Arkansas Business City of Distinction 2011

A chief financial officer is a historian and fortune-teller responsible for recording what has happened and for predicting what will happen with a company's financial performance. The honorees here represent the perfect combination of intelligence, judgment, loyalty, integrity, high energy, balanced ego and impressive ability to see around corners. Arkansas Business honors those men and women who serve as the foundation upon which companies succeed or fail.

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CFO of the Year: Introduction from Publisher Mitch Bettis

Chief financial officers don't usually grandstand or seek the limelight, so the idea of honoring them at an awards luncheon might seem unusual. But for the past seven years, Arkansas Business has shined the spotlight on financial leaders in Arkansas with distinct achievements in their field. read more >

Gena Wingfield, Arkansas Children's Hospital (CFO Lifetime Achievement Award)

As CFO, Wingfield oversees about 150 of the more than 4,400 employees at ACH. read more >

Bob Roberts, Baptist Health (Lifetime Achievement in Accounting)

Baptist Health had its main hospital in Little Rock and three other hospitals at the time Roberts joined the nonprofit. It has grown to eight hospitals, and next year a hospital in Conway will open. read more >

Tracy Cude, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Nonprofit Organization CFO Finalist)

Tracy Cude, who describes herself as “analytical,” is putting her math and business skills to work in the service of art. read more >

Harry Hutchison, St. Bernards Healthcare (Nonprofit Organization CFO Finalist)

For Harry Hutchison, the vice president of finance at St. Bernards Healthcare, nothing is more important in his job than his organization's mission. read more >

Sylvia Murchison, Goodwill Industries of Arkansas (Nonprofit Organization CFO Finalist)

After working for a number of years for a public accounting firm and later in health care administration, Sylvia Murchison was interested in taking her career in a slightly different direction. read more >

Zelda Parson, Jones Center for Families (Nonprofit Organization CFO Finalist)

When CEO Ed Clifford asked Zelda Parson to join him in turning around the Jones Center for Families, she didn't have to think very long about it. read more >

Billye Hawkins Veteto, Razorback Foundation (Nonprofit Organization CFO Finalist)

Billye Veteto, 38, celebrated her fourth anniversary as CFO at the Razorback Foundation in October. Her four-year anniversary with her husband, Jeremy, is in a couple of months. None of this balance was particularly by design. read more >

Michael Burris, FNBC Bank (Bank CFO Finalist)

Accounting provided the foundation for his career, but banking became his vocation after Michael Burris joined FNBC Bank of Ash Flat in 1994. read more >

Judy Lawton, Heartland Bank (Bank CFO Finalist)

Judy Lawton has worked as a chief financial officer for most of her 34-year career in banking. She recently celebrated her 11th anniversary as CFO and chief operating officer at Bryant's Heartland Bank, which she helped transform from a $44 million-asset thrift into today's $244 million-asset lender. read more >

Marnie Oldner, Stone Bank (Bank CFO Finalist)

Many small banks don't have a true chief financial officer, but with Marnie Oldner, Stone Bank got a CEO and experienced CFO in one. read more >

James Schnoes, One Bank & Trust (Bank CFO Finalist)

The J.B. Hunt family lured James Schnoes away from banking back in 1988, which led to more than 20 years of trucking-related work. In 2013, Johnelle Hunt lured him back with an assignment to help reverse the financial fortunes of One Bank & Trust of Little Rock. read more >

Dathan Gaskill, Garver (Small Private Company CFO Finalist)

CFO may seem like a serious and even daunting job title, but Dathan Gaskill, CFO of Garver in North Little Rock, says that he's had a lot of fun in his career. read more >

Ben Hollowell, ATG USA (Small Private Company CFO Finalist)

Ben Hollowell joined the North Little Rock drafting and design software firm, known as ATG USA, as CFO in 2007 and has since been given the additional title of president. read more >

Jason Nier, TLC Health Care (Small Private Company CFO Finalist)

Jason Nier's original career aspiration was to be a pharmacist, but when college science classes came around, he decided pharmacy might not be such a good fit after all. read more >

John Rogers, Stone Ward (Small Private Company CFO Finalist)

The logic of accounting lured John Rogers to a career path that led him to Little Rock ad giant Stone Ward, where he's served as CFO since 2000. read more >

David Brogdon, Bad Boy Mowers (Large Private Company CFO Finalist)

David Brogdon, a Batesville native, became an accountant because he wanted to be “an important part of a growing company.” He's achieved that goal at Bad Boy Mowers, which he joined in 1998. read more >

Wendy Bush, Dyke Industries Inc. (Large Private Company CFO Finalist)

Wendy Bush started work for Dyke Industries Inc. of Little Rock the month after she received her bachelor's degree in accounting from Arkansas Tech University at Russellville in 1983. Thirty-two years later, she still feels no need to look anywhere else for career fulfillment. read more >

Bill Harrison, E. Ritter & Co. (Large Private Company CFO Finalist)

Numbers come easily for Bill Harrison, who grew up in a family of accountants. A graduate of Harvard Business School, Harrison has presided over finances as CFO at Jonesboro's E. Ritter & Co. since 2009. read more >