Ron Riebe Named Financial Executive of the Year

Ron Riebe, vice president of KeyBank, has been award the 2006 Financial Executive of the Year Award from the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) and Robert Half International (RHI).

“The Financial Executive of the Year Award recognizes best-in-class management accounting and finance professionals,” IMA President and chief executive officer (CEO) Paul Sharman said in a statement announcing this year’s winner. “As a national winner, Mr. Riebe is a perfect example of how a professional can provide value to an organization and the management accounting profession at large.”

Riebe, who joined KeyBank in 2002, is recognized for his role in contributing to the operational efficiency and profitability of the organization, including the development of automated financial models for various districts served by the company. KeyBank is the 13th largest bank in the U.S. It is owned by Cleveland-based KeyCorp, one of the nation’s largest bank-based financial services companies having assets of approximately $95 billion. Riebe was nominated by the Ohio IMA council and was selected as the national winner from a group of 23 regional winners. He will be honored during a ceremony and a $2,500 scholarship will be donated to the school of his choice.

Riebe has known what he wanted to accomplish from the beginning of his career as a financial professional and he has succeeded in achieving it. His ability to weave together a potent combination of technical and interpersonal skills reveals his critical eye for fiscal detail and effective management style. He also has a keen eye for identifying and mentoring talent. He has risen steadily through the ranks at KeyBank to become vice president of pricing, forecasting and analysis for consumer credit and deposit. The central focus of his department is managing deposit pricing profitability for $30 billion in deposits, $7 billion in forecasting revenue and $11 billion in credit.

In addition, Riebe has a part-time faculty teaching position and is an MBA mentor at Kent State University, where he received his own MBA. He has personally designed Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Certified Financial Manager (CFM) review courses for the Akron Chapter of the IMA, as well as developing a three-part Microsoft Excel course for business professionals and students.

“As a sponsor of the award, we are proud to honor the accomplishments of financial executives throughout the country,” said Paul Gentzkow, president and chief operating officer (COO) of Robert Half International. “We congratulate Ron Riebe and all of the 2006 nominees and award winners on this distinction.”

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