Selection Committee

Our selection committee for these awards is an independent group from local businesses and academia. These highly respected leaders bring critical judgement, enthusiasm and wisdom to this event.

Marie Graul

Former Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, MV Transportation, Inc.

Marie is an Audit Committee Financial Expert (as defined under the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Rules regarding the provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act) with a background in consumer products, manufacturing, technology and distribution. Marie has been both a public and private equity operating Chief Financial Officer and has led an IPO, 20+ acquisitions and 5 sale transactions.

Ray Young

Vice Chairman, Former Chief Financial Officer, Archer Daniels Midland

Ray G. Young recently retired from the Archer-Daniels-Midland Company (NYSE: ADM), a global leader in human and animal nutrition and the world’s premier agricultural origination and processing company.  Ray last served as its vice chairman, and prior to that, Ray was ADM’s chief financial officer for over 11 years.  Prior to ADM, he lived and worked on four continents, serving in various senior executive roles at General Motors (GM), including as its president of the Mercosur Region of South America from 2004-2007, its chief financial officer from 2008-2009 and as vice president of International Operations, based in China, in 2010. 

Peter J. Bensen

Former CAO and CFO of McDonald’s Corporation

Mr. Bensen currently serves on the Boards of Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:LW), a leading supplier of frozen potato and other food products to restaurants and retailers around the world and CarMax, Inc. (NYSE:KMX), the nation’s largest retailer of used vehicles. Pete is chair of the KMX Audit Committee and a member of the LW Audit Committee. He previously served as a Director of Catamaran Corporation (NASDAQ:CTRX), a pharmacy benefit manager, from December 2011 to July 2015 (when company was sold to UnitedHealth Group), during which time he was Chair of the Compensation Committee.

Kelly Richmond Pope

Professor School of Accountancy and MIS at DePaul University

Kelly Richmond Pope is a professor in the School of Accountancy and MIS at DePaul University. She received her doctorate in accounting from Virginia Tech and she is licensed certified public accountant. She worked in the forensic accounting practice at KPMG, LLP on anti-money laundering engagements, insurance fraud investigations and fraud risk management projects.

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