Kaela Branch

  • Assistant Controller/Executive Assistant
  • Chicago, IL, USA
  • Jan 18, 2018
Full time Book Keeper and Accountants F & B Managers General Managers and Management Executives Office and Administrative Support Sales and Marketing

Personal Summary

My experience supporting offices and restaurants within growing organizations make me an ideal candidate for an administrative career in this fast past industry. I thrive in challenging situations that require focus and strong multi-tasking capabilities. I have the most job satisfaction when I am creating the script for future employees and alleviating stress on my colleagues by simplifying business processes.

I admire companies that think outside of the box and have an influence on industry trends. I would be thrilled to be a part of new and existing ventures by contributing to an advantageous work environment. I’ve chosen positions in hospitality because I’m passionate about making others happy and helping them to create lifetime memories.

I am most qualified in project management, accounts payable and receivable, vendor relations and procurement, budgeting and purchase tracking, payroll, hiring, social media management, inside sales, and event coordination. 

My strongest skills in the workplace I feel come from a combination of natural ability, education, and trial and error. My proficient skills include written and verbal communication, analytical skills, time management, and group leadership/mediation. 

In my career, thus far, I have been valued as a point person for developing workflows that increase efficiency for multiple departments. As a result, I have been earned several promotions into newly created positions. In addition, the companies I’ve been loyal to have more than doubled profits during my tenure. From coming up with office ice-breaker games, to assisting in multi-million-dollar contract negotiations, I am a proven leader who always completes assignments on time with little direction.

I currently live in Chicago and am relocating for a position that would further my career in hospitality business management. I am available to interview remotely or in person. 

Kaela Branch

Work Experience

Assistant to the Controller
Jan 2014 - Jan 2018 Boka Restaurant Group
  • Oversee processing of 2,000 to 3,000 invoices per week using Microsoft Dynamics GP
  • Manage a weekly check run for all entities with budgets of up to $1 Million
  • Supervise handling of all credit accounts: food, beverage, supply, and professional services
  • Assist in preparation of cost analysis and budgeting for contract negotiations
  • Improve existing and create new excel sheets to better track purchasing, receiving, and inventory
  • Ensure vendor incentive programs are executed
  • Product sourcing, vendor procurement, new account set up
  • Manage credit card purchasing and reconciliation
  • Train new management on AP systems
  • Assist the Controller with monthly P&L statements, Balance Sheets, Statements of Cash Flow
  • Execute all investor correspondence related to distributions
  • Manage BRG donation program
Executive Assistant
Jan 2011 - Dec 2013 Trade Craft Outfitters
  • Managed accounts payable and accounts receivable
  • Provided exemplary customer service during fast paced order processing
  • Assisted warehouse manager with route scheduling and shipping coordination
  • Created marketing materials for events and contract negotiations
  • Managed Twitter and Facebook accounts using Hootsuite
  • Assisted with new vendor procurement
  • Received thousands of products daily into VendMax operating system
  • Prepared daily cash deposits of up to $20,000
  • Managed weekly payroll processing for 50 employees
  • Maintained executive calendars
  • Coordinated travel scheduling


Liberal Studies
Arizona State University
Finger Lakes Community College

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