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Think Like a CEO - CFO Succession Planning by the South Florida CFOLC
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Think Like a CEO - CFO Succession Planning by the South Florida CFOLC

Think Like a CEO - CFO Succession Planning Tuesday, September 10, 2019 7:15 AM - 7:45 AM Coffee and Networking | 7:45 AM - 8:00 AM Breakfast Buffet | 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM Presentation

When: September 10, 2019
7:15 AM - 9:15 AM
Where: The Tower Club
100 SE Third Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, Florida  33394
United States
Contact: Jennifer Langley
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Program Description:

Words like nimble, adaptable, and insatiably curious are just some of the attributes that have been associated with what it takes to make it as a successful CEO.

You on the other hand, have made it to the highest level in finance because of your stability and dependability to keep your team within the bounds and following the rules.

To be a successful CEO, according to the experts, you need to go from rule follower to rule maker (and sometimes breaker!) – how do you make this metamorphosis from CFO to CEO– do you have what it takes?

Find out what measures it takes to go from the finance function to ultimately landing in the role as CEO.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn specific actions the CFO can take today to help secure a CEO role in the future
  • Understand the personal attributes and skills needed to become an effective CEO
  • Learn the differentiators of successful CFO’s and successful CEO’s and understand the importance of making the necessary changes 



Laurie Sallarulo, President & CEO, Junior Achievement of South Florida

Laurie Sallarulo has a reputation as a strong managerial, development and financial executive with a deep passion and commitment to improving the lives of children and families.  She is a well-known and respected leader in the community who has worked very closely with non-profit leaders, business executives and elected officials in Broward for the past twenty-three years. Laurie possesses an excellent understanding of the culture and landscape of the Broward community and enjoys very strong alliances across the sectors. She is highly regarded as someone that creates positive change in our community.  

With an extensive background in corporate and non-profit management, strategic and financial planning, fundraising, organizational development and program operations, Laurie is recognized as a dynamic leader that strategically moves organizations and community issues to higher levels of sustainability, awareness and recognition. 

Laurie's corporate experience, which includes banking, includes managing up to a 200 person accounting department and working with account teams to negotiate and manage multi-million dollar contracts. Most recently Laurie managed PNC's southeast region of Florida community relations and Foundation operation working closely with the team to maximize returns from community partnerships.

Laurie's personal experience led her to the non-profit sector where she applied her corporate business skills.  Because of her strong relationships with donors, corporate, governmental and non-profit leaders, strategic approach to building initiatives and ability to bring people together, Laurie was recruited to join Junior Achievement of South Florida as President & CEO, during a time when the organization was experiencing hardship and change. In her short time with JA, Laurie has brought the organization to a positive and secure financial position and created strong relevance around the work of the organization in workforce preparation and entrepreneurship.  

At JA and in previous positions at LBF, 2-1-1 Broward and Habitat for Humanity, Laurie brings creative solutions to providing critical services to the citizens of the community. She possesses very strong relationships which allow her to strengthen current collaborations and to bring new partnerships to the organizations she serves.   She is masterful at helping organizations to evolve and grow so they may remain relevant and strong. In addition, Laurie understands the importance of continuously creating new revenue streams to keep organizations stable.  

Laurie's unique combination of experience also includes her role as a funder in the community.  She served two four-year terms as a Governor-appointed member of the Children's Services Council of Broward, where she served as Treasurer and worked to identify the goals of the council and determine allocation of $60 million.  She currently serves as Commissioner-appointee to the Broward County Children's Services Board, making funding recommendations to the County Commission on $16 million in funding for children's services. She is also the Governor-appointed Chair of the Early Learning Coalition of Broward County and Early Learning Advisory Council of Florida, which oversees funding of $90 million dollars for early childcare services.  


Randy Kominsky, CFO/General Counsel

Mr. Kominsky has over 25 years of experience working with companies and creditors in Chapter 11, out-of-court restructurings, turnarounds, and crisis management. Since June 1996, he has been President of Alliance For Financial Growth and has served in the capacity of CEO, CFO, board member, and advisor to growth and troubled companies, focusing on increasing cash flows and profitability and advising on mergers and acquisitions.

From May 1993 to June 1996, Mr. Kominsky was with Coopers & Lybrand (predecessor to PriceWaterhouseCoopers), where he served as the National Partner in Charge of the Bankruptcy Consulting Practice, and was the Senior Partner responsible for Chapter 11 restructurings and for developing operational, financial, and turnaround plans, financial models, and due diligence for the sale of assets or infusion of new capital. From March 1980 to May 1993, he served as the Assistant General Counsel of Ryder System, focused on maximizing the recovery for all parties in many workouts and Chapter 11 cases.

Mr. Kominsky received his Juris Doctor from Temple University Beasley School of Law and his Bachelor of Business Administration from Temple University.


Melissa Doval, CEO and former CFO, Kairos

Melissa Doval is the CEO and former CFO of Kairos, which provides state-of-the-art, ethical, face-recognition technology to developers and businesses worldwide. With nearly 20 years’ experience as a highly successful leader with expertise in finance, accounting, human resources, business strategy, and technology, she uses her passion for entrepreneurship and technology to build and develop companies from the ground up. After beginning her career in 1998 as a CPA with Kaufman, Rossin & Co., Ms. Doval worked for top companies such as World Fuel Services (NYSE), Live Nation (NYSE), and MTN Satellite Communications, before taking the role of CFO for The Recon Group, Inc. Born to Cuban immigrants and raised in Miami, she has strong ties to the community through charitable organizations and her other work with minority and women-led businesses. Ms. Doval earned her M.S. in accounting from Nova Southeastern University, as well as a B.S. in accounting from Florida International University.


Matt Baer, CPA (Inactive), Managing Director, The Siegfried Group, LLP

Matt has spent nearly 20 years developing mutually-beneficial partnerships with financial leaders and Fortune 1000 companies from the West Coast to the East Coast and everywhere in between.

As a Managing Director at Siegfried, he has worked with hundreds of financial executives across multiple industries, providing them with a unique combination of talent delivery and leadership advisory services designed to guide them towards greater professional and personal freedoms. Since joining Siegfried in 2001, he has been instrumental in the success, as well as the strategic establishment and growth, of several of the Firm’s Markets throughout the United States.

After graduating from Pennsylvania State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting, Matt spent several years in Arthur Andersen’s audit practice. He currently resides in South Florida with his wife and three children, who do their best to inhibit his golf game. 


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CFO Leadership Council members may attend this program for free. 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 at a one-time cost of $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 Jennifer Langley, Southeast Regional Director, at


Cancellation Policy

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


CPE Information

 Instructional method: Group-Live
 Recommended CPE Credits: 1.5 CPE credits in Personal Development
 Experience Level: Advanced
 Prerequisites/advance preparation: None

The CFO Leadership Council is registered with the National Association of State Boards-of-Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors (Sponsor ID 109063). State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN, 37219-2417. Website:


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