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Antoinette James

BUSINESS / ORGANIZATION:

A. James CFO

Charlotte, NC

ABOUT THE BUSINESS / ORGANIZATION:
My name is Antoinette and I am a Virtual CFO. I run a full-service virtual accounting firm specializing in supporting business owners and entrepreneurs to better understand and manage their finances by providing remote tax preparation & planning, bookkeeping, payroll management, and financial advisory services.

THE STORY:
Being a first-generation college student (graduate of North Carolina State University with a Bachelors in Business Finance and Minor in Accounting) and first-generation American (daughter of 2 lower-income, Jamaican immigrant parents who came to the U.S. during their teenage years), I learned early the importance of hard work, education, financial literacy and making the most of the opportunities life/ God gives you. A few months prior to graduating college, I secured a position in to Textron's (a Fortune 500 Aerospace, Defense and Industrial manufacturer) Finance Leadership Development Program, a 2-year rotational program which allowed me the opportunity to relocate to Dallas, TX; Providence, RI, and Augusta, GA and explore the ins-and-outs of a $14B+ financial organization. I worked alongside C-suite executives, VPs and Directors learning everything from financial planning & analysis, forecasting & budgeting, corporate strategy and business development, to financial management and accounting ERP systems. Yet, somehow I found myself at 24, overseeing the financials for a $100M+ business division and wondering "Is this it?"

For the most part I enjoyed the work I was doing, my co-workers and boss were pretty cool and I was getting paid well by most standards - but I found myself unfulfilled, feeling as if I was living a story I had been told over and over to "get good grades, go to a good university, get a good job with salary and benefits and then work hard until you retire and then die..."

One afternoon while in for a routine cleaning, my dentist asked me what I did for a living and I told him "Finance". He asked me if I could help him manage the finances for his dental practices and that's where it all started! After a few weeks after working with him and noticing the positive impact I was having on him and his business I knew my passion for finance had met my purpose of helping small Business Owners create and build the sustainable, profitable business of their dreams.

Now I spend my days supporting an AMAZING group of busy & successful entrepreneurs with the financial expertise, systems, tools, and mindset they need to take their business to the next level, minimize their tax bill and increase their bottom line.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS / ACCOLADES / AWARDS:
- June 2013: 5-week study abroad experience in Shanghai, China
- May 2014: Graduated from NC State University [Bachelors in Business Finances, Dean's List recipient, Poole Council (Student Government) - VP of Communications. Beta Alpha Psi - Fundraiser Chair, Black Business Student Association (BBSA) - Secretary]
- July 2014 - July 2016: Selected to participate in Textron's Finance Leadership Development Program, 2-yr. rotational program
- July 2016 - July 2017 - Served as Financial Analyst/ Finance Business Partner responsible for managing financials for a Fortune 500 company's $100M+ commercial business division
- July 2017 - Left Corporate to run my business full-time
- Oct. 2018: Commissioned as N.C. Notary Public
- Jan. 2019: Licensed N.C. Real Estate Broker
- Mar. 2019: Credentialed as a Certified Quickbooks Online ProAdvisor; became Member of National Association of Tax Professionals
- June 2019: Launched 1st cohort of a Women's Business Owner Accountability/ Mastermind Group with women from all over the world who show up weekly committed to their success and each other
- July 2019: Nominated by Charlotte, NC Chapter of eWomenNetwork as 1 of 12 young woman Entrepreneurs from around the world as an 'Emerging Leader of The Year'

Personal LifeShare

SUCCESS:
Personal success means being connected with a source at all times, completely fulfilled and living my purpose, being unapologetically and authentically me, and spiritually, mentally and financially free. Business success to me means creating something so much bigger than myself; creating a business that changes lives, impacts future generations and leaves the world a better place.

OUTLOOK:
In the next 5-10 years, I definitely plan to have built a multi-million dollar business. My plan is to do more speaking engagements, write a best-selling book and be seen as the go-to expert within the business finances and tax strategy field.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
704.612.1296

EMAIL:
support@ajamescfo.com

WEBSITE:
www.ajamescfo.com

GALLERY:

Antoinette James

 

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