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BlackLine Systems, Goetzman Group Enter Strategic Alliance to Deliver Industry-Leading Accounting/Finance Software, Expertise, Professional Services to Large Organizations Alliance aimed at helping Southern California companies optimize financial close processes; Joint clients include real estate industry leaders CBRE Group and The Decurion Corporation

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Goetzman Group, a Los Angeles-based professional services firm providing interim accounting and finance expertise, has entered into a Strategic Alliance Agreement (SAA) with financial close software leader BlackLine Systems to bring industry-leading software and professional services to large organizations in the Southern California region.

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Under the newly signed SAA, The Goetzman Group will provide qualified, experienced accounting and finance personnel to assist with the implementation of BlackLine's flagship account reconciliation and financial close software in an effort to help Southern California companies streamline and optimize their financial close processes.

"The Goetzman Group has longed to work with a company whose core values and customer focus could mesh with our own," Greg Goetzman, CEO, The Goetzman Group, said.  "We believe we have found that with BlackLine and that together, we will engage in a unique and strategic collaboration that will bring lasting value and continuity to our collective client base."

BlackLine is being used globally by staff in accounting, finance and compliance departments in some of the world's largest organizations, such as AT&T, Boeing, Eurostar International, Lafarge SA and Northrop Grumman.  Several Goetzman Group clients in Southern California are already benefiting from using BlackLine to automate account reconciliations including commercial real estate giant CBRE Group, Inc. and The Decurion Corporation (portfolio parent company of Pacific Theatres Entertainment, ArcLight Cinema Company and Robertson Properties Group).

"Professional services firms with expertise in accounting and finance provide tremendous additional value to our clients," Therese Tucker, CEO, BlackLine Systems, said.  "The Goetzman Group goes a step further, sharing our passion and goal of building strong, collaborative relationships with clients.  We're confident that with Goetzman, a retained and committed team of finance and accounting professionals will be on board to help our mutual clients for the long haul."

BlackLine's suite of financial software applications automates the entire financial close process and includes modules for:  Balance Sheet Account Reconciliations, Task Management, Journal Entry, Transaction Matching, Variance Analysis and Consolidation Integrity Manager.  

The Goetzman Group is among a growing number of firms with consultants who are 'BlackLine Certified Implementation Professionals,' having completed a comprehensive training course designed to give others the necessary skills to implement the BlackLine Financial Close Software Suite.  

"The demands and expectations for our business have never been greater.  The BlackLine team understands this and will assist our firm in support of our collective objectives to help clients streamline and improve their accounting and finance functions," Goetzman added.

About BlackLine Systems

BlackLine Systems was the first to develop and offer a commercially available Balance Sheet Account Reconciliation solution.  An experienced provider of software to companies from the Fortune 100 to beyond the Fortune 1,000, BlackLine provides quick-to-implement, scalable and easy-to-use applications that automate the entire financial close process to help improve financial controls for companies of all sizes.  BlackLine software applications complement existing Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Governance Risk and Compliance (GRC) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems.

BlackLine offers clients its enterprise-class software in a simple and secure OnDemand/SaaS platform.  With a proven track record and a commitment to customer success, BlackLine seeks to reduce the burden the financial close places on accounting and finance professionals. 

BlackLine headquarters are in Los Angeles, with offices in Atlanta, Chicago, London, New York City and Sydney to serve the company's growing global client base.  For more information, please visit www.blackline.com.  

About The Goetzman Group, Inc.

The Goetzman Group is a Southern California-based professional services firm specializing in the provision of interim accounting and finance professionals since 1998.  The Goetzman Group offers its consultants full-time employment and benefits, including Major Medical, Dental, 401K and Vision, as well as Holiday and Vacation accrual.  As a result, The Goetzman Group is able to attract and retain the strongest and most talented team of professionals in the marketplace today.  Our business model is built around providing consultants who can fill interim needs ranging from Senior Accountants/Financial Analysts through Interim Controllers and Finance Directors, bringing these professional services to clients with much more predictable outcomes than traditional temp agencies and more cost effectively than larger consulting or "Big 4" Accounting firms.

The Goetzman Group is headquartered in Los Angeles and serves surrounding areas, and has expanded to New York City, as well.  For more information, please visit www.goetzmangroup.com.

Media Contact:
Kimberly Uberti
Director of Corporate Communications
BlackLine Systems
kimberly.uberti@blackline.com 

SOURCE BlackLine Systems



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