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2015 Financial Executive of the Year Award

Fifteen financial executives from the business and non-profit sectors have been selected as finalists for the 2015 Financial Executive of the Year Award, which recognizes contributions to their organizations and the community during the past year.

The awards luncheon, co-presented by the local chapter of Financial Executives International and the Rochester Business Journal, will take place May 21 at the Hyatt Regency Rochester. Mark Davitt, president and CEO of ConServe, a dba of Continental Service Group Inc., is scheduled to deliver the keynote address. Nearly 450 people attended last year’s event.

The finalists are:
Small organizations
Clay Carpenter, CFO and partner, Nichols Construction Team; Mike Guche, CFO, Canfield & Tack Inc.; and Scott Strong, finance and treasury manager, MWI Inc.

Large organizations
Monica Savino, CFO, the Bonadio Group; Sean Socha, CFO, Finger Lakes Technologies Group Inc.; and Mark Williams, vice president of finance, DeCarolis Truck Rental Inc.

Small non-profits
Thomas Combs, vice president of operations and finance, George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film; Hannelore Stevens, CFO, Alzheimer’s Association, Rochester & Finger Lakes Region; and Diane Syta, CFO, Rochester School of the Holy Childhood.

Large non-profits
Tom Ammer, vice president of finance and administration, Villa of Hope; Patricia Cunningham, CFO, CP Rochester & Happiness House; and Amy Vars, vice president of finance and administration, Rochester Area Community Foundation.

Rising star
Keri Curtis, senior vice president and chief accounting officer, GateHouse Media LLC operating division of New Media Investment Group Inc.; Martijn van Manen, director of finance, EG Industries, and CFO of EG Gilero, the medical division of EG Industries; and Tammy Stefani, director of account and comptroller, Rochester Business Alliance Inc.

Keynote speaker Davitt heads the fast-growing ConServe, which employs some 500 in Monroe County and another 100 in suburban Buffalo. Founded by Davitt in 1985, ConServe provides collection services for the commercial, government and higher education sectors. ConServe was ranked as the top-performing collection agency on the U.S. Department of Education’s contract list from 2004 to 2010.

Financial Executives International is the leading advocate for the views of corporate financial management. Its more than 10,000 members hold policy-making positions as CFOs, treasurers and controllers at companies in every major industry. Members participate in the activities of 74 chapters in the United States and a chapter in Japan. FEI’s headquarters is in Morristown, N.J. Rochester’s is one of the original FEI chapters.

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