Knutson Development CFO appears to be like at greater than the numbers

Jennifer Inexperienced, the brand new chief monetary officer at Knutson Development, helps to streamline enterprise operations to help progress of the century-old, household owned firm based mostly in St. Louis Park.

Inexperienced is utilizing her twenty years of accounting and finance expertise within the building business to assist form Knutson’s technique and to develop using expertise to enhance the enterprise.

“Knutson’s values of integrity, possession and innovation are actually vital to me, and so they’re issues that I convey to the desk,” Inexperienced stated. “My integrity is basically vital to me, possession of no matter I am engaged on and the innovation piece, taking a look at how we will do issues higher. I take into account myself a lifelong learner, somebody who’s actually targeted on steady enchancment and that basically aligns with the corporate.”

Additionally vital to her, Inexperienced stated, is Knutson’s dedication to a various workforce, variety amongst subcontractors and suppliers and its creation of a Ladies’s Worker Useful resource Group to help ladies working within the male-dominated building business.

Inexperienced started her profession in public accounting, which she pursued due to her curiosity in math and enterprise.

After working with building corporations as shoppers, Inexperienced moved into the business when she joined Illinois-based Pepper Development in 1999. She labored in data technique and expertise providers there earlier than serving as chief monetary officer. Inexperienced additionally has been CFO at building corporations in Texas and Kentucky.

An Arkansas native, Inexperienced has an accounting diploma from Arkansas State College and an MBA from Northern Illinois College.

Along with its St. Louis Park headquarters, Knutson Development has places of work in Rochester, Mankato, together with Iowa Metropolis and Cedar Rapids in Iowa. The corporate has 350 workers.

Q: How do you view your position as CFO?

A: I’ve at all times been thinking about being greater than the accountant and to be concerned within the enterprise and the technique aspect. It actually brings collectively the enterprise. Despite the fact that we construct buildings, we’re actually within the folks enterprise. It’s extremely fulfilling to work with folks, to develop and mentor folks and also you’re ready to do this if you perceive the enterprise as an entire and work throughout the enterprise.

Q: Why is Knutson Development a good selection as a common contractor?

A: Knutson lives their values. I’ve skilled it from the time of my interview by my onboarding course of and a few months right here. It simply flows by all the pieces they do, not just for an worker however for a consumer. The tagline or saying of “fulfilling the goals of each worker, consumer and companion” actually is a spotlight of everybody right here at Knutson.

Q: Why have you ever targeted your profession within the building business?

A: Once I was in public accounting, I had my first expertise of working with building shoppers. Then I noticed firsthand in my first place with Pepper Development as a venture accountant how vital it was to know the totally different sides of constructing a venture from the design staff, to the proprietor’s staff, to the final contractor, to the subcontractors. It simply was loads concerning the folks and the folks, I noticed, helped to make all the pieces occur. Sure, there is a technical talent aspect to it. However a number of it was about folks. That is actually been a part of my ardour and a part of why I just like the enterprise as an entire and why I like utilizing expertise to assist with that as a result of that is the way it all comes collectively.

Todd Nelson is a contract author in Lake Elmo. His e-mail is todd_nelson@mac.com.

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