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Orange County’s top financial professionals were honored in five categories on Jan. 21 at the Ninth Annual Business Journal CFO of the Year awards dinner, which drew a crowd of about 600 to Hotel Irvine.

The five winners, selected from 37 nominees, are:

  • Liz Williams of Irvine-based Taco Bell Corp. in the public companies category;
  • Kent R. Crandall of Irvine-based MBK Real Estate Cos. for privately held companies;
  • Laurie Peterson of Santa Ana-based Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County & the Inland Empire in the not-for-profit organizations category;
  • Madhu Vijay of Newport Beach-based Aviation Capital Group Corp. for lifetime achievement;
  • and Gina Mastantuono of Irvine-based Ingram Micro Inc. as a rising star.

Murray Rudin, managing partner of Los Angeles-based Riordan, Lewis & Haden Equity Partners, served as master of ceremonies for the program, which acknowledged the pivotal roles CFOs play in organizations’ growth and success.

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Each honoree will be profiled in the Feb. 7 issue of the Business Journal.