ALBANY, N.Y. — Auto/Mate Dealership Systems announced that its CFO Carole Plant has been honored as a "CFO of the Year" by the Albany Business Review. Plant is one of 10 CFOs in the New York capital region to receive the award.
Every year the Albany Business Review recognizes the top CFOs for their accomplishments and to celebrate the vital role they play in their organizations. According to the publication, the best CFOs are not merely executives who balance the books, but strategic thinkers who identify growth opportunities and find ways to go after them.
"It's nice to be recognized not just for the financial responsibilities that come with the role of CFO, but the leadership responsibilities as well. I love being in a position to lead, coach and mentor our team," Plant said. "This award is an honor but I need to credit our team here at Auto/Mate as well. I believe the more we can remove obstacles and help our employees become the best they can be, not only do our employees benefit but our customers do as well; ultimately leading to the increased growth and profitability of Auto/Mate."
In her role as CFO, Plant has been responsible for the direction of the company’s financial planning and budget management, as well as the financial and operational performance of the company. She has also been a guiding force behind Auto/Mate’s cost savings plans and revenue generating opportunities.
"Carole epitomizes what a great CFO can be; she genuinely cares about her employees and is always looking for teaching moments," said Mike Esposito, president and CEO of Auto/Mate. "Additionally, she is very ethical and a great negotiator. Carole is driven by doing the right thing, even when it may negatively affect the bottom line of the company. A core value that is not usually in the average CFO’s job description.”
CFO of the Year award recipients will be celebrated at a luncheon at the Hilton Garden Inn Troy on October 15th. A special supplement profiling honorees will appear in the October 16th edition of the Albany Business Review.