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CFO Award Profiles (21)

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For Judy Brown, 2015 was a “whirlwind” year.

After 28 years with Grand Rapids-based construction subcontracting firm Kent Companies Inc., CFO Randy Brink has been through myriad up-and-down cycles. 

A focus on core principles and strict financial discipline allows Gary Rose to cut through a deluge of data each day as he monitors the performance of more than 160 Wendy’s restaurants. 

John Genualdi has spent the bulk of his career solving complex financial problems and turning around closely-held family businesses. 

Kraig Harper and other executives at Service Express Inc. began 2015 by seeking an investor to support a buyout of the company and continue to grow the business.

When Ken Diggs began his role as CFO with Greenleaf Hospitality Group Inc. in 2011, he joined a company amid a series of financial challenges. 

When Shari Dick joined the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce in 2014, sales were stagnant, turnover was high and many of the staff members worked in silos.

While financial executives must remain focused on their fiduciary responsibilities, the best CFOs are unafraid to dig into every part of their companies’ operations. That’s according to the three financial executives who participated in a best practices panel discussion this week as part of the CFO of the Year Awards hosted by MiBiz in cooperation with the Western Michigan chapter of Financial Executives International (FEI).

CFOs are never ones to brag, but they’re often the problem-solvers of their respective organizations.

Eric Lambert is not one to talk about himself or his accomplishments.

As Rockford Construction Co. Inc. has gone through a period of intense growth and change in recent years, it needed to implement various initiatives that would help the general contractor mature with its business model.

As a decline in property values from the recession took a toll on the Grand Rapids Public Library’s revenues and led to a sizeable budget deficit last year, the organization decided that cutting hours or branch locations wasn’t an option.

A career-long financial executive, Krista DeJonge knows the importance of maintaining a strong network of advisers and colleagues to stay on top of changing industry trends. As the president of the Western Michigan Chapter of Financial Executives International (FEI), DeJonge helps connect other local executives to the resources they need to drive growth within their companies.

When Byron Center-based Spartan Stores Inc. merged with Nash Finch Co. of Minneapolis last fall, the way the deal was structured helped position the newly formed SpartanNash Co. to immediately take on the task of integration without worrying about being overleveraged.

When Dan Scheid and Aaron Zeigler took over the family-owned Zeigler Auto Group more than a decade ago, they knew they wanted to position the Kalamazoo-based dealership group for growth.

Andy Winkel is doing somewhat of a balancing act at Founders Brewing Co. of Grand Rapids.

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