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Paul L. Schechter, CPA, MPH, MA is the Founder of CFO's Online.  Paul is a Certified Public Accountant and has practiced since 1980.  He specializes in the financial & tax operations of privately-held businesses and their owners. He leverages his financial & tax knowledge to to help his clients achieve financial sustainability.  

Paul graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 1975 with a B.S. In Public Health and has also completed two masters degrees:  one in Health Care Management from the University Of Illinois Medical Center and the other in Behavioral Arts (Conflict Management) from CSU-Dominguz Hills.   He is Certified as a Mediator by the L.A. County Bar Association. He was previously a Sr. Tax Manager with Ernst & Young where he was a national specialist in partnerships and real estate.  He currently runs the Tax Answer Hotline for CPA's where he provides tax advice (second opinions, research, etc.) to several hundred CPA's. He began his career in the health care audit division of Arthur Andersen & Co. and also worked in their tax-exempt restructuring group.  He has been a Quickbooks ProAdvisor and a Certified Netsuite E-Commerce consultant.  He was previously on the Board of the Century City Chamber Of Commerce and was a Board member of the REC and Westside United Way.  He has taught classes for BH Adult Education and the Calif. Society of CPA's.

The following is a partial list of companies he has done work with over the years:

Aircraft Production:
···McDonald Douglas-dispute resolution system design 

Business Management
···Bill and Camille Cosby-tax consulting 
···Kate Jackson-business management

Clothing Production:
···Rampage Clothing Manufacturing, Inc.-bankruptcy consulting

···Ernst and Young (Senior Manager)-tax, business management, syndications
···Arthur Andersen & Co.-financial audit and tax consulting
···Laventhol & Horwath-tax consulting
···Raikow & Co. bankruptcy consulting 

Consumer Products:
···Bullocks of Northern California-bookkeeping
···The Disney Store (various products)-international controller
···GB Enterprises (leather products)--inventory management

Electronics Manufacturing:
···Pioneer Electronics-tax consulting                                                                                     ···Cherokee International (Europe)-internal controls/SOX

···Three Elements-CFO & tax
···Center Of Gravity-CFO and tax

Food Service: 
···Hard Rock Café-syndication/tax
···Collins Foods International-tax 

Fitness, Inc. CFO & controllership consulting

···Santa Clara County-internal audit

Medical/Hospital/Health Care Delivery:
···Various Medical Groups-tax and accounting
···Stanford University Hospital-business consulting
···Medical Technology Inc.-tax consulting
···Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals
···Arthur Andersen & Co.-Healh Care Financial Auditing
···American Medical International-taxation

Medical Device Manufacturing:
···Alaris Medical, Inc. -tax consulting
...Bausch and Lomb-SOX/internal controls
···CibaVision-internal controls
Marketing Research:
···Claritas, Inc. (a division of VNU)-internal controls

Movie/Video/Music/Theme Park Production: 
···Universal Studios-process improvement/software implementation
···Sony Entertainment-information technology 
···The Walt Disney Company-international controller/tax consulting
···VNU (owner of-Billboard Magazine) internal controls

Real Estate:
···Sheldon L. Pollack Construction-accounting & tax
···Grossman Construction Associates-partnerhsip taxation
···Fred Sands Realtors-personal & corporate taxation 

Software Technology:
···The Bruce Artwick Co.partnership/Intelectual Prop. taxation

···Container Applications International-internal controls

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