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Celebrating the 2022 Planful Champions Club and Customer Award Winners

Celebrating the 2022 Planful Champions Club and Customer Award Winners

Perform 2022 is our annual event for finance and accounting professionals and it’s currently underway with hundreds of attendees, dozens of sessions, and countless opportunities to connect with colleagues and peers. We’re also using Perform as a springboard to amplify our recognition of the best and brightest professionals and companies within the global Planful ecosystem. This comes through the Planful Champions Club, which includes professionals at customers, partners, and Planful, and the Planful Customer Awards.

2022 Planful Champions

The Planful Champions Club is an exclusive program that lets the best and brightest across our community promote their skills and expertise to colleagues, peers, and others. To become a member isn’t easy, and simply going above and beyond is merely the baseline requirement. Champions must also achieve exceptional technical proficiency, successfully complete Planful Academy certifications, contribute to the Planful support community forums, or exhibit enthusiastic advocacy for the Planful platform, capabilities, and network.

But, as they say, membership does have its privileges. Planful Champions Club members get advanced training and Planful Academy courses, opportunities to attend private champions-only events, and access to dedicated networking and knowledge-sharing opportunities. Members can also add Planful Champions Club digital badges to their online social accounts to gain recognition for their efforts and promote their technical expertise on the Planful Platform.

We celebrated the inaugural members of the Planful Champions Club one year ago, honoring 50 Planful customers, partners, and employees. This year, we’re proud to add these 2022 Planful Champions:

Planful Customers

  • Lauren Bissell, Continuous Improvement Manager – Financial Planning & Analysis, Golden State Foods
  • Tori Best ,Sr. Financial Analyst, Hilb Group
    Josias Pontes, Acting CFO, Sigilon Therapeutics Inc
  • Lee Johnston, SVP – Finance, LT Apparel Group
  • Justin Emory, Senior Analyst, Marqeta
    Aaron Palajac, SVP, Finance and Strategy, Renew Financial
  • Michelle Chaffin, Controller, Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences
  • Gaylord Miller, Sr. Director of Financial Planning and Analysis, Imagen Dental Partners
  • Pete Hicks, Director of IT, Polydeck
  • Mike Petrauskas, Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis, Elgin Equipment Group
  • Grant Brooks, Director of Corporate Finance, FIGS
  • Michael Zambetti, Manager of Finance & Analytics, National DCP
  • Nick Posthumus, Director of FP&A, Starkey Laboratories
  • Jasone Lawshe, Sr. Director of Finance, Vail Resorts
  • Michael Ryda, Finance Manager, Southern Veterinary Partners

Planful Partners

  • Svetlana Okladnykh, Senior Implementation Consultant, RSM UK
  • Dana Murrieta, Sr. IC, Bakersfield Solutions

Planful Employees

  • Linda Lifchez, Solutions Architect
  • Margaret Powell, Solutions Architect
  • Nancy Ramos-Armistead, Manager, Customer Training
  • Mitch Rubin, Solution Architect
  • Shaneil Weaver, Manager of Customer Success
  • Ron Wicklander, Solutions Architect

To learn more about what it takes to join the Planful Champions Club, click here. To start tracking your activities towards Planful Champions Club membership, send your questions to or visit these links:

2022 Planful Customer Awards

This year, we also welcomed nominations for Planful Customer Awards spanning four categories of innovation, impact, rookie of the year, and advocacy. One winner in each category was then chosen from those nominations. The customer in the innovation category must demonstrate expansive use of Planful in creative ways. In the impact category, a customer must demonstrate a significant impact to its organization through the use of Planful. The rookie of the year is a customer new to Planful in the past year that was able to start, drive adoption, and realize value quickly. And, the advocacy winner is one that espoused broad public support for Planful and our solutions.

We’re proud to announce these 2022 Planful Customer Award winners:

  • Innovation Award: Vail Resorts
  • Impact Award: Horizon Therapeutics
  • Rookie of the Year: Kin + Carta
  • Advocacy Award: Ellucian Company

Each winner is a “Champion of Finance,” partnering within their teams and out into each corner of the business. They are truly demonstrating the value of financial collaboration to drive growth and we’re proud to count them as Planful customers.

Learn more

To learn more about these exemplary finance and accounting professionals and the customer award winners, read our official press release.


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