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Kit Lau

Kit Lau

Washington, DC, US

 

About 

I have been in various roles and positions in the accounting field and home improvement business for over a decade, but above all else I consider myself a career student. My experiences and education in business management has provided me with strong analytical, organizational, and management skills. My wide spread interests has pushed me to learn many things and has given me the drive to pursue an education in industrial and interior design. My goal is to utilize my creativity and strategic thinking skills to seek growth and take my career and interests to new heights.

Specialties: Commercial and Residential Interior Design, Home Renovation, Industrial Design (Prototyping), Operations Management, Accounts Payable, Payroll, Human Resource, Accounts Receivable, MS Office, Photoshop, Ilustrator, AutoCAD, Sketch-Up, Rhino 3D, Graphite, BlackBaud Financial Edge, Deltek, Costpoint, PaperSave

Employment 

Police Executive Research Forum, Washington, DC, US, Accounting Assistant

 Conceptualized, rendered, and designed the office space to suit the needs of the PERF staff.
 Acquired the role of design and construction advisor and collaborated with the architect and contractors to reach design solutions for office space planning, millwork designs, and other unforeseen construction issues.
 Conducted the furniture procurement for the renovation and saving thousands in design and consulting costs.
 Managed full cycle Accounts Payable and Payroll processes and served as Human Resource benefits administrator.
 Reviewed travel expense reports and established corporate card accounts for travelling employees.
 Maintained office operations and negotiated new leases on office equipment to save on overhead costs.
 Provided management and training to new employees on policies and procedures to streamline processes.
 Maintained company vehicle maintenance and negotiated company vehicle leases.
 Implemented PaperSave to archive accounting documents electronically to save time in document retrieval.
 Reconciled General Ledger accounts for flexible spending, parking, transportation, and travel expenses.
 Entered journal entries for postage, phones, and other miscellaneous corrections or fixes.
 Developed a policy and reference guide for the staff on creating accounting documents and expense reports.

Jun 2007 - current
 

Self Employed • Interior Architectural Designer and Showset Designer, Interior Designer, Rockville, MD, Design Consultant for Chi Man Lau

 Acquired a new leads and prepared estimates for residential improvement or repair projects.
 Translated between Cantonese/Mandarin and English; served as communications liaison.
 Researched and developed design solutions to improve function and use of space for residential amenities.
 Increased clientele and added services by procuring parts for residential and commercial equipment repairs.
 Designed and installed kitchen and closet systems making use of space saving products.
 Worked on many installation projects that include kitchens, baths, closets, decks, patios, doors, and lighting.

Jan 1999 - current
 

Social & Scientific Systems, Silver Spring, MD, US, Staff Accountant

Assisted in the complete re-structuring and re-organization of the A/P department.
 Established protocols and procedures to increase efficiency in streamlining A/P processes.
 Analyzing and reconciling the Grant account as well as correcting and fixing errors in the account.
 Created and analyzed general ledger detail reports for year-end close-outs.

Jan 2006 - Jan 2007
 

Aspen Systems Corporation, Rockville, MD, Accounting Assistant II

Aspen Systems Corporation was purchased by Lockheed Martin Information Technology. I remained at the company for another month before moving to a new company.

 Represented the company as communication liaison for vendors and staff in handling accounting concerns.
 Developed and wrote training manuals for Accounting Assistant I & II positions to train Accounting Assistants.
 Established strong teamwork, communication skills and helped colleagues meet posting deadlines.
 Solved billing issues, tax issues, invoice errors, and other erroneous payment issues.

Mar 2001 - Mar 2006
 

Education 

Montgomery College, Rockville, MD, US, Interior Design

Associate of Arts, Interior Design

Jan 2012 - May 2014
 

Academy Of Art University, San Francisco, CA, US, Industrial Design

Studied Industrial Design and Transportation Design

Jan 2007 - Dec 2013
 

Montgomery College, Rockville, MD, US, General Studies

Associate of Arts, General Studies

Jan 2002 - Dec 2012
 

University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ, US, Bachelors, Business Management

Bachelors of Science, Business Management

Jan 2004 - Dec 2007
 

University of Maryland, College Park, MD, US, Aerospace Engineering

Studied Aerospace Engineering, mathematics, and physics.

Sep 1999 - Dec 2002
 

Awards 

Asian Academic Achievement Award, Award

2004 Award for maintaining GPA above 3.5 at Montgomery College

2002
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills