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September 26, 2012

News Release

Arizona Chapter of FEI announces new officers

The Arizona Chapter of Financial Executives International (FEI) announces the election of its new officers and board of directors for fiscal year 2012-13.

The newly elected leadership team is comprised of finance executives in the Phoenix-metro area who represent and advocate for the interests of finance professionals of companies in all industries, all sizes, public, private and non-profit, throughout Arizona. Responsibilities of officers and board members include managing chapter administrative and financial functions, and leading multiple chapter committees which are focused on membership value, program quality, educational and leadership enhancement, including policy and financial standards updates.

“The leadership team of FEI Arizona represents a wealth of knowledge, background and expertise in executive-level financial management and leadership of Arizona companies,” said Bret Lawson, President and Chairman of the board, FEI Arizona Chapter. “I look forward to working with this exceptionally talented group and am confident they will serve as the elite financial resource for members and supporters this year and help us accomplish our goal of advancing the success and growth of financial executives and their companies in the coming years.”

FEI Arizona Chapter officers include:

President and Chairman of the Board: Bret Lawson, CFO, vice president, finance, Unique Home Designs, Inc.
First Vice President: Bob Vreeland, Vice President of Finance and Accounting at Clean Energy Fuels Corp
Second Vice President: Richard Skufza, executive vice president, CFO, E.B. Lane
Secretary and Treasurer: Gil Christopher, president and CEO, The Logistics Group
Past President: Michelle Hoffman, president, CFO &COO,

FEI Arizona Chapter board members include:

Stephanie Brun, Financial Analysis Manager, U-Haul International
Marcus Feder, Salt River Project
Chris Niezgodzki, director, financial budgeting and forecast, Grand Canyon Education Inc.
Gayle Pincus, social enterprise consultant, Palo Verde Business Advisors LLC
Dan Regan, principal, Executive Financial Management
Jon Steging, VP corporate controller CAO at Health Essentials LLC.
Helen Swiatek, Partner, B2B CFO
Karen Whitney, vice president, financial planning and analysis, Apollo Group Inc.

Officers will serve a one-year term and board members will serve a three-year term. Officers and board members can be re-elected by the membership and do not have term limits.

Financial Executives International is the leading advocate for the views of corporate financial management. Its 15,000 members hold policy-making positions as chief financial officers, treasurers and controllers at companies from every major industry. Founded in 1931, FEI enhances member professional development through peer networking, career management services, conferences, teleconferences and publications. Members participate in the activities of 86 chapters, 74 in the U.S., 11 in Canada and 1 in Japan. Visit for more information.