Updated March 29 at 12:28am

PBN announces winners of CFO awards


PROVIDENCE – Providence Business News has selected the winners of its second annual Chief Financial Officer Awards program, honoring 11 individuals for their fiscal savvy.

The winner of the lifetime achievement award is Anthony Bliss, senior vice president and chief financial officer of Family Service of Rhode Island.

Bliss is credited with several of the agency’s milestones, including stewarding the reverse of a million-dollar agency deficit to a $300,000 surplus in 2011, according to his nomination form.

Lucas Lussier, of the Met School, was also recognized as a Rising Star. His nominator, Co-director of The Met School Dennis Littky, noted that Lussier worked with staff to educate and make them comfortable with new R.I. Department of Education reforms related to the Uniform Chart of Accounts and the Rhode Island Education Funding Formula.

“As a results of Lucas’ actions, the Met was the first of the three state-funded public schools to successfully submit completed [UCOA] financials to RIDE,” Littky wrote.

Other CFO winners include:

  • Public company, headquartered in Rhode Island: David Devault, The Washington Trust Co.

  • Public Company with large divisional office in Rhode Island: Lauren Conway, UnitedHealthcare of New England

  • Government agency: Alan Lord, town of South Kingstown

  • Quasi-government agency: Brian Schattle, R.I. Airport Corporation

  • Large private company: John Galvin, Collette Vacations

  • Mid-size private company: Chris Burns, Andera

  • Small private company: Michael Alviano, New England Construction

  • Nonprofit social service agency: Michael Jenkinson, Rhode Island Foundation

  • Nonprofit (others):Mary “Mamie” Wakefield, Lifespan

The awards dinner is slated for April 5 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Bello Center at Bryant University. To register, click here.

The presenting sponsor of the CFO Awards is KPMG; partner sponsors include Bryant University, Cox Business, Gencorp Insurance and TD Bank.


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