Alum named CFO of the Year

  Monday, June 22, 2015 2:00 AM

Pittsburg, KS

Alum named CFO of the Year

A Pittsburg State graduate is among the top chief financial officers in the Kansas City area, according to the Kansas City Business Journal. 

Ryan Bevins, a 2003 graduate who double-majored in accounting and finance, was selected by The Journal as one of 10 CFOs of the Year in the KC region. Bevins is in his first year as CFO at Sioux Chief Manufacturing in Peculiar, Mo.

Bevins is one of four CFOs honored in the category of for-profit industries with at least $100 million in annual revenue. He and his fellow honorees were recognized at an awards luncheon on June 5 in Overland Park.

“It’s really pretty crazy to see your name on a list with some elite company,” Bevins, 36, said. “I really don’t think it has set in yet. This is just my first year as a CFO, so to be recognized in this way is quite an honor.”

 Bevins previously served in the controller position at Sioux Chief. Before moving to the KC area, he worked as director of accounting for NPC International in Pittsburg. 

He said his education from Pittsburg State has helped him succeed in his professional career.

“The professors I had in Pitt State’s Kelce College of Business were just phenomenal,” he said. “Dr. Reding and Dr. O’Bryan, in particular, were very helpful to me, but there were also many others who had an impact on my life. They not only prepared me for the classwork, they also got me ready for the business world and helped me set out on my career path.”

The 2015 CFOs of the Year, listed by category: 

For-profit, $100M+ revenue

Ryan Bevins, Sioux Chief Manufacturing Co.

Juli Fisher, Concorde Career Colleges Inc.

Jennifer Lowe, SKC Communications Products LLC

Marc Naughton, Cerner Corp.


For-profit, Less than $100M revenue

Brian Sharbaugh, Premium Nutritional Products Inc.

John Sullivan, National Advisors Trust Co.

Todd Wilmarth, BalancePoint Inc.



Tierney Grasser, Olathe Health System Inc.

Kevin Lockett, Kansas Bioscience Authority

Kathy Surber, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art



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