Four CPAs—Mark Bartlett, Scott Green, William Harmon and Warren Haruki—were inducted by the Institute and Ajilon Finance into the AICPA Business & Industry Hall of Fame in recognition of their strategic insight, business expertise and leadership skills.
Bartlett, executive vice-president and chief financial officer of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, executed effective cost-management programs, implemented comprehensive benchmarking, spearheaded strategic acquisitions of for-profit subsidiaries, and introduced extensive financial modeling into all aspects of his company.
Green, the first chief administrative officer of Weil, Gotshal and Manges, is the author of Manager’s Guide to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act: Improving Internal Controls to Prevent Fraud, and Sarbanes—Techniques and Best Practices for Corporate Governance. He also is an adjunct professor of finance and banking at Hofstra University and the 2004 and 2006 winner of the Institute of Internal Auditors Outstanding Contributor Award. His recognition by the AICPA is the result of his internal controls and corporate governance accomplishments.
Harmon, president and chief executive officer of Triana Energy Holdings LLC, made the “2006 M&A Deal of the Year” when he bought and turned his former company, Columbia Energy & Resources, into the second largest oil and gas producer in the eastern United States in the 1990s and then sold it to the Chesapeake Energy Corp. for more than $3 billion.
Haruki is president and chief executive officer of Grove Farm Co., a development company active in increasing the diversity of agriculture on the Hawaii island of Kauai, and has been recognized two years in a row by Hawaii Business Magazine as one of Hawaii’s 10 most influential people.
Presenting the awards were John Morrow, AICPA vice-president for new finance, and Janette Marx, senior vice-president of Ajilon Finance.