Pullia Accounting & Consulting - Thunder Bay & Northwestern Ontario Business Consulting, Financial Services & Accounting
 

Resume - Frank Pullia CPA,CMA, MBA

EDUCATION/DESIGNATION

August 2010
Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Lakehead University

January 1990
Certified Management Accountant

Designation, Consulting CMA
Lakehead University
 
April 1984
Bachelor of Administration
Accounting Major
Lakehead University

June 1971
Secretary Diploma
Istituto Professionale
Per il Commercio, Nicastro, Italy

CURRENT PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS AND PREVIOUS EMPLOYERS

Course Facilitator (Business Ethics and Strategic Planning) for the Nipissing/Confederation College Commerce Program
 
Consultant of Record for the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)
 
 
PULLIA ACCOUNTING & CONSULTING

Provide accounting, business consulting and financial services to small and medium size businesses in Thunder Bay and region. Also serving non-profit organizations (including municipalities) and charities. Over thirty years of business experience in the fields of :

Accounting - Budgeting, Cost Control, Profit Management

Financial - Project Evaluation, Financial Proposals, Funding Applications, Business Solutions, 

Consulting - Business Plans, Community Plans, Tourism and Marketing Plans, Project Management, Management Consulting, International Business, Business Expansions & Retention, Operational Reviews, Strategic Planning, and Economic Development

NORTHWEST-MIDWEST ALLIANCE

Accomplishments: provided marketing and research, including consulting and advisory services to area companies interested, or having the potential to do business with the Upper US Midwest States. Assisted over 100 local companies in exploring business opportunities and negotiating business strategic alliances with US companies, while promoting foreign investment into Northwestern Ontario. Managed and greatly leveraged a staff of three in Thunder Bay and Minneapolis offices through a Bi-National collaborative effort.

Coordinated and hosted exporting, matchmaking, and inward investment seminars. Interacted with all levels of government and Consulates in both countries, and ensured that all community partners and US Associates were fully engaged. Kept the larger community informed through media releases, members associations’ newsletters, video productions, and TV appearances on community channels. Successfully managed and leveraged the project’s budget to achieve many first related project in Information Technology (First IT Consortium) and Biotechnology (First funded FedNor study in the region that led to the creation of a life science clustering concept).

CITY OF THUNDER BAY
Duties and Responsibilities: represented constituency at City Hall on all aspects of municipal government. Maintained services and infrastructure across the city at times of declining tax assessment and provincial transfer payments without increasing taxes. Worked in co-operation with city administration in reviewing all phases of the city’s operation, as well as labour unions in all areas of labour relations. Represented the city at the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association during 1994/97 and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (member of Executive Board during 1996/97. Also served on the Transportation, Aboriginal and International Programs Committees).
 
Accomplishments: from 2014-2018 was the Chair of Budgets and Finance and maintained tax increases at 2.5% during a period of major reduction in tax revenues (lost $23 million or 80% of the industrial tax base during 2013-2017) while maintaining (in many case increasing) investments in services and infrastructure. From 2006 to 2010 was the Chair of the Audit Committee (tax increases reduced from 7% in 2006 to 1.8% in 2010), Vice-Chair of the Administrative Services Committee (took leadership role in new Strategic plan, operational review, continuous improvement practices, cost controls, and line-by-line review of budget items) and Director on the Board of the Community Economic Development Commission (CEDC) were also took a leadership role in creating performance measures, and strategic plans.  
 
During this period the CEDC helped create over 1,000 jobs by attracting new companies like Tornado Inc. (MRI Research); MeaGlow (The Lakehead University Semiconductor Research lab.); Superior Propane (Administrative Services); Global Sticks (Value-Added Manufacturing); ActLab (Mining Services Company) and many others, as well as retaining jobs by helping fund and coordinate new strategic alliances like the Oil Sands Consortium (now the Thunder Bay Metal Fabricators Association), and a Business Retention and Expansion program for the small/medium size business in Thunder Bay. 

ONTARIO HYDRO

KIMBERLY CLARK OF CANADA

CARGILL GRAIN

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT, TASK FORCE AND COMMITTEE EXPERIENCE

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

INTERESTS AND ACTIVITIES

REFERENCES

Elaine Kerr, President
Thunder Bay and District Labour Council 
(807) 475-6661
ekerr@confederationc.on.ca
  
Tim Commisso, City Manager 
City of Thunder Bay
(807) 625-2513
tcommisso@thunderbay.ca

John Guarasci, Manager 
Thunder Bay, BDC Business Centre 
(807) 346-1785
john.guarasci@bdc.ca

Madge Richardson
Former Mayor
Township of Schreiber
(807) 824-1369

 


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