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4 Finance awards that will give you an instant career boost



Finance folk are often the unsung heroes in a company. Despite their pivotal role in shaping a company's financial health and success it is often the CEO that grabs the glory and recognition. In fact one survey went as far to show that two thirds (67%) of US finance leaders feel sorely underappreciated at being relegated to the shadows.


Though this does not need to be the case any more.


In fact those who take the time to nominate themselves for a prestigious finance award can instantly change their fortunes.


Nominating yourself - or colleagues- for any of these 4 highly-demanded finance awards is a fast ticket to recognition and a career boost.


With your name all over Google and LinkedIn, and covered on news sites and a trophy in hand, you can soon see headhunters banging down your door.


So here are 4 awards that can instantly boost your career and get you (or your team) the recognition they deserve (plus some pretty cool swag!).


1) Office of the CFO Awards (OCFOs)


Recognizing the “best of the best'' in the CFO's Office, this nomination form takes only a couple of minutes.

But you have to be quick: nominations close 17 November 2023.


There are four categories for you to enter, or enter your colleagues or friends for:

  • CFO of the Year

  • FP&A Pro of the Year

  • Controller of the Year

  • Visionary in AI Finance.


You simply need to show an example of how your work - or that of a colleague that “drove and led to tangible results (e.g. extra revenue or cost saving or business partnership) impacting your business.”



The panelist of judges (brought together by FP&A solution, Datarails) includes Paul Barnhurst, a veteran of FP&A, Wassia Kamon, VP of Finance, and CJ Gustafson CFO of Partstech.


Update: Here is the full list of all of the winners.


What will you receive if you nominate yourself?


  • Prestigious recognition - winners are celebrated and acknowledged with coverage in a global press release, social media mentions and top podcast FP&A Today.

  • Personalized certificate - Each winner receives a designed certificate to put on their desk or wall,

  • Designer swag - Winners are rewarded with limited edition merch (T-shirt, caps)


2) Finance and Accounting Appreciation Week


Next up on your to-do list for your career is heading over to the Finance and Accounting Appreciation Week taking place September 26-30, 2023. The IOFM knows that finance and accounting are incredibly important to a business’s success, and set up this special finance week to give endless high-fives to those making a difference.


The organization promises special offers, giveaways and fun opportunities to recognize yourself and your team. Follow IOFM on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin for notifications throughout the week.


Update: Finance and Accounting Appreciation Week 2023 is now over but look out for the annual 2024 edition!


What you will receive if you nominate yourself?


  • Prestigious recognition - The winners are celebrated and acknowledged for their exceptional achievements in their field

  • Shout outs on the IOCM social media channels


3) LA Business Journal CFO Awards


Though this is closed for nominations right now, make sure to get updates for The 17th annual Los Angeles Business Journal CFO Awards next year (this year’s awards took place on September 21, 2023). This annual CFO Awards event honors finance professionals in the Los Angeles region specifically for their ongoing efforts as outstanding financial stewards.


One of last year’s winners was Steve Presley, CFO of Nestle. The Journal wrote: "He sees issues and opportunities from both the financial and the commercial points of view, which leads to stronger decisions and a successful approach to Nestlé USA’s business overall."


What will you receive if you nominate yourself?


  • Prestigious recognition - The winners are celebrated and acknowledged for their exceptional achievements in their field featured in the LA Business Journal publications

  • Recognition at your company and among finance professionals in LA.


4) Controller of the Year


The annual Controller of the Year Awards program, from the Controller’s Council, recognizes results produced by Controllers and related roles/titles (CFOs, Chief Accounting Officers, Comptrollers, VP Accounting).


Each year, winners are determined via a “screening algorithm”, and a panel of blue-chip judges select a “Winner” and “Runner-Up” for each of 7 categories. Nominations for the 2023 Controller of the Year Awards will open October 1, 2023.


The 2023 Controller of the Year Awards extended entry deadline is December 31, 2023. Winners will be notified via email, and announced publicly by January 15, 2024.


Make sure to nominate yourself or a colleague here


What will you receive?

  • Prestigious recognition - The winners are celebrated and acknowledged for their exceptional achievements in their field

  • In addition, all winners that participate in the Awards Event will receive a Free Controllers Council membership!


So no more sitting on the sidelines while CEOs take all the credit!


Build your businesses credibility with an award sitting pretty on your desk/wall and a powerful leap in your career, placing you alongside some of the world’s foremost businesses and industry leaders as an official-award finning finance leader.


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