Holly Woodmansee is someone who greatly appreciates the opportunity to see student success. That excitement has sustained her through more than 45 years in financial management, all of it in higher education roles.

This finalist for South Sound 2017 Financial Executive of the Year is vice president of administrative services at Bates Technical College, one of 34 schools in the state that provide technical training and opportunities to students, in the case from Pierce, South King and east Kitsap Counties – some 7,500 each year.

“The ability to see individuals realize their potential, and observe them achieve their personal and career goals,” Woodmansee says, “(that) is why I have continued in this profession.”

Al Griswold, executive VP at Bates, nominated his associate for this recognition. “She is integrity filled, reliable, team focused and dedicated to building something special at Bates.”

“My advice is to listen, learn to compromise and be compassionate,” shares Woodmansee in describing what she would tell others, based on her own experience. 

That same guidance has helped in her challenging role as management representative for labor negotiations. She presents financial information in a non-technical format along with future years’ forecasts. “I learned, once the unions understood the financial picture, they were more willing to discuss compromise.”

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