Executive Alert: Women leaders celebrated; top CFOs honored

Executive Alert is a weekly report on career moves, awards and recognition and other top news about executives from across the Show-Me State.

Awards and honors

Janice Schuerman, winner of the ATHENA Leadership award
Janice Schuerman received the ATHENA Leadership award at the Columbia Women’s Network’s annual banquet. | Sahar Majid/Missouri Business Alert

ATHENA International, in collaboration with the Columbia Chamber of Commerce Women’s Network, recognized Janice Schuerman and Billie Connally with awards at the annual ATHENA Awards banquet. Schuerman, a retired senior vice president of corporate and member services at MFA, Inc., received the ATHENA Leadership award. Connally, who is assistant vice president at Landmark Bank, was honored with the ATHENA Young Professional Award.

Eleven professionals received the St. Louis Business Journal’s 2015 CFO of the Year Awards. The winners are from a variety of industries including financial services, health and technology. The honorees are: Kathy Barney of Wells Fargo Advisors; Paul Gillstrom of Western Construction Group; Tom Strunk of World Wide Technology; Pamela Boone, of Synergetics USA Inc.; Mark Cammarata of Sunset Transportation Inc.; Jennifer Seitz of EPIC Systems Inc.; Scott Johnson of St. Luke’s Hospital; Catherine Matthes of Veniti Inc.; Carol Faust of Miriam: The Learning Disability Experts; Jeff Lee of Paraquad; and Tamara Sheffield of Forest Park Forever.

Career moves

Jim Heeter, the president and CEO of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, announced he will retire at year’s end. Heeter, 66, has led the chamber since 2010. Under his guidance, the chamber relocated to its current offices in Union Station, launched its “Big 5″ goals for improving Kansas City and announced its Healthy KC initiative, an ambitious plan for improving the well-being of metro area residents.

Michael Shonrock has been named the 22nd president of Lindenwood University. The 57-year-old Shonrock, who comes to Lindenwood from Emporia State University in Kansas, will replace James Evans, who has led the school for the last nine years.

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