FCBE Alumni Named Best CFOs of the Year by Memphis Business Journal


For release:  October 24, 2014

Fogelman College was highly represented yesterday at the Memphis Business Journal’s 2014 CFO of the Year awards ceremony. Of the 17 people nominated, ten were Fogelman graduates. Two of our alumni won in their respective categories. Jason Lee was named the Top CFO of the Year in the non-profit business category (with $8 million in annual revenues or less), and Robert “Brian” Robinson was named the winner of the private company category (with $100 million or more in annual revenues). Only four winners were named overall.

In addition, David Zettergren, an alumnus of the FCBE Masters of Accountancy program, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Zettergren is the vice president of business and finance for the University of Memphis.

Robert “Brian” Robinson is the senior executive vice president and CFO of Crye-Leike and president of the Crye-Leike Insurance Agency. He received his bachelors of science at Fogelman College in the School of Accountancy.

Jason Lee, an alumnus of the Executive MBA Program, is the executive vice president of Orion Federal Credit Union. Lee was also recently selected to serve on the national Credit Union Advisory Council.

"It was a great honor to accept the CFO of the Year award, however, there is no 'I' in CFO.  This was an individual's recognition of a team effort."

Below is the complete list of all of our nominated FCBE alumni:

  • Crandall Quinn, CFO Epayments America, MBA, BBA
  • David Dunavant, CVO Monogram Foods, BBA, MBA
  • Steve Martin, CFO and SVP TruckPro, LLC, BBA
  • Robert Parks, CFO Armstrong Relocation, MBA Finance
  • Robert “Brian” Robinson, SEVP and CFO Crye-Leike, BS Accounting
  • Jason Lee, EVP CFO Orion Federal Credit Union, MBA
  • Larry Pennington, VP Boys and Girls Club, BBA Accounting
  • Gary Joffe, CFO Assisi, BBA
  • Ron Walker, CFO FedEx Credit Association, MS

“The MBJ’s CFO of the Year Award is a tremendous honor and we are extremely proud of all of our esteemed alumni,” said Dr. Rajiv Grover, dean of Fogelman College. “These individuals’ professional successes are testaments of the high-level of education and training provided by the Fogelman College. Please join us in congratulating our nominees and winners.”