Pete Grignon, chief financial officer for United Way of Pierce County, has been a stabilizing force within this community-leading non-profit organization for more than 30 years, through three executive directors.

An impeccable history of fiscal responsibility as evidenced by clean audits and “additional duty” as staff lead for a major building acquisition and remodel are all part of his record that well qualifies him as a finalist for 2017 South Sound Financial Executive of the Year.

“We purchased the current building … back in 1992,” Grignon recalls, and it was pretty run down. “The project ran into some difficulty and stopped for six months. When it started up again, I became the project manager – and worked for over a year, six days a week, because I knew how great this project could be once completed.”

Today, the downtown Tacoma office structure is full paid-for and also houses other nonprofits at rents well below market rate.

“What I learned from this is that surprises happen in life that can take you down,” Grignon says, “and you have to be flexible and dig deep inside yourself to stay positive and keep moving forward.”

You can meet Pete Grignon 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.