Name : Klaus Kessler
Industry Type : General Contractors - Managers
City & State : North Jersey, NJ
Job Title CFO - Contracting
Relocation Preferences : Open
Objective :
Resume :  

201 Piermont Rd.

Cresskill, New Jersey 07626


(D) 973-801-0381

KLAUS KESSLER                                                                              Linked 


Construction  s  Real Estate  s  Finance



My value to your organization is in creating Accounting, Finance and Operational solutions

As a trusted CFO I partner with key executives in Contracting, Real estate, and Professional service organizations where I improve business performance, increase net earnings. Involved and motivational leader, proven ability to hire and pilot teams to peak performance levels. Proficient at managing multiple projects while maintaining keen oversight of all daily operations across multiple business units.


          Technical Accounting - Strong applied GAAP - In Charge of all Accounting & Financial Ledgers, Schedules, Work papers, Closings and Reporting through Tax and Statement.

          Percentage of Completion Accounting WIP Financials, Holding Companies, including rollups through consolidations.

          Contracts/Legal Expertise - Negotiation Strategies focused on leverage and Risk Management.

Read, interpret, and negotiate Terms & Conditions.

          Sophisticated Financial Skill Set - Suitable to Service/Time Management, Asset based Revenue Streams.

          Finance Lead - Multiple State Business Units; Partnerships LLC, LP, S/C-Corp. cost centers, budgets.

          Relationship Manager - Legal, accounting, Surety, Banking and Investments.

          Treasury & Fiduciary - Cash Management, Trust Funds, Escrow and Investment Accounts.

          Technology - Software Acumen, Timberline, GEAC, (MAS), Great Plains, QuickBooks.

          Management database information system Implementation, migration and restorations.

          Accounting Process Linked to business platforms, controls, process, and best practices.

          Ten years public sector experience (1986 -1996) in accounting, strong GAAP knowledge.


SESSIONS CONTRACT CONSULTING                                                                          2007 to Present

Boutique consulting practice focused on providing scalable Controllership and CFO outsourced services.

Offerings include:  Business process re-mapping, creating financial reporting packages.  Accounting system implementations, staffing and training.  Source, for bid business liability and benefit programs.

Controller/ Client Manager

       Built out financial infrastructure for a group of four privately held service companies with a business volume of 10-20MM.

       Trued up Accounting processes, developed mgt. scorecards, installed budgets and forecasts.

       Created database to manage Contracts, and Purchase orders. Increased gross profit margins to 32%.

       Project management role, ran task evaluations, reorganized procedures, draft and rewrote SOP and Doc. Manuals for PR, AR, and AP.  Worked with managers to redefine manpower/billing/service triggering events at multiple City Properties.

       Seasonal Tax work winter to spring.



STAMACK USA, INC.                                                                                                      2005 to 2007

Construction Management Organization with 20 Multi-state operations

VP Finance/Group Controller

v      Operated as Chief Accounting Officer, Financial Partner Advisor to President, and Board.

       In charge of all financial work of four operating subsidiaries and parental Holding Company tax entity, head administrative functions and financial matters, including accounting, cash flows, profit and loss, and return on investment.

       Guide growth and expansion throughout twenty states; structured while managing business units,

Mentor Managing Directors, and establish cost center metrics, budgets, and Operating. plans.

       Restructured Financials: Balance Sheet positions/ Tax aspects for Income.

       Authoritatively complete all financials through audit (certified) financial statements, including pre-tax work, work-in-process, quarterly interims, and all financial consolidations.

       Reduced 2006 audit up-charges by 400K through negotiations and settlement compromises.

       Re-bid all corporate liability programs; elevated coverage protection to secure corporate risk exposure against litigation.

       Directed and supervised a unit of 12, plus two direct reports (General Controller and Operations Controller).



NYC GC CONTRACTORS                                                                                               2001 to 2005

General Contractor/Construction Manager

CFO/Corporate Controller

       Added $80M in revenue capacity by hosting remote locations to provide client management services.

Formed team groups, developed protocols.

       Restored faulty Timberline construction application to operational functionality; provided management with factual financial performance indicators that detected weak profitability trending, projecting upcoming losses.

       Provided guidance to 15 direct and eight indirect reports.



WILDMAN & BERNHARDT                                                                                          1990 to 2001

General contractor / real estate developer with multiple business units


       Modernized all accounting and business technology applications to support upcoming business growth and improve effectiveness of enterprise management.

       Performed due diligence on business acquisitions to triple capacity and diversify the business platform.

       Supported transformations in the cost mix equation; from 95% of sublet work to 40% self-performing trade work, and expanded workforce from 60 to 200.

       Created Performa financial models to secure partnerships with real estate speculator, enabling satellite businesses launches in North Carolina and Georgia; directed financial management, controls, processes, operating budgets, staffing, and training.

       Retained home-office control of all financial functions with no significant overhead expenditures.



HELMER-CRONIN CONSTRUCTION, INC.                                                               1988 to 1990

Production builder and developer of suburban homes and properties

Corporate Controller



SIGN WORKS/FLEXITECH DISPLAYS INC.                                                               1982 to 1988

Architectural Graphics/Point of Purchase Distributor

Multi Group Controller



STRUCTURE TONE INC.                                                                                              1978 to 1982

Global Contractor/CM

Accounting Manager/Controller




Bachelor of Science

Business - 1977

Accounting & Finance

MSU Montclair State University

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