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Pamela K. Kotara, CPA, CGMA

Pamela K. Kotara, CPA

Manager of Assurance Services

Experience

Over 34 years of audit and accounting experience with small to large, publicly and privately held companies and in public practice with KPMG Peat Marwick, as well as a sole practitioner.

  • Representative client industries (both public and private):
    • Manufacturing and Retail
    • Construction - Private and Governmental
    • Education, not-for-profit, Grants
    • Employee Benefit Plans
    • Financial
    • Hospitality
    • Insurance - property and casualty; life
    • Investments - brokerage and mutual funds
    • Oil & Gas
    • Real Estate, including HUD insured mortgages
    • SEC Regulations & Filings
  • Responsible for the supervision and performance of all attestation and assurance engagements for the firm. Responsibilities include:
    • Management of all firm compilation, review and audit engagements.
    • Development and maintenance of quality control programs to ensure continuing compliance on all engagements with standards promulgated by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
    • Research and communication of evolving accounting and auditing rules to ensure client compliance with all applicable regulatory standards and guidance.
  • Has performed consultation with entities on the various aspects of their internal control structure, and have proposed and implemented cost saving measures related to internal control and fraud detection techniques to comply with Sarbanes-Oxley;
  • Developed menu driven interface program between Oracle general ledger and Hyperion consolidation and Financial Reporting program;
  • Used SAP general ledger and Microsoft products to reconcile detail inventory records for over 100 refineries, pipelines, and terminals in preparation for merger; and
  • Conducted complete audit engagements for “Big 4” public accounting firm. Specialized in audit services to educational and non-profit institutions, investment services companies, and manufacturing and retail firms. Completed SEC filings.

Education

University of Texas at Austin - B.B.A. Accounting with Honors

Leadership/Management Training - Center for Creative Leadership, Darden Executive Workshop

Professional and Civic Activities

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Chartered Global Management Accountant

Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants

Texas Society of CPAs - San Antonio Chapter

  • Young CPA of the Year 1989
  • Community Activities/Funlympics Chairman (1986 - 1989)

Institute of Internal Auditors

  • Certified Internal Auditor

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

  • Certified Fraud Examiner

Institute of Management Accountants

  • Certified Management Accountant

Boy Scouts of America, Troop 157

  • Scoutmaster; Treasurer (1994 - 2000)

St. Mary’s University Business School Accounting forum

St. Anthony’s Catholic Church

  • Lector (2003 - Present)
  • Festival Bingo Chairman (2006 - Present)

St. John Neuman Catholic Church

  • Lector (1995 - 2000)

USAA United Way Internal and External Campaigns

USAA Speakers Bureau

  • University of Texas at Austin, St. Mary’s University, and Roosevelt High School (1990 - 2000)

USAA Volunteer Corp

  • Meritorious Volunteerism Gold Award (1997, 1998, and 1999)
  • CFO Volunteer of the Year (1998)