General Nutrition, Inc.

GNC is a leading specialty retailer of nutritional supplements including vitamins, minerals and herbal supplements, sports nutrition products, diet products and other wellness products. The Company’s business is vertically integrated, as the operations consist of purchasing raw materials, formulating and manufacturing products and selling the finished products through its retail, franchising and manufacturing/wholesale segments. The Company operates primarily in three business segments: Retail, Franchising, and Manufacturing/Wholesale.

Senior Tax Director
As the top tax executive for this billion dollar multinational corporation I reported directly to the CFO. Tax planning, corporate structure and ASC 740 / FAS 109 reporting were some of my primary responsibilities. My staff of ten was responsible for the timely filing of the consolidated Federal tax return, over 300 state and local income tax returns as well as thousands of sales and use, gross receipts and property tax filings every year. Oversight and coordination of the defense of all income tax, franchise tax, and s&u tax audits. After an acquisition in 2006 I implemented tax methods that accelerated more than $20M in tax deductions in addition to the acceleration of $10M in transaction related costs that were capitalized by the company for book purposes. During the company’s 2004 and 2006 acquisitions I coordinated the tax area of the due diligence process.
* Implemented FIN 48
* Implemented internal controls to comply with Sec. 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act
* Managed the implementation of s&u tax compliance software including integration with sales reports generated by the IT department.
* Managed the implementation of a tax calendar system that improved scheduling for all taxes prepared by the dept.
* Implemented new internal systems to assure compliance with state unclaimed property rules and regulations. Including in-depth analysis of gift card policies.