CFOs KNOW HOW TO PARTY
By Karin Tanabe, chief Fun Correspondent for Bisnow on Business
Whoever thinks CFOs are nothing but number crunchers should be in a room with over 800 of them. At the 11th Annual Greater Washington Technology CFO awards, held at the McLean Hilton on Tuesday night, NVTC Prez Bobbie Kilberg had to repeatedly shush the Washington area’s very social CFOs as they cheered this year’s nominees between handshakes and hobnobbing. The night, which was just one notch lower on the glitterati scale than last Sunday’s MTV Music Awards, included videos of CEOs cheering on their CFOs as well as some CFO pickup lines. Such as: “Please baby, won’t you withhold me?”
“Does this have to be a serious picture?” former Gov. and the night’s honoree Mark Warner asked before we snapped away. He is pictured clowning around with Pamela Little of Advanced Technology Systems and Jean Stack of Houlihan and Lokey. In remarks, Warner called the Washington area tech community “the economic engine that drives the region,” and admitted that “CFO’s have gotten me out of more tough spots than I care to acknowledge.”
Happy to represent the Old Line state in a room full of Virginians is Julie Coons, president of the Tech Council of Maryland, with, from left, Jeremy Zissman of CFO outsourcer GZA, M&T Bank president Peter Black, and Steve Greenberg, also of GZA.
Zack Gaddy, Director of the Defense Finance and Accounting Service, and wife Rhonda. Zack was the first-ever recipient of the Phoenix Award, a new category recognizing a CFO who has shown leadership in finance and technology “transformation.” He said that makes him a “plank owner,” in Navy lingo. We did heavy duty research, meaning we looked it up in Wikipedia: It means someone on the crew of a ship when it was originally placed in commission.
Public Company CFO of the Year Award winner Jeff Babka and wife Cindy. Jeff, who thanked his wife whole-heartedly but speculated that she might have drop kicked his Blackberry into the ocean, is Senior VP and CFO of NeuStar, Inc. The other award recipients were Marilyn Crouther, CFO of EDS, who won the Community Service Award and Robert Baer, EVP and CFO of Institutional Shareholder Services, who received the Private Company CFO of the Year Award.
VA Secretary of Technology Aneesh Chopra, left, with Corporation for National Research Initiatives head Bob Kahn, more commonly known (with Vint Cerf) as co-father of the Internet. But now that we think about it, is it possible to be a “co-father”?
From left, former GTSI Chairman Dendy Young and Scott Friedlander, Sales EVP at GTSI. Joseph Ragan of GTSI was one of the finalists of the evening for Public Company CFO of the year, and these other GTSIers came to show their support (and no doubt also for the fine food).
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