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Seminar Recording

CFO Panel Discussion: Building the Right Compass - Managing the Ever Changing Landscape of Finance and Broader Corporate Technology

Date: Thursday, February 13, 2014
Time: 8:10 pm - 9:10 pm EST There are no CPE Credits for this Solution Demonstration.
In this Panel you will hear from seasoned CFOs who will share how they drive for efficiency in transaction-processing as well as provide effective analytical support to operating managers and business leaders. The focus will be on business process excellence that is enabled by sound technology planning and management. You will hear how they frame the pros and cons of strategies such as applying Cloud computing to the realm of finance and accounting. You will also get their advice on how the CFO can best influence broader corporate technology initiatives.


Moderator: Mary Driscoll, Senior Research Fellow, APQC

Jack Judd, CFO, Proto Labs, Inc

Janet Pirus, CFO, Formerly Papa Murphy's

Mike Rasic, CFO, ZestFinance

Kim Wallin CMA, CFM, CPA, Controller, State of Nevada

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CFO Panel Discussion


Jack Judd, CFO, Proto Labs, Inc
Jack Judd
CFO, Proto Labs, Inc
Jack is currently the Chief Financial Officer for Proto Labs, Inc. (NYSE:PRLB) located in Maple Plain, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis. Proto Labs is a leading online and technology-enabled quick-turn manufacturer of custom parts for prototyping and short-run production. Jack started with Proto in 2011 and helped lead its successful IPO in early 2012. Just prior to Proto Labs, Jack was with Compellent Technologies, Inc., a network storage provider. Jack led Compellent’s successful IPO in 2007. Compellent was sold to Dell for approximately $950 million in February 2011. Prior to Compellent, Jack served in senior financial capacities at several medical device and glass technology companies.
Janet Pirus, CFO, Formerly Papa Murphy's
Janet Pirus
CFO, Formerly Papa Murphy's
Janet Pirus has been a senior financial executive in the restaurant industry for the past 20 years. She has developed, implemented and managed enterprise-level strategic planning, analytics, forecasting and monitoring processes, facilitating both improved tactical execution and a significant return on investment. She has also overseen these functions from a governance, risk management and compliance standpoint.

From April 2000 to November 2013, Pirus was chief financial officer and treasurer of Papa Murphy’s International, an $800 million pizza chain. In 2005, Pirus was awarded Papa Murphy’s Chairman’s Award, representing a significant present and future impact on the direction of the Company. During her tenure there, she played a major role in the successful sale of the company on two occasions, in 2004 to Charlesbank Capital Partners and again in 2010 to Lee Equity Partners.

Pirus has served on the boards of the YWCA Hotel for Women, Share (a Northwest charity dedicated to leading the homeless to self-sufficiency by providing food, shelter, housing and education) and Financial Executives International, where she ultimately became the Orange County chapter’s first woman president in 1999.
Mike Rasic, CFO, ZestFinance
Mike Rasic
CFO, ZestFinance
Mike Rasic is the CFO at ZestFinance and has more than 20 years in the financial services industry. Prior to ZestFinance, Mike was the SVP of Finance and Accounting at CoreLogic where he served as second in command of finance, accounting and administrative functions of the newly created public company. He's also served as CFO of the First American Corporation's Information Solutions and the CFO of Metrocities Mortgage. His career began at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he spent 18 years. Mike earned his BA in Accounting from Santa Clara University and his MBA from UCLA.
Kim Wallin CMA, CFM, CPA, Controller, State of Nevada
Kim Wallin CMA, CFM, CPA
Controller, State of Nevada
Kim Wallin is a native Nevadan and is the first CPA to be elected to the office of Nevada State Controller in 50 years. She is the first CMA (Certified Management Accountant) to hold this office. Kim is currently a member of the AGA Partnership for Intergovernmental Management and Accountability Steering Committee, President of NASC and is a member of the NASACT Executive Committee. Kim most recently has been awarded the 2013 National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurer’s President’s Award for her work in improving disclosure of financial information for investors who invest in municipal bonds.

As Controller she has also received the AGA’s Presidents Award and the National Association of Comptrollers President Award for her work in improving transparency in Government with the use of technology. In 2011 she received NASACT’s Presidents Award for her work on various Presidential work groups and her continued efforts to improve efficiency and accountability.

Prior to becoming Controller in September 2003, Accounting Today recognized Wallin as one of the 100 most influential people in accounting in the country. In September 2006 she was named “Woman CPA of the Year” of the entire country by the American Women’s Society of CPA’s.
Moderated by: Mary Driscoll, Senior Research Fellow, APQC
Moderated by: Mary Driscoll
Senior Research Fellow, APQC
Mary Driscoll is an author, editor, and lecturer with expertise in corporate finance, capital markets, and business management. She serves as senior research fellow at APQC, a benchmarking and best-practices research organization. Mary leads the financial management research initiative. Previously, Ms. Driscoll spent a decade as president of CFO Research, the research services arm of CFO magazine. Before that, she spent seven years as a senior editor at CFO, developing features on topics ranging from financial risk management and capital structure to leadership development. CFO magazine at that time was a division of The Economist Group, based in London. Before joining CFO, Ms. Driscoll held editorial roles at Thomson Financial Services and Fidelity Investments. Ms. Driscoll has written several business books, including the professional reference guide Cash Management: Corporate Strategies for Profit (John Wiley & Sons). She has won journalism awards for corporate finance, treasury operations, and personal financial planning topics. She currently serves on the advisory boards of three technology start-ups. She received a BA (honors) in English from the University of Massachusetts and studied accounting and management at Harvard University’s CAS program.


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There are no CPE Credits for this Solution Demonstration.