Cindy Milrany Honored as CFO of the Year

Freese and Nichols’ Cindy Milrany, CPA, has been honored as CFO of the Year by The Environmental Financial Consulting Group (EFCG), an adviser to Architecture, Engineering and Construction (A/E/C) firms.

As our Chief Financial Officer and Chief Strategy Officer, Cindy has been instrumental in our continuous improvement journey and our focus on strategic planning as a tool for achieving success. She led the team that coordinated and executed our headquarters move to downtown Fort Worth, an achievement accomplished this spring despite the challenges of the global pandemic over the past year.

EFCG announced the recognition at its annual CFO Conference, held virtually April 14-16. The conference brings together about 150 financial leaders from AEC firms across the globe to discuss data trends, challenges and projections for the industry.

As part of our strategic planning process, Freese and Nichols’ leadership team looks to EFCG for data-driven expertise and benchmarking information that helps us measure our performance against peer firms.

In a release, EFCG Managing Partner Julie Hasiba said: “We are recognizing Cindy Milrany for her tremendous contributions to Freese and Nichols as the firm’s first and only CFO, continuing to effectively elevate how Freese and Nichols operates and delivers solutions to its infrastructure clients across the U.S.”

Cindy joined Freese and Nichols in 1984 and was named our first CFO in 1994. In her role, she oversees the company’s financial activities and customer-focused systems and manages all corporate functions except human resources. She has continued to champion the continuous improvement approach that helped Freese and Nichols become the first engineering firm to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. She now helps cities and school districts pursue performance excellence in their own organizations.

She also models our dedication to community service through her own extensive involvement, which includes serving on the boards of the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth, The Women’s Center of Tarrant County and First Command Bank.

Cindy graduated from Texas Christian University with a bachelor’s in business administration.