SANTA ANA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Discovery Science Foundation, a southern California leader in science education, announced today that vice president of finance, Mike McGee has been named Orange County Business Journal’s 2015 CFO of the Year in the “Not-for-Profit” category. The CFO of the Year Awards recognizes the achievements of Orange County’s top CFO’s. The Orange County-based business publication presented McGee with the award on February 4, 2015, at a ceremony held at Hotel Irvine. The event drew close to 600 guests.
“Mike continually pushes beyond the boundaries of the traditional CFO role, supporting and leading the organization during this period of growth and expansion,” said Joe Adams, CEO of the Discovery Science Foundation. “We congratulate Mike on this well-deserved recognition.”
As the vice president of finance for Discovery Cube, McGee has been focused on preparing the Company and its culture for expansion by introducing more transparent and sophisticated financial reporting, introducing a financial planning and analysis function, making substantial improvements in balance sheet liquidity, strengthening internal controls, establishing a formal human resources function, and creating cross-functional teams to tackle Company-wide business improvements.
On working at Discovery Cube, McGee said:
“This is the most personally fulfilling role I’ve had in my career. Every day I get to see the little light bulbs go on in the kids’ heads during an ‘a-ha’ moment when they understand a science concept. It’s hard to call it work.”
Prior to joining the Foundation, Mike worked for Palace Entertainment, the largest operators of water parks and family entertainment centers in the U.S. He was also an executive with the Walt Disney Company for 11 years holding key leadership roles in the Theme Park and Resorts segment.
About the Award
The CFO of the Year Award recognizes the achievements of Orange County’s most accomplished and dedicated CFOs. Winners were selected by the judging panel (comprised of representatives from the event’s Diamond and Platinum sponsoring organizations, in addition to one representative from the Business Journal) for their business accomplishments and contributions to the Orange County community at large. This year, 42 CFO nominees were nominated for awards in five categories: Outstanding CFO of a Public Company, Outstanding CFO of a Privately Held Company, Outstanding CFO of a Not-for-Profit Organization, Lifetime Achievement Award and Rising Star.
About Discovery Science Foundation
The Discovery Science Foundation serves as the program-development, marketing and fundraising arm for hands-on science learning museums in Orange County and Los Angeles. Established in 1989, the original non-profit Taco Bell Discovery Science Center (DSC) in Santa Ana, now renamed Discovery Cube Orange County, presented by Taco Bell, continues to inspire and educate millions of young minds through engaging science based programs and exhibits. In 2012, the Center was named one of the ten “Most Trusted Brands” in Orange County and in 2013 was awarded the National Medal of Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
In November 2014, Discovery Cube Los Angeles, a second museum offering an exhibit and program mix unique to Los Angeles, opened in the Hansen Dam Recreational Area of the San Fernando Valley. For more information, call (866) 552-CUBE (2823) or visit www.discoverycube.org.