College of the Sequoias
“Mike Hill provided outstanding service to COS regarding our need for an improved financial reporting and accountability system. We had experienced periodic problems with oversights in initial budget documents that did not get caught in a timely manner, thus causing our planning process to play “catch up” when revisions were made late in the process. This was particularly significant in that many of these initial budget numbers had been provided to the Board of Trustees, requiring both our CBO and myself to explain why the numbers had changed. This got to the point that the Board’s confidence in our numbers was undermined and caused the Board to create a subcommittee to address the problem.
Mike quickly and efficiently developed a 12 point system for us to follow, a system that our staff easily integrated into our existing practices. This system allows us to verify information readily early in the process while presenting budget, revenue, and expenditure information in a manner that is comprehended by our Board members with a minimum of effort. Mike displayed effective communication skills in meetings with our Board and also with our fiscal services staff, he responded quickly to follow up questions and reviewed drafts with short turn-around time as the process proceeded.
The “Mike Hill Budget Reporting and Accountability System” made our budget development process more accurate, timely, and comprehensible, and it saved my bacon in avoiding embarrassing errors in communicating financial information to the Board. I highly recommend Mike as a facilitator and analyst and his methods and techniques. Even experienced financial practitioners can learn from what Mike brings to the table.”