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Chief Financial Officer Resume


Desired Industry: Librarian/Museum SpiderID: 5023
Desired Job Location: Chicago, Illinois Date Posted: 1/20/2006
Type of Position: Full-Time Permanent Availability Date: 1/1/06
Desired Wage: 150,000
U.S. Work Authorization: Yes
Job Level: Executive (President, VP, CEO) Willing to Travel: Yes, Less Than 25%
Highest Degree Attained: Bachelors Willing to Relocate: No


Objective:
I enjoy working and helping people grow to become a member of the community. I am looking to work for an organization that would allow me to put to use my creative abilities in administering an organization as well developing new financing strategies in support of that institution's mission.


Experience:
Vice President of Finance and Administration 1993 to June, 2005

Institutional responsibility for the day-to-day operations with an annual budget in excess of $11,000,000, assets of $109,000,000, including investments portfolio valued at over $73,000,000. Direct reports have included management and operation of the Visitor Services, Human Resources, Accounting and Finance, Information Services, Property, Merchandising, and Corporate Event departments and the Lincoln Park Society, an affiliated organization. Direct Report to CEO and Board.

· Member of the senior management team setting strategy for the development of the Chicago Historical Society and leading it into the 21st century as one of the best functioning and most stable museums of its type in the US. Museum is vibrant in an economy where similar institutions in other cities such as New York and Detroit have languished or declared bankruptcy.
· Co-leader of management team that created a new organizational framework, developed an effective management structure, new departments, and increased accountability.
· Led and managed investment strategies that enabled the Chicago Historical Society’s endowment to grow from $10 million to over $80 million and undertake significant physical and program expansion. Developed arbitrage strategy allowing the museum to free up unrestricted investments and set aside funds for future capital needs.
· Worked with three different CEOs on the evolution of the organization from a “staid, quiet adult place” in Lincoln Park to a diverse cultural educational center. Helped develop the Society programmatically to include traveling shows, topical and popular exhibits, and web-based programming. Oversaw the museum’s earned revenue growth as it tripled from 1996 to 2000 through such efforts as hosting events, wedding receptions, corporate outings and promotional events, and development of merchandising opportunities both on the web and at off-site locations.
· Implemented successful community outreach, local and state government lobbying program that was expanded to the federal level.
· Participated in numerous fund raising drives and activities, both in a direct and support capacity.
· Champion in building a new parking facility. One of the key impediments to growth was parking. This issue affected day-to-day operations as well as the ability to host revenue generating events.
¼ Successfully lobbied the City of Chicago to construct a new road to allow for an expanded parking facility.
¼ Created a new 501C3 tax-exempt organization in order to construct, finance and operate a $7.5 million parking facility for the benefit of the Historical Society and Lincoln Park.
In addition to the immediate impact on revenue growth from hosting outside events, this facility will begin throwing off significant positive cash flow when paid for in two years.
Robert Nauert Page 2

Chicago Historical Society continued . . .

· Founder of the Museum Management Committee, a national forum for officers and professionals within the industry to share ideas and seek professional development and training.
· Identified and acquired the appropriate new facility to meet both immediate collection storage requirements and future programmatic expansion, with identifiable revenue streams to support its operations.
· Issued 6.5 million in tax-exempt financing to support a $10 million capital expansion program for the museum.
· Responsible for the creation and monitoring of the Historical Society’s $11,000,000 operating budget.
· Oversaw the implementation of an institution-wide management information network with 200 work stations, including office automation, development, membership, building scheduling, admissions, point-of-sale retail, image scanning, and library and museum cataloging and information retrieval systems.
· Developed strategy to increase the Historical Society’s property tax revenues by 33%.

Vice President of Finance 1985 to 1993
Responsible for the management and operation of the Finance, Accounting, Property, Security, Museum Store and Corporate Events departments.
· Oversaw the Historical Society’s $ 17 million capital expansion, including the addition of approximately 60,000 sq. ft and the renovation of 150,000 sq. ft..
· Issuance of $23.85 million in tax-exempt bonds to the support the 1986 construction and renovation program.
· Initiated transformation of the Property and Security departments to a higher professional level with significant increase in experience and training.
· Oversaw expansion and implementation of business practices to the Museum Store, emphasizing the business purpose of the store.
· Created the Corporate Events program and opened the Historical Society’s first café within the museum.
· Co-Chairman of the staff Evaluation Committee to conduct visitor research.

Comptroller 1982 to 1985
Responsible for the financial operations of the Society.
· Computerization of the Society’s financial recordkeeping systems.
· Initiated departmental budgeting, monitoring and forecasting systems.
· Streamlined audit process to reduce fees and improve financial reporting.

ARTHUR ANDERSEN & CO., Chicago, IL 1980 to 1982

Senior Staff Accountant
· Acquired experience in financial management and operations through various auditing assignments with retail, manufacturing, and non-profit clients.


Education:
EDUCATION

NORTHERN, ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY, DeKalb, IL: B.S. Accounting & B.S. Finance

University of Illinois, Champaign, IL: C.P.A.


Affiliations:
Institute of Museum and Library Services
General Operating Grant reviewer 2005, 2000,1999
1998
American Association of Museums, (AAM)
Council of Standing Professional Committees Chairman, 1998 to 2000
Museum Management Committee, Standing Committee of the AAM
Chairman, 1996 to 2000
Vice Chairman, 1992 to 1996
Secretary, 1990 to 1992


Additional Information:
VOLUNTEER SERVICE

Director and President, Evanston Youth Hockey Association February, 1999 to present

Director Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce January 1999 to December 2004

Member, Long Range Planning Task Force, 43rd Ward January, 1999 to present

Director, Lincoln Park Advisory Council May, 1998 to 2002

Lincoln Park Steering Committee, Member 1988 to 1993



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