IBJ CFO Testing

Behind every star CEO is a stellar chief financial officer, who typically lets the big boss bask in the spotlight. But we at the IBJ believe they deserve at least a cameo at center stage, even if we have to drag these backstage characters kicking and screaming. Today's CFO fills a dizzying number of roles beyond Number Cruncher #1, often including technology integration, coordination of financing, and long-term strategic planning. In the stories and video profiles you'll find by clicking on the photos above, we asked the top honorees in IBJ's third annual CFO of the Year program to share their challenges and successes, as well as something of themselves. When they open up, their stories find the drama behind the balance sheet.

Judges for the 2010 CFO of the Year program:

Mike Becher, Deloitte; James McClelland, Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana; Dayton Molendorp, OneAmerica Financial Partners Inc.; Charles Smith, President & CEO of Country Mark; Chuck Williams, Butler University School of Business; and Jeff Basch, Greg Morris and Tom Harton, Indianapolis Business Journal