Women in Finance: Influencing Change in Leadership Roles

Posted by Adam Frazier on May 24, 2016 1:28:35 PM

"When we close our eyes and picture what a CEO looks like, too often the picture that comes to mind is that of a man," said Deborah Gillis, CEO of Catalyst, a nonprofit pushing to improve corporate gender diversity.

At this year's REVOLUTION 2016 users conference, AvidXchange CFO Karen Bertaux hosted "Leading Change as a Woman in Finance," a presentation on women in leadership roles. In today's blog, we'll talk about women in senior management roles in finance, as well as Bertaux's personal journey as a financial professional.  

First, some statistics. Research by the United Nations shows that 75% of all men and 50% of all women participate in the workforce. There are more women in the workforce now than ever before, which means more women are earning degrees in accounting and finance. Professional women in finance are in a great position to influence change and create opportunities for future leaders. 

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Topics: CFO, Women in Finance

Out of Office, Still in Control with AP and Payment Automation

Posted by Adam Frazier on May 23, 2016 8:24:09 AM

Out of Office, Still in Control with AP and Payment Automation

In a recent blog, "Cloud-Based Solutions 101: How the Cloud Supports Telecommuting," we wrote about how employees are enjoying the benefits of telecommuting thanks to advances in cloud computing and mobile technology.

Cloud computing is the delivery of on-demand computing resources — everything from applications to data centers — over the Internet. With cloud-based applications — also known as Software as a Service (SaaS) — employees can access all data and applications from anywhere, anytime, using any device.

AvidXchange's AP and payment automation solution can be used anytime you’re out of the office. How often do situations arise that keep you away from your desk and the mountains of paper sitting on top of it? Probably more frequently than you think. Murphy’s law, right? Anything that can go wrong, will. Read More

Topics: ap automation, payment automation

AvidXchange's AvidFoundation Supports The Fight For Finn Foundation

Posted by Adam Frazier on May 16, 2016 2:13:30 PM

Finn Stever is a two-year-old from Green Brook Township in Somerset County, New Jersey. On August 22, 2015, he was diagnosed with Purine Nucleoside Phosphorylase (PNP) Deficiency, a rare metabolic disorder that damages the immune system and causes severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID). Finn is one of only 70 recorded cases worldwide, with 33 cases in the United States. Children like Finn with SCID lack almost all immune protection from bacteria, viruses, and fungi. As a result, they are prone to repeat life-threatening infections.

In November, Finn went through nine days of intense chemotherapy and had a bone marrow transplant at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Finn’s parents have had to take a leave from work to stay at the hospital with him, along with having to leave their eight-year-old daughter with family to remain in school.

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Topics: AvidFoundation

Construction Industry Payment Automation Q&A: Jim Campbell  — Part II

Posted by Adam Frazier on May 11, 2016 8:39:11 AM

In our last blog, we introduced you to Jim Campbell, Vice President of Construction Sales at AvidXchange, Inc. In today's blog, we present part II of our Q&A with the construction industry expert. We'll cover topics like technology, B2B fraud, why companies still cling to paper checks, and electronic payment automation. 

What does the landscape of the construction industry in 2016 look like?

“When we look at business at large, the construction industry is not an early adopter of technology. In the construction industry, some say the greatest invention in the last 100 years was the air gun! There are ways to increase productivity, but the work – the manual labor - still has to be done. What automation has helped with is the bidding, estimating, and BIM (building information modeling) of the construction business. Companies can better forecast with automation, anticipate conflicts in the building process, and keep track of revisions to design plans and specifications.

Discovering problems early are less costly than discovering problems late in the game. If you’ve got to fix the substructure or a pipe below the surface, it’s a big difference if the concrete has been poured and hardened already. You can’t uncut the grass. With automation, however, construction companies can see these issues before they happen and save money in the process. Project managers are using tablets and other mobile devices out in the field to log accurate data and, in some cases, approve invoices on-site when they know jobs are finished.”

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Topics: payment automation, construction

Construction Industry Payment Automation Q&A: Jim Campbell  — Part I

Posted by Adam Frazier on May 10, 2016 8:59:08 AM

22ab1ba.jpgAfter graduating from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Jim Campbell began his professional career in 1979 with Timberline Software Corporation, a pioneer in the development of application software for the construction and real estate industries. 

After serving in various sales and sales management roles, Jim was appointed to the executive team as Vice President of Sales in 1996. The company was purchased in 2003 by Sage Software, and Jim continued in his senior management role there until 2005, when he became President of CIS Consulting Group, Inc. in Charlotte, NC.

In 2010, CIS was acquired by Viewpoint Construction Software, where he served as Channel Sales Manager for North America until joining Avidxchange as Vice President of Construction Sales in March of 2016.

Jim is a native of Concord, NC, and resides there with his wife Margie, who is a partner at Stocks, Smith, Campbell and Dendy, PA, a local CPA firm.  They have three children and four grandchildren.  He is a Lifetime Honorary Board Member of the Boys and Girls Club of Cabarrus County, having served in several leadership capacities there and at his church, Central United Methodist. He is a current board member of Uwharrie Capital in Albemarle, NC, the holding company for Uwharrie Bank.

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Topics: ap automation, payment automation, epayments, construction

It's Here! Welcome to Austin for AvidXchange's REVOLUTION 2016!

Posted by Adam Frazier on May 9, 2016 8:52:29 AM

Welcome to Austin for AvidXchange's REVOLUTION 2016!

Tomorrow at 9 a.m. CT, the revolution begins. REVOLUTION 2016, AvidXchange's annual users' conference, will be in full swing at the W Austin Hotel! This is our chance to connect with you, talk about what we've been working on, and how we can improve your experience with our AP automation solutions

We've packed REVOLUTION 2016 with the content you’ve requested - dynamic demos, splendid speakers, and up to 15 CPE credits to provide you with the most valuable conference experience yet. Here's what you can expect from this year's conference:

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Topics: Revolution 2016

REVOLUTION 2016: Meet the Speaker — Ed Robinson

Posted by Adam Frazier on May 3, 2016 9:04:04 AM

Austin is known for its great music, incredible food, and year-round outdoor fun. Everything's bigger in Texas, including AvidXchange's annual users conference! In celebration of our upcoming users' conference, REVOLUTION 2016 (#REVTexas2016), we're looking at some of the speakers and AvidXchange team members you'll meet there, like Ed Robinson!

Ed-Robinson-Revolution-2016.jpgEd Robinson, Institute of Financial Operations

Ed "The Rainmaker" Robinson is CEO of Robinson Performance Group, Inc., a Houston-based firm that specializes in developing leaders, sales professionals, and business developers.

Since 1990, Ed has been transforming individuals into professionals, managers into leaders, and leaders into rainmakers. What is a rainmaker? They are the high achievers, the business developers, the moneymakers in your organization. According to Ed, "Anyone can be a rainmaker: the owner and executives who provide strong leadership, the sales team that brings in revenue, the employees who build client connections."

A certified speaking professional and former CPA, Ed is the author of four books and recognized expert in Practice Growth. His energetic, engaging, and entertaining style is only one reason why Ed’s strategies improve performance helping individuals manage change and increase revenue regardless of economic obstacles and challenges.

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Topics: Revolution 2016

REVOLUTION 2016: Meet the Speaker — Henry Ijams

Posted by Adam Frazier on May 2, 2016 8:31:32 AM

Austin is known for its great music, amazing food, and year-round outdoor fun. Everything's bigger in Texas, including AvidXchange's annual users conference! In celebration of our upcoming users' conference, REVOLUTION 2016 (#REVTexas2016), we're looking at some of the speakers and AvidXchange team members you'll meet there, like Henry Ijams of Paystream Advisors!

Ijams.jpgHenry Ijams, Managing Director, PayStream Advisors

Henry Ijams is passionate about all things payments. He is the lead analyst of PayStream Advisors, a research and consulting firm focused on finance and procurement operations. Since 2001, Henry has been a prolific spokesperson on the benefits of payables automation through his articles, research and consulting assignments.

Henry has guided 100’s of corporates to adopt best practices through his strategy and design projects for back office automation for both order-to-cash and purchase-to-pay. Henry’s thought leadership has also inspired product strategists at solution providers to craft innovative solutions to solve problems and drive revenues.

Before founding PayStream, Henry was a manager with Ernst & Young’s financial services consulting practice and a vice president of commercial lending at Citibank. He has an MBA from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, and a BS in Management from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

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Topics: ap automation, Revolution 2016

REVOLUTION 2016: Meet the AvidXchange Product Team!

Posted by Adam Frazier on Apr 27, 2016 10:19:12 AM

In preparation for REVOLUTION 2016, AvidXchange's annual users' conference, we're looking at some of the team members our customers and partners will be interacting with at this year's event in Austin, TX. Today's blog is all about the Product team, who is coming to Austin to deliver some big announcements about our AP automation solution. Let's get to it!

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Topics: Revolution 2016

In Austin for REVOLUTION 2016? Make it a Vacation!

Posted by Adam Frazier on Apr 26, 2016 9:24:21 AM

In Austin for REVOLUTION 2016? Make it a Vacation!

The capital of Texas is known for its legendary music venues, foodie hotspots, and year-round outdoor fun. Everything's bigger in Texas, including AvidXchange's annual users conference! In celebration of our upcoming users' conference, REVOLUTION 2016, we're looking at some of the other events happening in Austin this year so our partners and customers can make a trip out of their visit! 

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Topics: Revolution 2016