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Experienced Accountant

My specialties are:

Accountability. Numbers speak volumes in financial statements, but only have true meaning when properly accounted for. I have over 25 years of Accounting related experience, fully adhering to generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and Sarbanes Oxley (SOX) regulations and compliance.

Problem Solver. I like things tidy and neat, not only in my house but in bookkeeping as well. If there’s an issue to be resolved, I will seek a solution and put processes in place to ensure the issue doesn’t recur.

Efficiency and Ease of Use. Spreadsheets are powerful tools, and if built correctly, should be easy to use and maintain. Spreadsheets should work FOR YOU and not the other way around.

Communication. I like to obtain full detail of the task at hand and in turn, provide the solutions I’ve implemented in a clear and concise manner.

Learn. I love learning new things, whether it’s new Accounting software or other interests. I’ve successfully taken a number of online QuickBooks courses recently, and am eager to put my newly trained skill to use. Other things I’ve learned as a passionate hobby of mine - photography, from features on the lens and camera to proper lighting and focusing on the subject to be photographed.

Below are testimonials from previous employers and co-workers...

Anne Yardley - Facility Lead at OpenText, San Francisco …
Brian Baker has been one of my favorite colleagues at Serena over the past 10 years. I am in awe of his meticulous attention to detail and appreciate his help educating me on accounting functions. He has had my vote for Employee of the Year numerous times over the years because he exemplifies an employee that is the whole package; good at his job, responsive, approachable, and funny. We have had a great professional relationship and his sense of humor always brightens my day.

Michelle Avolio - Sr. Director Revenue at ANSYS, Inc., Greater Pittsburgh Area…
I would welcome the opportunity to work with Brian again anytime. His willingness to go above and beyond without mentioning his efforts makes him a professional that I very much miss having as part of my team.

Eric Johnson - CEO at Nintex, Greater Seattle Area…
Brian is a very solid and focused professional. I worked with Brian for several years at Serena. He did an excellent job in the A/P and accounting functions, always providing good service with a great attitude.

Ben Cody - Vice President at McAfee, Washington D.C. Metro Area…
Brian is a top notch financial professional who combines a detailed knowledge of process and procedure with a helpful, team oriented attitude.

Christine Kalaveshi - Legal Compliance/Law Enforcement Response, San Francisco…
Brian has an amazing upbeat attitude and is incredibly responsive, accurate and detailed. In the 6 plus years I worked with him at Serena Software he never failed to deliver a quick and cheerful answer whenever I had an issue that required his expertise, which was often.

Skills & Expertise

AccountingAccounts PayableBookkeepingCourse MaterialData EntryDesign ProcessFeature WritingFinancial AnalysisGeneral LedgerInternet ResearchLighting DesignLikesMicrosoft ExcelMicrosoft Excel FormulasMicrosoft Excel ModelsQuickBooksSAPSoftware DevelopmentSpreadsheets

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