Aimee Byrley, 37
Regional controller, Hendrick Automotive Group
To start the workday, Aimee Byrley walks around the office and says hello to each of her co-workers.
Byrley, a self-titled extrovert, said she functions better when she’s surrounded by her team at Hendrick Automotive Group’s consolidated accounting office in Cary, N.C., which covers eastern parts of the state and Virginia. The Cary office processes nearly 3,000 new- and used-vehicle sales monthly.
“With 90 people, I don’t get to have a lot of one-on-one conversations every day with everyone,” she said. “But I do try and make it a point — at a very minimum — to start my day by getting out and just saying ‘Hello’ and ‘Good morning’ and ‘How was your day?’ I feel like that’s really important.”
In 2014, Byrley worked with a small team to consolidate an accounting office in Charlotte, N.C. The group had about 50 people in an office who handled accounting for dealerships, but they were segmented and each person focused on one store.
“What we developed was a team system,” Byrley said. “Each of the functions in the accounting office is now seated in a team. If you bill out the retail car deals, you work with a team of about 10 billers who all do the same function as you.”
The initial consolidation included six stores but quickly grew to more than 20 in the Charlotte region, she said. The team strategy and remote accounting processes are now used across Hendrick Automotive’s five regional accounting offices.
As regional controller since 2016, Byrley leads one of the largest regional accounting offices at the group. Initially, the Cary office managed 10 dealerships, four accessory distributors and 45 employees. Four years later, the office has 16 dealerships and has doubled the headcount.
Byrley said she attributes the success to her team members and the relationships that have been fostered.
“We have built a team of people that really feed off each other and each other’s energy,” she said. “We are better when we’re all in here together.”
— Audrey LaForest