Denver, CO – May 27, 2010 — Kevin Mann, Vice President of Finance and Administration at the Denver Rescue Mission is the Denver Business Journal’s CFO of the Year. His work over the course of 18 years has helped the Mission grow from a $2 million shoestring budget in the mid-1990s to about $23 million in 2010 with plenty of liquidity.
This is the third year the Business Journal is recognizing outstanding CFO’s in Denver. Mann received the honor at the annual CFO Awards Luncheon held on May 20th at the Marriott City Center in downtown Denver. Six individuals were honored this year in the categories of public companies; small, medium and large private companies; and large and small nonprofits. Mann was honored in the small nonprofit category and named overall CFO of 2010.
“This is not my accomplishment. I feel awkward talking about why I might have won this. I don’t think of myself as a great CFO. Instead I think of myself as a good coach. Absolutely the key to our mission has been built on the labors of people a lot smarter than me,” Mann said.
When Mann first came to the Mission he wore hats of controller, head of human resources, facility manager, and information technology manager. He started to implement the culture of financially stability and professionalism beyond the size of the Mission.
“It’s important we’re not just depending on the generosity of others,” he said. “Certainly, we’re not immune to difficult times. But we’re at a point where we’ve graduated from living hand-to-mouth.”
Other accomplishments include creating a budgeting process now adapted by other rescue missions and nonprofits. He also spearheaded the Changing Lives Capital Campaign, which raised $11 million and enabled the Mission to acquire an old hotel which is now The Crossing, a transitional housing and rehabilitation facility.
“The organization is now able to offer a different level of service to people in a way we were never able to do before,” Mann said.
President and CEO, Brad Meuli said, “The Denver Rescue Mission relies on Kevin’s leadership and knowledge to keep the mission thriving during difficult fundraising years, struggling economic times, and months of national and international disasters which affect local giving.”
ABOUT THE DENVER RESCUE MISSION
Since 1892, the Denver Rescue Mission has been meeting the needs of the poor and homeless through emergency services, rehabilitation, transitional and permanent housing, and community outreach. For more information visit, www.DenverRescueMission.org.