|Scott E. Oaksmith|
Controller and Chief Accounting Officer
Scott E. Oaksmith is controller for worldwide lodging franchisor Choice Hotels International (NYSE:CHH), where he oversees the company's financial operations, including corporate reporting and accounting, planning and analysis and payroll operations. He is also an officer of the company.
During his tenure at Choice, Mr. Oaksmith has successfully upgraded the accounting corporate reporting processes, as well as identified and strengthened internal controls to ensure Sarbanes-Oxley compliance.
Mr. Oaksmith joined Choice Hotels in 2002 as director of marketing and reservation finance. In this position, he greatly improved the relationship between the finance department and the company's franchise association members. In addition, in order to improve efficiencies and communication across departments, he established a strong working relationship between the company's leaders of marketing and reservation activities and the finance department.
In 2003, Mr. Oaksmith was promoted to director of finance and in 2004 was promoted to senior director and assistant controller. In this position, he directed the finance organization's domestic and international accounting, corporate planning and analysis, and payroll functions. In addition, he handled the company's Securities and Exchange Commission financial filings and maintained the organization's internal controls, monthly closing process, accounting policies and procedures.
Prior to joining Choice Hotels, Mr. Oaksmith worked for American Express Tax & Business Services, Inc. in Baltimore from 1994 to 2002. While at American Express, he held various accounting positions of increasing responsibility, including managing attestation and handling accounting, tax and consulting work for small to large clients.
A certified public accountant, Mr. Oaksmith holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Towson University in Maryland and a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in finance from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
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