Alter exec named CFO of the Year
Keith Rhodes, CPA, chief financial officer and vice president
of finance of Alter Trading Corporation, was named 2008
CFO of the Year at the inaugural St. Louis Business Journal
CFO of the Year Awards.
The awards were developed to honor St. Louis-area chief
financial professionals in the St. Louis region for outstanding
performance in their roles as corporate financial stewards.
An independent panel of academic and finance-industry
leaders selected Rhodes as the CFO of the year in the
large private company category. In total, there were
70 nominees, 15 finalists and five category winners.
With new acquisitions always on the radar, Alter has
reached nearly $2 billion in annual revenue and is generating
record profits. Leading the charge is Rhodes, Alter’s
CFO for the past 11 years. Rhodes has successfully led
the senior management team in developing strategic plans
for growth, investing $100 million in capital improvements
over the past four years (not counting acquisitions),
and acquiring nine companies. In addition, he converted
Alter’s information systems to an integrated database
environment, developed an industry-leading payment solution
to better serve suppliers, and pioneered new branding
and marketing initiatives.
Prior to joining Alter in 1997, Rhodes served as president
of Homestar Industries, a building products manufacturer.
Rhodes currently serves as a member of the board of directors
for the Association for Corporate Growth - St. Louis.