Lansky
    04/09/09 Jim Kane
    04/09/09 Margo Johnson