Beth Williams, a Warren Whitney professional, has worked in human resource management for over 25 years with experience that spans many diverse industries. She provides a full range of HR consulting services and strategic solutions that are customized for each client and that provide a clear direction to company goals and objectives. There are no pre-determined solutions; they are unique and creative taking best practices, individual personalities, management styles and company culture into consideration with each client.
Beth’s passion is helping businesses optimize their greatest investment, their staff. Whether she is in an interim HR management role or is working on a short-term project, she immerses herself in as many aspects of the business as possible. From conducting employee focus groups, providing organizational development through training opportunities, to coaching managers regarding employee relations or performance management, there is consistent and continuous improvement that is measureable. The results are stronger leadership, smoother operations, improved employee morale and compliance on important legal issues thus reducing risk to the organization.
Beth serves her clients in the following areas:
- Recruiting and Executive Search services
- Benefits consulting
- HR audits
- Performance management
- Employee focus groups and culture definition
- Change management
- Compliance, process improvement, and policy development
- Leadership development and counsel
Prior to joining Warren Whitney, Beth successfully owned and operated her own HR consulting business for 14 years and is a principal in a technology consulting business. She has a solid understanding of the challenges business owners face, and enjoys using her HR and consulting expertise to offer solutions and strategies that help overcome those challenges. Many of her clients have been long term as she was serving in a fractional HR management role for these small businesses.
Education and Professional Associations:
Beth received her B.A. in Psychology with an emphasis on business school coursework from the University of Richmond. She is a native of Roanoke, VA and has served on various boards in the Richmond area. For eight years, Beth served on the Board of Coordinators 2 Inc., a local adoption agency whose mission is to find forever families for infants and foster care children. Currently, Beth serves on the Marriott Board of Directors for Crystal Shores Resort in Marco Island and she loves spending time in southern Florida and representing the owners of the resort in COA matters.
Jill Swinger is a director of Warren Whitney and is primarily engaged by organizations requiring financial management and marketing analysis. Jill brings more than 30 years experience in both public accounting and private industry.
Jill generally serves her clients in the role of business controller, sales and marketing controller, chief financial officer, or special assistant to the president or owner. She offers a well-rounded business background with a concentration in financial controls; sales results measurement; and profitability analysis of customers, products, and distribution channels. Jill can also serve her clients as an active driver in company acquisition analysis and has played a lead role in computer system implementation and the financial justification of facility closures, expansion, and consolidations. She functions as a leader in cross-functional teams to improve asset management and increase sales and margin performance.
Prior to joining Warren Whitney, Jill was the sales and marketing controller with Overhead Door Corp. in Dallas, Texas where she was responsible for directing sales and marketing reporting and analysis for an industry-leading $340 million garage door division and a $160 million Genie-brand opener division. She developed district, regional, and channel sales reporting structures, including forecasting; customer contribution margin; salesman performance results and product line price; and volume and mix analyses. Jill was also responsible for developing and monitoring the performance of more than $30 million in sales and marketing expenses.
Before joining Overhead Door, Jill worked as an independent consultant on a project for a $25 million vertically integrated manufacturer of cotton apparel where she was responsible for overseeing the daily manufacturing operations and managing the procurement, planning and distribution, and system support for two facilities. Prior to this, Jill worked with Rubbermaid, Inc. where she held a variety of positions during her 10-year tenure, including internal auditor, general accounting manager, manufacturing accounting manager, manager of sales and marketing financial support, and ultimately business controller.
As manufacturing accounting manager for the Home Products Division of Rubbermaid, Jill was responsible for reporting cost of goods sold for $500 million that represented approximately 60% of gross sales for a six-plant operation, including outsourcing operations. She also developed plant overhead rates, shipping budgets, and warehousing budgets. As manager of sales and marketing financial support, Jill provided financial analysis and support to achieve optimal sales and margin generation, expense control, and resource allocation. As business controller of Rubbermaid Cleaning and Maintenance Products, she managed all financial functions of a $120 million strategic business unit, including budgeting and forecasting, asset control and management, and full profit and loss reporting. She also performed due diligence prior to an acquisition and was part of the transition team during the integration of the former Empire Brush facility with Rubbermaid Cleaning Products.
Jill began her professional career with KPMG Peat Marwick, rising to the position of audit senior. She performed audits of various manufacturing, health care, and not-for-profit educational institutions.
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Jill earned her B.B.A degree in Accounting from Kent State University and qualified as a Certified Public Accountant in Ohio. Since moving to the Richmond area, she has volunteered as Treasurer to several local non-profit organizations.
Pauline Murphy is a member of Warren Whitney’s accounting service team. She provides clients with accounting services typically performed by a bookkeeper or senior accountant. Pauline has worked in the nonprofit, healthcare, construction, and retail industries. She is particularly talented at running an efficient and cost-effective administrative function. In addition to serving clients, Pauline has been the office manager with Warren Whitney for more than 15 years. She has more than 20 years of management experience, with a background in computers and accounting in a variety of industries.
Pauline generally services her clients in the role of bookkeeper or database manager. She has more than 20 years of experience in accounts payable and receivable, payroll and benefit solutions, budget and audit preparation, reconciliations, financial report generation and database management. She is also experienced in vendor negotiations, as well as preparing policy and procedure manuals.
Prior to joining Warren Whitney, Pauline was the executive assistant for the administrator of a home health agency, and a DME company. She was responsible for auditing client records, Medicare/Medicaid, third-party billing, purchasing office and medical supplies, and HR functions. She was also an office manager for a national construction firm and the executive assistant to the vice president of another construction company, where she was responsible for contracts, OSAS logs, processing A/P, and payroll, as well as other management functions.
Pauline possesses excellent computer skills and is proficient with MS Office and QuickBooks Pro, Peachtree and OSAS, as well as other accounting software.
Education and Professional Associations
Pauline graduated summa cum laude from J. Sargeant Reynolds with a degree in Computer Information Systems. She is also a Notary Public with the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Haley Jones is the Administrative Assistant for Warren Whitney. She provides recruiting, research, and administrative services to clients whilst managing the firm’s daily operations and website. Haley writes, edits, and distributes various external communications including Warren Whitney e-newsletters and announcements, and also serves as Warren Whitney’s event coordinator. Industry experience includes professional administrative support, nonprofits, academic research, fundraising, and museums.
Prior to joining Warren Whitney, Haley worked at the National Galleries of Scotland as a Curatorial Assistant Intern. She conducted research for upcoming exhibitions, provided proofreading and editing services to the curatorial staff, assisted with event coordination, and compiled museum survey data.
Haley also worked at the University of Richmond Museums as a Curatorial Assistant, Visitor Services Museum Attendant, and Joel and Lila Harnett Research Fellow. She conducted research while co-curating two exhibitions, drafted press releases and museum labels, and assisted with the coordination of public events and tours. Haley also provided administrative and visitor support, including cataloging works, updating the museums’ online database, and answering visitor inquiries.
Education and Professional Associations
Haley earned her M.S. in Modern and Contemporary Art History from the University of Edinburgh, and her B.A. in Leadership Studies from the University of Richmond. She was a member of Sigma Tau Delta National English Honour Society, Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honour Society, and Golden Key International Scholastic Honour Society.