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FEI presents.

Financial Executives International is pleased to recognize and thank this years' Distinguished Service Award winners. This group of outstanding FEI and business leaders is being honored for the many contributions they have made to FEI, both nationally and at the chapter levels, as well as to their communities and the organizations they help lead.



George Boyadjis' involvement with FEI has been extensive since his first meeting in 1994. As FEI National Board Chair in 2011-2012, he oversaw the formation of FEI's Governance, Risk and Compliance Committee as well as Innovative member-focused initiatives, including discovering a source for thirdparty dues payment for Twin Cities' Chapter members who are "in transition."

With a strong focus on expanding member access to FEI's programs and services, he was involved in a re-design of FEI's web presence at the National level, and continues to be involved at the Twin Cities Chapter level.

Prior to his serving as FEI Board Chair, he chaired the National Strategic Planning Committee and was a member of FEI's National Ethics and Eligibility Committee. He continues his National service today, as a member of the FEI Membership Acquisition and Enhancement Action Team.

Boyadjis served as chair of the Financial Executives Research Foundation (FERF) Board of Trustees from 2006-2008, and continues to be a passionate supporter and fundraiser for the research reports that FERF produces. In addition, new fundraising programs like the FERF Chapter

Challenge that Boyadjis helped to lead brought Chapter engagement to a new level, and continues to support FERF's mission to provide research that is not funded by FEI member dues.

Boyadjis has also served as VP of Programs, Membership Chair and president of FEI's Twin Cities Chapter. He continues to serve the Twin Cities Chapter as VP of Membership, as National Liaison, and as a member of the Chapter Board's Executive Committee.

In a career that began with Ernst & Young in 1977, Boyadjis continues to make a lasting imprint in the real estate, health care, medical technology and accounting fields. He is currently Corporate Services Director for Cresa, a commercial real estate services firm. He joined Cresa in 2009, leveraging a track record as a CFO and CPA, to assist corporate and nonprofit clients alike. During his tenure, he has helped lead the team there to six consecutive years of record growth.

Before joining Cresa, Boyadjis spent nine years with the medical technology firm American TeleCare Inc., and served as its executive vice president and CFO. From 1997 to 1999, he was CFO, treasurer and corporate compliance officer for MedManagement LLC, a pharmacy-management company. Prior to that, he served as CFO for the University of Minnesota Medical School, and CFO for HealthPartners, one of the nation's largest consumer-governed health plans and integrated delivery systems.

Boyadjis is a graduate of The Ohio State University, and holds an M.B.A. from Xavier University in Cincinnati. Additionally, he is a fellow with the Healthcare Financial Management Association--which has awarded him its Muncie Gold Merit Award.



Gary Correia's notable contributions to FEI include serving as Board Member and National Liaison of the San Diego Chapter, as well as on FEI's Leadership Council, the Chair of the Chapter Enhancement Action Team, and a variety of other Chapter and area roles.

Correia currently serves as CFO and VPFinance for Mirum, Inc., an internationally recognized digital marketing and advertising agency that serves Fortune 500 companies. In that role, Correia led a significant financial & operations transition of immediate reporting requirements, financial training, development of new systems, and revised the organization's financial reporting structure.

A CFO of the Year Award Honoree by San Diego Business Journal in 2008, Correia has long believed in sharing best practices and good ideas with his industry peers. Among those activities, he cofounded Experian Music Industry Group, the nation's largest music industry credit group, and also cofounded the Music Manufacturers Industry CFO Group.

Correia has also served as an interim CFO, financial and tax consultant for public and private companies, estates and individuals. Fie has also been Vice President Finance for Taylor Guitars, CFO and VP of Norris Communications Corp., Executive Director of Finance & Technology for legal firm FHiggs, Fletcher & Mack, an auditor with Ernst & Young, and has served in finance roles at other organizations.

Other activities include serving as Current Advisory Council member for Profit Recovery Partners, Current Board of DWC Scholastic Foundation, a Past Board member of the Construction Financial Management Association; Chairman of the Supervisory Committee of a Federal Credit Union, and other worthy organizations.



Jeff Grubbs has made a variety of contributions over the past eight years I to FEI and its Sacramento Chapter. Joining FEI when the Chapter was formed In 2007, Grubbs served as president and helped spearhead a number of significant accomplishments including creating scholarship programs at four local universities, establishing a strategic planning process and succession plan for the Chapter board, inviting local and national speakers to address the Chapter, and expanding the Chapter from 40 to 110 members.

Currently CFO and COO of risk consulting provider Bickmore, Grubbs oversees the firm's financial management, including budgeting and forecasting; cash management; financial modeling and reporting; contract pricing; and performance metrics.

As COO, Grubbs oversees corporate functions Including human resources, information technology, facilities, and marketing and business development. Some recent accomplishments include working with the firm's marketing unit to develop a new logo and simplify its brand, and collaborating with Bickmore's IT and Marketing departments to implement a social media and mobile communications strategy.

Another notable accomplishment Grubbs is proud of is the launch of quarterly companywide meetings, in which Bickmore presents quarterly results, introduces new staff, celebrate significant events such as acquisitions and major new customers, and answers employee questions.

Grubbs was recognized as a CFO of the Year by Sacramento Business Journal in 2013. Before joining Bickmore In 1991, Grubbs served as a Tax Consultant for Ernst & Young, and a Tax & Audit Consultant for Deloitte.

In addition to his FEI service, Grubbs is president of the Sac Town Tsunami Swim Team, a recreational charitable sports organization, and a board member for the Northern California Swim League. Fie also served as treasurer for a large church in Elk Grove, Calif.

To promote Bickmore's community service and work/life balance initiatives, Grubbs has represented the company or organized activities support groups such as the American Heart Association's Heart Walk, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training, the Alzheimer's Association's Walk to End Alzheimers, Child Life Program in Sutter Hospital's Children's Center, and the Sacramento Children's Home.



Ann Kaesermann has been a member of FEI for more than 15 years, and has been a member of the FEI Board of Directors for the past three years. Kaesermann joined the Committee on Private Companies Policy Sub Committee in 2005, and has participated each year since in the Washington D.C. flyin to educate legislators on topics important to private companies.

She also participates in and is CoChair of the Private Company Roundtable, and currently serves as National Liaison for the Houston Chapter, where she has been a member since joining FEI.

Her contributions to FEI include serving on the Nominating and Budget & Finance Committees, as well as the FEI Leadership Council, the Value Proposition Working Group and the Committee on Private Companies Policy (CPC-P).

Kaesermann has more than 35 years of accounting experience in the oil and gas business with companies such as Tenneco Oil Company,

Union Texas Petroleum, Mission Resources and Hilcorp Energy Company. She has held various roles throughout her work history with her current role being Vice President--Controller for Hilcorp Energy Company, a $1 billion private oil and gas E&P company.

Kaesermann received her B.S. in Accounting, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Alabama and is a Certified Public Accountant.

William Sinnett has been recognized for 30 years of service to FEI and FERF in January, with appreciation for his efforts in identifying ways to help financial executives make good business decisions based on practical research and best practices.

Sinnett joined FEI as Accounting Manager in 1985, but decided that he could be of more service to members in other ways.

In 1987, he transferred to FEI's (then) Technical Department to provide staff support for FEI's Committee on Information Management (known today as the Committee on Finance & IT, or CFIT) and the former Committee on Academic Relations.

Working with CIM, Sinnett became fascinated with the potential of technology, especially as used by the finance function, and joined the Research Foundation in 1989, hoping to explore the potential of technology through research.

One of Sinnett's first research projects was to support the original COSO Project Advisory Council, which was chaired by Gaylen Larson (who was inducted into the FEI Hall of Fame in 2014). That project resulted in the original "Internal Control--Integrated Framework," issued by COSO in 1992.

FEI later provided important input on internal controls to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. Though the resulting regulations may have gone beyond what was really necessary, Sinnett worked with Dr. Robert Howell of Dartmouth to research best practices for corporate compliance.

Sinnett continued to investigate the use of technology when he was asked to support CFIT in 2005, in addition to his research initiatives with FERF. About this time, the SEC was promoting the use of XBRL (extensible Business Reporting Language), which CFIT wanted to explore. Sinnett worked to help financial executives better understand and implement XBRL reporting. Companies have had mixed experiences with reporting to the SEC with XBRL, but its potential may not yet have been fully leveraged.

Today, Sinnett supports CFIT with research on more contemporary topics in technology, such as Business Intelligence, data analytics, continuous monitoring and cybersecurity, and welcomes ideas for research from FEI members on any topic.

Sinnett has an M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to his positions with FEI and FERF, he was employed by CarnegieMellon University and Mellon Bank in Pittsburgh. Today, he lives in Bedminster, New Jersey, with his wife, Eleanor.
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Title Annotation:CHAPTER NEWS; Financial Executives International
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Date:Mar 22, 2015
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