2014 CFO Awards: Lori Felando, St. Supery Estate Vineyards and Winery

Chief financial officer8440 St. Helena Hwy., Rutherford 94573; 707-963-4507; stsupery.com

Employees: 100

Professional background: Certified public accountant

Education: B.A., economics, University of California, Los Angeles; MBA, Thunderbird School of Global Management

Age: 50

I am a certified public accountant with eight years of public-accounting experience. In my 13 years of wine industry experience, I served as the controller for Domaine Carneros and St. Francis Winery as well as direct-to-consumer finance manager for Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines.

[caption id="attachment_96398" align="alignleft" width="259"] Lori Felando[/caption]

I also currently serve as the chair of Women for Wine Sense's Financial Roundtable and on the planning committee for the California Society of Certified Public Accountants (CalCPA) Wine Industry Conference.

What do you see as the essential role of a financial leader in the current environment?: A financial leader's role should not be limited to providing financial information to a company's CEO and board. It's critical that a chief financial officer ensures the financial information being provided is accurate in order to meet the company's strategic goals and objectives.

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