Karl Sweeney

Karl Sweeney

Mission President (Scottsdale AZ) - July 2013 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Greater Salt Lake City Area

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Karl Sweeney's Overview


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Karl Sweeney's Summary

FINANCE EXECUTIVE AND CORPORATE OFFICER with extensive real estate, development/manufacturing, retail and operations billing/collection entity experience. Deep expertise also in HR, IT, and Facilities.

Accustomed to superior customer-focused performance through experience with leading hospitality company. Highly focused, hardworking, hands-on contributor who consistently gets projects from inception to successful completion. Skilled at fostering a collaborative working environment to cultivate teamwork and maximize idea generation. Key experience areas include:

• CFO/Controller
• Dynamic Growth Environment (mid teens CAGR)
• KPI/Balanced Scorecard
• SEC Compliance
• GAAP Fin. Reporting
• Budget/LRP/Forecast
• Strategic Planning
• SOX/Internal Control
• Process Reengineering


Extensive retail and commercial development and management experience (lease negotiation, asset sales, etc.)

Chief operating officer of mortgage bank.

Finance and accounting expertise in manufacturing/ construction, hotel/hospitality, timeshare, marketing and sales, and nonprofit.

Karl Sweeney's Experience

Mission President (Scottsdale AZ) - July 2013

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Nonprofit; 5001-10,000 employees; Religious Institutions industry

March 2013Present (1 year 7 months) Scottsdale Arizona

Called to serve as mission president of the new Scottsdale Arizona LDS Mission.

Partnership; 11-50 employees; Financial Services industry

July 2011June 2013 (2 years) Charlotte, North Carolina Area

 Drove Customer Retention: Independently contracted with charter school management group to turnaround relationship with #1 customer (both parties had defaulted each other). Focused on delivery of value above the contract, over-communication and win-win renegotiation of points of contention in management contract to execute turnaround. Customer now finds “substantial value” in services delivered.



January 2010June 2011 (1 year 6 months) Lake Wales, FL

Privately-held real estate developer and agricultural producer (cattle, citrus, berries). Responsible for all Financial, HR, Legal, and IT functions. Computed and issued compliance certificates for bank financial covenants. Prepared monthly financial reports for Board. Oversaw controlling interest in publicly-traded Alico, Inc. Worked closely with CEO to re-shape Alico strategy to expand sources of cash flow. Worked with auditors and outside tax preparers on multitude of issues to maximize family owner’s tax deductions.  Controlled Cash Outflows/Boosted Cash Inflows: Performed 3 year Strategic Review with Board of Directors to funnel cash flows to areas with highest levels of return. Turned around negative operating cash flow within 12 months and realized $34M in cash proceeds by closing conservation easement sale.


Liahona Properties, Inc.

August 2008January 2010 (1 year 6 months) Lakeland FL

Property management company with apartments/residences for rent.

VP Strategy and Innovation

Marriott Vacation Club International

Public Company; 5001-10,000 employees; MAR; Hospitality industry

August 2007August 2008 (1 year 1 month)

Chief Administrative Officer

Marriott Vacation Club International

Public Company; 5001-10,000 employees; MAR; Hospitality industry

2004July 2007 (3 years)

Directed human resources, information technology, law, strategic management, and facilities. Ensured compliance with HR rules, managed IT project completion, used balanced scorecard to track enterprise performance against metrics.

Public Company; 5001-10,000 employees; MAR; Hospitality industry

January 1997October 2003 (6 years 10 months)

Achieved multiple visionary, global and measurable sales and operational efficiency initiatives that drove triple-digit sales and profits growth over 5 years. Delivered world-class customer service.
 Innovated $20M in Annual Incremental Profits by Boosting % of Sales Financed by 20% Points:
 As COO of MVW mortgage bank, approached head of MVW Marketing and Sales with breakthrough proposal to boost % of sales internally financed (much more profitable). Made win-win proposal to share a portion of incremental financing (baseline was 35% of sales) as a profit-sharing to the site. This meant the mortgage bank would only “pay” the sales teams for “over-budget” performance.
 Tamed major trust issue among senior marketing and sales leadership and sites who previously mistrusted the mortgage bank.
 Initiative immediately lifted % of sales financed to 55% (57% increase) which boosted overall profits by $20M annually.
 Implemented Innovative cost reductions achieving $20+M in savings: (1) Telecom – hired 3rd party to audit phone bills thru shared savings arrangement ($2M savings); (2) Property Taxes – hired assessor (due to inside knowledge of areas to challenge) to contest property tax assessments company-wide ($3.5M savings); (3) Sales Taxes – analysed sales taxes paid on timeshare unit FF&E and devised innovative strategy to transfer this cost to purchaser ($8.5M savings); (4) Rent – renegotiated lease early with landlord to take advantage of market weakness ($7M savings).

Director Internal Audit

Marriott International

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; MAR; Hospitality industry

June 1992December 1996 (4 years 7 months) Bethesda MD

Performed/Managed audits for Marriott’s food services division (retail operations at conference centers, schools, and airports) and corporate audits. Prepared audits for Marriott Corporation on compliance with expense reports, political action committee, and results of annual employee ethical conduct survey. Managed corporate policy manual. As needed, investigated frauds and performed due diligence on potential acquisitions

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; MAR; Hospitality industry

19871992 (5 years)

Asset Manager for Marriott Hotels which were owned by various Marriott Partnerships (Atlanta Marquis, New York Marquis, Camelback, etc). Prepared financial statements for 10+ partnerships with reporting to owners and SEC. Supervised staff of 20.

Senior Manager

Southland Financial Corporation

19811985 (4 years)

Karl Sweeney's Skills & Expertise

  1. Timeshare
  2. Non-profits
  3. Asset
  4. Construction
  5. Due Diligence
  6. Accounting
  7. Finance
  8. Strategic Planning
  9. Financial Analysis
  10. Business Strategy
  11. Management
  12. Leadership
  13. Business Planning
  14. Nonprofits
  15. Real Estate
  16. Auditing
  17. Mergers & Acquisitions
  18. Acquisition Integration
  19. Strategy
  20. Budgets
  21. Policy
  22. Business Development
  23. Human Resources
  24. Managerial Finance
  25. Process Improvement
  26. Negotiation
  27. Sales
  28. Financial Modeling
  29. Internal Audit
  30. Forecasting
  31. SEC filings
  32. Tax
  33. GAAP
  34. Cash Flow
  35. Executive Management
  36. Strategic Financial Planning
  37. Start-ups
  38. Financial Reporting
  39. Financial Statements
  40. Internal Controls
  41. Variance Analysis
  42. Sarbanes-Oxley
  43. Financial Accounting
  44. Corporate Finance
  45. Cash Management
  46. Risk Management
  47. Business Process Improvement
  48. Analysis
  49. Restructuring
  50. Sarbanes-Oxley Act

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Karl Sweeney's Education

Brigham Young University

BS, Accounting


Two year LDS Mission to Japan, 1973 - 1975

Activities and Societies: BYU Track Team (WAC Champions, 1973)

Karl Sweeney's Additional Information


Golf, surfing, gardening

Groups and Associations:

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, The Balanced Scorecard Collaborative, Gulf Ridge Boy Scout Council

Honors and Awards:

Marriott Vacation Club elected to Balanced Scorecard Hall of Fame - 2007

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