2020 was the controller’s call to greatness. Cash was tight, business processes were made more complicated, and controllers were forced to make tough decisions with limited information. But even in the wake of this seemingly insurmountable wave of challenges, many controllers and other corporate finance professionals had the skills and agility to right the ship.

Quick decisions, tough calls, and a whole lot of elbow grease got controllers out of the last year and into 2021. And even if the lockdowns are still posing challenges for many industries, there may be a light at the end of the tunnel—cause for celebration indeed.

To highlight the efforts put forth by controllers across the nation, we recently announced a new initiative to celebrate your ability to succeed—or avoid failure. As the leading body and voice of the controllership and corporate finance community, we are excited to announce our first annual Controller of the Year Award.

First Annual Controller of the Year Awards™

Created to recognize the effectiveness and achievements of Controllers and related roles/titles including Chief Accounting Officers, CFOs, Vice Presidents, and other corporate finance executives, the Controller of the Year Awards™ is now open for submissions.

What Are We Looking For?

Broken into six categories by company size and type—Small/Medium/Enterprise/Startup/Not-For-Profit/Other, those interested can nominate themselves, a peer, or manager.

Whether you’re an entry-level professional or staff accountant looking to get on your boss’ good side, a controller looking to add a prestigious title to their LinkedIn profile, or a C-suite leader looking to celebrate one of your corporate finance professional’s efforts, you can do so for free here

How Can You Nominate?

To nominate (or self-nominate), all you need to do is submit a bit of information and anonymously add brief summary information about 2020 financial performance, work experience, volunteer or philanthropic activities, and educational background.

How Do We Select Controllers of the Year?

Following your submission, our team will screen this information using a proprietary algorithm to identify finalists by state, before our blue-chip panel of judges select the Controller of the Year by state, and ultimately a national 2020 Controller of the Year. 

When Can You Expect to Hear?

Winners will be announced by April 2021, and all winners will receive a frame-quality Certificate. The national 2020 Controller of the Year will receive a gold-plated and engraved statuette/trophy manufactured by the makers of the Oscar® Awards.

Celebrating Controllers

As the controller continues to take on new roles and responsibilities, we are excited to do more for our community. Whether it’s through our articles, resources, or webcasts, membership in this organization has its perks. As we continue to grow, we’re excited to add this opportunity to give back to the community. Get to know more about the Controller of the Year Awards here and get to know more about the benefits of membership here.