Company Controller Services

Take your business to the next level.

Automation only goes so far.

Let us take your books to the next level and bridge the gap between reporting and vital insight. With a dedicated controller, we’ll make sure you’re ready for investors, scaling up, and everything in between. 

The best part? Your controller is flexible to meet as much or as little as necessary, with no minimum requirement. It’s just one more way we’re making it easier for you to get back to business.

Not sure what you need?

Here’s what a controller can do for you.

Deliver timely and accurate data to get the full financial picture so you can build accurate budgets and cash flow forecasts.

Incorporate streamlined workflow processes to focus your business on development and new revenue streams.

Assist with complex accounting issues such as deferred revenue, accruals, and GAAP-based accounting.

Meet our team of controllers.

Each dedicated controller averages more than 15 years of experience. See someone you may want to work with? Get in touch — we are excited to talk.

Lisa Gilreath

Lisa Gilreath

Atlanta, GA

Controller Team Lead

Industry SaaS, Healthcare, Start-ups

Certifications Xero, QBO, CPA

Years of Experience 25

With experience managing everything from small startups to companies with $1B in revenue, Lisa excels at rescue and recovery where her attention to detail connects the big and small pictures to provide a clear path toward success. Most valuable when she’s concentrating on helping her clients move forward, she loves being an advocate for her team and helping them discover the best ways to work quickly and efficiently. While she appreciates the daily tasks, she really succeeds when confronted with the unexpected, and would rather teach someone to do a task than do it for them.
Sharon Pierce

Sharon Pierce

Atlanta, GA

Senior Controller

Industry Technology, Restaurant, Agency, Media

Certifications MBA, QBO, CPA

Years of Experience 30

Give Sharon the freedom to do what she does best, and she’ll build a relationship that allows her clients to forget about their accounting needs and focus on accomplishing the big projects. She excels at understanding the issues, concerns, and goals of her clients, and helps them transform their stressful, time-consuming, downfalls into assets that benefit their bottom line. With expertise in everything from Series B funding to business evaluation, she loves helping her clients by leveraging technology and sound advice to meet their unique needs as they continue to grow.
Alyse Franklin

Alyse Franklin

Atlanta, GA

Financial Controller

Industry Professional Service; Nonprofit; Small Business

Certifications CPA, MBA

Years of Experience 25

Alyse got her start with Motorola, Inc, where her work in managerial accounting and financial analysis set the foundation for her career. With experience in several industries, including manufacturing, distribution, hospitality, and other service industries, she has a particular knack for nonprofits and small business. Just prior to joining Acuity, she worked as a consultant, counseling clients on their accounting models and operations while providing accounting services like bookkeeping, account reconciliations, month-end close, financial reporting, and budgeting. At Acuity, she is most successful when she’s getting to work with the client finance team to identify goals and help the company through their diverse accounting needs so that they can achieve success. Outside of work, she spends a lot of time with her family — which includes her husband and three children — and contributing to the community where she has served as a Board Treasurer of the PTA and currently serve as Board Treasurer of the Grady High School Robotics Team.
Kristi Davis

Kristi Davis

Atlanta. GA

Controller

Industry Education, Not-for-profit, Manufacturing, Broker Dealer & Construction

Certifications Masters in Accounting and Finance

Years of Experience 15

Kristi knew she was going to be an accountant from the very beginning, starting her finance career in grade school when she helped her grandparents manage the ledgers at their general store, Hall’s Groceries, in Forsyth, GA. With experience in manufacturing, service companies, and charter schools to name a few, she excels at helping small to mid-sized businesses leverage technology and strategy to build efficient processes. With more than 15 years in the business, she enjoys tackling internal challenges and prides herself on putting in the hours to get the best possible result, and when she’s not on the clock, you can find her crushing an obstacle course or kicking it in a line dancing competition.
Russell Chandler

Russell Chandler

Atlanta, GA

Controller

Industry Software, Professional Services, Finance, Healthcare, Distribution, ERP Systems

Certifications MBA

Yenan Du

Yenan Du

Atlanta, GA

Controller

Industry SaaS, Real Estate

Certifications CPA; member of AICPA

Years of Experience 10

Yenan thrives by being able to help with clients with intricate accounting and financial reporting needs. At work, nothing puts a bigger smile on her face than knowing clients are taken care of. With a detail-minded, results-driven work ethic, she is a great team player that enjoys working with people from different cultural backgrounds. Since she joined Acuity, she has worked on several M&A due-diligence cases that resulted in successful sales/acquisitions. With experience in both public and private accounting, she takes initiative and ownership in solving complex problems for enterprise clients and specializes in computer software and real-estate accounting practices. Outside of work, Yenan loves reading and watching her daughter practicing ballet. What she enjoys most is traveling and experiencing different cultures with her family.
Cyndi Cole

Cyndi Cole

Tampa, FL

Controller

Industry Financial Accounting, SEC and Management Reporting

Certifications MBA, CPA, QBO, Xero certified

Years of Experience 25

With over 23 years of experience in finance, Cyndi is a career accountant, having worked throughout the US with companies in a variety of sizes, ranging from single-employee companies to multinational corporations. With experience as an auditor with Deloitte & Touche, a public company controller, and many positions in between, her knowledge, perspective, and expertise helps business unit leaders improve financial insight and accuracy. A pro at preparing companies for mergers, acquisition and restructuring, she thrives in a team environment where her personal strengths and communication skills help her meet each client’s unique needs.
Janet Mulroy

Janet Mulroy

Atlanta, GA

Controller

Industry Venture Funds, Real Estate, SaaS, Startups

Years of Experience 25

Janet is a self-proclaimed Jersey girl who relocated to Atlanta in 2005, with more than 25 years of finance expertise under her belt. Having worked as an investment banker, startup executive, and investor throughout her career, she enjoys starting with companies in the small business stage and working with them as they grow to reach the next level of success. With a masters degree in accounting, she’s most valuable when she’s providing a mix of strategic insight and tech-based finance solutions for the growing businesses in her care. Now a resident of Milton, Georgia with her husband and four children, she’s still an avid fan of the Yankees and Giants — so don’t even think of trying to convert her!

You’ll love having
a controller.

You have a finite amount of time and money, and our dedicated controllers are equipped to help you best manage it. More than delivering accurate monthly reports, a controller is an expert in accounting functions and acts as a watchdog for your finances, challenging your processes to be more efficient and in-tune with the core business.

At Acuity, our company controllers go even further to be the best financial analysts and strategy drivers in your business. They’ll be your essential advocates — helping you guide your company towards the best outcome.

What do controllers do?

Great question — and don’t feel dumb because we get that question every day. Controllers do a lot and often more than you realize. Here are just a few of the things an Acuity controller can do for you:

  • Accrual accounting
  • Budgeting and audit support
  • Complex financial reporting
  • Accounting system migrations
  • Implementation of financial processes
  • GAAP-based accounting
  • Oversight of staff accountants
  • Interface with your tax advisor
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