Robert L. Childree

Robert L. Childree

Senior Advisor

childreeMr. Childree has over forty years’ experience in financial management and governmental accounting systems.  He has specific expertise in the area of financial management systems for state governments including accounting, budgeting, procurement, payroll, personnel (HR), financial analysis and financial reporting.  Mr. Childree developed and wrote fiscal and accounting policy for the State of Alabama.  He has developed and taught financial management courses to the fiscal staff of the State of Alabama and has spoken frequently regarding governmental financial reporting to various organizations across the country.

 

H J Steininger, PLLC

Senior Advisor (October 2015 – present)

Bob Childree is currently working with Workiva as a partner, a member of their Advisory Council to provide subject matter expertise, thought leadership, and to identify crucial areas where their technology can help state and local government.

 

Bob Childree & Associates Incorporated

CEO (April 2014 – present)

Upon retirement from Grant Thornton, Bob Childree incorporated Bob Childree & Associates Incorporated to provide consulting services to state and local governments. He was engaged by Phoenix Management Services, under a sub-contract, to work with the Bankruptcy Court in the Detroit, Michigan bankruptcy on the determination of feasibility of the City of Detroit’s plan of adjustment. Bob served as a governmental accounting expert and evaluated the plan of adjustment for financial and organizational feasibility. During his engagement he analyzed and evaluated the entire city financial operation, including operational processes, tax structure, financial reporting, organizational issues, pension plans and the impact each had on the feasibility of the plan of adjustment.

Grant Thornton LLP

Director, Global Public Sector (February 2010 – 2014)

Bob Childree was a Director in Grant Thornton’s State and Local Government practice.  He was previously the Comptroller of the State of Alabama from 1987 to 2009 and in his time with Grant Thornton provided accounting and local government financial management expertise on the engagement with NIFA to address the budget deficit of Nassau County. During the NIFA engagement, Bob provided extensive guidance and direction regarding GASB 60 and the correct accounting treatment as well as how and when to recognize revenue under GAAP for governments. In the Jefferson County Alabama engagement, Bob provided consulting services related to the County’s position (both financially and politically) in the Bankruptcy decision and served as a financial advisor to the county’s major general obligation creditor.

 

 

State of Alabama

State Comptroller (May 1987-April 2009)

During his term as Comptroller, Mr. Childree directed the development and implementation of the State of Alabama’s Financial Resource Management System, a fully integrated financial system (ERP) which encompassed the procurement function, payroll and personnel functions, departmental budgeting and accounting systems and the State’s Central Accounting System.  In conjunction with this project, the Comptroller wrote new fiscal and accounting policy which complied with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles for Governments. In addition, the internal control system for the state comptroller function was reviewed and modified to insure that the new system functioned as intended within the risk tolerances established.   As part of this initiative, Mr. Childree directed the development of the extensive training required for the State’s fiscal staff.  As a result of the successful development and implementation of the State’s new Financial Resource Management System, the State of Alabama issued its first Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) and received an Unqualified Audit Opinion and subsequently received consecutive Unqualified Audit Opinions during his tenure as Comptroller. Additionally, the State of Alabama, under his tenure, obtained the GFOA Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the first time in history and has continued to receive the award for subsequent fiscal years.

 

Governmental Accountant (January 1974 – May 1987)

Mr. Childree began his career as an entry level accountant and progressed through the career path to the highest senior level accountant prior to being selected to serve as the State Comptroller.

 

 

 

Education

B.S., Commerce and Business Administration

Accounting, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

 

Extensive Continuing Education

 

 

Years of State and Local Government Experience

36 years

 

Years of Consulting Experience

6 years

 

 

Affiliations

National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers (NASACT – Past President)

National Association of State Comptrollers (NASC – Past President)

Association of Government Accountants (AGA, Financial Management Standards Board, Past President Montgomery Chapter)

Board of Directors, Auburn Montgomery Center for Government (Former Member)

Board of Directors, Auburn Montgomery School of Business (Former Member)

Board of Directors, Alabama Training Institute (Former Member)

 

Honors/Awards

2006 – Excellence in Leadership Award – Association of Government Accountants (AGA)

2008 – National President’s Award recognizing outstanding chairmanship of AGA’s Financial Management Standards Board

2010 – William R Snodgrass Distinguished Leadership Award` – Association of Government Accountants (AGA)

 

 

Publications

“Overcoming Adversity”, 21st Century Government Essays on Leadership, August 2001, National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers

“Leaders are Made”, Leadership Secrets of Government Financial Officials, July 2005, National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers, and Treasurers


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