July 28, 2009
Dallis Christensen, chief financial officer and chief information officer for Layton Construction Co., Inc., has been recognized as a 2009 CFO of the Year in the "Large Private Companies" category by Utah Business magazine. The publication recognized 16 people in eight categories at a reception, luncheon and program at the Grand America Hotel in June.
"It is a great honor to be recognized for my efforts and accomplishments, particularly by a publication as respected as Utah Business magazine," Christensen says.
Each CFO was chosen because of their "extreme abilities and exceptional performance," according to Tyler Dabo, Utah Business magazine publisher. "The role of CFO has morphed from someone held accountable for reviewing and reporting on a company's past performance to someone who is ready to engage in the future of the company and stand at the forefront with the CEO."
As Layton's CFO/CIO, Christensen holds complete responsibility for all of the financial aspects and information systems of the company and is a member of the executive committee. His duties include financial statements preparation, forecasting and analysis. He is also responsible for strategic planning, budgeting, policies, procedures, investing activities and risk management. Christensen was responsible for the implementation of CMIC (the system Layton uses for "Enterprise Resource Planning" and project management) and the development and implementation of an ownership continuity plan. He continues to be responsible for the ongoing efforts related to these two objectives, both of which he feels are his biggest accomplishments since he began working for Layton. He is also proud of the financial reporting, forecasting and budgeting system that is used by Layton executives to successfully manage the company.
Christensen says that the most rewarding thing about his career is "making a positive difference. For example, taking a process that is inefficient and making it efficient, thereby saving money and making the company more competitive and profitable."
He received both his bachelor's degree in accounting and master's degree in professional accountancy from the University of Utah. He is a Certified Public Accountant and member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants (UACPA).
Christensen has been the CFO/CIO for Layton since 2001 and says his favorite thing about his job and the company are "the people! Everywhere I go within our company, I am constantly impressed by the high quality of the people that work here. It is a pleasure to rub shoulders with the best."
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