The Fort Worth Business Press honored 13 area chief financial officers today with a luncheon at the Fort Worth Club.
The CFO of the Year was Benton Clark, executive vice president and CFO of United Way of Tarrant County.
Clark began his career in 1972 as a staff accountant for the Dallas Independent School District. He joined United Way of Tarrant County in 1974 as an internal auditor to help 20 partner agencies comply with newly-issued accounting standards around functional reporting of expenses, capitalization and depreciation of fixed assets.
He served as the agency’s assistant divisional manager, finance, from 1980 to 1991. In 1991, he was promoted to the agency’s top financial officer position.
Clark served on United Way Worldwide’s Financial Issues Committee in 1994-1996, 1999-2002, and 2006-2012.
Born in Waurika, Okla., Clark earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Abilene Christian University. He has served on the board of Christian Homes and Family Services in Abilene since 2008. He chaired the board in 2009-2010 and serves as treasurer.
Echoing a theme from all the CFOs honored this year, Clark praised the team he works with at United Way.
“Without a team to support you, it’s very difficult to obtain the objectives set before you,” he said.
Also honored were:
• Top Private Company CFO: Michael F. Morrison, executive vice president and CFO of First Command Financial Resources
• Top Public Company CFO: Daniel G. Reynolds, vice president and CFO of Calloway’s Nursery Inc.
• The Impact Award went to Charlie Campbell, senior vice president of finance at Hillwood Properties.
• Mark Rich, investment director for the Kimbell Art Foundation, received the Emerging Financial Professional Award.
• Lucy Catala, vice president finance and CFO of Baylor All Saints Medical Center at Fort Worth
• Tonya Clark, president and CFO at Heritage Health Solutions Inc.
• Susan R. Drake, deputy director of finance and administration at the Kimbell Art Museum
• Kristi Hudson, cfo, firm administrator at Kelly Hart & Hallman
• Donna Albright Martin, CFO, MHMR of Tarrant County
• Sarah Procter, CFO, ACH Child and Family Services
• Les Shuler, CFO, Worthington National Bank
• Rachel Willis, vice president finance and administration at ID Technology