Kimberly A. Howard, CPA, has joined Kwik Lok Corporation as chief financial officer (CFO). Howard succeeds Jeff Buege as Kwik Lok’s CFO. Buege will stay on staff until his retirement to assure a smooth transition and work on special projects.
“I want to thank Jeff for his years of service at Kwik Lok, said CEO, Don Carrell. Having time with both Jeff and Kim on staff is a great opportunity to provide a consistent transition and make progress on important internal projects.”
Howard steps into the Kwik Lok role with more than 20 years of experience. Most recently she was the Senior Director of Special Projects for FruitSmart in Prosser, Washington where she was responsible for stabilization and improvement of FruitSmart’s new ERP system and supervised the Information Technology and Systems Department.
Prior to her time at FruitSmart, Howard held CFO roles at Legacy Fruit in Wapato, Washington, Willowood USA in Roseburg, Oregon and Broomfield, Colorado, along with Norm Thompson Outfitters in Hillsboro, Oregon. In addition, Howard is a veteran of the United States Army where she served in the Pentagon, Germany, and the Desert Shield and Desert Storm operations. She is a graduate of Oregon State University and was recognized by the Vancouver Business Journal as “Accomplished 40 and Under” and is a recipient of the “Woman of the Year” from the National Association of Professional Women.
“I am thrilled to join Kwik Lok,” said Howard. “Kwik Lok has unique strengths, a strong business model, and a proud history, and I look forward to working with the team to execute on the company’s priorities, accelerate growth and enhance value for our customers, employees, and owners.”
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