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Richard Allen: Richard began his career as a trainee cook for Bob’s Big Boy in Van Nuys California. In January 1966 he joined the Army and soon entered into the Special Forces training program from which he graduated in August 1967. In 1968 he served in Vietnam and served on two A-teams (A-101 & A-107). (See www.langvei.com) He was awarded the Silver Star with a V for valor
Richard decided to return to college and began his work on his B.S. degree in Accounting, and his career in restaurant management. Shortly after returning from Vietnam he was promoted to an assistant manager position at Bob’s #20 in Panorama City Ca. The restaurant industry taught Richard a number of business and management skills which he has employed throughout his career.
Richard moved into hotel consulting by managing a number of projects for Marriott, Holiday Inn International, and smaller hotel companies. Richard also worked on projects for G.E., Southern Pacific Railway, Ohio Bell, The Arizona Bank, and a company that made Blowout Preventers for the Oilfield Services Industry.
Richard spent a number of years in banking at First Interstate Bank and Bank of America as a project manager and finance officer and investment administrator for large institutional trust clients. His projects led to a reduction of B of A's non-earning assets by $2.0 billion, which improved its earnings' ratios and helped to meet the Federal Reserve's change in its equity to asset requirement. He was responsible for overall administration of client investment portfolios including, research analysis, posting transactions, reporting and client relationships.
Richard returned to the hospitality industry as a controller. He managed the financial responsibility of taking two hotels and marina through a Chapter 11. Responsible for the financial reporting and management functions for major hotel properties. He opened two upscale hotels the Warner Center Hilton Hotel & Towers in Woodland Hills CA., and the Ritz Carlton Huntington Hotel in Pasadena California.
He returned to the restaurant industry as a controller for generating $100mm and over. He managed all accounting functions as well as management of the Y2K project solutions for both companies.
Richard’s accounting and finance consulting experience includes hands on knowledge of numerous accounting and information software packages. His hands on experience includes 10 years functioning as an controller/ interim/Director for employers and clients in a wide variety of industries, including; service, restaurants, light manufacturing, entertainment, design firms, construction, healthcare, mortgage companies, e-commerce and fulfillment industries. Clients have ranged in size from $1MM to $20BB.
His educational background includes not only my BS in accounting, and an MBA, but also by his attendance at a Japanese management development school. His experience in Japan has aided in fine-tuning his team management and leadership skills.
Years in the Industry
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