Kelly is a CPA with over 30 years of corporate and consulting business experience. She is an entrepreneurial executive, financial expert and strategist. She is an expert in finding ways to save her clients time and money through strategic planning, accounting analysis, process improvement, and talent management.
As a founding partner in Harris & Dickey, a women-owned financial professional services firm, Kelly partners with C-level executives of Fortune 1000 companies to help enhance shareholder value and achieve corporate objectives. In addition to founding Harris & Dickey, Kelly was a founder and market leader in a successful Deloitte spin-off, Resources Global Professionals (RGP) that went public in 2000. Kelly joined Deloitte to open the Dallas office of RGP and helped build a multinational-professional services firm with over 3,000 professionals around the world from 80 practice offices.
Ten years prior to founding Harris & Dickey she spent consulting with Titus, RGP, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. She was responsible for overseeing service delivery, operations, growth, business development, resource management and provided strategic direction and leadership. At Titus and Resources, Kelly was the Dallas Managing Director. The beginning of her career was spent in tax departments at ClubCorp and Donrey Media Group.
She is a graduate of Texas Woman’s University with a Bachelor in Business Administration majoring in accounting. She has been a CPA for over 30 years with expertise in corporate governance, accounting, tax, business development, talent development, and management. She is a member of the Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance (IECG), Institute of Internal Auditors, and the Association for Corporate Growth. She is on the Advisory Board for FENG and IECG and also has served on non-profit boards. She has been an Angel Investor, and has experience with Trinity Private Equity Group, Texas Women Ventures Fund, and Concert Golf.
Helen Dickey is an executive leader with over 40 years of experience in the consulting and banking industries serving as an internal auditor, accountant, and executive. Helen is recognized for her visionary leadership with sustained performance in high quality service delivery and client satisfaction, client relationship development and management, and team development. She has proven accomplishments in consulting and special project services in the areas of accounting, finance, internal audit, technology, and project management, in numerous and varied business environments.
Previously, Helen was an executive with Jefferson Wells, a professional services firm specializing in internal audit, finance and accounting, tax, and technology advisory services. During her tenure at Jefferson Wells, she was the Regional Vice President for the firm for five years, managing half the US with thirteen offices reporting to her and assisting with the growth of the firm from $1 million to $425 million in revenues. She was responsible for establishing the vision and direction of the firm as well as ensuring thirteen offices accomplished their strategic goals and tactical business plans. She served as the Dallas/Fort Worth Managing Director for seven years where she was responsible for all aspects of managing the office, including strategic planning, financial management, assurance of client satisfaction and service quality, and people management. Early in her career, Helen worked at Bank of America and Comerica Bank in accounting and internal audit as well as KPMG and Pricewaterhouse Coopers performing external audits.
In 2010 Helen combined forces with Kelly Harris to found Harris & Dickey, LLC, a certified woman-owned professional services firm in DFW Metroplex. Now, almost 10 years later, Harris & Dickey is a successful professional services firm known for quality, customized permanent placement and consultative services in accounting, finance, internal audit, technology, project management and special project assistance, delivering services to companies in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Helen graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. She has been a CPA for over 35 years and a CISA for over 20 years. She has been serving on the Board of Governors for the Dallas Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors since 2004 and is currently the Chairperson of the Audit Committee for the Chapter. She is a member of the Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance, Institute of Internal Auditors, and Information Systems Audit and Control Association.
Judy Pilotte is a strategic, dual certified senior Human Resources professional with a unique breadth of experience that includes recruiting, HRIS, benefits, compensation, compliance, and a myriad of generalist activities. After many years working as an HR leader, across all disciplines and in a broad array of industries, she is now using her combined recruiting and HR experience to find that ideal candidate-client match.
Prior to joining Harris & Dickey, Judy held senior leadership roles for companies including T-Mobile, MetroPCS, Carreker Corporation, Bombardier FlexJet, Elcor Corporation, Kelley Services, and her own highly successful HR consulting practice. She has experience in the following industries: Telecommunications, Financial Software, Banking, Manufacturing, Aerospace, Staffing/Employment Services, Transportation, and casino/gaming.
Judy is a native Texan, a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) through the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) through WorldAtWork. She has attended legislative update conferences in Washington, DC and met with Congressional leaders to advise them on the potential impact to employers of pending legislation. Judy holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration from ASU.
LaTara Scott is an operations and accounting leader with over 20 years of fast paced, high dollar financial accounting industry experience. LaTara has a diverse range of expertise in many business verticals including legal, financial, staffing, and nonprofit.
She is a graduate of Cleary University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance and a Master of Business Administration degree. She brings her on-the-job experience and commitment to learning to Harris & Dickey with diligence and passion. She continues to enhance, optimize and improve the operations and accounting team on a daily basis. She is a true servant leader with a heart for customer success and lasting partnerships. LaTara volunteers for several nonprofit organizations and serves as Executive Director of a personal nonprofit organization alongside her husband.
Judy is a transformational CFO with over 35 years of experience, consistently generating superior profitability and discovering simplified keys to success in complex circumstances. Her focus provides the right information, to the right person, at the right time, generating both top and bottom-line growth.
She has expertise in Integration of accounting and finance with all aspects of operations, design of targeted major process improvements, employment of proactive, leading edge techniques paired with focused metrics, leading transformational change to accomplish key strategies and motivation and empowerment of team members to build on successes.
Her financial leadership, both in consulting roles and internal corporate positions, moves beyond compliance with GAAP and SOX regulations, providing major value to shareholders and timely key tools to management. She is an expert in strategic innovation, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, first-to-market positions in unexplored industry niches – startups to public companies, rapid integration to maximize ROI for private equity and other shareholders and is a financial advisor and partner to C Suite and Board Members.
Judy holds a Massachusetts CPA license and is currently acting CFO for US Cancer Therapies, a healthcare management startup. She has experience in a wide range of industries, with previous roles including VP Corporate Controller for USMD, VP of Global Sales Support & General Manager for Gulfstream Aerospace, and 12 years in public accounting with the predecessor of CBIZ. Her successful consulting clients include La Quinta, Dallas Morning News, SoftLayer Technologies and a large number of mid-market and startup entities.
John’s broad and varied 40 years in Accounting, Finance, and Management Consulting adds to our existing depth in accounting and finance as well as provides a whole new area of consulting expertise to our group.
John has worked with companies faced with financial and operational difficulties for much of his career. He has also consulted with and advised stakeholders in these businesses. John has extensive experience in finance and operations leadership, strategic planning and execution, corporate finance and governance and advising boards. He has a real passion for helping both large and small companies develop and implement strategic initiatives that improve processes, reduce costs, and drive revenues. John’s work has included everything from “cleaning-up the books” to serving as CEO or CFO. His experience spans small businesses to multi-national Fortune 100 concerns. John is comfortable in the board room as well as having coffee with the janitor and treats both the same.
Prior to joining Harris & Dickey, John held senior leadership roles in his own firms as well as serving as the head of the Southwest Region for XRoads Solutions Group, LLC and the leader of the Reorganization Services practice in the Mid-America Region as a partner for Deloitte. He also served as a Director in the Financial Advisory Services practice of Price Waterhouse LLP n/k/a pwc.
John graduated with B.B.A. in accounting, magna cum laude, from TCU. He is a fourth-generation resident of Tarrant County. John is married to his high school sweetheart and has three grown children who live in the DFW Area and five grandchildren under the age of seven. He focuses on his family and enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, classic movies, and solving word puzzles.
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