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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WINNER: Andrew Landrum, ABC Financial Services (Large Private Company CFO)

Two years ago, Andrew Landrum moved to ABC Financial Services of Sherwood for many of the same reasons he had been part of the Acxiom team. read more >

WINNER: Seth Jensen, Slim Chickens (Small/Medium Private Company CFO)

Seth Jensen didn't join the Slim Chickens restaurant team on the ground floor, but he wouldn't have to take too many stairs to reach his office. read more >

WINNER: Debbie Henry, Baxter Regional Health System (Nonprofit CFO)

Debbie Henry's introduction to the financial side of the health care industry came more than three decades ago. read more >

WINNER: Reathel Privett, Union Bank & Trust (Bank CFO)

Reathel Privett started work at Union Bank & Trust in Monticello as a 17-year-old teller back in May 1980. The part-time job marked the beginning of a career and the establishment of a vocational home. read more >

WINNER: Mel Sansom, Harding University (Education CFO)

Mel Sansom has decreased debt at Harding University by approximately $20 million over the last four years. read more >

CFO of the Year: Introduction from Publisher Mitch Bettis

As global and regional economic issues continue to evolve, Arkansas Business shines the spotlight on chief financial officers. read more >

Joe Woosley, Jordan Woosley Crone & Keaton (Lifetime Achievement Award in Accounting)

Over 53 years as a principal at Jordan Woosley, Joe Woosley has taken pride in the firm's growth and the chance it gave him to look out for clients like surviving spouses at risk of falling prey to fraudsters. read more >

Jim H. Fink, Little Rock Christian Academy (CFO Lifetime Achievement Award)

Jim Fink has had an enviable and diverse accounting career, having worked at one of the Big Four accounting firms, at two Arkansas frozen treat companies and now at a private Christian school. read more >

Susie Koehn, BSR (Finalist: Large Private Company CFO)

Susie Koehn is still abuzz from the mountaintop experience of helping make the initial public offering happen in May for Little Rock's BSR. read more >

Mark Todd, Rock Dental Brands (Finalist: Large Private Company CFO)

Since Todd arrived the number of dental clinics under management has grown from 27 to 74 practices in Arkansas and Missouri. Rock Dental has about 500 employees. read more >

Jim Acuff, Wilson & Associates (Finalist: Small/Medium Private Company CFO)

Jim Acuff's goals for Wilson & Associates include expanding, attracting the best people and having the best technology to support the firm. read more >

Jenny Griffin, Advanced Cabling Systems (Finalist: Small/Medium Private Company CFO)

Advanced Cabling has been a perfect fit because, as the company's first CFO, Jenny Griffin has built the financial infrastructure her own way with a staff of four. read more >

Jon Dor, Museum of Discovery (Finalist: Nonprofit CFO)

What Jon Dor enjoys about his current job is that he gets to do what he loves for an organization that's making an impact. read more >

Corey Moline, Arkansas Community Foundation (Finalist: Nonprofit CFO)

A two-year mission trip to southern Argentina during his college years resulted in an “epiphany” for Corey Moline: Engineering wasn't the field he needed to pursue. read more >

Christine Murphy, Recovery Centers of Arkansas (Finalist: Nonprofit CFO)

Christine Murphy wanted to be a scientist, but she soon discovered she had chemistry with numbers. read more >

Eric Mangham, Arkansas Federal Credit Union (Finalist: Bank CFO)

Credit unions brought Eric Mangham to Arkansas early in his career, and his plan is to stay right where he is. read more >

Chris Wewers, Southern Bancorp (Finalist: Bank CFO)

Chris Wewers started on a banking career as a part-timer while in college back in 1991. His passion for the lending business hasn't waned during those 27 years. read more >

Paul Cherry, Central Baptist College (Finalist: Education CFO)

Paul Cherry is having the time of his life at Central Baptist College in Conway. read more >

Don Swanson, Pulaski Academy (Finalist: Education CFO)

Don Swanson called being involved in doubling the size of Pulaski Academy's campus “almost overnight” his greatest accomplishment. read more >