Being in charge of financial management for an organization enjoying 126 percent growth over seven years (and a $55+ million operating budget) would be challenging. But Anne Porter, CPA, vice president and chief financial officer for YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties, proves more than capable of the tasks.

Indeed, a nomination for 2017 South Sound Financial Executive of the Year reads, “Her leadership is a foundational component to the success of this YMCA, and exemplifies the definition of a CFO.”

“I enjoy helping others understand the fundamentals of accounting,” Porter explains in answer to a question from the recognition judging panel. “I like to bring the correlation between finances and strategic planning and decision-making. (I enjoy) getting others excited about how financial results relate to the operations and mission of the Y.”

Her current position with the large non-profit organization followed an earlier career in public accounting with the Tacoma office of a large CPA firm. Porter still recalls Harry Pritchard, then managing partner of the firm, for really putting the “fun” in accounting.

The past 18 months have been particularly challenging for any large employer having to deal with changing local and state minimum wage law changes, L&I rule-making regarding mandatory paid sick leave and a number of other influences on payroll plans. “This last minute maneuvering just reminds me to be flexible and not get caught up with all the small details,” Porter adds.

You can meet Anne Porter and the other 13 finalists for South Sound Financial Executives of the Year on Wednesday, April 26, for a luncheon beginning at 11:30 a.m. in Historic 1625 Tacoma Place. Tickets are available here.