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CFO Awards 2022 (RECAP)

Letter from the Publisher

Josh Schimmels

The most effective CFOs have their hands on much more than the financials. Technological trends like artificial intelligence, ever-advanced analytics tools, and the looming concerns of automation are just a few of the factors affecting modern CFOs’ day-to-day and future outlook. And with the various obstacles and challenges the last three years have presented us with, the role of the CFO has never been more critical.

For the San Fernando Valley Business Journal’s annual CFO Awards special post-event supplement, we celebrate the efforts and achievements of those unsung heroes of the corporate space.  This issue shines a much-deserved spotlight on the honorees and finalists we celebrated at our 2022 San Fernando Valley CFO of the Year Awards virtual event on Wednesday, September 14th.

Honorees are detailed in this section in seven categories. You will also find details on the also superb CFOs who were named as finalists for these awards as well.

I’d like to thank our event sponsors, who are dedicated to supporting financial executives, led by Diamond Sponsor CSUN’s Nazarian College of Business and Economics and Platinum Sponsor Montage Insurance Solutions. We hope you enjoy this special section, which contains some insights on what it means to be a corporate financial steward in today’s business climate, including some very special contributions from our sponsors. And again, congratulations to all the great CFOs in the Valley who tirelessly contribute to the bottom lines of your businesses, and ultimately, our business community as a whole.


Public Company CFO of the Year (TIE)

Scott Burrows – Arcutis Biotherapeutics, Inc.

Public Company CFO of the Year (TIE)

Evan Masyr – Salem Media Group, Inc.

Private Company CFO of the Year (Enterprise)

Julie Winfield – RFO Management 

Private Company CFO of the Year (LARGE Company)

Robert Licht – Hertz Investment Group

Private Company CFO of the Year (MEDIUM Company)

Frank Sansone – Beyond Limits

Private Company CFO of the Year (Growing Company)

Dwight D. Ham – Guardian Drain Lock

Nonprofit CFO of the Year 

Cailan Lu – Many Mansions

CFO to Watch

Mara Garcia – Phonexa

For the list of Finalists:

click here


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