Tagged: cfo of the year

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

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/26/2015 12:00 am

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.

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

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/26/2015 12:00 am

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.

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

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/26/2015 12:00 am

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.

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

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/26/2015 12:00 am

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.

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

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/26/2015 12:00 am

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.

Dathan Gaskill, Garver (Small Private Company CFO Finalist)

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/26/2015 12:00 am

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.

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

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/26/2015 12:00 am

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.

Marnie Oldner, Stone Bank (Bank CFO Finalist)

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/26/2015 12:00 am

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.

Judy Lawton, Heartland Bank (Bank CFO Finalist)

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/26/2015 12:00 am

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.

Michael Burris, FNBC Bank (Bank CFO Finalist)

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/26/2015 12:00 am

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

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

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/26/2015 12:00 am

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.

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

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/26/2015 12:00 am

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.

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

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/26/2015 12:00 am

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

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

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/26/2015 12:00 am

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

Bob Roberts, Baptist Health (Lifetime Achievement in Accounting)

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/26/2015 12:00 am

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.

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

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/26/2015 12:00 am

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

CFO of the Year: Introduction from Publisher Mitch Bettis

by Mitch Bettis 10/26/2015 12:00 am

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.

Diane Newton of the University of Central Arkansas (CFO of the Year Finalist, Education)

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/27/2014 12:00 am

Diane Newton knows her way around quite a few college campuses in Arkansas. Prior to UCA, she worked at Henderson State University, Southern Arkansas University and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She came back to the Natural State after seven years as vice president for business and administration at Landers University in Greenwood, South Carolina.

Bobby Jones of Henderson State University (CFO of the Year Finalist, Education)

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/27/2014 12:00 am

Bobby Jones graduated from Henderson State University in 1971, received his MBA from the school, and has served as Henderson's controller, CFO, VP for finance and administration, interim president and even athletic director.

Kelsey Bailey of the Little Rock School District (CFO of the Year Finalist, Education)

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/27/2014 12:00 am

It’s a good thing that Kelsey Bailey, chief financial officer for the Little Rock School District, likes working with money. It’s why he chose accounting. Unfortunately for the LRSD, there’s less of it to work with than there used to be.