Benjamin C. Randolph, MBA, CPA, CFE, CICA
Ben has over 25 years experience as a professional accountant. He graduated from Ohio University with Honors and was commissioned as an Officer in the United States Air Force where he served four years as a Strategic Air Command combat officer responsible for the command, control and potential launch of 10 nuclear armed Minuteman II Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles. While serving in the Air Force, Ben attended graduate school at the University of Montana completing his Master’s Degree in Business Administration.
Ben’s accounting and business career began when he became a Financial Controller with Container Corporation of America, a subsidiary of Mobil Oil, at their Wabash, Indiana facility. While with CCA, Ben was responsible for a $40 million annual budget and supervised all aspects of the accounting function. He also performed internal audits of other CCA installations and served briefly as the Corporate Controller.
Ben departed CCA in search of a more “exciting” career. He served for several years as a Special Agent with the United States Treasury, Internal Revenue Service, where he conducted complex financial fraud investigations targeting organized crime figures. Ben was directly responsible for the recovery of over $100 million in seized crime figure assets and the incarceration of many top level organized crime figures. As part of his duties with the US Treasury, during Presidential campaign years, he served with the United States Secret Service. In this position he had the honor of serving on Presidential protection details for Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.
After his tenure with the IRS, Ben purchased a small public accounting practice in Belpre, Ohio. Over the next several years Ben was able to grow his business into five offices in four states with annual revenues approaching $750,000. During this same period, Ben became a University Professor teaching advanced and graduate level accounting including federal tax classes. Ben also served as an Associate Dean for the School of Workforce Development at Grand Rapids Community College where he was responsible for the development and implementation of both credit and non-credit courses in business, accounting, and other closely related academic areas.
Ben has specialized knowledge and experience in Financial Statement Auditing, Fraud Audits and Investigations, General Accounting, Federal Taxation at all levels and Small Business Consulting.
Ben holds professional certifications as a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Internal Controls Auditor.
Sharon L. Randolph, MBA, CICA
With over 25 years of manufacturing accounting experience, a Masters of Business Administration and professional certification as a Certified Internal Controls Auditor, Sharon has a unique blend of “real world” accounting and theoretical knowledge that allows her to solve just about any accounting issue a client might encounter. Sharon’s forte is in systems and process management along with business startups.
Sharon’s business career began in 1978 with Barth Industries, a Cleveland based manufacturing firm, specializing in custom machine building. While at Barth, she worked with Mapics and JD Edwards software and implemented new IT systems which dramatically improved performance. Sharon also implemented new payroll systems that interfaced with production software.
In 1999 Sharon accepted the position of Assistant Controller/Financial Accounting Manager at Zircoa, Inc, Solon, Ohio. Zircoa manufactured thermal engineered ceramics used in the manufacture of steel, glass and other products. Zircoa was voted as one of the top 100 companies to work for in Northeast Ohio. While at Zircoa, Sharon wrote the operations manuals for customer service, purchasing, and accounting. By implementing a new physical inventory system, Sharon saved Zircoa over a quarter million dollars in recurring inventory losses. She also identified and solved a fraudulent and abusive time clock punch process used by hourly employees. This resulted in an estimated 100,000 dollars annual savings in payroll costs.
Sharon accepted a position as Controller at the Holland, Michigan facility for BBi Enterprises Group, Inc., a tier one automotive supply company. At BBi, Sharon was able to initiate many cost savings procedures. Her major accomplishment while at BBi was the establishment and management of their China Global Distribution Center
Sharon holds a BA degree with an accounting concentration from West Virginia University and earned her MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University where she distinguished herself among her peers by being voted “Outstanding Professional”.
As a principal and co-owner of Safe Harbour Consulting, Sharon is available to analyze your business challenges and provide timely solutions at a reasonable cost.