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Winners and finalists: 2016 Lehigh Valley Business CFO of the Year Awards

Best Turnaround Specialist
Best Turnaround Specialist
Todd Quann, Director of Finance and Administration, Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority - “I try not to get caught up in my past accomplishments. I'm focused on reaching new heights by focusing on what we will accomplish in the future.”
Todd Quann, Director of Finance and Administration, Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority - “I try not to get caught up in my past accomplishments. I'm focused on reaching new heights by focusing on what we will accomplish in the future.” Alan Abraham, Volunteer Part-Time CFO, ProJeCt of Easton Inc. - “I hope my involvement in the community will serve as an example to others, as there is a great need for financial expertise by nonprofit organizations.” Gary Bender, Co-Owner, CFO and Executive Vice President, SISD Inc. (Garden State Engineering, Surveying and Planning); Founder and CEO, The CFO Solution LLC; Founder and CEO, The Manufacturer’s Advantage - Founder and CEO, Manufacturer's Advantage, Quakertown, Pa. - “ 'We' is always smarter and stronger than 'me.' I can't know everything, so I try and know the people who know what I don't.” David Deal, CFO, Blue Mountain Resort - “Implementing this [new] system enabled us to increase our sales presence with the addition of an e-commerce site and a new product mix that we were not able to offer on the prior platform.” Steve Gergar, Vice President of Finance and CFO, Hospital Central Services Inc. - “Always try your best to make a difference in the organization by focusing on matters that are material to the company. Offer ways to use the information to improve the organization by helping others to understand what is behind the numbers, and offer suggestions on how to improve performance.” Stacy Gober, CFO and Board Secretary, Bethlehem Area School District - “I am proud to work with a strong executive and educational team who allow me to focus on finding creative ways to finance the educational goals and improved learning for all of our BASD students so they can be successful leaders of tomorrow.” Jim Lynch CFO, ABEC - “Today, CFOs need to have a broader understanding of their business and need a willingness to be engaged in all areas of the business.” Mark Gutekunst, Director of Reporting, Treasury and Legal Services, Just Born Inc., Bethlehem - “I believe that I have a personal responsibility to play an integral role in the community, and Just Born encourages me to help carry out the company's vision and philosophy through participation in regular community service projects.” Dean Browning, Executive Vice President, Finance and Administration and CFO, New World Aviation Inc. - “The best advice I received for my career was to make sure that I worked at something I enjoyed and that fit my abilities. I put that into action by choosing to pursue a career that focused on finance and accounting.” Michael Fischer, President and CEO, Client 1st Financial - “The role of compliance and regulation … has added new costs and challenges that we must all deal with while still trying to remain profitable. The need to adapt to these new rules of engagement will continue to change our roles and the way we conduct business.” Brien Kocher, Vice President and CFO, Hanover Engineering Associates Inc. - “A respected and successful person shows his/her achievement by producing results, not by bragging about them. I strive to achieve this in my professional life and encourage my associates to adopt this work ethic.” David Hillman CFO, Reeb Millwork Corp. - “One cannot be successful without a strong team of people around them and great joy and passion for what they do.” Chuck Wentzel Vice President Finance, JAFLO - “Financial literacy is a topic that continuously falls off lesson plans in school curriculums each year, resulting in underprepared and financially illiterate young adults. If we are to create a fiscally responsible nation, we must invest in educating the future workforce.” Cindy Hay, CFO, Meals on Wheels of Northampton County- “I love what I do and what the organization as a whole does for the community. Our ability to help over 1,400 elderly and disabled individuals in our communities to stay in their homes and to improve their nutritional and overall health status is huge.” Bill Blake, Vice President Finance and Strategy, Vigon International - “I am very fortunate to work at a company that believes in stewardship as much as I do.” Mark Cernese/ Executive Vice President and CFO, the Wire Guys, LLC, Emmaus - “CFOs will have to justify their role by continuing to be strategic leaders and guiding key business initiatives. Effective operational decision-making abilities will be vital to success.” Pierre Lacroix, CFO, Olympus Corp. of the Americas - “One of my mentors taught me that 'only paranoid survive.' ... Not exactly as [author] Andy Grove explained, but priority on daily tasks should be defined based on the consequences if you don't do them.” Daniel G. Smith, CFO, American Millwork & Cabinetry Inc. - “Career challenges are certainly a component of everyone's life, and for me I am blessed with a position within a growing company that shares such challenges with me on a daily basis.” Sky Fogal, CFO, Skirmish Paintball - “The first person managers think about when deciding promotions or raises is who is pleasant and who works hard. Remember to smile and work hard, and advancement and money will follow.” Dominic Martino, Financial Controller, Reeb Millwork Corp. - “Always look for ways to become more educated – whether that be with a degree, a certification or simply trying to learn more about the company you work for. Always look for ways to add value.” Sonya Smith, Assistant Director, Kutztown University Small Business Development Center - “Learn to be flexible, do not be afraid to ask questions, voice your opinions or share your ideas. … Projects and programs work easier when there are more people with different backgrounds and expertise at the table.”


At Lehigh Valley Business, we are proud to honor the Top CFOs in the Greater Lehigh Valley for the critical role they play in making their companies successful.

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