Providing small to mid-size companies with financial expertise is Mary Lay’s forte. In her role as president and chief executive officer of the consulting and outsource accounting firm Mercedd e Inc. in San Diego, Ms. Lay manages day-to-day operations and consults with client executives. In addition to overseeing business development efforts, she formulates companywide strategic planning measures.
A seasoned management professional, Ms. Lay has more than 18 years of experience. In addition to her work with Mercedd e Inc., which she founded in 2006, Ms. Lay was a partner at the management consulting firm Tatum LLC. Along with serving as interim chief financial officer of Patient Safety Technologies Inc., she was the chief financial officer of Meret Optical Communications Inc. for three years starting in 2002 and vice president of finance at Sorrento Networks Corp. from 2002 to 2004.
Ms. Lay holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from National University. She is a certified public accountant and a certified global accountant and is active in the professional community through her membership in organizations such as Financial Executives International and the Corporate Directors Forum.
The keys to her professional success, says Ms. Lay, have been her determination and her penchant for innovation, and in the future she hopes to continue to help Mercedd e Inc. expand its operations.