Winners of the 2020 Controller of the Year Awards Announced

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Winners of the 2020 Controller of the Year Awards have been selected after a nomination period and judging process that began in January of this year. The first annual program is produced by the Controllers Council, a member association and community focused on training and career development, peer interaction, and recognition.

“The Controller of the Year Awards gives long overdue recognition to the executives that propelled their organizations through the most tumultuous business environment in modern history."

Winners of the 2020 Controller of the Year Awards have been selected after a nomination period and judging process that began in January of this year. The first annual program is produced by the Controllers Council, a member association and community focused on training and career development, peer interaction, and recognition.

The awards program is free to both Controllers Council members and non-members, and available to Corporate Controllers and related titles that have controller responsibilities including VPs, Chief Accounting Officers, and more. Applicants can self-nominate or be nominated by a colleague via a brief online survey that requests anonymous information on 2020 financial performance, work experience, volunteer or philanthropic activities, and educational background.

All nominations were screened by an algorithm and judged by Controllers Council Board Members. Winners are announced for 5 categories based on size and type, along with public or private classifications, and Runners-Up, where applicable.

Startup/Public/Winner    
Kevin Yankton, CAO/Controller, Varex Imaging

Startup/Private/Winner    
Julie Kinnard, Controller, FreightWise    

Not-For-Profit/Winner    
Denye' Versher, VP Finance, Easter Seals

Not-For-Profit/Runner-Up
Tasha Fox, Controller, Osage Nation        

Small/Public/Winner    
Kim Ausk, Controller, Laird Superfood    

Small/Private/Winner    
Michael Chernoff, Controller, Hypori    

Small/Private/Runner-Up
Chris Brubaker, Controller, OnlineMedEd    

Medium/Public/Winner    
Brenna Albert, EVP/Controller, Cresco Labs

Medium/Public/Runner-Up
Faisal Rusho, Controller, Medable, Inc.

Medium/Private/Winner    
Daniel Bradley, Controller, L.Keeley Construction

Medium/Private/Runner-Up    
Brad Koch, Controller, Hungry Marketplace

Enterprise/Public/Winner    
Brandt Kucharski, CAO/Controller, Grubhub

Enterprise/Public/Runner-Up
Liz Johnigan, Controller, Cars.com

Enterprise/Private/Winner    
Neha Mehta, Corp. Controller, M S International

Finally, from the category winners above, a 2020 National Controller of the Year was selected based on the same criteria: Brandt Kucharski, Grubhub.

All winners will be notified by email and receive a frame-quality Certificate. The 2020 National Controller of the Year will receive a gold-plated and engraved statuette/trophy manufactured by the makers of the Oscar® Awards.

“Controllers and corporate finance executives proved their critical importance in 2020 more than ever, and the Controllers Council seeks to recognize these individuals”, states Neil Brown, Controllers Council Executive Director. “The Controller of the Year Awards gives long overdue recognition to the executives that propelled their organizations through the most tumultuous business environment in modern history."

A virtual “Red Carpet” event will be held Thursday, June 10, 1 PM CST to meet and interview award winners. Register to attend here: 2020 Controller of the Year Awards – Virtual Event

Registration for the 2021 Controller of the Year Awards will begin in December of this year at the following link: https://controllerscouncil.org/recognition/

ABOUT Controllers Council
Controllers Council™ is a national member association, community and platform for Controllers, CFOs, and corporate accounting and finance professionals focused on career development and training, peer interaction, recognition and more. Programs include CPE and professional certification, a national Career Center, webcasts with expert panelists on trending topics, research studies, articles and whitepapers, Peer Roundtables, and the Controller of the Year awards program.

For more information, visit http://www.ControllersCouncil.org, or call Executive Director Neil Brown at 312-869-2180.

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