Cynthia Odom named FWBP 2017 Top CFO of the Year


Cynthia Frazier Odom, chief financial officer and executive vice president for Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains, was named the 2017 Top CFO of the Year at the Fort Worth Business Press’ CFO Awards Luncheon Wednesday, June 28. 

“After we looked at the finalists, we had a smaller group sit down and say, ‘Does somebody’s career stand out for years of service and community volunteerism and a wide variety of things?’ ” said Rich Connor, publisher and president of the Fort Worth Business Press. “And one did. So, it is my pleasure now to give what we are calling the Top CFO Award to Cynthia Odom.”

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Odom has worked with the Girl Scouts since 2006. She served as the chief operating officer of the Girl Scouts of Circle T. Council from January 2006 to December 2007, has served as a Girl Scouts of the USA Thought Partner through her work on the Product Sales Advisory Team, which she has been a part of since 2008. She now is executive vice president and chief financial officer for the Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains.

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“Being recognized for doing a job I love at an organization I love in a community I love is pure joy. It is my hope that a girl who looks like me is inspired by my life’s journey and will run their own multi-million-dollar organization,” Odom said. 

“Today, this award is indeed a blessing to my life. It encourages me to keep going and see what else life has in store,” she said. 

See Odom’s full speech in the above video from 14:00-17:00.

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“As CFOs, all of us make a difference in the life we live by sharing our gifts and talents with organizations who need us because to whom much is given much is required,” Odom said.

Odom was chosen by a group of FWBP staff members from a group of nine finalists. This year’s group of finalists included: Odom; Dave Mayfield, CFO of Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth; Ellen B. Wilson, CFO and executive vice president of the Gladney Center for Adoption; Lisa

Cobb, CFO of Precise Energy Products Inc.; Marcelino Rodriguez, CFO of KMG Chemicals; Maria Mejia, CFO and senior vice president of Ulterra Drilling Technologies L.P.; Ron Long, CFO and executive vice president of Texas Health Resources; Scott Wilcox, CFO and COO of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art; and Willie Houston III, CFO and chief compliance officer of Satori Capital.

The University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Business Executive MBA Program was the presenting sponsor of the awards.

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“The [UTA] College of Business applauds the decision, the discipline and the dedication of the individuals being honored here today,” said interim COB Dean Chandra Subramaniam. “Your hard work and motivation are felt across the business community and we are proud to be part of such a wonderful celebration.” 

Four of the award finalists are alumni of the UTA Executive MBA Program – Odom, Wilson, Maria Mejia and Houston.

“What we are most proud of are our students and our alumni,” Subramaniam said. “Thank you for allowing us to be here today and support such incredible professionals and congratulations to all our honorees.”