The Cincinnati Business Courier honors Tom Heintz, chief financial officer at Aurora Casket Company, as their CFO of the Year in the large business category.
Heintz joined Aurora Casket in 1993 and was promoted to CFO in 1998. Heintz was an “integral player” in working with Kohlberg & Co., the private equity firm that acquired Aurora Casket Company earlier this year, according to Aurora president Michael Quinn.
“Heintz works closely with our leadership team to ensure that the best interests of Aurora customers and employees as well as the legacy of commitment by Aurora Casket Company will be continued and protected as we move forward. Tom continues to show refreshing insight, excellent leadership and a true passion for what he does,” says Quinn. “His hard work to continually improve the company is an advantage for our customers, our employees, and the business. It is a key reason for the success of Aurora, and we look ahead with great promise,” said Quinn.
Heintz has successfully managed the finances behind several company acquisitions that include Edgecomb Casket and Capital City Casket, Rob-Win Press, Clarksburg Casket Company, Delta Casket Company, and Alliance-St. Laurent Casket Company, along with several manufacturing plant expansions, continued process improvements and advancements in human resource and technology solutions.
Heintz is a 1985 graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration. He began his professional career in the audit practice of Cincinnati’s Arthur Andersen & Co. Tom quickly built a reputation for excellence within the firm and with his clients. He was awarded his Certified Public Accountant license in 1987 and earned the titles of audit manager in 1990 and senior audit manager in 1993. It was through this channel where Tom was first introduced to Aurora as one of his many clients. During his service to Aurora, both the CFO and Board of Directors recognized the talent and potential in Tom, recruiting him to the position of controller in 1993 with the long-term objective of Heintz being the successor to the CFO. During the next five years, Heintz was instrumental in modernizing Aurora’s accounting systems, creating the bill of material and inventory costing functions in addition to immersing himself in all facets of the business. After proving his leadership abilities and knowledge of the company’s operations, Heintz was promoted to CFO in 1998.
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