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Customers honor NAVAIR's business financial managers

Eighteen business financial managers were nominated for the fifth annual AIR-7.8 Headquarters Award for Excellence in Financial Management Service, and recognized Sept. 22 at the River’s Edge Catering and Conference Center at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. Front row, from left: Audra King, PMA-261 and winner in the BFM category; Richell Dizon, PMA-265; Cynthia Norris, PMA-290; Jodie Baker, AIR-6.0; Denise Mallett, PMA-276; LT Edward Windas, PEO(JSF); Patricia Graves, PMA-281; Carey Jones, PMA-242. Back row, pictured from left: Glenn Perryman, DPEO(A); Bob Kimble, DPEO(U&W); Gloria LeDonne, PMA-209; Elizabeth Pinaire, PMA-276; Diane Zrimsek, PMA-273; Sean Case, PMA-259; CDR Thomas Scott, PMA-265; Albert Hopkins, PMA-260; Todd Washington, AIR-7.8; Deborah Mashek, PMA-299; Raymond Simmons, PMA-280 and lead BFM winner; Steve Cricchi, AIR-7.0. Not pictured: Wendy Jones, PMA-265; Shannon Davis, PEO(JSF). (U.S. Navy photo by Steve Kays)

Patuxent River, MD. - Teamwork and passion for getting the job done inspired program managers to nominate 18 NAVAIR business financial managers (BFMs) for the fifth annual AIR-7.8 Headquarters Award for Excellence in Financial Management Service.

Established in 2011 and celebrated on Sept. 22, the award acknowledges those BFMs who focus on customer and program needs to find new methods of meeting or exceeding customer and program expectations. The award also acknowledges an individual’s efforts in improving customer service and promoting quality of work life. All are nominated by their program customers.

“We’re here to celebrate truly outstanding performers, their dedication and their commitment,” said Todd Washington, director, Program and Business Analysis Department, during the ceremony at the River’s Edge Catering and Conference Center at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, MD “It’s also a chance to honor the team. No one would be up here without their team pulling together, unselfish and committed to the success of their program manager.”

For Washington, co-location of BFMs with their program customers is tantamount to success.

“With our BFMs sitting side-by-side with their customers, they are completely integrated in the customers’ work and understand the mission,” he said.

The 10 nominated in the BFM category and eight in the lead BFM category are representative of the entire competency, Washington said. “They are committed, dedicated and passionate about their work.”

This year’s winners exemplify those characteristics.

“Teamwork is critical to the success of the Tomahawk program office,” said Raymond Simmons, lead BFM for the Tomahawk Weapons System Program Office (PMA-280), and recipient of the excellence award in the lead BFM category.

“The business and financial management team has  integrated itself to provide clear lines of communication across the program office, resulting in a more defendable product and overall confidence amongst our stakeholders that the cost, schedule and performance of the program is being maintained. This has been evident through the successful execution and budgetary formulation of the program in light of pending production shutdown and the transition of the program from the production to the depot phase,” Simmons said.

Effective communication is also important for Audra King, winner in the BFM category, supporting PMA-261, Heavy Lift Helicopters Program Office.

“Consistent communication coupled with the ability to adapt to an increasingly stringent fiscal environment is key to successful teamwork that satisfies mission requirements,” King said. “Since each player has a significant role whereby they are focused on their niche, the more the team talks to one another, explaining what they are doing and the reasons behind those decisions, the better understanding we have for what has occurred, what we are trying to accomplish and where the projects are headed.”

Interpersonal skills are also important.

“The in-service and BFM teams at PMA-261 have a genuine value for one another. People are the prime asset, spending hours on end together. We are a ‘family’ dedicated to each other, as well as the warfighter,” she said.

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