Catherine bernard

CATHERINE BERNARD

Tax Director; CPA, MBT

High-performing and passionate Tax Director with over 30 years of public accounting and private industry tax experience with a dash of academia and government.

"Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching." -Satchel Paige

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Passionate & Reliable

I am passionate about the work I do and am always willing to put in the time to ensure that all projects are completed with quality and care. I take pride in being a trustworthy person with high integrity. My clients know that I am a reliable and sturdy source with a good foundation that they may depend on. 

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Decisive & Experienced

I will always make a decision quickly and effectively, but not in haste. I am confident that with my experience and skill set I can come the proper conclusion regarding any issue. I remain calm under pressure and never let adversity distract me. It is important to maintain a level head to make the right choice. 

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Dedicated Activator

Being goal oriented, I pursue assignments with passion and perseverance, laser-focused until I achieve the desired outcome. I enjoy unique tasks and am not afraid of a challenge. I am always eager to discover something different and am constantly evolving so that I may grow and develop new skills.

About Me

Dynamic Director of Tax with more than 30 years of tax experience. Demonstrated Public Accounting experience with four of the big six accounting firms and as a partner in two firms. Proven multinational public company experience for industries including manufacturing, resale, and financial services. Skilled at merger and acquisition due diligence and tax department management. Solid management experience for large tax budgets and 20 member teams. Strong Director of Tax expertise mitigating more than $50 million in tax risk, Information reporting and FATCA processes.

Education

  • M

    University of Minnesota Carlson School of Business

    Master of Business Tax

  • Au

    Augustana University

    Bachelor of Science in Accounting

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Experience

  • Manager

    2010 - 2017

    U.S. Tax Director

    New Flyer Industries

  • Clipboard

    2006 - 2010

    Federal Tax Director

    Grant Thornton LLP

  • Target

    2003 - 2005

    Tax Partner

    RSM US LLP

  • Gears

    2000 - 2003

    Tax Partner

    Boulay

Skills

  • Tax Accounting
  • Audits
  • Research / Analysis
  • Financial Statements
  • Internal Controls
  • Tax Reporting
  • Consulting
  • Strategic Planning
  • Federal Tax
  • Staff Mentoring / Training
  • Process Improvement
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Accounting
  • Due Diligence
  • Team Leadership / Motivation
  • Public Speaking
  • One Source / Corptax
  • Tax Department Leadership
  • Client Relations
  • FATCA
  • IRC Sec. 382
  • IFRS / US GAAP
  • ASC 740
  • Federal / SALT / International Tax
  • IRS / SALT Audits
  • Customer Service
  • Manufacturing
  • Financial Service