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Financial executives’ contributions in spotlight

The winners of the 2012 Financial Executive of the Year Award are slated to be announced May 22.
 
Nine financial executives from the private and public sectors have been selected as finalists for the award, which recognizes contributions to their organizations and the community during the past year. Three others have been named as honorees in separate categories.
 
The fifth annual awards luncheon, co-presented by the local chapter of Financial Executives International and the Rochester Business Journal, is slated for noon to 1:30 p.m. May 22 at the Hyatt Regency Rochester. Dennis Kessler of Kessler Restaurants LLC is to deliver the keynote address.
 
The awards were begun in 2008 by the Rochester chapter of the FEI and the RBJ. Nearly 500 people attended last year’s luncheon.
 
The finalists and other honorees:

Small companies
Leann Hicks, chief financial officer, Pharos Systems International Inc.
Jill O’Dea, CFO, Parlec Inc.
Greg Siembor, CFO, Odyssey Software Inc.

Large companies
Michael Bartusek, CFO, Sutherland Global Services Inc.
Laurie Leo, CFO, Klein Steel Service Inc.
Robert Petrone, Northeast and Metro N.Y. controller, xpedx, a division of International Paper Co.

Non-profit
Scott Adair, CFO, Monroe County
Dominic DeBonis, vice president and CFO, Advantage Federal Credit Union
James Whalen, CFO, DePaul Group Inc.

Rising Star honoree
David Graham, controller, the Bonadio Group

Turnaround Specialist honoree
Kathleen Saville, finance director, town of Ogden

Lifetime Achievement honoree
Ronald Little, senior vice president of finance and agency advancement, Heritage Christian Services Inc.

Keynote speaker Kessler is co-owner of Kessler Restaurants, which operates 21 Burger King and 48 Friendly’s restaurants. He has 30 years’ experience in restaurant ownership, real estate and human resource development. He employs some 3,000 workers in central and western New York and is the nation’s largest Friendly’s franchise owner. He has led successful startup companies and is on the advisory council of Gerson Lehrman Group Inc., an association of academic and industry leaders consulting for investment professionals worldwide.
 
Kessler is also the Edward J. and Agnes V. Ackley Executive Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester.
 
For information about the luncheon, contact Melissa Wilson by email at events@rbj.net or visit go.rbj.net/events.
 
Financial Executives International is the leading advocate for the views of corporate financial management. Its 15,000 members hold policy-making positions as CFOs, treasurers and controllers at companies from every major industry. Members participate in the activities of 86 chapters, 74 in the United States, 11 in Canada and one in Japan. FEI’s headquarters is in Morristown, N.J. Rochester’s is one of the original FEI chapters.

5/18/12 (c) 2012 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email rbj@rbj.net.

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