MBA – J Mack School of Business, Georgia State University
(Top 20 Executive MBA program in the US);
BA – Villanova University
*Award-winning record of success increasing the profitability
of multi-million-dollar budgets.
*Highly successful development and oversight of complex
Fortune 500 projects, domestically and abroad.
*Extensive HR management experience with a record of low
As the county’s fiscal watchdog, the Controller’s primary responsibility is the proficient oversight and
skilled management of Chester County’s expense budget (over half billion dollars), and its Accounting,
A/P, Audit and Payroll departments’ operations and staff.
At times this responsibility also extends to the successful evaluation, launch and/or management of
complex and costly projects (ie- Seamless transition to a new payroll system for 2,600+ employees).
As the county’s fiscal watchdog, the Controller must also remain nonpartisan, vigilant and an
outspoken voice for projects that stand to benefit Chester County residents and businesses, and
against those that present a risk (ie- Selection of proper partner for $20M worth of Covid test kits).
These responsibilities require not only relevant management experience in size and scope, but a
proven communicator, an outside the box thinker, and a record of accomplishments in diverse and
highly challenging environments.
*Co-developed and managed Regional Credit Reporting Center (Multi-million dollar
operation. Fortune 500 - Philadelphia)
*Sales Manager (Multi-million dollar budget. Largest US office of Fortune 500 - Atlanta)
*Regional talent acquisition, training and development
(Fortune 500 - Philadelphia, Mexico, Atlanta)
*International expansion via strategic partnerships, mergers & acquisitions
(Fortune 500 - Mexico, Chile, Argentina)
*Merchandise selection and importation (As SBO - Australia, France, Italy, Spain)
* Affiliates Operations training and transition lead (Largest owned and affiliate offices.
Fortune 500 - Cincinnati, Tulsa)
*New Product Development Manager (Fortune 500 HQ - Atlanta)
*Search engine and credit risk algorithm development (Fortune 500 - Latin America)
*Featured speaker on various platforms (podcasts, live TV, webinar, in-person town
*Featured in national television 30-sec commercial representing Fortune 500 Co
(Telemundo – 9 mo. run)
*Spending and its impact on taxation:
Chester County is reportedly ranked #1 in highest property taxes in Pennsylvania. These taxes fund
the county’s debt service, parks and recreation, libraries and “general purposes”. Property taxes are
the 2nd largest source of funds for the county’s governmental activities.
In the past 4 years, yearly increases in property tax allocation to fund “general purposes” (currently
70% of the total) have significantly outpaced the growth of the county population it serves. For the 3
years pre-Covid, yearly increases in allocation to general purposes were also most disproportionately
Given that a review of the prior 11 years (2007-2017) did not reflect such a disproportionate relation
between the two, it is imperative that a prompt review is conducted of areas and processes with
direct or indirect impact on property tax rates (ie- a review of service providers for purchased
services, contractual terms and obligations, and the process through which proper vetting and
selection of providers is ensured. The goal is to ensure fiscally sound transactions with quality
*Human resources management and its impact on employee productivity, morale and costly
An immediate survey must be conducted to determine areas of concern among current staff (work
environment, job satisfaction, skills development, career advancement, etc), and optimal allocation of
skills and resources by function and departmental needs, present and future.
Trust and respect are also paramount and must define work relationships. Utilization of regular
feedback mechanisms and dialogue must be encouraged, civility expected in conflict resolution.
*Establish a close working relationship with other county managers:
The Controller’s office cannot operate in a vacuum as there are multiple other areas that impact its
success and performance. Collaborative working across departments ensures maximum success as it
minimizes risks inherent in organizational silos.
BS Economics and Finance
Certified Public Pension Professional
Margaret Reif for Chester County Controller
As a small business owner with an education & track record in finance and economics, I utilized my experience as a Community Leader and passion for Chester County to serve as Controller of Chester County for the last four years. Since being in office and serving on the Retirement Board, I have also now received certification as a
Public Pension Professional.
While in office, I have spearheaded several County-wide, efficiency-driven, projects that I look forward to completing in my next term (including automating our Accounts Payable and Audit processes and outsourcing Payroll). Second, I am committed to expanding our reach with regard to auditing programs that have never before been reviewed to ensure our tax dollars are being spent wisely. My third goal includes working with the various departments involved in revamping our Procurement process to ensure a more modernized, transparent and efficient bidding process.