Finance manager – Ludic Pyjamas http://ludicpyjamas.net/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 22:31:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.3 https://ludicpyjamas.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/icon.png Finance manager – Ludic Pyjamas http://ludicpyjamas.net/ 32 32 Former Kamala Harris Campaign Finance Director Launches CEO Consulting Firm Focused on Social Justice https://ludicpyjamas.net/former-kamala-harris-campaign-finance-director-launches-ceo-consulting-firm-focused-on-social-justice/ Wed, 15 Sep 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://ludicpyjamas.net/former-kamala-harris-campaign-finance-director-launches-ceo-consulting-firm-focused-on-social-justice/ Jon Henes served as national finance chairman for Kamala Harris’ presidential candidacy. The experience changed his view of the world and opened his eyes to the importance of diversity. Henes launched C Street Advisory Group to help CEOs advance diversity and inclusion. Loading Something is loading. For most people, serving as national finance chairman for […]]]>
  • Jon Henes served as national finance chairman for Kamala Harris’ presidential candidacy.
  • The experience changed his view of the world and opened his eyes to the importance of diversity.
  • Henes launched C Street Advisory Group to help CEOs advance diversity and inclusion.

For most people, serving as national finance chairman for Kamala Harris’s presidential candidacy would be seen as an opportunity of a lifetime. But for Jon Henes, it meant a lot more.

On Harris’ campaign trail, Henes, who is white, established relationships with hundreds of people from a multitude of backgrounds, especially in black and Hispanic communities. He spent day after day listening to Harris speak on reducing income inequality and reforming education. But he clearly remembers being especially moved at a private event in early 2019 when Harris told him, “The vast majority of us have so much more in common than what separates us.”

After this conversation, he felt inspired to do more meaningful work with his career. Today, after nearly three years of reflection, Henes launched C Street Advisory Group, a consultancy focused on diversity, equity and inclusion. C Street, whose name is a nod to C-suite, employs 15 people and is funded by Antara Capital, a Blackstone-backed hedge fund.

Henes said he “saw the strength and power of diversity” while volunteering for Harris. He added, “His words made me look for commonalities, fight every day to do better personally and to make the world a better and fairer place.”

C Street Advisory Group is built on four key pillars: business advice, talent advice, DCI strategy and consultation on social justice issues. The company is poised to compete with other large consulting firms such as Teneo.

“I think what makes us different is that we designed C Street for this time in the company’s history,” said Henes. “To get the right DEI you will need to bring in talent and you will need communications. You will need governance advice. You may need some executive advice to get some people who may not believe in your mission.

The murder of George Floyd in the summer of 2020 shook CEOs. Along with billion dollar investments in racial equity, they rushed to hire DCI consultants and executives. But in Henes’ eyes, there is still work to be done. And to do this job, he hired a team of race relations specialists, scientific researchers, executive consultants and lawyers.

Alvin Tillery, a DCI and race relations consultant with over two decades of experience advising Fortune 500 companies, leads the DCI at C Street. Thomas Ogorzalek, a research scientist with over 15 years of experience analyzing public policy, public opinion and race in the United States, is also part of this team.

“Whether it’s young employees or big investors pushing for change, what companies need to understand is that they need to do more than show off,” said Henes. “They have to make it systemic.”

Henes spent 25 years as a restructuring, crisis and corporate governance legal advisor to CEOs. His goal for next year is to build a list of top customers. Over the next five years, he wants to change the way American businesses talk about diversity.

“Quite frankly, we want to make systemic diversity, equity and inclusion the norm,” he said. “We want the country to celebrate our unique and incredible diversity and understand that if we come together there is no limit to what we can accomplish.”

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INQUIRY – North County Recreation District Financial Director (NCRD) Payment to previous contractor / employee ?? https://ludicpyjamas.net/inquiry-north-county-recreation-district-financial-director-ncrd-payment-to-previous-contractor-employee/ Wed, 04 Aug 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://ludicpyjamas.net/inquiry-north-county-recreation-district-financial-director-ncrd-payment-to-previous-contractor-employee/ Community, Board of Directors and NCRD,A longtime board member told me ‘you don’t want to put yourself on the wrong side of the board, we have our own way of doing things’. This statement led me to take a closer look at the operations and relationship between the council and the NCRD. I found the […]]]>

Community, Board of Directors and NCRD,
A longtime board member told me ‘you don’t want to put yourself on the wrong side of the board, we have our own way of doing things’. This statement led me to take a closer look at the operations and relationship between the council and the NCRD. I found the following regarding and posed my questions to Bill, the NCRD and the Board of Directors. I am told that my questions are inappropriate, that my numbers are not correct and that my questions / requests must be in writing, then I will be told how much it will cost me to receive the answers.

The Mgr of Finances. The position is posted on the NCRD website and lists the position as 30 hours / week, hourly wages up to $ 25.50 / hour. Doing the math, that comes down to $ 765 / week, $ 39,780.00 / year. The last two budgets provided for a salary of $ 52,500.00. The former GM hired his friend Bill D, not as a finance director, but did he hire him as a finance consultant? According to expense reports, NCRD paid B. Devlin consulting $ 81,664.00 in fiscal year 2020/21, ending June 30, 2021. If you look at the June 2021 statement, Bill Devlin Consulting has been paid $ 8,887, 2 ½ times what would be the monthly salary of a new CFO today? I asked and was not told if Bill also received the budgeted salary of $ 52,500 for the CFO? And, if you look in the documents from the July board meeting, you’ll see that the CFO position was paid for at 104% of the budget for the year. This money went somewhere, to someone… who? AND, if it went for Bill D services, where is that reflected? I couldn’t find anything in the 11/2019 board minutes that referred to any of this.

So here we go, NCRD sends me an invoice:

1. Based on the currently posted job description, it seems to describe what Bill D. has been doing for NCRD since 10/2019. What is the source of the $ 30,000 overrun of a CFO’s budgeted amount for (2020/21) and more than double the salary the next responsible person will receive? Where did this extra-budget money come from?
2. The NCRD categorically states that Bill is not an “employee”, if so why is he listed as “staff present” at every board meeting since 12/2019? If not an employee, does Bill rent office space from NCRD as a contractor? If it’s not an employee, why the email from Bill? admin@ncrdnehalem.org?
3. When was this “contract” offered to our community over the past 2 years, as required by a public entity.
4. Please provide a signed / dated copy of the original contract and the renewed contract for 2020/21.
5. Who inspected, approved and signed the checks for the invoices of $ 5,000 to $ 8,000 / month submitted by Bill Devlin Consulting, since this has gone from a salaried position to a contract position? Please provide copies of detailed invoices from 10/01/2019 to 08/01/2021.

Last question, unrelated. $ 2 million has accumulated over the past 20 years and is not included in the new designated pool account. This new pool account includes the proceeds from the sale of bonds (4 + m) and the proceeds from the loan (3m) with the additional $ 2 million included, there would be over $ 9 million in one account, 100 % committed to the new pool and nothing else. Doesn’t it make sense to have all the funds in the same account? Why is it not?

As a concerned patron who requests reasonable public information that we deserve as a community, I hope we will know if any of these issues are addressed, discussed or answered at the NCRD Board meeting on Thursday August 12 at 6 p.m. We will also have the opportunity to meet and welcome the new Managing Director, Dominic Cortinas. I hope you will join me.

Thank you / Constance Shimek (constanceforncrd@gmail.com)

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