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February 1, 2017

CBIZ MHM Tampa Bay will host a second annual half-day CFO & Controller Conference focused on the new CFO.  The responsibilities of the CFO have become more diverse than ever before. Today’s dynamic environment demands that the CFO play a strategic role in providing financial perspective, building partnerships, marketing strategies, technology decisions, and even employee engagement programs.

Hear the latest on these topics as well as perspectives from local CFOs who have expanded their roles throughout their career.

The event will take place May 23rd at USF Health, Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation in downtown Tampa.  The conference will qualify for 4 hours of CPE credit.  Pre-registration is required, and attendees can register now online for a fee of $50, which includes the cost of the conference, breakfast, lunch, and parking. 

For more information and to register:
www.cbiz.com/newcfo

Stay tuned for future posts about our presenters and topics leading up to the event.



January 9, 2017

The 2017 CFO of the Year finalists were announced in the Tampa Bay Business Journal today. CBIZ MHM Tampa Bay is proud to sponsor the CFO awards, which are designed to honor financial professionals in the Tampa Bay area for outstanding performance in their roles as corporate financial stewards.

The 2017 class of CFOs of the Year include the following:

Small category

  • Gregg Haddad, Avalon Healthcare Solutions
  • Rita Maxwell, Visual Awareness Technologies & Consulting
  • Tayra Paul, Laser Locators LLC
  • Greg Rogers, NAC Group
  • Anthony Sanchez, Accusoft Corp.

Medium category

  • David Bradford, Environmental Pest Service
  • Ashby Green, Gazelle FP&A
  • Jack Laskowitz, Paradise Inc.
  • John McGovern, Star2Star Communications LLC
  • Kris Wiebeck, Baldwin Risk Partners

Large category

  • Brad Baker, GTE Financial
  • Tom Baumlin, Triad Retail Media
  • Tina Dumar, myMatrixx
  • David Fairey, Revcontent
  • Rob Gagliardi, Tampa Bay Rays
  • Patrick Gramling, IRONMAN
  • Nirmal Patel, Benzer Pharmacy

Nonprofit

  • John Donohoe, Academy of the Holy Names
  • Michelle Furan-Sullivan, Directions for Living
  • Larry Gilley, Agency for Community Treatment Services Inc.
  • Lori Glover, Ruth Eckerd Hall Inc.
  • Gloria Manzenberger, Southeastern Guide Dogs
  • Steve Welch, Gracepoint
This year’s CFO of the Year finalists will be honored at an awards luncheon at The Bryan Glazer Family JCC on February 2. To meet this year’s CFO honorees, register for the awards event by clicking here. For more coverage on the 2017 CFO of the Year event, search #TBBJCFO on Twitter.



November 18, 2016

The Tampa Bay Business Journal is now accepting nominations for the 2017 CFO of the Year awards, sponsored by CBIZ MHM, Shumaker, and Advantica. The CFO of the Year program recognizes Chief Financial Officers or Heads of Finance in the Tampa Bay area.

Award categories include the following:

  • Public Company
  • Small Private Company
  • Medium Private Company
  • Large Private Company
  • Nonprofit
  • Government

Information about last year’s honorees can be found here.

Nominations are now open until December 26, and the awards program is February 2. Fill out your nomination form here: http://bit.ly/2f4LNgO



October 31, 2016

The seventh annual Memphis Business Journal CFO of the Year Awards ceremony was held at the Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis on October 21st. The awards recognize outstanding financial professionals in the Mid-South for exceptional performance in their roles as corporate financial stewards.

The event began with coffee and breakfast for the more than 400 attendees. Breakfast was followed by a video introducing each of the nominees and the presentation to all winners. Winners were selected by a panel of judges that have all previously been named a CFO of the Year. The winners are as follows:

  • Private Company Less than $50 Million Annual Revenue
    • Michael Johnson, ALCO Management, Inc.
  • Private Company More than $50 Million Annual Revenue
    • Carolyn Stafford, NovaCopy, Inc.
  • Non-Profit Less than $20 Million Annual Revenue
    • Bob Wenner, The Wolf River Conservancy
  • Non-Profit More than $20 Million Annual Revenue
    • Paul Makris, Christ Community Health Services

HJ Weathersby, Former CFO for Dunavant Enterprises Inc., was given the honor of receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award for his service within the financial sector.

CBIZ MHM has been proud to sponsor these awards since their inception in 2010.

To see a full list of the finalists, click here.




September 30, 2016

CBIZ MHM Memphis would like to congratulate the 2016 Memphis Business Journal CFO of the year finalists! The nominees will be honored at an awards breakfast at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn on Friday, October 21st. The Memphis office has sponsored these awards since their inception in 2010.

The Memphis Business Journal has divided the finalists into the following categories:

Private Company (Less than $50 million annual revenue):

  • Michael Johnson, executive vice president, ALCO Management, Inc.
  • David Selberg, CFO, Poag Shopping Centers
  • Margie McClung, CFO, Shoemaker Financial

Private Company (More than $50 million annual revenue):

  • Alan Waxler, CFO, Centro Inc.
  • Robert McIntire, CFO, Creative Co-Op
  • Carolyn Stafford, CFO, NovaCopy, Inc.

Nonprofit Company (Less than $20 million annual revenue):

  • Monica Morgan, CFO, Common Table Health Alliance
  • Bob Wenner, CFO, The Wolf River Conservancy
  • Doug McDonald, CFO, Mid-South Food Bank
  • Donald Selheimer, CFO, The Village at Germantown

Nonprofit Company (More than $20 million annual revenue):

  • Leanne Smith, vice president of Financial Services, Baptist College of Health Sciences
  • Paul Makris, CFO, Christ Community Health Services
  • Dawn Wade, CFO, Trezevant Manor

CBIZ MHM Memphis would like to congratulate all of the finalists on their nominations. For more coverage on the 2016 CFO of the Year event, search #MBJCFO on Twitter.




July 14, 2016

The Memphis Business Journal is now accepting nominations for the 7th annual CFO of the Year Awards. CBIZ MHM is proud to have been a sponsor of these awards since their inception.

Nominees must be a Chief Financial Officer or hold an equivalent position at a local company or organization that has headquarters in the Memphis or Mid-South Area.

  

Award categories include the following: 

Private Company
Public Company
Nonprofit Organization
Lifetime Achievement Award


The candidates will be judged based on their performance during the fiscal or calendar year between January 2014 and June 2015. The criteria will also include Financial Management, Company Leadership, Strategic Thinking, and Contributions outside the Company.

Nominations are now open until August 22, and the awards breakfast program is October 21 at the Holiday Inn at the University of Memphis.  

 Fill out your nomination form here.




May 24, 2016

100 participants wrapped up the CFO & Controller Conference May 11th at USF Health, CAMLS with a better understanding of the CFO’s role in mergers and acquisitions.

The morning kicked off with experts discussing buy-side, sell-side, and transaction advisory expectations of a CFO when dealing with mergers and acquisitions. For a full lineup of speakers, click here.

The program closed with a panel of local CFOs discussing best practices in mergers and acquisitions. This panel included Andy Demott of Superior Uniform Group, Doug O’Dowd of Xcelience, Steve Torres of Vology, and Kris Wiebeck of Baldwin Risk Partners. This session was moderated by Dave Enick, Managing Director of CBIZ MHM Tampa Bay. Margie Manning, Finance Editor of the Tampa Bay Business Journal, covered the panel and perspectives from each of the CFO’s on what it’s like to buy a company, what it’s like to be acquired and how to prepare for being on either side of a deal. To read the full article, click here.

For more information regarding this Conference, search #CFOConf on Twitter.



May 19, 2016

On June 2nd the Kansas City CFO group will host their second quarter breakfast event, featuring retiring Burns & McDonnell CEO, Greg Graves.

During this interactive discussion, Greg will focus on the explosive growth Burns & McDonnell has experienced over the last 12 years, the finance role and how it plays into leadership and growth, and much more!

For more information and to register, click here.




May 12, 2016

On Thursday May 12th, the Kansas City Construction Practice kicked off their summer breakfast event series with a discussion focused on Key Employee Incentive and Retention Plans – Creating a Motivated Management Team.

Key employees can be hard to find and even harder to keep. High-caliber employees drive the generation of profit and enterprise value, and can be a vital piece in a successful ownership transition. As a business owner, identifying these employees, understanding what motivates them to remain loyal, and encouraging them to stay the course, is critical to your company’s future, your financial independence and your personal legacy.

 While higher pay seems like the best answer, it doesn’t stop competitors from offering even higher pay or better opportunities, it doesn’t encourage the leadership mentality and it doesn’t invoke loyalty – in many cases an incentive or retention plan may be the best solution.  It is important to first understand what motivates your high-caliber employees and then design an effective plan that will benefit both the employer and employee. During our discussion today, Joyce Farris outlined a variety of different plan options and decisions to weigh as you go down this path.  To summarize, no matter what type of plan you institute, the plan should: 

  • Motivate key employees to attains goals and as they do, the company value should increase;
  • “Handcuff” the key employee to the company;  
  • Outline meaningful and realistic objectives that are well-communicated;
  • Provide substantial benefits and should be a win for both the employer and employee; and 
  • Provide specific guidelines on how to achieve the benefit (s).

To receive a copy of today’s presentation, for questions on this topic or for additional information, please contact Joyce Farris at 816.945.5121 or jfarris@cbiz.com

Save the Date for Part II in the Construction Breakfast Series: Employee Stock option Plans (ESOPs) in the Construction Industry, July 12th.




May 2, 2016

More than 70 CFOs and Controllers are gearing up for the CBIZ & MHM CFO Conference to be held next week at USF Health, CAMLS in downtown Tampa. 

Four CFOs are slated to close the half-day conference with a Q&A session and give insight into what the modern CFO should be prepared to face at the deal-making table.

This conference will be the first of its kind hosted by the Tampa Bay office.  The May 11th event will focus specifically on the CFO’s role in mergers and acquisitions.

Bob Bukala of Foundation Partners

Bob is the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of Foundation Partners since 2012. He brings over 30 years of financial and managerial expertise to his role.


Andy Demott of Superior Uniform Group

Andy is the Chief Operating Officer of Superior Uniform Group and also serves as the company’s Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer.  Andy joined Superior Uniform Group in 1998 and plays an integral role in improving overall operational performance. Andy has been key to the development and implementation of corporate strategy. During his tenure, he has managed multiple significant acquisitions.

Doug O’Dowd of Xcelience

Doug joined Xcelience in 2012 as the company’s first Chief Financial Officer.  Doug has extensive experience working with small to medium sized companies in a variety of industries, both in the US and internationally.

Steve Torres of Vology

As Vology’s COO, Steve oversees all financial, operational and HR functions, including strategic planning, accounting and reporting, taxes, mergers and acquisitions, risk management, business intelligence, purchasing and logistics management. Steve brings a wealth of strategic leadership experience to the company, including expertise in public and private capital offerings, financial and operational transformations and regulatory compliance expertise, specializing in SEC and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance.

For more information and to register:
https://tampabaycfoconference.eventbrite.com/

Can't attend the event?  Follow along with the conversation on Twitter using #CFOConf