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AmericaOne New Zealand Chronicles:
We're Working Hard

Daily Report - Wednesday, December 15, 1999 -

Auckland, NZ

Compared to some of the other departments at AmericaOne the accounting department doesn’t have a lot of exciting news to report. We remain busy balancing our time between the Team, Founders’ Club, the Sponsors and vendors. We manage both the American and New Zealand companies our week goes accordingly:
Monday - we process & pay U.S. bills
Tuesday - we process & pay New Zealand bills
Wednesday - we process contributions
Thursday - human resource issues (health benefits)
Fridays and Saturdays - tax and miscellaneous issues.

Let’s not forget the most important part of my job – payroll! In both countries we’re required to pay sales and employer taxes, so we’re working hard, but we get to have some fun, too.

With Round Robin 3 behind us, the sailors got two days off to recuperate before hitting the water again for two boat testing. Some of the office staff, including myself, also took some time off as this is the first time any of us have had the opportunity to have two days off in a row. After two days away from the office, its really hard to catch up with the ever growing stack of invoices that come pouring into our office. Now that I’ve been here for two and a half months I would have thought that with the boat building over, the bills and expenses would subside, and I could take it easy and go watch some of the racing. This has not been the case. I have a new stack of invoices each time I walk by my inbox, and if I don’t empty it four times a day, I get complaints from our front desk that my inbox is overflowing into the other inboxes. Wouldn’t you know the bills that are the hardest to keep up with seem to be from our food vendors - Meat Cuisine, The Fruit Shed, and the Bake Haus. We have a lot of hungry staff to feed!

Ingrid Sommer
AmericaOne Accounting and Human Resources

About The Challenge

AmericaOne is one of the leading challengers for America's Cup 2000. The team is currently competing in Auckland, New Zealand for the Louis Vuitton Cup and the right to challenge New Zealand for the America's Cup in February 2000. AmericaOne has built two boats based on 4 years of technology development and innovation. The top level technology partners are Hewlett-Packard Company, Telcordia Technologies/SAIC, Ford Motor Company/Visteon and United Technologies Corp. AmericaOne represents San Francisco's St. Francis Yacht Club. To learn more about AmericaOne visit: www.americaone.org.

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