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JOB OPENING - CONTROLLER

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

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*****Email resume to: BNichols@SERVPROKankakeeCounty.com

Position Summary / Purpose 

Provide leadership and coordination of company financial planning, debt financing, and budget management functions. Ensure that company accounting procedures confirm to generally-accepted accounting principles. 

Assist in managing the profitability and cash flow of the business that will assure the continued liquidity and growth of the company and the financial well-being of its stakeholders. 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Direct and coordinate the company financial planning and budget management functions
  • Manage the preparation of financial reports and forecasts
  • Monitor and analyze monthly operating results against budget
  • Oversee daily operations of the Finance department
  • Design the organization structure for the Finance department, staff positions with qualified employees, and continually train and develop employees in order to effectively accomplish the department’s goals and objectives
  • Ensure compliance with local, state/provincial, and federal reporting requirements
  • Work with other department managers, executives, and owners to develop and execute the strategic plan
  • Direct and coordinate debt financing and debt service payments with external agencies
  • Direct financial planning, procurement, and investment of funds
  • Recommend benchmarks for measuring the financial and operating performance of departments and divisions
  • Direct financial audits and provide recommendations for process and procedure improvements
  • Determination of depreciation rates to apply to company capital assets
  • Establish and implement short and long-range departmental objectives, policies, and operating procedures
  • Advise owners / management regarding property and liability insurance coverage needs
  • Accurately prepare and file required tax forms

Additional Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Assist in collecting overdue receivables
  • Represent the company to external media, funding agencies, government agencies, and the general public
  • Provide accounting policy orientation for new staff

Decision Rights and Authority 

  • Hiring, development, and termination decisions for finance department employees
  • Creation of financial forecast and budget portion of strategic plan based on input from owners and department managers
  • Determine when borrowing from existing line of credit is required

Working Relationships and Scope 

  • Regular communication with owner(s) and CEO regarding company performance and strategic issues
  • Maintain communications and relationship with banking and lending organizations.
  • Coordination with all department managers regarding budgets, operating performance, and strategic direction.

Performance Competencies 

  • Integrity–Ironclad. Does not cut corners. Puts the interests of the business above self. Earns trust of co-workers. Intellectually honest, doesn’t play games.
  • Oral Communication–The individual speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations. Effective in one-on-one, small groups, and in public speaking contexts. Adaptable and able to think on his / her feet. Demonstrates a command of the language. Easily articulates ideas and standards.
  • Written Communication–Writes clear, precise, well organized letters, proposals, and emails. Uses proper grammar and punctuation. Demonstrates appropriate vocabulary and correct word usage.
  • Team Building–Achieves cohesion and effective team spirit with subordinates. Ability to motivate teams to produce quality output within tight timeframes and to simultaneously manage multiple projects. Sustains a climate characterized by open, honest relationships where differences are constructively addressed rather than ignored, suppressed, or denied. Treats subordinates fairly and shares credit.
  • Sound Judgment and Decision Making–Demonstrates consistent logic, rationality, and objectivity in decision making. Driven by the financial well-being of the business and its stakeholders
  • Planning and Organizing–Plans, organizes, schedules and budgets in an efficient, productive manner. Effectively contributes to the long-range planning activities. Focuses on key priorities. Pays attention to details. Manages personal time well.
  • Money Management–Demonstrates sound fiscal habits. Employs a disciplined approach to spending. Tracks expenditures. Works from a budget.
  • Excellence–Sets high, ‘stretch’, standards of performance for him / her self and their organization. Demonstrates low tolerance for mediocrity. Encourages individual initiative. Maintains a level of intensity sufficient to achieve long-range goals.
  • Technology–the individual uses typical communication devices to effectively speed communication and appropriately utilizes company-approved estimating, customer contact management, and standard word processing and spreadsheet software tools to enhance efficiency and accuracy of work performed.

Qualifications-Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 

  • Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree in accounting, business or related field plus CPA certification. (MBA or Master’s degree in finance or accounting is preferred but not required). Minimum of seven (7) years of experience in senior-level accounting or finance positions with similar sized and larger organizations. 

  • Finance, Accounting, Budgeting, and Cost Control

Extensive knowledge of the principles and concepts and significant experience in these areas – including generally accepted accounting principles. Knowledge of federal and state/provincial financial regulations. Ability to analyze financial data, prepare financial reports, statements, and projections. Working knowledge of short and long-term budgeting and forecasting. 

  • Strategic Skills

Proven ability to identify clear opportunities and threats. Accurately assesses the company’s strengths and vulnerabilities. Comprehends the big picture. 

  • Mathematical Skills

Possesses strong mathematical skills. Able to quickly compute rate, ratio, and percentages and to interpret financial reports, analyze performance changes and trends. Recognizes inconsistencies across multiple reports and sets of data. 

  • Constructive Confrontation

Has the ability to solicit, process, and integrate inputs and ideas from subordinates, peers, and executives. Recognizes areas of conflict or disagreement and deals with them through open and honest dialogue. Effectively provides feedback. Willing to stand their ground based on sound principles and experience, in the face of opposition by owners and other executives. 

  • Software

Knowledge of automated financial and accounting reporting systems. Effectively operates accounting software (e.g. QuickBooks, Peachtree) and understands how to make changes to ledgers, accounts, and reports to reflect the needs of the business. 

  • Computers and Electronic Technology

Demonstrates intermediate to advanced skill in the use of computers, the internet, PDAs, and other digital technology specific to the job as well as MS Word, Excel, and other industry-specific software. 

Physical Demands 

The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use hands to finger, handle or feel, reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. The employee is frequently to stand and walk. The employee must regularly lift and / or move up to 10 pounds. 

Working Conditions 

  • Controller’s work is typically carried out in an office environment. Occasionally traveling to and meeting with customers and clients at their facilities is required.
  • Noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

***Email resume to: BNichols@SERVPROKankakeeCounty.com

Flood Damage In Your Bradley Home

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

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Removing Basement Flood Damage in Bradley

As many as 98% of basements are prone to water-related damage throughout the average home's lifetime. Whether it comes in through loose window seals, cracks in the foundation, or clogged gutters redirecting water toward the home, this type of damage can be both costly and far-reaching with only consumer-grade products. When the cause is flooding, however, homeowners have much more to worry about than mold growth or musty odors due to potential contaminants present in the water.

If your Bradley home's business needs flood damage mitigation, you can count on the IICRC-certified professionals at SERVPRO to get the job done right. These technicians receive both extensive training and continued learning opportunities through SERVPRO learning modules based on the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification standards and protocols. Not only does this education ensure that technicians, staff, and franchise owners are knowledgeable, but that homeowners benefit from a consistently high standard of cleanup and restoration.

Vulnerabilities in Your Basement
    •    Check your gutters. While the gutters are not part of your basement, clogged gutters and downspouts can allow water to penetrate your home during storms and flood conditions.
    •    Seal cracks. Hairline cracks are often not an issue, but anything 1/16" or larger should be thoroughly sealed as soon as possible.
    •    Monitor foundation damage. Have a professional evaluate the foundation of your home for potential damages that could be exacerbated by flooding.

Want to minimize the damage of flooding? Install water sensors so you can be alerted as soon as flooding starts, keep your possessions elevated with shelves and cinder blocks, and install a sump pump in your basement.

SERVPRO's Drying Process
SERVPRO technicians typically use two industrial-grade tools for structural drying: centrifugal air movers and dehumidifiers. In flood situations, these are utilized after water extraction and disinfection to minimize the spread of microbes in the air.

Air movers can pull moisture from walls most effectively when placed at a 45-degree angle in relation to the surface. If your basement is insulated with organic material like cotton or cellulose that may have been affected by flooding, removal is recommended to prevent the spread of mold and contaminants.

SERVPRO of Kankakee County has the tools and techniques to leave your home looking, “Like it never even happened.” Call (815) 935-0077 for cleanup you can count on at any time of the day or night, including holidays.

For more about Bradley click here.

Safety Concerns Need Prompt Addressing After Fire Damage in Bradley

2/13/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO can endure your loved ones avoid health concerns, and so much more after your Bradley house fire.

Before professional fire restorers begin devising a plan to remove residues and debris in your Bradley home we must make the safety of the work site and any living spaces you hope to occupy during the project a priority. Every fire scenario is different. The time taken to identify and manage safety hazards is well spent, ensuring workers and your loved ones avoid health concerns a potential accidents during the restoration process.

Assessing Potential Hazards

Our project management team is highly-qualified to review the fire damage affecting your Bradley home. We have substantial experience in evaluating damaged structural components and the substances used to knock down the fire. The crew lead scopes the integrity of floor, walls, and ceilings, securing surfaces if needed. We determine the category of water and composition of the chemical solutions used to put out the fire as inches to feet of water often need extraction prior to other tasks. The firefighting water commonly is contaminated, and our crew contains the fluids for appropriate disposal per local regulations. Electrical and other utility lines expose our technicians and the occupants of the house to the risk of shock, slip and fall, and further contamination with oil, propane, or natural gas.

Safety Considerations When We Clean Residues and Charring

Your dwelling shelters a broad range of building materials and contents that ignite and burn. As the fire moves through the building materials give off gasses and deposit residues that are toxic. Cleaning up without safety equipment exposes eyes, lungs, and skin to hazardous materials. Because of the potential harm to the health and safety of SERVPRO technicians and your family, we implement protocols to protect anyone in the space.

Negative pressure air scrubbers -- contain the work space, filtering smoke, chemical, and microbial residues out of the air and exhausting to the outdoors.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) -- professional grade clothing and accessories that cover bare skin, eyes, feet, and face for SERVPRO workers. Gloves, boots, goggles, and a respirator complete the ensemble. Changing into this apparel helps limit the tracking of water, soot, and other debris into unaffected areas of your home.

Once we address safety concerns, SERVPRO of Kankakee County is ready to remove post-fire water and debris. Call us at (815) 935-0077 to get the process rolling, transforming wet and soot-covered to “Like it never even happened.”

To find out more about Bradley, click here.

Roofing & Exterior Remodeling

2/7/2020 (Permalink)

A fire damaged home with burnt roof and then a new roof Roofing replacement done anytime

SERVPRO PF Kankakee County is locally owned & operated. We respond to emergency roof repairs, tarping and patching 24 hours a day. We also do complete roof replacements including decking, shingles, ice & water, and proper venting. We provide free estimates for hail damage, wind damage and fallen tree damage. We have many selections of color and types from asphalt, steel, rubber, and steel shingle, and we can have your new roof installed quickly and professionally.
Your roof is the most important building material and is vital to your home's value. SERVPRO is the recommended vendor for nearly every insurance carrier in the country. Local agents trust our local team to handle roof repairs and replacements because we have a proven track record of satisfied customers. We offer a strong warranty and provide financing opportunities when money is tight and the work must get done. 
Don’t trust storm chasers or fancy sales pitches. Call SERVPRO of Kankakee County to repair your Bradley Bourbonnais roof. Our team is based in Manteno, Illinois and within minutes of towns like Momence and Grant Park.

Let Our Crew Save Your Home In Bradley After A Flood

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

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Drying Timelines for Flooded Bradley Homes

The recovery of your Bradley residence after a flood or water loss can rely on the experienced professionals overseeing drying and moisture removal. Flood effects might often outweigh some of the immediate need for drying with a pressing concern of contamination or present debris, but once this task begins, established timelines dictate the effectiveness of moisture removal in your damaged house.

Despite the universal need for drying of flood damage in Bradley homes, specific materials and areas of your residence require more time than others to reach peak moisture content levels. Our SERVPRO team might not see the expected results with certain installed structural elements until our second or third trip to your property during the recovery phases. Knowing what to expect when flooding exists can help our technicians to ensure that these efforts are happening on schedule, and there are not unforeseen hindrances reducing efficiency.

2nd Visit
Within the first 24 hours, many materials can begin to show adequate progress with our drying efforts. The second visit to your residence happens within the first 24 hours so that our SERVPRO team can monitor the impact that air movers, dehumidifiers, and other moisture removal tools have had on carpets, drywall, and insulation.

3rd Visit
The framework of your residence might require drying when water migration goes beyond drywall and other surfaces to impact structural cavities. While we have a team of licensed contractors capable of replacing removed drywall and flooring, we must first ensure that progress to wood framing and subflooring has begun.

4th Visit
Less porous materials like solid woods and hardwood flooring can take several days to show the effects of our direct drying efforts. It is vital to restore these materials when possible, as recovery is often more cost-effective for our customers than removal and replacement by our contractors.

Every material affected by flooding in your home has its timeline and potential hurdles to drying entirely. Our SERVPRO of Kankakee County can help you to dry out your flooded residence and work to make its current effects “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (815) 935-0077.

For more about Bradley click here.

SERVPRO Offers Water Damage Restoration Solutions to Hardwood Flooring in Bourbonnais Shops and Stores

1/19/2020 (Permalink)

wood floorboards torn up from concrete pad SERVPRO Works Hard and Fast To Restore and Replace Water Damaged Floorboards in Bourbonnais Retail Shops

Repair Wood Flooring in a Bourbonnais Café After a Water Loss

Wood flooring is a common choice for cafes throughout Bourbonnais because they add a charming aesthetic to the business but remain one of the most natural floor types to clean. In a place that serves a product that can easily get spilled, having carpets can quickly become a poor decision. Even the engineered wood flooring is not impervious to water damages, however.

We have an entire division of restoration professionals equipped to handle water removal and drying of flooring in Bourbonnais businesses. Engineered flooring might initially resist water penetration; in time, standing water can penetrate beyond the surface of the individual installed planks through vulnerabilities in the seams and creases. When we respond quickly enough, our SERVPRO professionals can often use drying mats and tenting practices to draw moisture from these planks before irregularities, and physical damage exists. Experience in enveloping only affected areas of the flooring can greatly decrease service time while preserving the floorboards.

Once warping and distortion have started, our professionals have no choice but to remove the water damaged planks of the flooring. Controlled demolition is always ideal here, as it is much less expensive than the costs of full floor replacement and can often happen much faster. We strive to dry and reinstall these removed slats by sanding and refinishing them whenever possible. It is our priority to get you back to business as usual as promptly as possible.

While we have moisture detection tools that can determine if moisture and dampness exist in the subflooring beneath the planks, a visual inspection can often be beneficial once the OSB board or plywood gets exposed. If these materials also show signs of warping and malformation, they must get removed and replaced. We have a full division of in-house general contractors that can oversee demolition and flooring replacement while our water restoration technicians dry out salvageable contents and materials throughout the café.

There is little that you can do to predict when widespread water losses might occur, but who responds to these emergencies can help you to get back to serving customers quickly. Our SERVPRO of Kankakee County team has a full-service approach to handle both mitigations of water damaging incidents and reconstruction as necessary. Give us a call today at (815) 935-0077.

Flood Demolition In Bourbonnais

1/12/2020 (Permalink)

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Assessing Contamination for Flood Demolition in Bourbonnais

Many homeowners believe that when their Bourbonnais residence becomes affected by any manner of flooding that there is no other solution but tear-out and reconstruction. Truthfully, there are many times where reconstruction and controlled demolition are inevitable, but they are not a guarantee for any damaged home after a storm event. Our SERVPRO crew can help with an accurate and thorough assessment of your property to determine potential contaminants and excessive damage.

Categories get used to determine the potential contaminant levels that exist after flooding, which coincidentally can indicate a need for flood damage demolition in Bourbonnais homes. In instances where floodwater could have encountered chemicals, sewage, bacteria, and other substances, it is often best to consider the situation hazardous. Contaminants require a specific approach to overcome and continue to pose a risk to those directly exposed until resolved.

For contaminated surfaces and materials, the most frugal and efficient path to clearing out these threats is to remove the material altogether when possible. For elements like drywall, it is possible to remove only the portions of the wall or ceiling that have been affected by the spreading water so far and allow the rest to remain if no threat for further water migration exists. We have a crew of licensed general contractors that can begin this controlled demolition as soon as possible to limit additional exposure and to aid in drying out lightly damaged areas like structural cavities.

In some circumstances, wood framing and other similar structural elements can remain installed with the right treatment from our powerful line of antibacterial agents and biocides. Eliminating both bacteria and mold spores can prevent secondary damages and harmful effects to those directly exposed. This step can occur while our SERVPRO team works to dry out the moisture in the house after the controlled demolition.

No two flooding circumstances are alike, but our SERVPRO of Kankakee County professionals have the right expertise to address both the restoration and reconstruction needs of the house. Avoiding contaminants might not always be possible, but our technicians can help to make these losses “Like it never even happened,” by calling (815) 935-0077.

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Fire Damage In Your Bourbonnais Home

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

smoke damaged home Intervening early in soots and smoke residues can increase the likelihood of salvaging your possessions.

Protecting Your Upholstery and Carpets from Falling Soots after Fire Damage to your Bourbonnais Home

Hot air rises. As hot air rises, it pushes cooler air beneath, creating pressure. Understanding this process can help you to understand the types of harm your home may sustain during a fire, and how you can avoid excess damage. Property fires can come from just about anywhere. Leaving a hob on or a portable heater too close to dry fabrics and material can set alight, forcing you to evacuate in the middle of the night while the fire department deals with the resulting blaze.

The success of restoring fire damage in your Bourbonnais home depends on the extent of your knowledge of fire, smoke, and ash. Once a fire official declares your home is safe for entry, the first thing you may notice is the extent of soiling. The pressure created by rapidly rising temperatures causes smoke to spread out from the source of the fire exponentially. This pressure is why even a contained fire may present a homeowner with a myriad of soiling on ceilings, furniture, walls, inside cabinets, and your building's exterior.

When temperatures cool, loose soiling may drop from the ceiling onto your floor or furnishings. At SERVPRO, we always recommend that homeowners protect furnishings in the affected area as quickly as possible. You can use old sheets or tarpaulin to place over surfaces and upholstery as a simple solution that could mitigate losses significantly. Unfortunately, while soots remain in the property, the affected rooms are unusable.

The quickest way to regain access to living rooms or kitchens is by using a professional fire restorer like SERVPRO. Our team can scope the property, assess the damages, and put in place a gameplan to recover your contents. Carpets and upholstery that show signs of smoke damage are frequently restorable to a good condition. SERVPRO deposit carpet conditioners using truck-mounted wands in combination with rotary machines for upholstery and carpets. These can remove soiling while cleaning the carpet at the same time.

Intervening early in soots and smoke residues can increase the likelihood of salvaging your possessions. You can contact SERVPRO of Kankakee County by dialing (815) 935-0077.

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Why SERVPRO Is the Solution to Winter-Damaged Structures in Bourbonnais

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

inside roof crawlspace, insulation Roof Damage from the Winter Blues in Bourbonnais? Call SERVPRO for Comprehensive Cleanup and Reconstruction

How Can Heavy Snowfall Compromise Bourbonnais Roofs

With winter well underway, Bourbonnais homes can soon encounter multiple instances of substantial snowfall. With lake effect precipitation that can sometimes bring over a foot of snow, the remains of these situations can have destructive effects on older homes. With the degradation of structural elements over time, roof supports, joists, and underlayment can weaken. Heavy snowfall can cause enormous pressure on these weakened areas, which can lead to a collapse.

Snow that contains more water can be ideal for making snowmen in the front yard but can be catastrophic as roofing snow on Bourbonnais homes. Drier snow is a powdery consistency that is much lighter and easier on the roof supports. A thicker, wet snow is heftier because surface temperatures are just above freezing, which can allow for slight melting and permitting the snow to come down in heavier flakes. After more than a foot of this wet snow has fallen, you should consider the effect it can have on the roof of your home.

Most homeowners do not recognize a threat or problem with the roof of their house until the situation has gotten out of control. In most cases, homeowners cannot understand that a problem exists until a breach occurs in the form of moisture penetration or the collapse of a portion of the roof. At this point, many seek the experience and expertise of our SERVPRO professionals. Between our division of qualified water restorers and our in-house licensed general contractors, we can offer a comprehensive restoration and recovery of the property, including any water or mold damage that might exist in the moist attic.

Temporarily, our SERVPRO contractors can utilize roofing tarps to prevent further moisture and water penetration through vulnerabilities in the roof. Once mitigation and drying efforts complete in the attic, our licensed contractors can get to work on permanent build back and repair of the damaged portions of the roof, and any other structural damages that exist from the water exposure.  

Regular inspections of your attic space, when possible, can help to gauge potential problems that are starting before they get to a destructive point. Our SERVPRO of Kankakee County team can help however you need by calling (815) 935-0077.

First Responders Bowl Contest

12/13/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO First Responders Bowl SERVPRO of Kankakee County is proud to support our local first responders

SERVPRO of Kankakee County is a proud supporter of our local first responders. Firefighters, police, EMTs and radio dispatchers sacrifice plenty to serve their communities. We are having a contest where local citizens can nominate a local hero before kick off of the SERVPRO First Responders Bowl. At half time, a random winner will be chosen from the nominees and they'll win a tail gate party for their office or station. No purchase is necessary.

Go to our facebook page for more details

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