Finance Monthly CFO Awards Winners Edition

Finance Monthly CFO Awards 2020 65 CFO of Diné Development Corporation DAWN BUZZELL ABOUT DAWN BUZZELL Dawn Buzzell has served as DDC Chief Financial Officer for more than five years. After joining the organization as Senior Director of Accounting in 2014, she was named Chief Financial Officer in 2015. Since that time, she has steered business and financial growth across the organization. Ms. Buzzell was instrumental in developing and perfecting the corporation-wide shared services model, which serves as the focal point of DDC in support of six subsidiary companies. Ms. Buzzell drove DDC’s corporate reorganization, which led to increased profitability, streamlined policies and processes, organizational efficiencies, and improved internal controls. She led the implementation of an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, managed the finance structuring and integration of two acquisitions, and developed centralized processes for the organization. Ms. Buzzell was recognized by the DDC Board of Directors and auditors for leading a seamless integration of the ERP system, while increasing financial granularity and reporting functions. As a DDC Executive, she has provided oversight for the DDC Finance and Accounting, Contracts, Purchasing, Information Technology, Human Resources, and Quality departments. Ms. Buzzell has been integral in providing steadfast leadership through the continual growth of the organization. Under her guidance, DDC has more than doubled in size and expanded both in revenue and customer base worldwide. Ms. Buzzell is an experienced, entrepreneurial Certified Public Accountant and former owner of several business enterprises. She has a history in financial leadership with proven experience in finance, project management, budgeting, cost/benefit analysis, forecasting, acquisitions, and treasury management. Ms. Buzzell has served in senior leadership roles for more than 25 years with various private sector organizations. Her proven leadership skills, combined with financial expertise, have positioned her to support companies in meeting and exceeding their organizational and financial objectives. She is consistently recognized for her unwavering motivation, resourcefulness, and adaptability to meet challenging goals and innovation to develop complex business solutions. Ms. Buzzell earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from James Madison University and is currently a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She is an active member in her community and has served on the boards of several community organizations. DDC at a Glance • Navajo Nation owned • Established in 2004 • 375+ employees • 18 states • 3 countries Sector and Areas of Expertise Information Technology Services: Systems engineering, software development, enterprise operations and sustainment, cybersecurity and information assurance, cloud services, enterprise information management, business intelligence, and business process improvement Environmental Services: Environmental consulting, cultural resources management, natural resources management, environmental compliance, and operations and maintenance facilities management FIRM PROFILE DDC is a tribally owned holding corporation that was established to deliver economic viability for the Navajo Nation. Founded in 2004, DDC dynamically expanded its family of companies with a central focus on providing employment anddevelopment opportunities for the Navajo People. Today, DDC comprises six subsidiaries that deliver professional IT and environmental services worldwide. We partner with federal, state, local, and tribal governments, and commercial firms to deliver sustainable solutions while accomplishing complex mission goals. Leading with quality, ingenuity, and innovation, our companies solve our clients’ most challenging IT and environmental needs. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, our team of industry- leading professionals are dedicated to supporting clients across global office and project locations. DDC prides itself on our unique culture. Our core values are the heart and soul of our organization, as they are reflected in every aspect of our business across work environments and partner and client relationships. Our mission of empowering the Navajo Nation drives our appetite for success. USA Finance Monthly CFO Awards 2020

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