Paula has a BBA in accounting from St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas and a Finance & Accounting MBA from Regis University in Denver, CO. She earned a CPA while working for her first professional employer, the then Big 8 accounting firm of Ernst & Whinney. She also held other positions in San Antonio, including being a regional controller for Time Warner for approximately eight years and the V.P. of Finance for Luby's, Inc. before coming to CPS Energy in late 2004. Paula served as CPS Energy's controller from 2004 through 2006 before being appointed to the position of Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer, Organizational Excellence & Shared Services in November 2006. On February 1, 2008, Paula returned to the Financial Services area to become CPS Energy's Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer. She considers herself fortunate to have received rewarding and challenging assignments throughout her career such as overseeing multiple aspects of SEC reporting; managing human resource, payroll, and customer service billing system conversions; strategically guiding an enterprise-wide organization design; and setting regulated customer billing and recovery rates for the local cable company. She also considers other assignments such as developing corporate policy programs and conducting contract evaluations for corporate risk and compliance as constructively helpful towards her professional growth.
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