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1. Michelle Garrison, CFO @ GetixHealth

One piece of advice you would give to a new CFO:
"Invest in building a good team."

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2. Janie M Kohl, CFO @ Rural Capital Area WDB

One piece of advice you would give to a new CFO: 

"In a lean non-profit, it's ok to rely on a team of consultants temporarily when working to improve outdated processes while you keep operations going and deal with regulatory entities.  The Accounting team can't overwork themselves indefinitely and perform well in all areas of responsibility. It's not fair to you, your team, your board, or your partners.  Asking for help and acknowledging you aren't superwoman is a strength, not a weakness."

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3. Barbara Daniels, CFO @ Notley

One piece of advice you would give to a new CFO: 

"Always stay teachable.  No matter how many years you may have worked in your industry, there is always more to learn.  In our fast-paced, dynamic environment, we are constantly evolving.  One of my favorite things to hear from business partners is "wow that's a great idea, why isn't anyone doing that?"! We must continue to iterate ways to be better strategic business partners."

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4. Prawal Goyal, CFO @ TechTrans

One piece of advice you would give to a new CFO: 

"Financial acumen and foresightedness are the key. As a CFO, have been able to increase revenue drastically; improved the cost structure; added automation; instrumental in winning big contracts for the company- so my advice would be to have the vision to understand what is going on in the market and how effective changes can be brought in  to your work, that is in alignment with the business world."

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5. Mark Mueller, CFO @ SOS International Ministries

One piece of advice you would give to a new CFO: 

"Be flexible in methodology, firm in Values"

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6. James Dworkin, CFO @ International Leadership of Texas

One piece of advice you would give to a new CFO: 

"Remember your customers - design financial systems to enable company operations. Design financial reporting to provide financial statement users meaningful input. Start with the basics"

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7. Rebecca Buell, CFO @ National Breast Cancer Foundation

One piece of advice you would give to a new CFO: 

"Your role not only includes the financial stewardship of the organization but in reality the operational and strategic aspects as well. Work to understand the whole of the business and the needs of each department, and you will find your path to success."

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8. Michael Kountze, CFO @ Eloqua

One piece of advice you would give to a new CFO: 

"Collaborate with your CEO and Board on financial matters that could materially affect your company.  Delegate to your staff responsibilities that will afford them the opportunity to learn and feel empowered.  And finally, regulate the practices within your department to adhere to sound financial and accounting principles."

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9. Kristie Ondracek, CFO @ TXCPA Houston Foundation

One piece of advice you would give to a new CFO: 

"Keep in mind no one knows everything and keep learning."

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10. Chermaine Hu, CFO @ Episode Six Inc.

One piece of advice you would give to a new CFO: 

"Build a strong team by hiring people you truly care about and are invested in; support and promote ownership and responsibility no matter how junior or senior the team member is."

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11. Tamara Scoggins, CFO @ Intrepid Directional Drilling Specialists Ltd

One piece of advice you would give to a new CFO: 

"Work hard and surround yourself with the right team"

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12. Steven Nutt, CFO @ Community National Bank and Trust of Texas

One piece of advice you would give to a new CFO: 

"The CFO job is more than numbers, it's being able to communicate the story of the numbers clearly across all different stakeholders of the company.  To set expectations and drive the culture to higher performance is wrapped up in the communication."

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13. Thor Neil Knutson, CFO @ CCW GP

One piece of advice you would give to a new CFO: 

"Don't be afraid to reach out for advice and guidance, collaboration is the key to success."

14. Bill Blankemeier, CFO @ High Brew Coffee

One piece of advice you would give to a new CFO: 

"The CFO job is more than numbers, it's being able to communicate the story of the numbers clearly across all different stakeholders of the company.  To set expectations and drive the culture to higher performance is wrapped up in the communication."

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15. David L White, CFO @ CarOffer

One piece of advice you would give to a new CFO: 

"Learn the in's and out's of your business. Become an expert in the operational aspects of your business."

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16. Brenda S Hargett, CFO @ HPUMC

One piece of advice you would give to a new CFO: 

"Relationships are key to inclusion and information. Well-developed relationships result in a CFO being involved in the front end of many projects, providing the opportunity to optimize how activities are structured to benefit the organization and keep the organization in compliance."

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17. Lawrence Fischer, CFO @ Brighton Center

One piece of advice you would give to a new CFO: 

"Don't take "no" for an answer.
Learn to say no!"

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18. Jefferson Macks, CFO @ DEALERWARE LLC

One piece of advice you would give to a new CFO: 

"Don't just be a numbers spreadsheet CFO! Use the data visualization of those numbers to become a CFO that creates value and is a trusted business partner."

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19. Christina Harmel, CFO @ EBQ

One piece of advice you would give to a new CFO: 

"The piece of advice I'd give to any new CFO is to be open to learning and be open to input from every person you work with and work for!"

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20. Kerri A Shaddock, CFO @ Pinnacle Development Corp

One piece of advice you would give to a new CFO: 

"The Accountants Code of Conduct is a great reference for how to be conduct yourself as a CFO and where you can find guidance when difficult decisions needs to be made. However, integrity and impartiality is always of most importance in all decisions that have to be made daily."

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21. Flaurent Fotso, CFO @ SignatureCare Emergency Center

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22. Kathi White, CFO @ MedCore Partners, LLC

One piece of advice you would give to a new CFO: 

"Surround yourself with the best people you can find"

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The 20 Most Promising CFOs in Texas