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Lehigh Valley Business names CFO of the Year winners

- Last modified: September 20, 2017 at 10:21 AM
More than 200 professionals attended this morning’s CFO of the Year Awards breakfast at DeSales University in Center Valley. (Photo/Bill Kline)
More than 200 professionals attended this morning’s CFO of the Year Awards breakfast at DeSales University in Center Valley. (Photo/Bill Kline)

Never underestimate the impact of a chief financial officer.

That’s the message from the fifth annual CFO of the Year Awards ceremony this morning at University Center at DeSales University, a program hosted by Lehigh Valley Business.

“We celebrate financial executives who contribute to some of the Greater Lehigh Valley’s most successful companies,” Mike O’Rourke, Lehigh Valley Business publisher, told the more than 200 professionals who attended the event. “These CFOs have a direct effect on the economic growth and stability of not only their companies, but the region as a whole. …

“We sale and honor financial executives who have skillfully worked with their business associates to lead their companies, not only for the short term but for long-term viability and financial gain.”

Eighteen financial executives were honored, including Lifetime Achievement winner Anthony DiGirolamo, president of AQuality CFO LLC in Sinking Spring.

Joe Savage, executive vice president and chief financial officer, Victaulic, Forks Township, was the Community Achievement winner, while Amy Malseed, accounting manager, Lehigh Valley Academy Regional Charter School, Bethlehem, was named the Rising Star.

Concannon Miller was the presenting sponsor of the event, which also included networking. Major sponsors were BSI Corporate Benefits and the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp.

Santander was the supporting sponsor, while ASR Media/PBS 39 was the video sponsor.

The remaining winners and finalists who were honored this morning:

 

BEST GROWTH MANAGER – WINNER

Robert Peterson

Chief Financial Officer, Dream Live Prosper Family of Companies, Bethlehem

 

BEST GROWTH MANAGER – FINALIST

Stacy Williams

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, FirstSource Solutions, Chalfont

 

BEST TURNAROUND SPECIALIST – WINNER

Kenneth R. Vance

 

BEST TURNAROUND SPECIALIST – FINALIST

John Miller

Chief Financial Officer, First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union, Bethlehem

 

PUBLIC COMPANY – WINNER

Gilbert Lee

Chief Financial Officer, Fuling Global Inc., Upper Macungie Township

 

PUBLIC COMPANY – FINALIST

Brian Carr

President and Chief Operating Officer

Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, Bethlehem

 

NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION – WINNER

Gary Conner

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Reading Health System, West Reading

 

NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION – FINALIST

Jeremy Melber

Director of Business Services, Southern Lehigh School District, Center Valley

 

NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION – FINALIST

Mark Reed

Vice President of Finance and Administration, Moravian College, Bethlehem

 

NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION – FINALIST

Tracie Springer

Executive Director and Founder, Dress for Success Allentown, Allentown

 

PRIVATE COMPANY (Revenue up to $25M) – WINNER

Daniel G. Smith

Chief Financial Officer, American Millwork & Cabinetry Inc., Emmaus

 

PRIVATE COMPANY (Revenue up to $25M) – FINALIST

Michael Fischer

President and CEO, Client 1st Financial, Fogelsville

 

PRIVATE COMPANY (Revenue up to $25M) – FINALIST

Chris Pektor

Chief Financial Officer, Ashley Development Corp., Bethlehem

 

PRIVATE COMPANY (More than $25M revenue) – WINNER

Richard Hooper

Chief Financial Officer, Follett LLC, Forks Township

 

PRIVATE COMPANY (More than $25M revenue) – FINALIST

George Chadwick

Chief Financial Officer, Lighthouse Network LLC, Allentown

 

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