December 13, 2017 – Executive search firm Gans, Gans & Associates has been retained by the Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority (LMHA) in Toledo, OH, to lead its search for a new chief financial officer. Executive recruiter Ernest Barefield is heading the assignment.
At LMHA, the CFO role essentially directs all financial and accounting operations and internal and external audits. The CFO will assist in advancing LMHA’s mission by leading in the development and implementation of the agency’s goals, policies and strategic initiatives and tactical matters, said Gans, Gans & Associates. The CFO is responsible for ensuring compliance with all applicable federal financial regulations and effective internal controls over compliance with major federal programs.
The Right Fit
The incoming leader must demonstrate knowledge of policies, procedures, goals, objectives, operational entities, requirements and activities as they apply to the assigned organizational entity of the authority, said the search firm. The executive must have at least seven years of experience in governmental financial management, with a minimum of three years in a managerial director capacity. Candidates must have knowledge of public housing, Section 8/housing choice voucher program, compliance with government auditing standards, low income housing tax credits, bond financing, capital fund and mixed-finance development public housing, RAD and other affordable housing programs.
The Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority has provided housing opportunities to Lucas, Fulton, Wood and Monroe county residents for over 80 years. It was established in 1933 as one of the first public housing authorities to be chartered, and is among the 50 largest PHA’s in the U.S. LMHA owns and manages more than 2,700 public housing units and administers 4,663 federal housing choice rental assistance vouchers.
A Particular Specialty
Gans, Gans & Associates, based in Plant City, FL, is an executive search, human resources, and information technology consulting firm. It was founded in Chicago in 1986. Its consulting team addresses a broad spectrum of clients’ human resources, information technology, and management needs. Clients include companies in the public and private sector, Fortune 500 corporations, large public sector state and local governments, and public housing authorities. Simone Gans Barefield is the firm’s president and CEO.
Gans, Gans is currently heading search assignments for new leaders for a number of other housing authorities. They include: Boulder Housing Partners, Orlando Housing Authority, New Orleans Housing Authority, Montgomery Housing Authority, Spartanburg Housing Authority, Lynchburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority and Howard County Housing Commission.
Economic and community development organizations continue to turn to executive search firms to find new leaders. Here’s a look at a few recent searches across the sector from the Hunt Scanlon Media newswire archives:
Following an extensive national search, Bialla Partners has placed Tallia Hart as president and chief executive officer of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. Partner Jeff Hodge led the assignment. Ms. Hart is the first woman, minority, and youngest to lead the 167-year old organization.
Brent Cooper, an entrepreneur, small business owner and longtime leader in the regional business community, has been named president and CEO of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. The organization enlisted Cincinnati-based executive recruitment firm Centennial Inc. to conduct the search.
Raffa Nonprofit Search recruited Leila Finucane as CEO of Victory Housing to lead its search for a new president and CEO. Peggy Sand, Raffa senior search and sustainability consultant, led the assignment. The organization serves as the private, non-profit housing affiliate of the Archdiocese of Washington (ADW), specializing in the development and operation of affordable housing.
Waverly Partners placed Scott Martin as the president and CEO of the Norman Chamber of Commerce in Oklahoma. Debbie Galbraith, managing director and principal at Waverly Partners, led the assignment. Mr. Martin has served on the Oklahoma House of Representatives since 2006.
TalentRISE placed Scott Ammarell as CEO of Chicago House. The search was conducted by Carl Kutsmode, partner, and Jennifer Chapman, director of executive search. Chicago House serves individuals and families who are disenfranchised by HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ marginalization, poverty, homelessness, and/or gender nonconformity by providing housing, employment services, medical linkage and retention services, HIV prevention services…
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Will Schatz, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media