For Harry, his CFMA life started in 1988. Harry was working as a cost analyst for the Sacramento based general contractor Continental Heller Corporation, an ENR largest 150 construction contractor. Dave Suter, CFO, and Jack Kasper, Controller, took Harry to his first Sacramento CFMA Chapter dinner meeting and he joined the Chapter shortly thereafter. Harry went back into public accounting, and in the early 1990’s, Earl Construction became one of his clients. At that time, Burt Peterson was the CFO and the in-coming Sacramento Chapter President. At Burt’s prodding, Harry joined the Chapter board where he remains today as an at-large associate member. His initial assignment was the community involvement committee, and his first activity was a prevailing wage seminar (something he knew nothing about). In the subsequent year, the chair of the program committee became available and he took on that roll where he remains today. In deference to the chapter by-laws rotation rules, he is in the process of stepping down from the chair position.
In 1996, he was involved with implementing the Chapter’s first “Christmas in April” home renovation project. This is a community wide program wherein various groups and sponsors combine to renovate the personal residence of, generally, low income homeowners. The Chapter was assigned one home to renovate over the last weekend in April and approximately 50 Chapter members participated. The event was very successful and assisted the Chapter in receiving a Chapter Showcase award at the CFMA National conference. In addition, Harry authored an article on the event that was published in Building Profits magazine. Over the years, other Chapter activities include assisting on the day of the annual Chapter golf tournaments, and his employers, first Gordon, Odom and Davis, Inc and then Moss Adams LLP have contributed various sponsorships.
In the community, Harry has been involved as a volunteer youth baseball coach and in swim activities with his children’s teams. For approximately 10 years, he served on the board of directors of a not-for-profit community based organization that provided health care related services to indigent street people suffering from substance abuse, runaways, or prostitution.
Harry was born and raised in Santa Rosa,California, attended and played baseball at Santa Rosa Junior College, and graduated from Chico State University. He started his career with Arthur Young & Company, now a part of Ernst & Young, in San Francisco in 1972 and moved with his family to Carmichael, California in 1985. Through his friendship with Dave Suter and Jack Kasper, Harry was introduced to the partners at Gordon, Odom and Davis beginning a 23 year relationship. Harry and his wife Jenny have been married 30 years and have raised two beautiful children.