Chief financial officers were also recognized in seven categories: Small private companies, large private companies, nonprofit organizations, public sector organizations, education, banking and hospitals. Each of the honorees was chosen by an independent panel of judges who know firsthand about successful CFOs.
The luncheon was held Wednesday at the DoubleTree by Hilton in downtown Little Rock.
Jane Mote, CFO of Southern Marketing Affiliates of Jonesboro, is the Large Private Company CFO of the Year. That category's finalists also include Dick Fletcher of CTEH LLC and Daniel McAdoo of Hytrol.
The Small Company CFO of the Year is Scott Dendler of Assembled Products. Other finalists are Maggie Hogan of Kelley Commercial Partners, Stuart McLendon of DYNE Hospitality Group and Scott Rosenberg of Travel Nurse Across America.
Bill Craig, CFO of Howard Memorial Hospital in Nashville, was named CFO of the Year among hospitals. Other finalists in that category are Melodie Colwell of Drew Memorial Health System, Shawna Ives of White River Health System and Beth Lutes of Ozarks Community Hospital.
Arkansas State University System CFO Julie Bates was named Education CFO of the Year. Other finalists are Gloria Arcia of the University of the Ozarks and Jason Tolbert of Ouachita Baptist University.
Sara Lenehan, CFO of the city of Little Rock, was recognized as Public Sector CFO of the Year. Her fellow finalists are Jami Fisher of the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission and Jeff Mascagni of Central Arkansas Water.
The Nonprofit CFO of the Year is Barbara McCrory of the Centers for Youth & Families. Other finalists are Jarod Bridges of Youth Home Inc., Corey Moline of the Arkansas Community Foundation and Patricia Vangilder of United Cerebral Palsy of Arkansas.