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Expectations of the CFO; With Perspective from the CEO by The New Jersey CFO Leadership Council
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Expectations of the CFO; With Perspective from the CEO by The New Jersey CFO Leadership Council

Expectations of the CFO; With Perspective from the CEO hosted by: The New Jersey CFO Leadership Council Wednesday September 25, 2019 7:30AM-9:30 AM

When: September 25, 2019
7:30 AM-9:30 AM
Where: The Offices of KPMG
51 John F Kennedy Parkway
5th Floor
Short Hills, New Jersey  07078
United States
Contact: Gina Reilly
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Program description


More than ever, the relationship between the CFO and the CEO plays an integral part in the effectiveness and success of the business. So how can a CFO meet the ever-changing expectations for driving growth, while mastering the CFO/CEO relationship? Join us for ‘Expectations of the CFO; With Perspective from the CEO’ where our panel of CFOs and CEOs will examine the key functions of this executive duo and how they navigate the fundamental intersections to successfully work interdependently to drive growth and improve culture throughout the organization.


Learning Objectives

• Understanding the key elements of success in the role of CFO from the CEO perspective

• How CFOs develop and maintain a positive and healthy partnership with the CEO

• Managing differences: Handling situations when objectives of each executive are not in alignment

• How and why the role of the CFO has evolved to a strategic and operational leader 

• How to become the most trusted advisor to a CEO


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Non-member senior financial executives who are CFOs, Vice Presidents of Finance, Directors of Finance and Controllers (or the like) are welcome to attend this program for $60.


Please note that service providers or any executives who are not senior financial executives (CFOs, Vice Presidents of Finance, Controllers, Directors of Finance, etc.) will not be admitted attendance to this event. The CFO Leadership Council reserves the right to decline any registration.

More Information

For more information about this program or The CFO Leadership Council, please contact Gina Reilly, Communications Manager, New Jersey Chapter at 

Cancellation Policy

If you would like to cancel your ticket or request a refund, please email Refunds are available up to 24 hours prior to the program.

CPE Information


Instructional method: Group-Live
Recommended CPE Credits:  1.8 CPE credits in Personal Development
Experience Level: Basic
Prerequisites/advance preparation: None


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About Our Speakers



Deborah Fowler- Co-Founder, Managing Partner Green Room Communications and Founder & President at Soft Bones, Inc. – Moderator

Deborah Nettune Fowler's expertise in media stems from more than 10 years of experience in the field as an award-winning television re porter and news anchor in major markets across the country, as well as working in TV production. She produced newscasts and acted as a videographer, field producer, editor, writer and associate producer for ABC and FOX News affiliates in Long Island, NY; Burlington, VT; and Chattanooga, TN. Most recently, she served as a general assignment reporter and associate producer at KDFW, the FOX affiliate in Dallas, TX. Her PR experience started at DWJ Television, where she served as Media Director and headed up a team of eight Media Placement Specialists. In 2003, Mrs. Fowler launched Original Media Concepts, a media relations firm specializing in media strategy and placement. In 2008, she brought her media prowess to Green Room Communications. As Green Room PR’s partner focused on media strategy, Mrs. Fowler brings her expertise to the early stages of PR strategic planning to ensure that key messages are timely and relevant.

Mrs. Fowler is also the President and founder of Soft Bones: The U.S. Hypophosphatasia Foundation, a non-profit organization that raises awareness for the ultra-rare bone disease. 

In addition to organizing the patient community around this orphan disease, she has lobbied on Capitol Hill to raise awareness of rare diseases, and currently works with the National Institutes of Health and the Social Security Administration to support research efforts and to ensure that patients are entitled to government benefits. Mrs. Fowler was elected to the Board of the Lakeland Hills YMCA. Over the past two years, Deborah has been recognized as a Leading Woman Entrepreneur in New Jersey and, in 2014, she was among the top 25 in the state and was recognized by the Boy Scouts of America as Woman of the Year.

James A. Essey, CEO & President, The TemPositions Group of Companies - Speaker 

Jim Essey is president and chief executive officer of the TemPositions Group of Cos., which is celebrating its 57th year in the industry. In addition to office support personnel, the company provides staffing in accounting and finance through its AcctPositions division; information technology; human resources; legal; hospitality; light assembly; education; and health care. Jim has made technology a key differentiator for his firm and has an in house and offshore development team of over 30 people supporting his proprietary software which offers online and mobile ordering, candidate resume screening and job matching, communications through chat bots, electronic time capture and billing and 365/24/7 online reporting. Since joining the firm in 1985, Jim has focused the firm on developing a number of niche businesses, heading each with industry experts. He has also been responsible for the closing of 15 acquisitions. Through his efforts, TemPositions is one of the true full-service staffing companies in the market today, and one of the largest regional staffing firms in the country. It employs approximately 6,500 people each year.

In 2004, Jim was honored by his peers by being elected Chairman of the American Staffing Association (ASA), the industry’s national trade association. Prior, he served as Chair of the National Chapter Leadership Council and served for five years as President of the New York Staffing Association (NYSA) where he was a recipient of the NYSA’s New Yorker Award, for outstanding service to the industry. He now serves as Chairman of the ASA Legal/Legislative Committee. In that role, he has helped shape the industry’s position as relates to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) as well as securing the ability for pass through entities to take advantage of the special 20% deduction available under the new tax law. On behalf of NYSA, Jim worked first with the NY City Council and then the Department of Consumer Affairs on the provisions of the Earned Sick Pay Act as they related to employees of staffing firms.  Jim has been quoted in numerous publications including Forbes, Inc, Success, and others as well as having appeared on CBS, NBC and NY1.  He also speaks widely on legal and tech topics to industry groups.

Jim sits on the boards of the American Staffing Association, the New York Staffing Association, and the American Brain Foundation. He recently completed 20 years on the board of the Metro Chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), where he headed their Community Participation Program. He also works with the DARE program and the DEA Educational Foundation. For “creating opportunities that contribute to the growth and development of young people,” he was presented with the Corporate Leadership Award by New York Youth at Risk. With his wife he has established the James A. and Nina Zakin Essey Fund at the New York Community Trust to assist needy organizations throughout the country.

He holds a BA from Trinity College (Hartford, CT), a General Course degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science and an MBA from Harvard University.

Susan Guerin- CEO & President, World Finer Foods - Speaker

A respected business leader, Guerin is known for her ability to drive change and improve profitability while supporting top line growth. With a depth of international experience, specifically in consumer products, retail and apparel, she has worked with large multinational and small, domestic corporations. 

In 2013, Guerin joined World Finer Foods, with more than 60 food and personal care brands, as Chief Financial Officer, responsible for finance, strategy, IT and supply chain. In 2014, Guerin was appointed President of World Finer Foods and in 2015 became the CEO.  Since taking on this role, Guerin has rationalized and pivoted the portfolio of brands that are more aligned with consumers’ current tastes and needs, while improving cash flow, profitability, technology and services.  

As a Managing Partner of Stratham Hills Partners, Guerin consulted for large and small clients on strategy development and execution, and supported entrepreneurs in launching startup companies and creating successful liquidity events. Previously, as SVP and CFO at Sun Chemical, a $4B company, Guerin led finance, IT, shared services, customer service, and the global packaging solutions business. As President of the Americas Apparel business at Paxar, Guerin led a successful turnaround, leading to undisputed market leadership and eventual takeover by Avery Dennison. Prior to Paxar, Guerin was the CFO of the Vehicle Services Division of Cendant Corporation and CFO of New York & Company. She began her career at Unilever, where she held management roles, both in the U.S. and overseas.

Guerin is a member of the Board and Finance Committee for Smith Foods, serves as President of the Board of Down the Block and has served on the boards of Vyteris Corporation, Paralec Corporation and Dr. Park Avenue. 

She has been recognized for her work at World Finer Foods as a winner of the Brava Award honoring top female CEOs, and a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. She is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board, Food and Beverage Institute Board, President’s Council, and a Class Officer for Cornell University. 

Guerin holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from New York University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University.

Tony Melfi- SVP and CFO, Brother International Corporation – Speaker

Tony Melfi is the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Brother International Corporation.  He leads a team with responsibilities ranging from finance, business intelligence, IT, import and export operations, facilities and compliance.  Tony is responsible for most aspects of the financial and regulatory issues related to Brother International Corporation and its Subsidiaries.  He has experience in structuring international transactions, mergers and acquisitions and operational efficiencies.  As a member of the senior management team, Tony also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Brother International Corporation along with each of its subsidiaries located throughout the Americas.  He is a founding member and Chairman of the Americas Ethics & Governance Committee.  Tony is also a strategic sponsor for initiatives for Brother in the Americas related to operational transformation.

Since joining Brother, Tony has held several positions including Vice President of Tax and Vice President of Finance.  Prior to joining Brother, Tony worked at Deloitte in the mergers and acquisition and international tax specialties. 

Tony received his law degree from Seton Hall School of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Rutgers University.  

He currently resides in Hillsborough, NJ with his wife and two sons.

About Brother International Corporation

Brother International Corporation is one of the premier providers of products for the home, home office and office. Brother’s industrial products, manufactured by its parent company, Brother Industries, Ltd. of Nagoya, Japan, include sewing, embroidery, machine tools and gear motors.

Brother’s products for the home include sewing, embroidery and crafting products.  Brother has long-standing licensing relationships with Disney, Warner Brothers and is a significant sponsor of the TV program - Project Runway.

Bridgewater, New Jersey is the corporate headquarters for Brother in the Americas.  Brother has fully integrated sales, marketing, services and manufacturing capabilities located here in the US.  In addition to its headquarters in New Jersey, Brother has operations in California, Illinois, Colorado and Tennessee as well as subsidiaries throughout the Americas. 


Joe Santagata- CEO, AC South – Speaker


American Carpet South (ACS), is a flooring installation company founded by Joe Santagata and his father Bob, in 1992.  At that time Bob ran the operations of the business, while Joe managed the warehouse and installations.  They grew their business through hard work, dedication and delivering outstanding customer service.  Their reputation grew and ACS became known as the “Say Yes Company”.  This dedication to their customer still drives the values of the business today.  Joe has built a legacy for ACS and continues to drive success though developing and maximizing the talents, strengths and skills of his employees.

American Carpet South has grown to become one of the largest home improvement service providers in the country and remains committed to their core values.  ACS has been recognized with one of the most prestigious awards in the industry known as “The Service Provider of the Year”. Throughout the years ACS has received several other awards and recognition, for example: Outstanding Partner, Living Values, Highest Performer in Voice of the Customer, Giving back to Veterans, Habitat for Humanity and countless others.

ACS partners with several charitable foundations such as: The Home Depot Foundation, Q.C.P. - Queens Center for Progress; serving people with disabilities, K.I.D.S. - enriching disabled children in sports, Veterans Inc. and The Make a Wish Foundation.

Joe currently sits on the board of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) NJ Chapter, as well as the NY Metro chapter.


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