ds Adam Arends | Professional Resume

Accountant / Analyst / Entrepreneur

I am a business consultant @ Align Business Solutions

I think inside the box, that is, I focus on the task at hand and creatively find a solution that solves the probelm efficiently, effectively and permanently.

I have a wide range of interest in the areas of accounting and the marrying of those principals with logic built through technology. This sneaks into my work as highly efficient spreadsheets, automated work flows, and a tendency to promote known and stable solutions integrated with current technology.

I am motivated and a self-starter looking for a company willing to invest in me as a valuable asset to their team - someone to move through their company and develop and grow with them.

Personal Information

Minneapolis Area, Minnesota


2015 - now

Arends Business Serivces / Align Business Solutions

April 2015 to Present

Align Business Solutions, LLC provides small business startup services and corporate gap management services in the areas of planning, finanical service, technology, marketing, and web development.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Client on-boarding
  • Contract managemment
  • Fiancial planning, business modeling, venture development
  • Financial accounting and transactional services
  • Reporting and month-end closing
  • Web-site development and technology integration
  • IT suppport and server system maintenance

→ Align Business Solutions

2014 - 2015

Senior Analyst @ Pioneer Press

September 2014 to April 2015

The Pioneer Press is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Media News Group/Digital First Media - one of the largest newspaper companies in the United States. The publication primarily services St, Paul, East Metro and Wisconsin (and locations throughout the sate of Minnesota)

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop annual budgets for circulation division of the newspaper and maintain monthly variance analysis and updated run-rates for revenue and expenses.
  • Create weekly reforecast of financial statements for management. Maintain external reports related to reforecast.
  • Track and report company statistical metrics through financial systems.
  • Create system to track and confirm paper distributions and returns. Utilize system to track and maintain shrink of paper inventory and related expenses.
  • Generate and post required general journal entries in accordance with company policies and practices to maintain accurate financial statements.
  • Prepare account reconciliations, audit errors, and post required entries to correct any unplanned variances.

→ Saint Paul Pioneer Press

2012 - 2014

Senior Accountant/Analyst @ IHC Specialty

January 2012 to September 2014

IHC Specialty Benefits is a wholly-owned subsidiary of AMIC - a publicly traded NASDAQ company. IHC Specialty Benefits is a marketing company focusing on non-essential insurance benefits (pet, travel, short-medical, etc).

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop annual corporate budgets for multiple entities; budgets for sales, cost of goods sold, and operating expenses.
  • Provided variance analysis on monthly basis and correct major budget variances through accounting systems.
  • Project lead for development of new accounting, sales, and commissions database; working across multiple disciplines and departments.
  • Generate quarterly sales and cost re-forecasts based on actual results, future event assumptions and current initiatives.
  • Lead on projects for systems improvements and process automation to enhance workflow, communication and accuracy of accounting systems.
  • Full charge accounting for four entities/subsidiaries including: accounts payable, accounts receivable, cash management, treasury management, revenue recognition, cost recognition, and financial statement creation and review. Review multiple entities.
  • Consolidation of inter-related entities/subsidiaries including: due diligence and review of external sources, eliminations, and consolidated presentation statements.

→ IHC Specialty Benefits

2009 - now

"CFO/COO" @ Charm Design Studio, LLC

January 2009 to present

Charm Design Studio is a wholesale stationery and surface design company owned and operated by Jacquelyn Arends.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide operational guidance for business efforts.
  • Create business and financial models and analyze data to determine operating initiatives.
  • Create marketing opportunities including websites and other initiatives.

→ Charm Design Studio


Senior Accountant @ Gopher Sport

January 2011 to November 2011

Gopher Sport is a direct-to-consumer retailer of sporting goods and equipment. Gopher Sport, Gopher Performance, and Play with a Purpose represent the product lines and specific marketing initiatives of the corporation.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Department expense reviews and expense forecasting – lead new initiative that gave managers full monthly visibility of expenses to allow them to make department decisions as well as allow executive staff to direct department needs.
  • Collaborated on root-cause analysis of planned cost conflicts – reported findings to managerial staff for decision-making.
  • Developed new fiscal planning process giving finance and accounting visibility to all department planning, allowing for decision-making on month-to-month basis in terms of expense review and department expense/invoice coding.
  • Daily and weekly financial and internal metric reporting – reported on daily sales and weekly snapshot of key financial metrics in order to maintain executive visibility and decision making capabilities.

2007 - 2011

Staff Accountant @ Brown Printing Company

February 2007 to January 2011

Brown Printing Company is a full-scale magazine and catalog printer based in Waseca, MN. BPC is the third largest magazine printer in the country and is wholly-owned by G+J of Germany - Europe's largest magazine printer/publisher.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Facilitated complete accounting for US held partnership within parent company structure.
  • Financial reporting: created reports as part of parent company monthly and quarterly consolidation.
  • System maintenance: maintained chart of accounts and account sets and groups used in reporting, maintained cost centers and hierarchy structure.
  • Report writing: created custom SAP reports to meet specific company needs. Updated report method for simple, maintenance free updates.
  • Analyzed shipping data and nexus information to determine adjustments needed to state filings.
  • Created automated treasury spreadsheet to determine daily cash flow between inter-related companies and banking accounts.
  • Designed and implemented digital check authorization and deposit procedure. Later updated and upgraded that system to flow with company changes. Checks deposited remotely with daily time savings of at least 45 minutes of processing.

→ Brown Printing Company


2005 - 2007

Minnesota State University, Mankato

from September 2005 to December 2007

Bachelors of Science - Accounting

Minor: Business Administration.


Very Good
Financial Close
Very good
Very Good
Project Management
Very Good

Accounting Skills

Excel Access SAP Oracle QuickBooks Programming
Closing Statements Analysis Organization


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