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How CFO of the Year Kelly Lomax brings 'confidence and culture' to Dunavant

MEMPHIS BUSINESS JOURNAL

Known for being a multinational trading company, Dunavant Enterprises has diversified its portfolio over the years to include real estate developments and private equity ventures. As CFO, Kelly Lomax supervises all of Dunavant’s operating companies and partnerships.

How’s business? Busy but exciting. We continue to develop our luxury resort project in Destin and grow our global logistics company based off the extensive logistics experience we obtained through the many years as the world’s largest cotton merchant.

Biggest challenge at the moment: From a macro level, the geopolitical threats that could suddenly kill the strong economic expansion we have experienced over the past 10 years

Favorite task: Mentoring. I have been lucky to have some really great mentors who impressed upon me that it is incumbent on successful leaders to pass along knowledge to ensure that teammates have the skills to make us all successful.

Biggest strength: Taking a long-term approach to decision making. I always try to understand what downstream impacts decisions may have in order to avoid creating another problem when resolving the issue at hand.

Judge’s comment: “Lomax’s integration of industry expertise and the importance of future talent have allowed Dunavant the confidence and culture to diversify and expand seamlessly.”

Click here to watch Lomax's video.