Resume

Denise M. Hebb, CPA, CFE

SKILL AND CAPABILITIES

  • Experienced, highly skilled CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT with an extensive background providing comprehensive accounting, tax, and assurance services to a variety of clients, including individuals, small to medium-sized businesses, and non-profit entities.
  • CERTIFIED FRAUD EXAMINER experienced in investigating allegations of fraud and assisting clients in developing, implementing, and monitoring controls designed to reduce the risk of fraud and ensure accurate and timely financial reporting.
  • Capable CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER with significant experience in risk assessment and cash flow management. Extensive experience in preparing forecasts and projections.
  • Experienced CONTROLLER capable of managing all accounting systems and maintaining and supervising all accounting functions including G/L, A/P, A/R, and multi-state P/R.
  • Proficient AUDITOR, capable of completing all aspects of engagements through issuance of financial statements and management letters.
  • Competent TAX PROFESSIONAL with extensive exposure to preparation of complex individual, partnership, corporate, and non-profit income tax returns including multi-state returns. Exceptional tax planning skills, able to analyze complex tax situations and develop planning strategies to minimize tax liabilities.
  • Skilled in the development of budgets and the preparation of cost proposals.
  • Proficient in evaluating accounting systems. Able to assess client needs and existing systems and develop and implement improvements.
  • Dynamic trainer with experience in training on various accounting software.
  • Exceptional communicator possessing excellent written and oral skills.
  • Capable consensus-builder, able to manage and interact easily with diverse groups.
  • Detailed oriented, experienced leader, and team player.
  • Self-motivated, focused professional able to work well under pressure.

EXPERIENCE

Managing Member

Hebb & Company, LLC Certified Public Accountants August 2007 – Present

Owner of CPA firm providing professional accounting, auditing, tax, and small business consulting services. Services include:

  • Planning and executing audits and reviews for local governments, non-profit organizations, and HUD related entities.
  • Preparation of compiled financial statements for small to medium-sized business on a monthly, quarterly, or annual basis.
  • Preparation of income tax returns for individuals, corporations, partnerships, non-profit entities, and trusts.
  • Tax planning to identify potential tax savings strategies to minimize tax liabilities for individuals and business entities.
  • Tax problem resolution including representing clients in audits, negotiating installment payment plans, petitioning taxing authorities for reductions in assessed penalties, and preparing and presenting offers-in-compromise.
  • Reviewing internal controls, designing controls to reduce the risk of fraud and abuse, and helping clients properly monitor their accounting function.
  • Working with clients to provide individualized, customize accounting services including QuickBooks installation, set-up, and training.

Senior Manager

Local CPA Firm August 2005 – August 2007

  • Responsible for managing all firm engagements including a variety of audits, reviews, and compilations for commercial entities, municipalities, school districts, and non-profit organizations; internal audits; and tax preparation.
  • Responsible for all aspects of engagements from client acceptance and retention to issuance of audit report and management letter.
  • Responsible for planning, assigning staff to engagements, and supervising performance.
  • Responsible for securing and retaining clients, setting fees, and ensuring profitable completion of all engagements.
  • Preparation and review of tax returns including individual, partnership, corporate, non-profit, trust, and estate returns.
  • Responsible for developing and monitoring the firm’s Quality Control Standards and ensuring successful completion of the firm’s peer review.

Chief Financial Officer/Co-founder

Solution Specialists, Inc. (National computer consulting firm) 1995-Present

  • Developed business plan, identified core competencies and strategic strengths. Grew annual revenues to $10M within the first eighteen months of operations.
  • Full responsibility for all aspects of accounting, financial, and HR management. Actively involved in marketing and recruiting.
  • Manage multi-state operations including preparation of corporate tax returns for 20+ states.

Accounting & Auditing Consultant

Self-employed 1984-2007

  • Year-end write-up work and completion of audits, reviews, and compilations.
  • Managed audit engagements from planning to issuance of financial statements.
  • Assisted clients in assessing risks – developed internal controls to manage identified risks.
  • Prepared monthly financial statements and budget analyses.
  • Assisted external auditors in the efficient and effective completion of year-end audits and regulatory compliance.
  • Assisted clients in hiring, training, and evaluating accounting staff.
  • Prepared forecasts and income and cash flow projections.
  • Provided installation, set-up, training, and modification of accounting systems on various software including QuickBooks, Great Plains, Peachtree, and MAS90.

Chief Financial Officer

National consulting firm 1982–1995

  • Full responsibility for all financial functions of the firm during a period of rapid growth. Actively involved in strategic planning.
  • Oversaw preparation of monthly financial statements and account reconciliations. Provided monthly reporting to absentee owner.
  • Responsible for managing $2.5 million line of credit. Developed and maintained banking relationships. Extensive experience in the preparation of income and cash flow projections and cash flow management.
  • Developed, implemented, and managed all accounting procedures and internal controls. Hired, trained, and supervised accounting staff handling $20 million sales volume.
  • Prepared and reviewed proposals submitted to both corporate and government clients.

Treasurer

Non-profit, research organization and for-profit subsidiary 1991 – 1994

  • Full responsibility for all accounting, financial, and tax functions.
  • Supervised all accounting and administrative staff.
  • Prepared cost proposals for government and foundation support including the development of overhead rate calculations.
  • Monitored government contracts to ensure adherence with FAR regulations.
  • Coordinated external and Defense Contractor Audit Agency (DCAA) audits.
  • Position required top secret U.S. government clearance.

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Certified Public Accountant (Pennsylvania)
  • Certified Fraud Examiner

MEMBERSHIPS

    American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)

    Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA)

    Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)

    Women in Film and Media, Pittsburgh Chapter - Treasurer

    Rich-Mar Rotary

    Cranberry Chamber of Commerce

EDUCATION

Robert Morris University

    M.S. and B.S.B.A – Accounting

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Robert Morris University

Part-time Faculty Member – January 2004 to Present

    Taught Introductory Accounting, Intermediate Accounting, Tax, and Auditing courses.

ACTIVITIES

  • Served on school council and various PTG groups.
  • Served on the Safe Schools subcommittee of the Sharon School Committee.
  • Contributed weekly articles on behalf of Sharon School Committee for publication in the Sharon Advocate.
  • Worked with various non-profit organizations providing accounting support, proposal preparation, and other duties as required by boards.

    

  • Comprehensive School-Age Parenting Program (CSAPP), a teen parenting program in the Boston Public Schools.
  • Boston Asian: YES, a Boston-based social service agency aimed at inspiring Asian youth to actualize their greatest potential. The organization provides support and counseling services to help youth stay in school and out of gangs and the criminal justice system.
  • Sociedad Latina, a Boston-based social service agency aimed at keeping Latina youth in school and out gangs and the criminal justice system by providing a broad array of programs that promote leadership, civic engagement, meaningful employment, educational attainment, and cultural pride and identity.
  • Community Servings, a Boston-based social service agency that delivers meals to homebound AIDS patients.
  • Dance Umbrella, a Boston-based modern dance presenter responsible for bringing contemporary dance groups to the city.