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2017 Financial Executive of the Year Award

Fifteen financial executives from the business and nonprofit sectors have been selected as finalists for the 2017 Financial Executive of the Year Award, which recognizes contributions to their organizations and the community during the past year. A Lifetime Achievement award recipient also has been named this year.

The awards luncheon, co-presented by the local chapter of Financial Executives International and the Rochester Business Journal, will be held May 18 at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

More than 500 people attended last year’s event.

The finalists are:

Small For-Profit

  • Steve Mowers, chief financial officer and chief operating officer, Claims Recovery Financial Services;
  • William Pelino, chief financial officer and chief operating officer, Greater Rochester Independent Practice Association; and
  • Michael Williams, vice president of finance and chief financial officer, IEC Electronics Corp.

Medium For-Profit

  • Daniel Crist, chief financial officer, SMP;
  • Robert Pepe, chief financial officer, LaBella Associates; and
  • Mitchell Starr, chief financial officer, WorldWide Electric Corp.

Small Nonprofit

  • Barbara Bennett, director of strategic finance, National MS Society;
  • Eileen Cavalier, vice president of finance and information technology, East House; and
  • Cathy Vail, chief financial officer, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

Medium Nonprofit

  • Laurie Leo, vice president for finance and chief financial officer, Roberts Wesleyan College and Northeastern Seminary;
  • Lisa Marcello, executive vice president and chief financial officer, Episcopal SeniorLife Communities; and
  • Mike Perry, senior vice president and chief financial officer, Friendly Senior Living.

Large Companies

  • Christopher Gorecki, senior vice president of finance, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield;
  • Michael Grover, senior vice president and chief accounting officer, Financial Institutions Inc.; and
  • Mark Prunoske, senior vice president of finance and chief financial officer, Thompson Health.

Jerry Hiller, vice president for finance and administration at Keuka College, has been selected to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Amy Tait, executive chairman and chief investment officer of Broadstone Real Estate LLC, is slated to be the keynote speaker at this year’s event. Broadstone was founded in 2006 and has approximately $2.5 billion in assets under management, serving more than 2,000 investors in the United States and beyond. Tait also serves as chairman and CIO for Broadstone Net Lease and Broadtree Homes, private REITs focused on commercial and residential properties. Broadstone affiliates currently own and manage more than 400 commercial properties located in 37 states, two apartment communities in Georgia, and over 700 single family homes for rental in four states.

Financial Executives International is the leading advocate for the views of corporate financial management. Its more than 10,000 members hold policymaking 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 are located in Morristown, N.J. Rochester is the home of one of the original FEI chapters.

The presenting sponsors of the events are Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., FreedMaxick CPAs P.C., and KeyBank. The supporting sponsors are the Bonadio Group and Harter Secrest & Emery LLP. The underwriting sponsor is Software Solutions Group Inc.

(c) 2017 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-363-7269 or email madams@bridgetowermedia.com.

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