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CFO Selections Honored with Business of the Year Silver Award

Bellevue, WACFO Selections was honored to receive the Business of the Year Silver Award, Midsize/Small Companies, at the fourth annual Community Impact Awards event presented by Seattle Business Magazine.

Former Governor Dan Evans and First Lady Nancy Evans also in attendance and joined by 16 other honorees recognized for their outstanding contributions to the community during a gala October 26 at Seattle’s Museum of History & Industry.

“The depth and breadth of civic engagement by the winners of our Community Impact Awards is truly remarkable,” said Leslie Helm, executive editor of Seattle Business magazine. “Washington state is lucky to have so many corporations and nonprofits committing substantial talent and resources to improving the environment, training our workforce and addressing pressing issues in our community.”

A judges’ panel of experts selected gold and silver award recipients in seven categories. The awards program is supported by presenting sponsor PwC and supporting sponsor Bank of America.

Tom Varga is the Founder of CFO Selections which provides consulting services and executive search in finance and accounting throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Everyone on the team were privileged and humbled to be on the stage at the Community Impact Awards. We were especially appreciative of Seattle Business Magazine, PWC, and Bank of America, whose generous sponsorship allows an opportunity to recognize and celebrate so many great organizations.

Tom Varga expressed how privileged he was to accept the special recognition on behalf of:

  • The CFO Selections Partners
  • The CFO Selections Consulting Teams and Associates
  • And most of all… on behalf of our non-profit investee’s who do the real heavy lifting every—single—day

Organizations like Kindering in Bellevue - who embrace children of diverse abilities by providing therapies to nurture hope, courage and the skills to soar.

Organizations like Bridge Meadows in Portland - who is building place, permanence and purpose for foster youth, adoptive parents, and elders.

Organizations like TeamChild here in Seattle - who fights for effective solutions for troubled youth and rejects exclusion and incarceration.

Given the financial backgrounds of the CFO Selections team, we are always looking for leverage points as a way to multiply the return on investments for our clients.

We view our philanthropy in the same way. We look for opportunities to leverage our TIME our TALENT and our TREASURE to multiply the return.

The combination is both powerful and meaningful. But it’s the effort itself that proves most helpful. The effort and commitment of the people like you.

All of you, who in the vernacular of Howard Schultz at Starbucks, are UP-standers, not bystanders. You may be wondering, what is an “UP-Stander”?

Upstanders are ordinary people, performing extraordinary service in their communities and neighborhoods. They are your colleagues, friends and neighbors who see a need, or an injustice, and stand up to do something about it.

At the Community Impact Awards event, Tom Varga proposed a Challenge.

  • A Challenge that everyone at CFO Selections has accepted.
  • A Challenge that highlights and demonstrates the kind of America, State, Cities and Neighborhoods we choose to build and live in.

That Challenge is to look for ways to teach others what you have learned through your philanthropy. There are still many companies that do not yet know how to proactively become philanthropist’s and make a difference.

  • You are - the TIME and the TALENT
  • You are - the leverage points.
  • You are - the UP-standers

Watch as Tom Varga accepts the award:


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ABOUT SEATTLE BUSINESS: Seattle Business is a monthly magazine read by thousands of business executives across the state. Annual events tied to its editorial coverage include the Executive Excellence Awards, Leaders in Health Care Awards, Washington Manufacturing Awards, 100 Best Companies to Work For, Tech Impact Awards, Community Impact Awards and Family Business Awards. Seattle Business is owned by Minneapolis-based Tiger Oak Publications, which also publishes Seattle magazine, Seattle Bride magazine and more than 20 other leading regional magazines. Read more about the Community Impact Awards 2017 at

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