Kent State University’s College of Business Administration Alumnus Receives Crain’s Award

Nov. 4, 2015 - PRLog -- Crain’s Cleveland Business, in partnership with KPMG, announced Northeast Ohio’s top fiscal officers for outstanding financial leadership, asset management and strategic vision. Kent State University’s College of Business Administration alumnus, Kevin Herendeen, was one of 25 recipients honored in the 2015 Chief Financial Officer of the Year class.

Herendeen graduated from Kent State University in 1986 with a Bachelor’s of Business in Accounting, earned his CPA in 1988 and began working for public accounting firms. From 1995 to 2008, Kevin was vice president & controller, chief financial officer and chief operating officer at Harris InfoSource where he was responsible for four acquisitions. He was chief financial officer for Life Settlement Insights LLC in Solon, Ohio, until it was sold in 2009. Herendeen then joined Fathom’s team in 2010 as chief financial officer. He also serves as a board advisor for Cole Information in Omaha, Nebraska.

“I am delighted that an alumnus has been recognized with such a prestigious award,” said Deborah F. Spake, dean of the College of Business Administration. “Kevin continues to excel in the business world and achieving great things. The College’s Accounting Department prides itself on providing an excellent education and the competitive edge students need to succeed after graduation, and Kevin is proving just that.”

Crain’s Chief Financial Officer Award recipients are selected by their contributions to their organization, effective reporting and community involvement, commitment to good ethics and the magnitude of assistance toward company growth. Nominations are judged by an independent panel of financial professionals.

Award recipients were announced at the Global Center for Health Innovation in Cleveland in October, where attendees had the opportunity to network with Northeast Ohio’s finance professionals.

For a full list of award recipients, visit

For more information about the College of Business Administration’s Accounting program, visit


Kent State University’s College of Business Administration is one of only 180 colleges or schools of business worldwide to achieve dual accreditation in both business and accounting from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, the global accrediting body providing specialized accreditation at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. The College of Business Administration is home to 4,372 students. The college boasts a satellite office of Kent State University’s Career Services Center dedicated to business students, and operates the Global Management Center, the Center for Information Systems and the Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation all propelling scholarly research, establishing innovative industry partnerships and providing outreach to Northeast Ohio and beyond.

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POSTED: Wednesday, November 04, 2015 12:00 AM
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