Indianapolis Business Journal

DEC. 9-15, 2022

Simon Property Group is getting a leg up on the emerging trend of online-only retailers moving into brick-and-mortar stores, a strategy that analysts say could have a big payoff for the Indianapolis-based shopping mall giant as it looks to develop new tenants. Mickey Shuey has more on its partnership with Chicago-based Leap Services. Also in this week’s issue, Peter Blanchard has a preview of the 2023 Indiana Legislature and its four-month, budget-writing session. And Dave Lindquist connects with media mogul Jeff Smulyan about his new book, a career retrospective titled “Never Ride a Roller Coaster Upside Down.”

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2022 CFO of the Year: Ann Elisabeth Dryer

Ann Dryer’s responsibilities at Commonwealth Engineers—a firm specializing in water resources—include overseeing the accounting department, managing financial performance, providing quality financial reporting for operational planning, working directly with project managers and clients, overseeing human resources, and assisting in internal controls as a member of the operating committee.

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2022 CFO of the Year: Rodney Graham

Rodney Graham is responsible for the accounting, treasury and information systems teams for Co-Alliance—a nearly 100-year-old diversified agribusiness owned and controlled by about 12,400 members who are local farmers that produce or market farm products—and its subsidiaries and joint ventures.

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2022 CFO of the Year: Andrew J. Toth

As CFO of GEMCO Constructors—a mechanical, electrical, plumbing, building automation systems and service contractor—Andrew Toth oversees the finance, accounting, human resources and IT functions of the business, which has been named to IBJ’s Fast 25 list five years in a row.

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2022 CFO of the Year: Christopher A. Ruhl

Christopher Ruhl leads all financial management, business services, treasury, human resource, information technology, sponsored research programs and internal audit functions at Purdue University, which has a $2.5 billion annual operating budget across all its campuses and Purdue Global.

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2022 CFO of the Year: Mark Kern

As CFO, Mark Kern works with Firefly Children and Family Alliance’s CEO, management team and board to provide strategic and accurate financial management and recommendations to the agency.

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2022 CFO of the Year: Michael E. Johnson

As CFO of CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions—a not-for-profit dedicated to ensuring that seniors and people with disabilities live the best life possible—Michael Johnson provides strategic direction to assess new business opportunities and financial insight and collaborates not only with colleagues at CICOA but also other community organizations.

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