City of Calabasas
City Manager, Since August 2018
Provides executive leadership in the management of the City and execution of City Council policies. Provides municipal services through the coordination and direction of all City activities, finance, and personnel. Provides services inclusive of administering and executing City Council Policy, presenting recommendations and information to enable City Council to make decisions on matters of policy, responding promptly and positively to all inquiries and requests of citizens, disseminating information regarding City activities, providing input on regional, state, and federal issues which effect the City of Calabasas, conducting audits and studies of fiscal procedures and transactions within the City, maintaining a solid fiscal position through the preparation of the annual budget and continuous monitoring of financial conditions of the City.
Chief Financial Officer, December 2003 - July 2018
I direct financial actions of a city with 278 employees and 24,202 residents. I oversee all aspects of monetary business related to Calabasas. I track cash flow, conduct financial planning, analyze financial strengths and vulnerabilities, and propose corrective actions. Spearheading a top-to-bottom redesign and utilization of Crystal Reports and Fund Balance software, personnel, and money management, I built a professionally cohesive finance department, exposing untapped growth opportunities. I mined improved market conditions through bond issuance to fund capital improvement projects, slashing debt by $5.3M. Every day I report to work with the goal of making certain Calabasas businesses and residents receive services, programs, and open space stewardship that makes Calabasas a world class destination.
Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority
Director of Finance, September 2002 – December 2003
Los Angeles, California
I oversaw all aspects of funding dedicated to the development, acquisition, preservation, and management of local open space and parkland, watershed lands, trails, and wildlife habitat. The MRCA manages and provides ranger services for almost 73,000 acres of public lands and parks that it owns and that are owned by the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy or other agencies and provides comprehensive education and interpretation programs for the public. The MRCA works in cooperation with the Conservancy and other local government partners to acquire parkland, participate in vital planning processes, and complete major park improvement projects.
Reinstatement Services, Inc.
Vice President, Business Development and
Information Technology, June 2000 – September 2002
Carson City, Nevada
Reinstatement Services, Inc., provided mediation services in the mortgage finance sector to commercial and residential mortgagees facing foreclosure due to loan default. During my tenure, RSI went from being a small home-based startup to a national (and Canada) enterprise rising to become the number one go-to Loss Mitigation mediation firm in the United States.
Director of Financial Systems, September 1997 – June 2000
I managed Finance and Information Technology Department (100 employees) and oversaw the implementation of hardware, software, and communication upgrades for all aspects of the enterprise. I performed ROI, Rate/Volume, and manpower studies. My team worked to increase financial system efficiency, human capital effectiveness, and heighten financial awareness of key executive managers, decision makers, and Board of Directors. Financial reports are generated using a set of general ledger numbers established to track performance at a detailed level. When the number of accounts are too many or not specific enough to the level of work being performed, reports are not comprehensive and lack key decision making information. By restructuring the chart of accounts I was able to decrease dedicated-to-task man hours by 25 percent and labor costs by 30 percent. Additionally, a scheduled customer rate hike was stayed saving several million customers an average of $2.36 monthly increase.
Operations and Business Planning Manager
Program Manager, October 1984 – September 1997
Responsible for: accounting, budgeting, contracts, cost control, estimating and pricing, financial analysis, financial planning, purchasing, and reporting for government contracts in excess of $3.2 billion. Managed all operational duties, including: procurement, inventory, planning & control, engineering, manufacturing, and quality control with a professional staff of over 300. Principal interface with the United States Air Force and the United States Army commanding officers regarding the design, manufacturing, and delivery of defense products. Designed and implemented a new material ordering program which effectively reduced handling and storage costs, minimized scrap, and reduced ordering costs by over $1M annually.