Engineering firm Talman Consultants hires Amanda Smelser as controller

Talman Consultants, LLC, a leading WBE and DBE-certified civil engineering consulting firm, announced the hiring of Amanda Smelser in the newly-created position of controller. She will report to Katherine Latham, managing partner and serve on the leadership committee.

Smelser will work with Latham and partner, James Norton, on various aspects of the business to provide financial direction and focus on developing best practices in strategic financial planning and oversight. Talman—which provides consulting, engineering design and review, regulatory compliance, permit acquisition, construction oversight, restoration and other services—created the position to respond to its rapid pace of growth Talman .

“Talman has nearly tripled in size since its founding in 2016,” said Latham. “As we strive to best meet the evolving needs of our clients, partners and employees, Amanda brings a wealth of experience in strategic business and financial planning. She will help us manage our future growth, expand in other markets, expand with other utility providers, pursue local and state WBE and DBE contracts, and scale the business successfully.”

Smelser is a seasoned financial professional who brings 20 years of experience in corporate strategy, business planning, performance measurement, financial oversight and controls. She will be responsible for all aspects of financial management including short- and long-term business planning, regulatory and financial reporting, tax and compliance, budgets and forecasting and internal cost control management.

“Amanda has extensive knowledge and hands-on experience working with start-ups and entrepreneurial companies to drive growth-oriented strategies,” said Latham. “Her financial acumen will serve Talman and our clients well as we look to continue our growth and drive financial and operational excellence within Talman.”

Smelser joined the firm February 15th after having worked as a consultant and vice president of finance with a startup private equity firm, alternative asset management and development companies for the past seven years. She’s worn many hats including the development of business and finance strategies, policies, standards and controls as well as monthly, quarterly and annual financial and tax reporting, audit and compliance and budget and forecasts.

Prior to that, she was assistant vice president of finance for Strategic Capital Partners where she handled business and finance strategies, controls related to corporate finance and financial risk and cash management. She began her career at NBD Bank before becoming a portfolio manager for 40|86 Advisors.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to join Talman’s leadership team at such an exciting time,” said Smelser. “I believe my practical experience in a variety of financial and operational disciplines will be a valuable asset as Talman continues to navigate the complex opportunities and challenges that come with planning for continued growth, expansion and success within the industry.”

A resident of Elmhurst, Illinois, she is married with children. Smelser has a B.S. in accounting from Indiana University.