About ME!

W. Benson Dana, CPA, MBA

Ben Dana from West Hartford, Connecticut in a past life

I was accused of engaging in self promotion on LinkedIn. Well, duh!

LinkedIn and blogs are ONLY about self-promotion.

Department of Homeland Security – cleared at the Secret level as of 10/25/2010
(Although I have a very active sense of humor, this is serious and true.)

 

STATE OF MAINE – 2004 to present

Grant and Staff Accountant for the State of Maine Judicial Branch

After 9 years of commuting to Augusta, I took a step back and now work in Portland. I reclaimed 500 commuting hours a year to my life. Looking forward to a pension.

IT Auditor, Internal Auditor.  Work initially involved developing a structure and policies for this new division for the State of Maine, Internal Audit. Performed the first IT audit in the state’s history and provided accurate assessments of the MeCMS system development efforts to senior management. Published the first audit report of the division and uncovered cash weaknesses at two agencies as the result of strong follow up efforts. Successfully completed the sensitive audit of the state cultural agencies which uncovered ethics issues related to the long-serving Directors.

http://www.maine.gov/ethics/pdf/meetings/20080125/item04.pdf

Promoted as the first and only IT auditor for the State of Maine in 2008. In addition to completing self-directed audit projects, responsible for developing a risk-based approach based on CobiT to developing the internal audit plan for the state’s Office of Information Technology.

 

COMPETITIVE EDGE BUSINESS SERVICES OF MAINE, INC., Portland, ME –– 2000 to 2004

“President for Life” – self employed.  Offering bookkeeping, accounting, consulting, management and tax services to small business clients in southern Maine.

 

WORTHING & GOING, P.A., Scarborough, Maine — 1998 to 2000

 Certified Public Accountants – a generic small CPA firm

Traditional public accounting responsibilities with a concentration in corporate income tax returns and installation of QuickBooks accounting software.

 

BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF MAINE, South Portland, Maine — 1996 – 1998                                                   Maine’s largest health insurance organization

Senior Internal Auditor and EDP auditor.  First auditor hired for a complete reorganization of the department. One major focus was as the sole EDP auditor for Blue Cross. Also responsible for compliance issues facing all company federal programs, operational audits and annual audit work for Deloitte & Touche.

 

Acorn Products Co., Inc., Lewiston, Maine — 1995

 A $15 million manufacturer of high quality slippers and sandal socks.

 

Controller.  Manage a staff of six associates, including all management information systems. The position demands constant interaction with production management, company owners, creditors, vendors and customers. As the only professional accountant for the company, responsible for all inventory and internal control systems design, microcomputer and network system planning and implementation, budgeting and the financial aspects of the company’s 5 year plan, form 5500 tax filings, LIFO computations and all other IRS contact.

 

HANNAFORD BROS. CO., Scarborough, Maine — 1987 – 1994

 Northern New England’s largest food retailer with annual sales of $2.5  billion and 120 stores.

 

Manager of Corporate Auditing.  Direct a team of nine professional auditors.  Audit focus is directed toward aggressively identifying cost savings and recovery opportunities and methods of improved operational efficiency. Operational audits of major operations include Treasury, Store Engineering and Construction, Purchasing, Hannaford Trucking Co., Workers’ Compensation, Health Benefits, and Advertising. Also responsible for retail store operational audits, retail cash office control audits, and internal control system testing in conjunction with the external auditors.

BERRY DUNN McNEIL & PARKER CPA’s, Portland, Maine – 1982 -1983, 1985 – 1986

 Maine’s largest public accounting firm with over 120 professional associates.

 

In-Charge Accountant. Responsible for audits, reviews, compilations, and state and federal tax returns for small and medium sized clients. Diverse client base included manufacturing, retail, banking, health care and municipal accounts.

EDUCATION     

MST, Thomas College – Partially completed

MBA, University of Maine, Orono – 1984

B S — Accounting, Central Connecticut State University — 1981

Certified Public Accountant, Maine — 1984

Certified Internal Auditor — 1990

Certified Information Systems Auditor Exam passed 1993, first attempt



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