About Strictly Restaurants™
The philosophy of Strictly Restaurants™ is to build long-standing, trusting relationships with our clients. We seek to offer more than just the "facts and figures". Our mission is to treat every client with the individualized attention they deserve. With years of experience and a diverse variety of business backgrounds, our staff brings a unique blend of experience to accounting, consulting, and restaurant marketing services. During the business consulting process, we will help you clarify your financial goals and objectives and create a plan that will enable you to rise to the next level of business performance. Year after year we remain one of the top restaurant accounting businesses as evidenced by our professional referrals and client testimonials that we receive on regular basis.
Internship Opportunities – Strictly Interns
We take our job seriously! We also enjoy paying it forward. To that end, we are helping to shape tomorrow’s future. Strictly Restaurants™ has started an intern program. A local high school here in Hamilton, NJ, has students that have an interest in finance/accounting, and have asked us to share in this opportunity to show the students, all about restaurant accounting. We are teaching them the inner workings of an accounting office and working with people in the finance business. They assist in helping us call vendors, reconciling vendor statements, and learning various accounting software.
Jeffrey J. Lavelle
President + CEO
Jeff has spent 24 years in the hospitality industry as a Restaurant Controller prior to opening
Strictly Restaurants™. His immense success is attributed in part to his detailed work experiences
in various positions within the restaurant industry and his strong financial background. Jeff and
his family previously owned and operated their own restaurant/deli for several years. His last
full-time position as CFO/Controller was with French Chef David Bouley which led them to start
Strictly Restaurants™ thereafter. As being an industry insider, Jeff has come to understand what
each and every position and individual brings to the success or failure of a restaurant.
Jeff has worked both the FOH (front of the house) and the BOH (back of the house) in various capacities then transitioned his way into the corporate office and is presently, the owner of his own business. He has the expertise and experience to turn a less profitable restaurant into a profitable business or an average restaurant into a Michelin star worthy place. Whether you are looking to make a profit, increase your customer base, or take your restaurant to the next level of successful management, Jeff and his team has what it takes to make it successful.
Valeria Altamirano is the Executive Assistant to the President of Strictly Restaurants™, Jeff Lavelle. Through various administrative duties, Valeria serves to create and maintain organization and efficiency for the company and its clientele. Her duties also include processing payroll, creating reports, bill pay and social media activity. Valeria graduated from the Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey with a Bachelor's in Voice Performance. She joined Strictly Restaurants™ in November 2017.
Accounts Payable Assistant
10 plus years working in all position of the FOH in various concepts from busing tables to being the Beverage Manager. Started at Strictly Restaurants as Accounts Payable Specialist after attending 2 years of Business School and working as a liaison between the restaurants and their vendors to ensure the payable are up-to-date, Weekly, Bi-weekly as well as Monthly. Knowledgeable with Compeat and Sage Accounting Software.
William brings to the table a diverse, 20-plus year career in multiple industries including: CPA firms, Legal, Property Management, Manufacturing, Pharma and Non-Profit. He achieved his 2016-2017 QBO certification and is experienced on a variety of accounting platforms ranging from QuickBooks to SAP and most stops in between.
Disney is a well-organized, detail-oriented, professional with strong organizational skills. She has a proven background in accounting principles, research and resolution skills, along with data analysis and multi-tasking skills. Her past experience includes several positions in finance and bookkeeping and she received her Accounting Certificate from Burlington County College.
Accounts Payable Specialist
Elizabeth has been an accounts payable specialist at Strictly Restaurants for over a year. She also dabbles a tad bit into accounting side. She handles invoice entry, vendor reconciliations, create and post bill pays, process payments, send out remittances, CC reconciliations, posting daily sales reports, amongst answering and handling all phones calls and all the odds and ends in the office.
Elizabeth is junior accountant with some experience in accounts payable. She is a college graduate on track to get her master’s degree in the accounting. Elizabeth handles daily sales reports, payrolls, bank reconciliations, as well as other everyday tasks.
Liam has worked on the Strictly Restaurant™ Accounting team for the last 3 years. He is a devoted professional, hardworking and detailed oriented in dealing with client accounts He possesses excellent industry knowledge in various accounting systems knows Excel like the back of his hand. He is currently in the process of completing a degree in Accounting at Mercer County Community College and plans on pursing a senior level position within the company.
General Ledger Accountant
Alexandra is a General Ledger Accountant. She graduated from Stockton University. Alexandra currently manages journal entries and ensures proper coding in general ledger through analysis for monthly and yearly closing, handles accounting and related system reports for accuracy necessary for audits, produces ad hoc reports as requested by clients, and generates daily sales reports.
Field Audit Associate & Representative
Amy has over 10+ years of restaurant experience working with many high-end establishments. She started in entry level positions in the hospitality industry and worked her way up to senior level positions including FOH management and corporate training. Amy started her financial career in Orlando, Florida with Church Street Concepts, a group of downtown nightclubs where she learned everything about what makes the nightlife establishments so successful. Then she transitioned to New York City where she assistant the Financial Manager of Dining Entertainment Group in finance and corporate management. Amy’s depth of experience and knowledge in the hospitality and finance industry makes her a strong asset to the Strictly Restaurant team as the Field Audit Associate.
Peter has multiple responsibilities including generating client bank reconciliations, bill pay, general ledger accounting functions, daily flash reports, budgets, new client account setups using the Compeat Accounting Software. Peter's focus includes working on strategic planning for the growth of Strictly Restaurants™ as well as our clients through analyzing current trends and operations, while projecting and researching potential future opportunities. His past experience in the restaurant industry includes all aspects of the Front of the House positions. Peter holds a Bachelor of Science majoring in Accounting from Rider University.
Yaron is a staff accountant at Strictly Restaurants and graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in accounting. He has over three years restaurant experience where he prepares financial statements for clients ranging from large multi-location restaurants to high-end single location restaurants. He generates complex multi-entity daily sales reports and analyzes weekly trends. He is proficient at performing bank and credit card reconciliations and is experienced at administering payroll. He possesses advanced Quickbooks and Excel skills. Yaron has native fluency in Hebrew.
Richard brings to Strictly Restaurants a very interesting and diverse 25 year career. After professional baseball he moved into restaurant operations management and financial leadership roles. Having worked his way up every rung of the operations and finance management ladder to the executive level holding titles of CFO, Controller and General Manager. For the last ten years he has worked with restaurant owners setting up their back-office processes and systems with an expert understanding of financial management through daily accounting and analysis. He has a deep understanding of all restaurant systems including modern POS, inventory and dozens of accounting systems. Additionally, he’s an advanced VBA user of MS Excel and has developed automated models to report daily KPI’s for restaurants numerous times.