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The Scoop on FEWnet
The Scoop on FEWnet

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"Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings." - Jane Austen

Live with intention. It's a quote that we often hear, and just as often sigh, nod our heads, and say 'Yes! That's what I need to be doing.' Then busy season comes (whether that refers to work, family schedules or both), and we find ourselves living in the minute versus enjoying the moment.

This month's Member Spotlight, Christina Melloh, speaks of how much she enjoys taking an hour a month to spend with her FEWnet small group. Table Talk includes some interesting discussion around how we ease our workload through both contract and permanent hiring. Announcements highlight the very popular Women on Boards dinner, as well as a great opportunity to rediscover our purpose and potential, and the possibilities that come out of that knowledge. If you are looking for help easing your workload, we encourage you to check out our featured contract or perm candidates.

Finally, we are excited to announce that Melissa Mlakar has joined the Certes Financial Pros team and will be taking over many of the administrative tasks that keep our small groups running smoothly, as well as the event planning that goes into throwing our famous FEWnet parties. Dori Estrella will continue to manage the overall growth of our FEWnet community but Melissa will be the primary point of contact for all of your FEWnet needs. Please feel free to contact her at mmlakar@certespros.com or 952.345.3437.

FEWnet Member Spotlight
FEWnet Member Spotlight

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C'est la vie (say lah VEE). An expression used to play down some minor disappointment: "So we lost a softball game by twenty-two runs. What can you do; c'est la vie." From French, meaning "that's life."

- The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition

Christina Melloh

Christina Melloh is Senior Corporate Counsel at St. Paul Travelers, a Fortune 500 leader in insurance, surety products, and risk management services. In her current role, she is responsible for international tax planning, reporting, and audits. Her team also provides counsel for cross border start ups, mergers and acquisitions, and dispositions.

With a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from Indiana State University, a JD from the University of Minnesota, and an MPA from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, to say that Christina is an accomplished scholar is an understatement. She is also a passionate champion of both libraries and transit, and an infectious personality that truly embodies the spirited optimism of one of her favorite mottos, "c'est la vie."

Table Talk
Table Talk

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Read about hot topics from this month's FEWnet small group discussions.

Rolling forecasts.

This month's FEWnet groups found a wide variability around exactly how a rolling forecast approach is being implemented. Some companies are using a rolling four quarter or six quarter forecast, while other companies finalize an annual plan, review it on a monthly basis, and re-project the balance of the year expected results (while sticking to a more traditional calendar for planning the upcoming year). Various approaches prompted questions, such as: can we eliminate the annual operating plan by having a more current and reliable forecast, as well as if business cultures, bonuses, etc. are tied to the plan, how do all these elements work together? More to come on this topic...

Perm Placement Network
Perm Placement Network

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The Perm Placement Network by Certes connects financial professionals with permanent positions in the Twin Cities.

Hear about the jobs you want.
Maintain the confidentiality you need.

Check out a sample list of perm jobs that we could be working on today:

Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis

Work with the best in the world! Manage the preparation of the division long-range plan, quarterly reviews/forecasts, and annual business plan. Prepare and review capital appropriation requests, as well as reports, ad-hoc analysis, and presentations for Corporate. A team player with demonstrated leadership skills, the ideal candidate will be a solutions provider who is ready to drive business growth in a fast paced industry. Salary starts at $75K

Tax Manager

Manage a team that is responsible for a variety of income tax compliance and planning projects, including preparing federal, state, and local income tax returns; assisting in managing federal income tax audits; proposing and implementing state income tax savings opportunities; and performing tax due diligence and integration functions on domestic acquisitions. A great fit for a dynamic leader with savvy communication skills and the desire to grow with a global leader! Salary starts at $90K


A demonstrated visionary with superior decision making skills, our client seeks a CPA to manage all financial functions, credit and collections, accounts payable, capital asset accounting, management accounting, and internal and external financial reporting and analysis. High impact players looking to lead the financial success of a fast growing company are encouraged to apply! Salary starts at $100K + bonus potential


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Women on Boards

Women still only represent 13.6% of the membership of Fortune 500 company boards, but new expectations for board members of all organizations are creating possibilities for women. Join leaders and active board members Mary Jeffries, COO of Petters Group Worldwide; Cyndi Lesher, President and CEO of Xcel Energy Minnesota; and Sheila Riggs, President and CEO of Delta Dental of Minnesota in an engaging evening of conversation.

Sponsor: SHARP UpSwing

Tuesday, November 28
4:30 PM to 8:00 p.m.
Metropolitan Ballroom, 5418 Wayzata Blvd, Golden Valley

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Powerful Persuasion! -- Professional Development for Women

Discover your purpose, possibility, and potential. Learn how to lead with confidence and conviction, communicate effectively, and move others to action - all while advancing your professional profile. Lori Giovannoni, nationally known speaker and author of "The Law of Achievement," will headline the evening. First 100 registrants will receive a free book!

Sponsor: Executive Women International - Minneapolis, St. Paul & Rochester Chapters

Wednesday, November 15
Presentation 3:00-6:00 p.m.
Social Hour & Book Signing at 6:00 p.m.
Dinner at 6:45 p.m.
The Grand Hotel, 615 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis

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Long-Term Contractors / Perm Candidates
Long-Term Contractors / Perm Candidates

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Featured Contractor #1

Technical skills: Account analysis, cost accounting, fund accounting, physical inventory, inventory costing, year-end close, and more!

Computer skills: Excel, PowerPoint, Crystal Reports, Oracle General Ledger, JD Edwards, PeopleSoft, and SAP.

Industry experience: Consulting, manufacturing, warehouse, distribution, and non-profit.

A hands-on CPA/MBA, this Certes Pro loves the operations side of business and has strong process improvement experience.

Bill rate: $64/hr.

Featured Contractor #2

Technical skills: General ledger, month and year-end close, audit, cash flow, financial reporting, and financial statement preparation makes for a great addition to any team!

Computer skills: Access, Oracle, Excel and Excel Macros, Quicken, Lawson, Hyperion, and PeopleSoft.

Industry experience: Manufacturing and hospitality.

This Excel expert offers a strong blend of IT and accounting experience with a passion for data mining.

Bill rate: $86/hr.

Featured Perm Candidate #1

Technical skills: General ledger, month and year-end close, budgeting, cost accounting, financial analysis, strategic planning, and more.

Computer skills: Excel, Lotus 1-2-3, Excel Macros, Lotus Macros, and SAP.

Industry experience: Agribusiness, banking, health care, wholesale, manufacturing, and retail.

An MBA with vast systems knowledge, this professional brings a solid planning and analysis background complimented by an impressive progression in accounting roles.

Target compensation: $85,000.

Featured Perm Candidate #2

Technical skills: Accounts payable and receivable, payroll, computer conversions, system installations, audit, business plans, commissions, property reporting, fixed assets, and much more.

Computer skills: Oracle, Excel, Quicken, and SAP.

Industry experience: Consulting, computers, health care, and e-commerce.

A bright and personable CPA with broad, progressive experience in finance, accounting, and systems.

Target compensation: $130,000.

Call Certes at 952-345-4140 for more information about our outstanding contractors and perm candidates...or check us out at www.certespros.com!

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