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RACC SVP Wins 2019 Lehigh Valley Business CFO of the Year Award

from Reading Area COmmunity College

Sep 16, 2019

Reading, PA – On Wednesday, September 11, 2019, over 250 people gathered at DeSales University to honor the top financial executives of the Greater Lehigh Valley at the 2019 Lehigh Valley Business CFO of the Year Awards. Sixteen financial professionals were recognized as finalists, with winners in a variety of categories.

Reading Area Community College Senior Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services/College Treasurer Kenneth E. Dearstyne, Jr. was the winner of the 2019 Lehigh Valley Business CFO of the Year (large nonprofit category).

“It is an honor not only to win this award, but to be included in this group of talented individuals. In addition to thanking my wife, Janet, for her encouragement throughout my career, I wish to express my sincerest gratitude to my colleagues at RACC and our board of trustees for their support which makes this award possible. Also, thank you to the judges panel for the honor and recognition,” says Dearstyne.

Finalists in all categories were: Best Growth Manager: Timothy McNair, BRD Noise and Vibration Control, Inc.; John Snead, Polytek Development Corp. CFO of the Year-nonprofit (small): Ed Eppler, Discover Lehigh Valley; Art Troccoli PBS39. CFO of the Year-nonprofit (large): Lisa Hazler, Fellowship Community, Randy Lease, Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority, Devon Reynolds, YMCA of Reading and Berks County; Bob Richards, Phoebe Ministries. CFO of the Year (private company): Aelish Brooks, Good Life Companies; Ray Burke, Weiler Abrasives Group; Kyle Lance, Transform Rehabilitation, LLC; Mark Wilkin, Andesa Services, Inc.

Judges for the event were: Tara Fleureton, CFO, Greater Valley YMCA; Gregory Krzemien, divisional CFO and senior financial director, NCR Payment Solutions; Maureen Michael, chief administrative officer and CFO, Da Vinci Science Center; and Gregory Yocco, CFO, MCS Industries, Inc.

For more information about the CFO of the Year Awards, visit

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