Meet our DLC Finance and Accounting Consultant, Kevin Mullane!
Meet our Finance and Accounting Consultant, Kevin Mullane! Kevin has been a valuable part of DLC Consulting for over 18 years! Get to know him better below!
Hometown: Kenosha, WI
Alma Mater: Mary D. Bradford HS / University of Wisconsin – Madison
Favorite things to do outside of the office: I enjoy spending time with my wife and daughter, reading, watching old movies, and following my favorite sports teams.
How has your background impacted your experience as a consultant? For me, it’s the wide range of experiences in functional areas and industries I’ve had throughout my career that allows me to drop into most any situation and quickly understand what is needed and provide value. In addition, I have the ability to focus on client service due to the trust I have in DLC leadership that my accomplishments will be recognized and appreciated.
What’s a typical workday like for you? It varies depending on the engagement, but a common task in the morning will be to take a moment to evaluate my day, identify my priorities and ensure I have a plan to meet my daily deliverables.
As part of a team that works 100% virtually, what technology or collaboration tools do you use to make your work life easier? I did work remotely for over 2 years straight during the pandemic, but am starting to spend more time at my current client’s office. When working from home, Teams seems to be the virtual meeting technology of choice for my clients.
What motivates you to wake up and go to work every day? It’s a special feeling to have found something I can do for a living and enjoy my time doing it. I have overcome some major health hurdles and feel blessed to have an amazing family and employer. That’s my motivation.
What kind of work have you been doing? I’ve had a variety of engagements recently, including acquisition integration, accounting activity documentation, interim controllership, accounting close and reporting acceleration, BlackLine enhancements, optimization, and training, and journal entry standardization.
Over the course of my career with DLC, I’ve also supported mortgage lending organizations and other financial institutions, oversaw annual and mid-year budgets, monthly close activities, and cost of sales projects, was on the core team for a marketing and advertising compensation project, SOX documentation and remediation activities, interim controllership roles for acquired companies that required creation of accrual accounting process implementation and integration, reconciliation deep dives and process improvement, cash flow management, interim treasury oversight and more.
Where do you see the benefits? There are times where I see benefits immediately, particularly when training client staff on new skills that will benefit them in their job. Other times, the client’s organizational benefits may be fully realized after my engagement is over, but I typically stay in touch with my clients and hear about those benefits down the road, which is a great feeling. For example, in the illustration below, my direct client manager ultimately received a year-end CFO award and my project results were specifically cited in her accomplishments. I felt very good about that.
Linking data to finance and accounting, explain environments that have had lack of reporting infrastructure/inefficiencies and how have you brought organization and solutions: My most recently completed project was with an organization that required the accounting teams to review each legal entity to derive balance sheet movements to support cash flow and other financial reporting schedules. The process was very manual and time consuming and typically involved queries of activity against the ERP system in place. I was able to create templates for each entity by balance sheet account using an excel add-in tool to query against a static database loaded from the ERP system. I worked directly with the various teams to implement, explain, and train the staff to transition their monthly tasks to the new process. This process significantly reduced the query time as well as the manual manipulation time resulting in reporting time acceleration for the client.