Chief financial officers don’t usually grandstand or seek the limelight, so the idea of honoring them at an awards luncheon might seem unusual.
by Mitch Bettis -
Holt, 65, has been the CFO of Stallion Transportation Group in Beebe since it started in August 1992.
Carroll’s four-decade career as a Fort Smith CPA and economic development commissioner and his friendship with Gov. Asa Hutchinson might never have been if he had continued following a teacher’s advice to become a physician.
When Bobby Gabbard joined newly formed Summerwood Partners in 1997, he was one among a handful of staffers, and he did whatever needed to be done in addition to his duties as controller.
In 2020, Bridges joined OrthoArkansas, which offers care for all orthopedic needs. She knew she had made the right decision because of the company’s culture.
Huitt was hired as controller at Bradley County Medical Center in Warren in May 2019 and promoted to chief financial officer a year later.
Sylvia Murchison, who spent a number of years working in the for-profit sector, said moving into nonprofits was a conscious decision.
TyRhonda Henderson joined the city of Texarkana as a staff accountant and purchasing agent in 2011 and was promoted to controller the next year. After twice turning down the job, she was promoted to finance director in 2015.
A chance to do accounting part time led to his current CFO post at Mayfair Sterling, led by one of his favorite leaders, RJ Martino.
In October 2019, Hafner began his current job as CFO for Arkansas Glass Container Corp.
Among his accomplishments at Central States, Ware is happy with streamlining processes that have made its employee stock ownership plan more user-friendly and a real-time reporting process that gets data in the right hands sooner and aids prompt decision-making.
Ashley Sims always loved numbers, but it was the operational side of business that hooked her, and learning those skills has propelled her to a fast-paced career at fast-growing Rock Dental Brands of Little Rock.
Well into the third decade of an award-winning career, Phyllis Rogers continues to oversee big projects, including an extraordinary effort at the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care to more than double the employee count during the early stages of the pandemic.
Dailey has made her career in the nonprofit world, first in programming and then, as she recognized the importance of finances to nonprofit work, in financial roles.
In 2014, Motherwell accepted the job of CFO of the Beaver Water District, which provides water to more than 350,000 customers.
Gaye Manning says SAU Tech, the two-year community college affiliated with her alma mater, “has been my life for almost 38 years.” But it wasn’t what she had expected.
In 2019, Sanders became CFO of NEA Baptist Health System, which includes the hospital and NEA Baptist Clinic.
Jeffery joined Jefferson Regional Medical Center as assistant controller in 2008, working his way up to his current position in January.
In 2019, Gorman joined the partnership full time. “I thought this is a way for me to take what I’ve learned and promote it throughout these rural areas,” he said.