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.
Heather Caldwell is working in Sales and is also the Office Admin for Strictly Restaurants™. In this position Heather searches for leads and calls on these leads to generate new customers for the company. She also provides support to the restaurants, and vendors with accounts payable duties, reviewing statements, entering in missing invoices, and paying bills for the various clients. Heather is also working on several special projects as well. Heather joined the Strictly Restaurants™ team in April of 2017.
Barry is a seasoned accounting professional with more than 30 years of experience with both public and corporate accounting firms. His areas of practice have included the hospitality industry, service sector, manufacturing, financial services and retail and wholesale operations. He has been with our firm for more than a year, originally as Assistant Controller and now Controller.
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.
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.
Senior Client Relations and Operations Coordinator
Peter graduated from The College of New Jersey with a Bachelor's of Arts in International Relations and a minor in Japanese. He serves to ensure the smoothness and efficiency of clientele operations through rapport and dedication. He has undertaken general accounts payable roles and creative consultation of clientele brands, online presence, as well as general public relations.
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.
Jawwad couples his 5+ years in the restaurant industry with a BS in Accounting from Rider University and is currently working towards his CPA. While with Strictly Restaurants, he oversees bank reconciliations, financial statements, invoicing and vendor payments to ensure our clients are always in good standing with the myriad of suppliers.
Disney is a well-organized, detail oriented accounting professional
with strong organizational and communication skills.
She has a proven background in accounting principles, research and resolution skills, along with data analysis and multi-tasking skills. Her past industry experiences includes several positions in finance and bookkeeping. Her current responsibilities including processing invoices including vendor payments, communicating with vendors emails to solve accounting related issues, process bank reconciliation and post accounting entries..