Jaime Rodríguez Santiago

Jaime Rodríguez Santiago

Works at:

Kevane Grant Thornton

Location in:

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Jaime Rodríguez Santiago

Currently

Works at:
Kevane Grant Thornton
Location in:
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Bio

Jaime Rodríguez is an Advisory Associate at Kevane Grant Thornton, a full-service accounting firm based in San Juan, Puerto Rico also ranked as the 3rd among the largest CPA firms in Puerto Rico according to the Caribbean Business Book of Lists of 2014 and member of the Grant Thornton International network.

Jaime has worked/studied in

  • Puerto Rico

Jaime speaks

  • English
  • Spanish

Jaime has experience in

  • Consulting
  • Financial services (incl. insurance, mortgages, retail banking)
  • Services - legal, PR, marketing, accounting

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Work

2014 – present

Advisory Associate

Kevane Grant Thornton , Puerto Rico
  • Provide operational, transactional, forensic and financial consulting services to various clients in different industries. Services included:
  • Performed financial due diligence tasks in connection with the local acquisition of a major multinational coffee shop chain
  • Developed documentation of operational procedures for the accounting department of a local insurance agency. Identified weak accounting and system controls as well as operational deficiencies. Designed job descriptions and procedure manuals for all employees, including top management
  • In-charge consultant in the estimation of traffic flow and corresponding revenues and expenses of a parking facility in a highly-frequented tourist area including development of a successful and accurate financial model
  • In-charge of a co-sourcing internal audit engagement of a local major financial institution handling a portfolio of over $40.0 million in both commercial and mortgage loans. Identified lack of internal controls, developed recommendations for business process improvements and presented them to management
  • Managed the editing and review process of several engagement deliverables in various service areas including but not limited to valuation, PPA, financial and tax due diligence assistance, operational advisory, BOD presentations, internal audit, agreed upon procedures, among others
  • Executed the business valuation of two related entities engaged in the manufacturing of commercial and industrial air conditioning ducts in order to give the client an assessment of the value of his ownership interest in the business
  • Performed evaluation and analyses of transactions, funds transfer and other activities in connection with a forensic accounting investigation of suspected financial transactions for a commercial real estate, insurance and financial services institution
  • Provided capacitation training to the professional staff on the use of the department’s internal reporting tool in accordance to the firm’s global reporting standards
  • Accomplished a 50% time reduction on the department’s report reviewing process by implementing a report checklist
2013
(Apr – Nov)

Regional Marketing Advisor (Latin America)

BusinessBecause , United Kingdom
  • BusinessBecause, LTD is an online social media company providing marketing, communications and careers services to business schools and corporate recruiters around the world.
  • Strategically developed positioning and communication marketing efforts.
  • Targeted technical assistance and capacitation to users.
  • Executed numerous tests to ensure optimum platform’s performance.
  • Assisted during the launch of a “sister” website focused in the engineering discipline.
  • Researched and published articles directed towards an international audience.
2013
(Feb – May)

Undergraduate Researcher

Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico , Puerto Rico
  • Managed data collection projects by meeting paper and electronic mailing deadlines, entering data, and transcribing handwritten notes; frequent use of technology to do these tasks more efficiently.
  • Produced written, tabular and visual materials for research reports and presentations.
  • Ensured that research was conducted to an agreed protocol (or proposal) in collaboration with supervisor.
  • Thoroughly analyzed extensive statistical and qualitative data.
  • Involved often in team work helping colleagues develop further their projects.
  • Accurately identified, verified and recorded all accessed information sources using proper citing and references guidelines.
  • Professionally presented information, reports and recommendations to a variety of audiences both in English and Spanish.
  • Investigated and documented key data and information at the request of research advisor without direct supervision.
  • About the outcome: My research was centered on the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) also known as the 'Public Company Accounting Reform and Investor Protection Act'. The main objectives of the research were to: 1) Emphasize on the legal gaps of SOX from the perspectives of various scholars, executives and entrepreneurs. 2) Abound on contemporary issues related to “creative accounting” or the manipulation of financial statements. 3) Exhibit the possibility of implementing a better regulatory system incorporating rational and executable socioeconomic perspectives.
  • Obtained an outstanding evaluation during thesis/research defense presentation.

Work

2014 – present

Advisory Associate

Kevane Grant Thornton , Puerto Rico
  • Provide operational, transactional, forensic and financial consulting services to various clients in different industries. Services included:
  • Performed financial due diligence tasks in connection with the local acquisition of a major multinational coffee shop chain
  • Developed documentation of operational procedures for the accounting department of a local insurance agency. Identified weak accounting and system controls as well as operational deficiencies. Designed job descriptions and procedure manuals for all employees, including top management
  • In-charge consultant in the estimation of traffic flow and corresponding revenues and expenses of a parking facility in a highly-frequented tourist area including development of a successful and accurate financial model
  • In-charge of a co-sourcing internal audit engagement of a local major financial institution handling a portfolio of over $40.0 million in both commercial and mortgage loans. Identified lack of internal controls, developed recommendations for business process improvements and presented them to management
  • Managed the editing and review process of several engagement deliverables in various service areas including but not limited to valuation, PPA, financial and tax due diligence assistance, operational advisory, BOD presentations, internal audit, agreed upon procedures, among others
  • Executed the business valuation of two related entities engaged in the manufacturing of commercial and industrial air conditioning ducts in order to give the client an assessment of the value of his ownership interest in the business
  • Performed evaluation and analyses of transactions, funds transfer and other activities in connection with a forensic accounting investigation of suspected financial transactions for a commercial real estate, insurance and financial services institution
  • Provided capacitation training to the professional staff on the use of the department’s internal reporting tool in accordance to the firm’s global reporting standards
  • Accomplished a 50% time reduction on the department’s report reviewing process by implementing a report checklist
2013
(Apr – Nov)

Regional Marketing Advisor (Latin America)

BusinessBecause , United Kingdom
  • BusinessBecause, LTD is an online social media company providing marketing, communications and careers services to business schools and corporate recruiters around the world.
  • Strategically developed positioning and communication marketing efforts.
  • Targeted technical assistance and capacitation to users.
  • Executed numerous tests to ensure optimum platform’s performance.
  • Assisted during the launch of a “sister” website focused in the engineering discipline.
  • Researched and published articles directed towards an international audience.
2013
(Feb – May)

Undergraduate Researcher

Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico , Puerto Rico
  • Managed data collection projects by meeting paper and electronic mailing deadlines, entering data, and transcribing handwritten notes; frequent use of technology to do these tasks more efficiently.
  • Produced written, tabular and visual materials for research reports and presentations.
  • Ensured that research was conducted to an agreed protocol (or proposal) in collaboration with supervisor.
  • Thoroughly analyzed extensive statistical and qualitative data.
  • Involved often in team work helping colleagues develop further their projects.
  • Accurately identified, verified and recorded all accessed information sources using proper citing and references guidelines.
  • Professionally presented information, reports and recommendations to a variety of audiences both in English and Spanish.
  • Investigated and documented key data and information at the request of research advisor without direct supervision.
  • About the outcome: My research was centered on the 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) also known as the 'Public Company Accounting Reform and Investor Protection Act'. The main objectives of the research were to: 1) Emphasize on the legal gaps of SOX from the perspectives of various scholars, executives and entrepreneurs. 2) Abound on contemporary issues related to “creative accounting” or the manipulation of financial statements. 3) Exhibit the possibility of implementing a better regulatory system incorporating rational and executable socioeconomic perspectives.
  • Obtained an outstanding evaluation during thesis/research defense presentation.

Education

2011 – 2013

Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico

Accounting (BBA) | Magna Cum Laude (Bachelors)

Clubs

Not a member of any clubs

Achievements

  • National Society of Hispanic MBA's active member since May 2012
  • Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico's Honor Society
  • Member of PUPR's Academic Council
  • Columnist at The Huffington Post in the areas of economics and education
  • Engaged action at the White House through petition to: "Stop the sale of the Luis Muñoz Marín airport in Puerto Rico to mexican interests."
  • First Runner-up at Accounting Bowl Competition (May 2013)
  • Signed petition at Save The Arctic to stop oil drilling at the Arctic which threatens the survival of the polar bear and other species

Additional Info

Website
jaime.rodriguez.org
Nationality:
  • American