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9th Annual Chicago CFO of the Year Awards

Advanced Registration is Closed. Walk-ins will be accepted at the door for $200.

9th Annual Chicago CFO of the Year Awards

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
540 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago  

Networking/Dinner Reception: 5:30pm—7:00pm
Cocktails, Networking Reception, Gourmet Food Stations
Awards Program: 7:00pm—8:15pm
Dessert, Awards Presentation

Discounted parking available at Hotel Valet (on Rush St.) for $41and Self Park located at 50 E. Ohio St. for $28 (up to 6 hours) with validation.

FEI Chicago Member - Individual Tickets - $100
Non-Member & Guest - Individual Tickets - $175
Premier Tables of 10 - $1,600

FEI Chicago invites you to the 9th Annual Chicago CFO of the Year® Awards with the “Who’s Who” of Chicago finance. Join the FEI Chicago Chapter to mingle and network with Chicago’s C-Suite, while recognizing exceptional performance of Chicago’s financial professionals in their roles as corporate stewards. Awards will be presented in four categories: public, mid-size private, large private and not-for-profit.  Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dinner at gourmet food stations will be served during this must attend networking reception from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Following this reception, attendees move into the ballroom to be seated for dessert and the awards presentation.  

Tickets are limited and can be purchased individually or as corporate tables. 

Our Prestigious Finalists

Mid-Size Private

  • D. Skip Behm, AArete, LLC
  • Brad Gavelek, Midwest Can Company
  • Ozan Kaya, ShopRunner, Inc.
  • Tanya Yakhnis, Tandem Family of Companies

Large-Size Private
  • Donna Dreuth, Captive Resources, LLC
  • Mike Franz, Novaspect Holdings, Inc.
  • Christine Laurens, A.T. Kearney, Inc.
  • Jim Lawler, Kemper Sports Management, Inc.
  • Mike Magner, Ice Services LLC (d/b/a Ice Mobility)
  • Amy C. Shelly, The Options Clearing Corporation

  • Paul Hoelscher, Horizon Therapeutics plc
  • Olivier Leonetti, Zebra Technologies
  • Carl Lukach, Univar Solutions
  • James J. McKinney, Kemper Corporation

  • Ron Blaustein, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
  • Lindy Loyet, Elevate Energy
  • John H. Nylen, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
  • Joe Onzick, County of Kane (Illinois)
  • Paige A. Rodgers, The Joint Commission
  • Eric Schwager, Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center

Our Esteemed Judges

Michele Hooper, (Non-Voting Chair) President and CEO, The Directors’ Council; Margaret Shan Atkins, Professional Corporate Director and the Co-founder of Chetrum Capital LLC; Cheryl K. Beebe, Former Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Ingredion Inc.; and Beverly R. Walther, Chair, Department of Accounting Information & Management and Professor of Accounting Information & Management, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

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Our thanks to CFO of the Year® Sponsors:
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