Thompson Coburn Chief Financial Officer Mary Ann Hallemann has been selected as a 2016 CFO of the Year honoree by the St. Louis Business Journal.
Mary Ann is one of three honorees in the category of corporations with less than $200 million in revenue. She is the first law firm CFO to be honored in the last five years of the awards. Altogether, 13 chief financial officers from a wide variety of industries, including technology, health care, nonprofits, financial services, retail and others, will be honored May 19 at the CFO of the Year banquet at the Coronado.
“Mary Ann’s three decades of service to Thompson Coburn have made us stronger, expanded our reach from coast to coast, and provided a solid financial footing so that we can offer our clients the very best possible service,” said Chairman Tom Minogue. “This honor speaks to her pragmatism, her outstanding leadership, and her dedication to the past, present and future of Thompson Coburn.”
Said Thompson Coburn Chief Operating Officer Steve Blackwell, “No matter organizational size or industry, every COO looks for certain traits in a CFO: accuracy, reliability and integrity. Mary Ann has all of these qualities, certainly, and she also has a clear understanding of the business of law and what we as a law firm need to do to meet and exceed the legal needs of our clients.”
Mary Ann has served as Thompson Coburn’s Chief Financial Officer since joining the firm in 1980. Over that time, Thompson Coburn has grown from a 50-attorney firm with annual revenue of less than $10 million to a nearly $200 million firm with 380 attorneys — and 750 total employees — dedicated to serving clients across the country.
Mary Ann directs a business office team of highly experienced CPAs and degreed accountants who manage all of the firm’s accounting functions, including budgeting, financial reporting, accounting, taxes, payroll, billing, and risk management. She is also part of the business team that helps transition lateral attorneys, facilitating all back-end business processes and specific client billing needs so attorneys can continue to serve their clients without interruption.
Mary Ann has led the firm through seven successful mergers and expansions into new markets in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. Before, during, and after these expansions, Mary Ann’s team handles the integration of people, processes, and various administrative systems.
She earned a B.S. in Accounting from Wheeling Jesuit University.
Large Corporations (over $200 million in annual revenue)
Dave Bell, Schnuck Markets
Randall Harwood, Graybar
Vojin Todorovic, Build-A-Bear Workshop
Keene Turner, Enterprise Financial Services Corp.
Small Corporations (under $200 million in annual revenue)
Jennifer Harres, First National Bank of Waterloo
Jeff Sanders, Gateway Media
Mary Ann Hallemann, Thompson Coburn
Matthew Harbaugh, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals
Julie Davidson, UnitedHealthcare
Paul Ogier, Lutheran Senior Services (Finalist in 2012)
Chad Cattoor, Concordia Seminary
Allan Meyers, SouthSide Early Childhood Center
Aundrea Young, Grace Hill Settlement House