For the sixth year, Century Group proudly sponsored the Orange County Business Journal’s CFO of the Year Awards — an annual reception that recognizes area Chief Financial Officers who demonstrated superior leadership and corporate stewardship in the preceding fiscal year.
More than 500 financial professionals and guests gathered at Hotel Irvine on Thursday, Feb. 15, representing the local financial talent making notable strides within the software, technology manufacturing, genetic testing, medical device distribution and non-profit industries. Thirty-six nominees were presented to the awards committee to receive one of the evening’s five coveted accolades: Outstanding CFO of a Public Company, Outstanding CFO of a Private Company, Outstanding CFO of a Not-for-Profit Organization, Rising Star and Lifetime Achievement. The applicants were judged on their ability to drive the success of their respective organizations, and overall contribution to the industry’s advancement.
This year’s honorees included Alteryx Inc.’s Kevin Rubin (Outstanding CFO of a Public Company), Debby Morris with Apria Healthcare (Outstanding CFO of a Private Company), John Luker of Orangewood Foundation & Samueli Academy (Outstanding CFO of a Not-for-Profit Organization), Michael Martinson with Ambry Genetics (Rising Star) and Todd Schull of TTM Technologies (Lifetime Achievement). Schull’s Lifetime Achievement award was the capstone of the night’s honors, where he was acknowledged for the foresight and innovative work he’s performed throughout his esteemed career.
“It’s certainly an honor to be selected for this award, but this award is more than just about me. It’s about the people you work with, the teams we are a part of and the organizations you are a member of,” he explained during his acceptance speech. “And I’d be remiss if I didn’t thank Barnaby Wang from Century Group for nominating me for this year’s award.”
Each awardee also expressed their appreciation for their individual teams and families, and shared thoughtful takeaways from their unique professional journeys — highlighting the range and impact financial professionals have in our region.
“This year’s event was entertaining as always with an impressive group of nominees that show the strength, diversity and promise of Orange County’s business community,” says Tim Calley, Managing Director of Century Group’s Orange County office.
“Century Group would like to congratulate all of the winners and nominees, and show our appreciation to the financial executives that took the time out of their busy schedules to join us as our guests for the event. Your presence and conversation help make the event one of the most anticipated nights of the year.”
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