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Financial executives honored at luncheon

Rochester Business Journal
May 22, 2012

Six area financial executives were honored Tuesday at the annual Financial Executive of the Year Award luncheon.

The 2012 Financial Executive of the Year Award recipients were: Small company category—Leann Hicks, chief financial officer, Pharos Systems International Inc.; Large company—Michael Bartusek, CFO, Sutherland Global Services Inc.; and Non-profit—Scott Adair, CFO, Monroe County.

In addition, the following individuals were honored: Rising Star honoree—David Graham, controller, the Bonadio Group; Turnaround Specialist honoree—Kathleen Saville, finance director, town of Ogden; and Lifetime Achievement honoree—Ronald Little, senior vice president of finance and agency advancement, Heritage Christian Services.

The awards luncheon, co-presented by the local chapter of Financial Executives International and the Rochester Business Journal, took place at the Hyatt Regency Rochester. Nearly 500 people attended.

Dennis Kessler of Kessler Restaurants LLC gave the keynote address. His remarks focused on the local economy and how the plethora of taxes and fees inhibit job growth.

The other finalists were: Small companies—Jill O'Dea, CFO, Parlec Inc.; and Greg Siembor, CFO, Odyssey Software Inc.; Large companies—Laurie Leo, CFO, Klein Steel Service Inc.; and Robert Petrone, Northeast and Metro N.Y. controller, xpedx, a division of International Paper Co.; and Non-profits—Dominic DeBonis, vice president and CFO, Advantage Federal Credit Union; and James Whalen, CFO, DePaul.

(c) 2012 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email

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