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Listen to our President Jason Kruger on San Diego’s 760AM Radio Show “It’s Your Money and Your Life”

Listen to our President Jason Kruger on San Diego’s 760AM Radio Show “It’s Your Money and Your Life”

It’s Your Money and Your Life is a talk radio show on 760AM KMFB San Diego. On the show, Richard Muscio and co-host Joe Vecchio feature notable guests providing valuable information on financial and business matters as well as issues about your life, your leisure and your legacy.

On July 22, 2015, Richard and Joe interviewed the President of our San Diego office, Jason Kruger. In the audio below, you can hear Jason discuss Signature Analytics and the ways we support growing business by acting as their accounting and finance department. A few of the topics discussed include: how the cloud has changed accounting, ways to maximize the value of your company in preparation for an acquisition or liquidity event, the importance of internal accounting controls, avoiding overpayment of taxes, and much more.

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Signature Analytics in the San Diego Business Journal

Signature Analytics in the San Diego Business Journal

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The San Diego Business Journal recently published an article on the growth of San Diego outsourced accounting firms, including Signature Analytics.

“10 years ago, few companies would give much thought to entrusting their financial services to an outsider. Since then, the change has been dramatic, with several San Diego-based companies on the leading edge of providing everything from simple bookkeeping services to sophisticated market forecasting. The outsourcing trend shows no signs of easing.”

Read the full article for more on the growth of the outsourced accounting industry and how companies like Signature Analytics are helping small and mid-size companies grow their business by providing ongoing accounting support and financial analysis on an outsourced basis.

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Signature Analytics Opens Orange County Office and Welcomes Ken LaCroix as President

Signature Analytics Opens Orange County Office and Welcomes Ken LaCroix as President

We are excited to announce the appointment of Ken LaCroix as the president of our newest Signature Analytics office in Orange County, California. In this role, Ken will be responsible for the growth and fulfillment of Signature Analytics’ outsourced accounting and finance services in the Orange County market.

ken-lacroixKen is a seasoned CFO with more than 20 years of experience in both public and private accounting. Prior to joining Signature Analytics, Ken spent six years as a CFO consultant working with growing businesses to bring CFO level finance strategy to the accounting function.

“I have been guiding businesses through rapid growth and restructurings throughout my entire career and get satisfaction from helping entrepreneurs understand their financial results,” says Ken. “As part of the Signature Analytics team, I look forward to now being able to provide small and mid-size businesses in Orange County with a full accounting team to help them grow and reach their full potential.”

Ken holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the USC Leventhal School of Accounting, as well as a master’s in business administration from USC’s Marshall School of Business. He serves as treasurer of the board of the Corona del Mar High School Foundation, is active in the USC Marshall Alumni Association Orange County Chapter, and is a member of numerous business groups in Southern California, including ProVisors.

When Ken is not working with clients, he enjoys catching live bands in small venues, auto racing of almost any kind, boating, fishing and sailing Southern California, Vintage French Pop and Surf music (though not together), and good Cajun food.

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About Signature Analytics

Signature Analytics is an outsourced accounting firm providing ongoing accounting support and financial analysis to small and mid-size businesses. Our team of highly experienced accountants will act as your entire accounting department (CFO to staff accountant), or complement your internal accounting staff, to provide the ongoing accounting support and financial analysis necessary to effectively run your company, analyze operations, and guide business decisions.

Watch a quick overview video to learn more: www.signatureanalytics.com/video/

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Tony Sands Joins Signature Analytics as Vice President of Business Development

Tony Sands Joins Signature Analytics as Vice President of Business Development

Tony Sands has joined the Signature Analytics team as Vice President of Business Development to help drive new business and further the company’s growth in the Southern California market.

Tony has spent more than 14 years passionately helping lower middle market businesses get to the next level by assisting their banking and financial needs.

“Throughout my career in banking and financing, a common theme with growing businesses was the need to improve their financial information,” says Tony. “Signature Analytics is the first outsourced accounting firm that gets it. They have the flexibility to either leverage a company’s internal accounting employees, or step-in as the full accounting department, so any company—regardless of size—can have the timely and accurate reporting needed to grow.”

Prior to joining Signature Analytics, Tony was with Opus Bank as Managing Director for the San Diego and Orange County markets. He has also worked for Commercial Bank of California as a Vice President and Comerica Bank as a Relationship Banker.

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About Signature Analytics

Signature Analytics is an outsourced accounting firm providing ongoing accounting support and financial analysis to small and mid-size businesses. Our team of highly experienced accountants will act as your entire accounting department (CFO to staff accountant), or complement your internal accounting staff, to provide the ongoing accounting support necessary to effectively run your company, analyze operations, and guide business decisions.

Watch a quick overview video to learn more: www.signatureanalytics.com/video/

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Meet the Newest Members of Our Team

Meet the Newest Members of Our Team

As we mentioned in our May blog post, we have experienced significant growth over the past few years, including a 146% increase in Q1 2014 revenue compared with Q1 2013. To support this growth and ensure we are consistently maintaining the superior level of quality that our clients expect from us, we have added six new employees to our team.

Get to know the newest members of the Signature Analytics team…

Erin McNamaraErin McNamara joined Signature Analytics as a CFO level employee in May 2014 after spending 12 years at KPMG where she was a Director. Erin has worked with both public and private companies in various industries including oil and gas, financial services, consumer goods, and diversified industries. Her international career includes serving clients in seven countries where she lead external audits and advised clients in technical accounting, financial reporting, finance operations, risk management and strategic planning. Erin also has significant experience leading finance and controlling, including three years as COO/Controller for a $70M unit at KPMG and acting as a full-time interim controller for one of her clients for a year. Erin is a CPA who received her bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Missouri State University and her master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Missouri.

Melissa HallockMelissa Hallock joined Signature Analytics as an Accounting Manager in February 2014 after spending six years with a premier public accounting firm, Lindsay & Brownell, LLP. During that time, she provided accounting and tax services to start-up and mid-sized businesses across a variety of industries, including real estate, consulting, investments, and biotechnology. Melissa received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Tufts University and Certificate of Accounting from the University of California, San Diego. She has also taken an active role within the community by donating her time and expertise as Treasurer of a local non-profit, Villa Musica.

Clark WeigandClark Weigand joined the Signature Analytics team as an Accounting Manager in May 2014 after spending three years working in Seattle with a specialty tax firm. While at the firm, he studied and prepared financial statements to improve profit and tax reporting for businesses, developed a vast understanding of tax and U.S. GAAP principles, and undertook other complex accounting assignments. Clark received his bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Arizona and master’s degree in Accountancy from the University of Nevada in Reno.

Alex DonskoyAlex Donskoy joined our team as a Staff Accountant in February 2014 after graduating from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration – Accounting. While attending SDSU, Alex had various accounting internships in which he performed tasks such as 401k auditing and internal audits. Since joining Signature Analytics, Alex has supported multiple clients, performing their daily accounting duties and managing their month end close processes.

 

Frank L. Jaime IIIFrank L. Jaime III graduated from San Diego State University in May 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration – Accounting before joining Signature Analytics as a Staff Accountant the same month. During college, Frank worked for a financial advising firm where he was responsible for programming Excel workbooks to update advisors of new client investment opportunities. He also worked at San Diego State University managing construction project accounts for the on campus Electric Department.

Heather RoldHeather Rold joined Signature Analytics as the Marketing Manager in April 2014. Prior to joining the team, Heather spent more than eight years managing and executing a wide range of marketing and communications projects focused on increasing brand awareness and enhancing customer acquisition and retention for companies in the biotechnology, healthcare technology and medical device industries. She received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration – Marketing from San Diego State University.

 

Join the Signature Analytics Team

As we continue to grow, we are looking for talented and ambitious people, with exceptional communication skills, and high integrity to join our team and help contribute to our success. If you, or someone you know, are interested in joining the Signature Analytics team, see our Careers page for current job openings or email us at careers@signatureanalytics.com.

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Signature Analytics Continues Strong Growth in Q1

Signature Analytics Continues Strong Growth in Q1

We have experienced significant growth over the past few years, with a 146% increase in Q1 2014 revenue compared with Q1 2013. We can attribute this growth to a number of factors, including:

  • Continually providing our clients with the highest quality outsourced accounting services, evidenced in our 97 percent retention rate.
  • Providing proactive financial analytics so our clients better understand the financial health of their business. This enables them to make more informed financial decisions for their company that directly improve profitability making the ROI for using Signature Analytics’ accounting team apparent.

Ultimately we have found that our approach of providing a complete accounting team to every client, along with the flexibility to utilize only the level of service they need, is a successful model for us and for our clients.

We look forward to continued growth and are excited for what the remainder of 2014 has in store.

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Strong Growth Brings Another Quality Hire to Signature Analytics

Signature Analytics, an outsourced accounting company headquartered in San Diego, California, has continued to grow in late 2013 and early 2014 with new clients and outsourced accounting projects including audit support, audit preparation, assistance writing financial statements with disclosures, and acquisition integration facilitation. Additionally, they had numerous small and mid-sized businesses requesting ongoing monthly maintenance and bookkeeping services. To support the continued growth, Signature Analytics hired Samantha Kenter, CPA as an accounting manager in December 2013.

Jason Kruger, president of Signature Analytics, noted, “with our strong growth we identified a need for an accounting manager level employee but wanted to ensure that we maintained the highest level of quality for our clients. Samantha’s public accounting experience working in a number of different industries and transactions, we knew she would be a perfect fit.”

Samantha joins the Signature Analytics team after spending three years with Grant Thornton LLP. While at Grant Thornton, she worked on the largest engagements served by the San Diego Office including a defense contractor, restaurant chain, and electronics manufacturer. Additionally, Samantha worked with a number of start-up to mid-size companies providing audit and review services.

Samantha commented, “I am excited to work with a growing outsourced accounting company that focuses on quality in everything they do. While at Grant Thornton I was able to engage with a number of early to mid-stage companies and am thrilled to now be able to provide similarly sized companies assistance in maintaining the financial information and providing advice as they grow.”

Samantha graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Arizona and a master’s degree from the University of San Diego.

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Adding Top-notch Talent in Response To Continued Growth

Adding Top-notch Talent in Response To Continued Growth

Signature Analytics has experienced significant growth in 2013 and there have been no signs of slowing. The growth is a result of new outsourced accounting and technical accounting projects, including financial due diligence for a private equity acquisition of a distribution company, a number of financial modeling projects, establishment of appropriate processes and controls, projects to determine appropriate uses of cash, along with numerous companies requesting monthly accounting maintenance and bookkeeping services. Due to the continued growth, Signature Analytics hired Lara McFarlin as a CFO level employee in November 2013.

Jason Kruger, president of Signature Analytics, noted, “Lara’s experience perfectly complements our current CFO level services as she brings a combination of public accounting experience as well as a number of years of operational experience which our clients should benefit greatly from.”

With her master’s in Accounting from the University of Virginia, Lara began her career with Ernst & Young in their San Jose office where she managed audits in the technology and biotechnology sector focused on revenue recognition and preparation of GAAP financial statements. Most recently she was the controller of Crunch, LLC (Crunch Fitness) where she oversaw the month-end close process from numerous accounting systems, managing outside parties for 13 companies including joint venture, franchise, fully-owned, and parent companies. Lara was a key player in converting the Company’s accounting system from Peachtree and Solomon to Great Plains, implementing a reporting process, converting the payroll system from Compupay to Paylocity, and overseeing the payroll process. She was also instrumental in establishing revenue recognition policies for the numerous revenue streams of the Company in accordance with GAAP.

Lara’s strong knowledge and understanding of accounting systems is expected to benefit our client base as they grow and look for alternatives to their current system. Furthermore, her expertise in a number of industries from technology to real estate to manufacturing to retail and franchises is a perfect fit with our clients.

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