Chicago CFO of the Year®

2021 Nomination Form

Chicago CFO of the Year® 2021 Nomination Form

For Awards to be presented on November 18, 2021

at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile (or possibly virtual)

FEI Chicago Chapter

Attn: Susan Gidley, Chapter Administrator

4210 W. Irving Park Rd.

Chicago, IL  60641

Phone: (312) 263–1661


  • Complete this online nomination form in its entirety and submit with required attachments.
  • Deadline to submit completed nomination form is May 28, 2021
  • This application and all materials will become the property of the FEI Chicago Chapter exclusively for purposes of judging this event and will be destroyed shortly after the event.  No materials will be returned.
  • The information will be kept confidential and used only for evaluation purposes.
  • All fields required.

Qualification and Eligibility Guidelines

  1. Candidates must be Chief Financial Officers or equivalent in their organization.
  2. The minimum tenure in his or her current role is two years as of March 1, 2021.
  3. The candidate and his/her organization must be based in Chicagoland metropolitan area, in the counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake (IL), McHenry, and Will.
  4. All nominations must be validated and endorsed by the nominee and the nominee’s Chief Executive Officer. 
  5. As a part of the selection process, nominees must be willing to be interviewed for 1 – 1.5 hours.  
  6. Persons employed by: (i) organizations sponsoring the Chicago CFO of the Year program, (ii) the Selection Committee’s employers, (iii) organizations that employ any member of the FEI Chicago CFO of the Year® Committee and (iv) current members of the Board of Directors of the FEI Chicago Chapter are ineligible to be nominated.
  7. A CFO that has received a Chicago CFO of the Year® award is not eligible for the award for a period of 10 years. However, if a Finalist for an award does not receive the award, he or she may be considered in future years.
  8. Nomination must include the most recent three years of audited or reviewed financial reports (see end of form).

Nomination Form

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  • Nominator

  • Upload files to complete your nomination. See detailed instructions below.

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Upload These Files To Complete Your Nomination:

  1. A copy of the nominee’s biography in a Microsoft Word document
  1. Nominee’s Headshot photo in a .jpg format
  1. Provide the most recent three years of audited or reviewed financial statements.
    Private Companies: For privately held companies, the Chicago CFO of the Year® Committee is sensitive to private companies’ desire to keep their financial information confidential.  Please do not allow the financial statement requirement to prevent a nomination.  The Committee and the FEI Chicago Chapter is prepared to undertake a stringent process that will meet the confidentiality requirements of the CFO’s employer.  Please contact Ms. Susan Gidley at (312) 263–1661 or  Ms. Gidley will arrange for a senior Committee member to discuss and develop with the candidate and his/her employer a financial statement review plan that meets the employer’s need for strict confidentiality.   Please be assured that confidential information will never be compromised in this review process.
  1. Chief Executive Officer’s Review in a Microsoft Word document
    The Selection Committee is keenly interested in the opinion of the nominee’s Chief Executive Officer regarding the impact, skills, attributes, and demeanor of the nominee.  We request that the Chief Executive Officer provide a summary of the most compelling reasons for his or her support of the Chief Financial Officer as a nominee for this award.  Comments should be no longer than one page in length.  Comments should be provided in a detailed conversational format, citing specific examples of achievements and accomplishments and their importance to your organization. Please do not submit a bullet point list of items, as this does not provide enough clarity and context to the Selection Committee.