National Funding, one of the largest private lenders of small business loans, today announced that Bob Sweeney was named San Diego Business Journal’s 2016 CFO of the Year in the Medium Privately-Held Company category. The award recognizes San Diego Chief Financial Officers for the roles they play in the success of their businesses and their positive impact on the company. The CFOs are key professionals who exemplify hard work, dedication, ethics and the ability to inspire others to work together to find solutions to business challenges.
“We are thrilled that Bob was awarded this prestigious honor within the San Diego community,” said Dave Gilbert, chief executive officer, National Funding. “The award is well deserved. His experience and direction led the company to a 172% revenue growth surge over the past three years. Bob was instrumental in putting together two major financing facilities totaling $150 million, which gave us the capital to allow us to grow so fast.”
As National Funding’s CFO, Sweeney is responsible for all accounting and financial matters of the company. Reporting directly to CEO Dave Gilbert, Sweeney oversees the capital structure of National Funding, determining the best mix of debt, equity and internal financing. As a member of the executive team, he plays a key role in the company’s economic forecasting in order to ensure National Funding’s solid financial foundation.
“I’m honored to receive this award from the San Diego Business Journal,” said Sweeney. “Since joining National Funding in 2013, I’ve watched the company grow in all areas and am thankful for such a dedicated, talented executive team.”
Sweeney has nearly 30 years of financial management experience. He has served as both CFO and controller executive team leader, as well as in global analyst positions for large and small companies, both public and private. Some of the companies he has held financial positions with are Citicorp Equipment Finance, Sequa Capital Corp., Rockford Industries/ American Express Business Finance to name a few. Sweeney received his B.B.A. in Accounting and M.B.A. in Management Information Systems from Iona College in New Rochelle, New York.