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ROBERT

LAWRENCE
CPA, MBA

2800 N. Lake Shore Drive


Chicago, IL 60657
RLawrencei@aol.com
773-388-1772 (H)
773-255-7888 (C)
[Robert is] the kind of
self-directing, resultsoriented leader
organizations want [His]
commitment to doing
whats right and natural
ability to use the big
picture and new
technology to get to what
matters most will improve
your organizations
governance.
Gerry Garcia, Former
Senior Manager at KPMG,
current Internal Audit
Director-Life Technologies
[Roberts] work ethics
stand out his attention
to detail and structure
made his needs easy to
work with. When problems
occurred he responded
quickly.
Robert Kolodziejski
IT Manager at Steiner
Systems, former DBA for
ELS
[Robert is] very easy to
work with easy to talk
with a great asset.
Mike Vaia
Network Manager at ELS

OBJECTIVE
Seeking an Internal Audit role with a private or publicly held
corporation to provide operational and financial audits, SOX
compliance and provide business process improvement

SUMMARY
Experience includes managing risk and improving processes.
Successfully directed strategic planning, audited, and improved
results for public and private organizations, for-profit and not-forprofit. Skilled at developing innovative solutions to improve
revenue, ensure compliance and cut costs. My strong
operational understanding establishes standardized processes to
ensure efficiency and productivity during major changes.

SELECTED ACHIEVEMENTS
Identified $2 million in cost savings and lowered
purchasing card limits 75%, effectively reducing risk.
Produced $30 million in reduced risk on trucks by identifying
possible temporary transfer station and combustible materials.
Identified changes needed for Sarbanes-Oxley testing for
international division, despite challenges of differing processes
and computer systems.
Improved communication processes between client, advertising
firm and their international offices by developing standardization
for communication and reporting. Decreased time to write
audit reports by 10%, thus keeping the client with our firm.
Created accounting records and audit trail for two years for
CBOE member; also created audit work papers (PBCs) for use by
Big 4 firms.

SPECIAL SKILLS
Execution Ensure completion of projects inside and outside the
workplace.
Consulting Design to post-implementation of customer-focused
solutions.
Leadership Mentored/coached up to 7 personnel, many without
internal audit skills.
Reporting To all members of the organization, including internal
control improvements, compliance and cost savings.
OrganizingStrong time management and creative problemsolving ability.

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY
Independent Consultant, Chicago IL
2007 - Present
Audit, financial consulting, operating procedures and political advising for
various individuals, profit and not-for profit clients.

Equity LifeStyle Properties, Chicago, IL


2005 - 2007
Senior Corporate Auditor

ROBERT
LAWRENCE
CPA, MBA

2800 N. Lake Shore Drive


Chicago, IL 60657
RLawrencei@aol.com
773-388-1772 (H)
773-255-7888 (C)

Robert is a conscientious,
hard working employee
with superior technical and
interpersonal skills. He is
able to quickly and easily
establish a good rapport
and positive working
relationships with both
colleagues and clients.
Robert has a way of
setting people at ease,
which helps make them
more receptive accepting
audit findings and
constructive feedback.
Terri Crookston
Senio
r Auditor
Waste
Management

Performed risk analysis and internal audits for new Internal Audit
Department of the REIT that owns Manufactured Housing Parks and
Campgrounds. Performed business process improvement and compliance
audits and special projects from a corporate rather than a property
perspective.
Reduced risk by researching and developing Rent Collection policy for
mobile home and campground rent spanning laws in 23 states.
Decreased risk by $400K for legal services by estimating costs for each
line item in invoice vs. lump sum costs associated with services
provided.
Created a Excel based model to calculate the average cost to build a
new home by components per geographic location. Used model to
analyze $900M of costs over 3 years with 90K individual invoices.

Waste Management, Houston TX


2003-2005
Senior Corporate Auditor, Senior Auditor
Planned and led audits performed risk analysis and assessment, directed
audit team of audit steps (COSO-based), wrote audit reports including
remediation plans.

Identified clauses in municipal contracts to allow revenues to increase


by 3% per contract.
Analyzed and communicated the risk associated with running
overweight trucks. If found that a truck was overweight, the company
and driver could incur a moving violation in excess of
$2,400/occurrence.
Reduced risk by over $3M by identifying a temporary transfer station
containing a self-combustible substance overnight in a truck barn.
Researched and presented seminar on profitable business line at Waste
Managements Internal Audit Department annual meeting.
Performed Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) testing for 3 departments
(Management, Internal Audit and External Audit).
Identified areas to reduce risk on inadequate cash controls and
segregation of duties for landfills, transfer stations and hauling
business units.

Wards and Blackman Kallick Projectemps, Chicago, IL


1999-2003
Accounting Manager/Consultant

Robert is a class act. He


is dependable, honest and
trustworthy. Robert
brought a keen sense of
accounting to the group,
and always looked for new
ways to improve
procedures and automate
processes. I would highly
recommend Robert for a
position in business he is
an excellent resource, and
an enthusiastic team
player.

Managed and performed Accounting Function for an Internet Company.


Reconstructed accounting records and prepared audit work papers for
securities trading firm.
Conducted Travel and Entertainment Statement Audits.

KPMG, LLP, Chicago, IL


1998 - 1999
Senior Consultant
Led efforts to develop audit steps using KPMGs audit methodologies.
Served as an integral member
of a new department that provided cosourcing and outsourcing services for internal audit functions. Coached
team members to deliver results within budget.
Supervised, trained and mentored 7 new auditors in performing
internal audits for the system-wide school audit.
Wrote a complex audit program for the Chicago Public Schools systemwide school audit, which streamlined testing, planning and reviewing of
workpapers, reducing time to complete audit by 10%.
Conducted a focus group with 16 Principals to communicate
operational and financial risks associated with operations of the

Greg Kachlic

Auditor
W.W.
Grainger

The Illinois CPA Society

Chicago Public Schools.


Trained, supported and managed a team that recommended journal
entries and procedures that increased revenue and decreased expenses
by $1.5 million based on $7 million revenue in the year audited.
Championed efforts to standardize planning and reporting procedures
as well as formulated process templates to improve audit efficiencies
for international offices of the global advertising firm, which reduced
time to write audit reports by 20%.
Identified and mitigated $11,000 per worker per violation risk for
noncompliance of I-9 requirements that covered the 70 workers at the
plant, which mitigated additional exposure of $1,100 per missing item
required for compliance.
Researched and developed a presentation on auditing outsourced
operations, which was presented at a meeting of the Chicago Chapter
of Institute of Internal Auditors presented by 3 Senior Managers.

Previous Positions: Senior AuditorSears, Dun & Bradstreet,


Parsons Consulting, Swanson, Ogilvie & McKenzie, CPAs and W.W.
Grainger 1987 1998

EDUCATION & TRAINING


MBA Southern Methodist University, Edwin L. Cox School for
Business, Dallas, TX
SMU MBA International Exchange Program-Instituto De
Estudios Superiores De Administracion; Caracas, Venezuela, business
curriculum in Spanish; GPA 4.66/5.00
MAcc Miami University, Oxford, OH
B.S. in Math, BBA in Accounting, University of Oklahoma,
Norman, OK
Certified Public Accountant Illinois
SAP (FI) Certified Consultant, SAP Partner Academy, Toronto, ON
Professional training includes courses in SAP (CO and BI by SAP),
ACL, Fraud Examination, ACFE and Operational and IT Auditing by
the Institute of Internal Auditors.