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Financial Executives of the Year

Meet 2017’s Financial Executives of the Year

They work mostly in the shadows, but the financial insight and analysis skills of 2017’s Financial Executives of the Year have undoubtedly put their respective organizations in the spotlight. Meet the honorees here.

Financial Executive of the Year: Jason Fisher

For an executive whose entire career has been in the nonprofit world, Jason Fisher had an unusually profitable start.

Financial Executive of the Year: Alan Opheim

Alan Opheim is the kind of person who is not prone to self-promotion – but he knows his strengths.

Financial Executive of the Year: Stephanie Phelps

Stephanie Phelps has accomplished plenty in her role as Aegon Asset Management’s senior vice president and chief financial of­ficer, yet her pinch-hitting ability is one of the things that made her an easy choice for Financial Executive of the Year.

Financial Executive of the Year: Susan Sailors

Susan Sailors, chief financial officer at Toyota of Iowa City, has never forgotten the lesson a retiring controller taught her about listening and learning as much from other people as they do from her.

Financial Executive of the Year: Whitney Schreder

Like most people in the nonprofit world, Whitney Schreder understands that there are rarely enough resources, but that’s not why she’s continued to expand her respon­sibilities during her five years with Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa (JAEI).

John Rhomberg

A former controller during the dot-com boom and founder of a successful hand hygiene company, Financial Executive of the Year John Rhomberg now spends his days helping others.

Gary Ortale

Gary Ortale will retire at the end of August, closing a nearly 30-year career with MidWestOne Bank that’s been marked by triumphs, a little turmoil and no shortage of takeaways for his successor.

Kenneth Fisher

Balancing tension between health care and finance is no easy task, and Ken Fisher’s oversight of University of Iowa Health Care’s finances during one of the most tumultuous periods in the industry hasn’t gone unnoticed.

Casey Drew

Casey Drew, Cedar Rapids’ finance director since 2007, has been one of the pillars of the city’s management team as it has tackled such complex demands as flood recovery and redevelopment of the city’s downtown hotel.

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