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FocusCFO Tribute for Ed Chong

FocusCFO Tribute
for Ed Chong

By Mike Derringer

Ed Chong, CFO, passed away November 3, 2021 at the age of 56. He joined FocusCFO in 2018 and served 8 clients during this time. 

Ed was a leader to his FocusCFO colleagues.

He served on a panel of top CFOs at our All-Hands conference, sharing his years of experience with his peers about questions to ask and how to interact with the client, and how to best add value for their businesses. He was a regular contributor in our weekly CFO training sessions and shared best practices. He recently earned a spot in our ‘FocusCFO Hall of Fame’, recognizing a major mark for client tenure with our company.

Ed’s clients were raving fans. 

He genuinely cared for them as individuals, their business, and their success. 

Tim Zink of Zink Foodservice said, “Ed’s operator background…I always felt was unique and valuable…he could see our business from a different lens than others. He was always a positive spirit, even when times were tough during Covid, he was always looking for ways to help the company…I will miss him greatly.” 

Sanjay Patel of A1 Nursing Care said: “Ed was an amazing person and a wonderful team member. From the very first day, Ed helped bring people and ideas together, and knowing that we had him on our team allowed us to achieve so many great things in the last two years. He will always be part of the A-1 family.” 

Mimi McCann of 5 Star Staffing said, “It’s impossible to be brief when describing the impact that Ed had upon our business, but it can be easily summarized. He kept us here. He began by keeping our doors open, guided us through the quagmire of 2020 and established a successful future for our company. We would not be where we are without him.” 

She continued, “Some leaders are dynamic, some are unflappable. Ed was both. Ed was hilarious, his ability to filter a tough situation through the lens of a classic Seinfeld plot made challenges manageable.” 

“Ed is irreplaceable. We join his family and friends in mourning his departure but do so with the profound gratitude we feel for having had the privilege to work with him.” 

Ed was also a family man. 

Outside of the office, Ed loved his family. He was very proud of his daughters and boasted about them and his wife, as well he should have. They shared his enthusiasm, his joy, and his faith. He had many, many friends, resulting both from business experiences and his outgoing personality. 

We, along with his family and many friends, will miss our friend and colleague. Rest in peace Ed. 

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All Hands 2021 Award Winners

2021 Award Winners

Congratulations to these Associates for their recent award at the FocusCFO All Hands meeting.

Client for Life Award

Gold Level

Don Cain

CFO, Central Ohio

Tom Flynn

Area President, Central Ohio

Dan Bloom

CFO, Central Ohio

Client for Life Award

Silver Level

Pat Lang

CFO, Central Ohio

Jeff Lacy

Area President, Central Ohio

Jim McKinney

CFO, Central Ohio

Client for Life Award

Bronze Level

Ric Butler

CFO, Central Ohio

Don Cain

CFO, Central Ohio

Darren Cherry

Area President, Central Ohio

Jim Collins

Area President, Southwest Ohio

Scott Davis

CFO, Southwest Ohio

Mike Derringer

Area President, Central Ohio

Jon Doerer

CFO, Michigan

Jeff Farrington

Area President, Michigan

Tom Flynn

Area President, Central Ohio

Peter Geise

CFO, Central Ohio

Greg Gens

Area President, Northern Ohio

Jim Gilbride

Area President, Northern Ohio

Jeff Lacy

Area President, Central Ohio

Pat Lang

CFO, Central Ohio

Jim McKinney

CFO, Central Ohio

Bob Palmerton

CFO, Michigan

Todd Peter

CFO, Northern Ohio

Kyle Rhodebeck

CFO, Central Ohio

Jeff Semple

Area President, Northern Ohio

Skip Vermilya

CFO, Northern Ohio

Mark Vernallis

Area President, Pennsylvania

Todd Whetstone

CFO, Northern Ohio

Lynette Zody

CFO, Central Ohio

CFO Hall of Fame

Gold Level

CURRENT MEMBERS

David Bourke

Director, CFO Services

Bruce Collen

CFO, Central Ohio

Pat Lang

CFO, Central Ohio

Lynnette Zody

CFO, Central Ohio

CFO Hall of Fame

Silver Level

NEW MEMBERS

Sherif Matar

CFO, Central Ohio

CURRENT MEMBERS

Dan Bloom

CFO, Central Ohio

Don Cain

CFO, Central Ohio

Jim McKinney

CFO, Central Ohio

Jim Zins

CFO, Central Ohio

Joe Dougherty

CFO, Central Ohio

CFO Hall of Fame

Bronze Level

NEW MEMBERS

Ed Chong

CFO, Central Ohio

Bob Palmerton

CFO, Michigan

CURRENT MEMBERS

Wendy Brugmann

CFO, Northern Ohio

Will Cooper

CFO, Central Ohio

Dean Cole

CFO, Central Ohio

Kathleen Ferry

CFO, Northern Ohio

David Gouttiere

CFO, Northern Ohio

David Green

CFO, Central Ohio

Todd Peter

CFO, Northern Ohio

Jim Rowlands

CFO, Northern Ohio

Bob Stecki

CFO, Central Ohio

Skip Vermilya

CFO, Northern Ohio

Scott Lee

CFO, Central Ohio

Walter Himmelman

CFO, Northern Ohio

Scott Davis

CFO, Southwest Ohio

Richard Murch

CFO, Central Ohio

Ric Butler

CFO, Central Ohio

Area President Awards

Rookie of the Year

Michael Stier

Area President, Carolinas

Area President Awards

Rising Star

Lesli Matukaitis

Area President, Michigan 

Mitch Willis

Area President, Pennsylvania

Area President Hall of Fame

Gold Level

NEW MEMBERS

Forest Bookman

Area President, Northern Ohio

CURRENT MEMBERS

Mike Derringer

Area President,
Central Ohio

Tom Flynn

Area President,
Central Ohio

Jeff Lacy

Area President,
Central Ohio

Jeff Semple

Area President,
Northern Ohio

Jim Gilbride

Area President, Central Ohio

Area President Hall of Fame

Silver Level

NEW MEMBERS

Jim Collins

Area President, Southwest Ohio

Bob McAdams

Area President, Central Ohio

CURRENT MEMBERS

Darren Cherry

Area President,
Central Ohio

Fred Dannhauser

Area President,
Northern Ohio

Peter Geise

Area President,
Northern Ohio

Bob Miller

Area President,
Central Ohio

Area President Hall of Fame

Bronze Level

NEW MEMBERS

Mark Vernallis

Area President, Pennsylvania

David Tramontana

Area President, Pennsylvania

CURRENT MEMBERS

Jeff Farrington

Area President,
Michigan

Bob Miller

Area President,
Central Ohio

Greg Gens

Area President,
Northern Ohio

2020 Continuous Learning Award

Exit Planning Institute – CEPA

NEW MEMBERS

Kim Cooper

CFO, Carolinas

Mark Clower

Area President, Southwest Ohio

Michael Stier

Area President, Carolinas

Randy Feger

CFO, Pennsylvania

Mike Derringer

Area President, Central Ohio

Greg Gens

Area President, Northern Ohio

David Green

CFO, Central Ohio

Lesli Matukaitis

Area President, Michigan

Jeff Farrington

Area President, Michigan

Tom Bartos

Area President, Pennsylvania

Forest Bookman

Area President, Northern Ohio

Bob Palmerton

CFO, Michigan

Mark Rust

CFO, Pennsylvania

Peter Geise

Area President, Northern Ohio

Rex Bevis

CFO, Southwest Ohio

Lynette Zody

CFO, Central Ohio

VETERANS

David Bourke

Director,
CFO Services

Darren Cherry

Area President,
Central Ohio

Mark Clower

Area President,
Southwest Ohio

Kathleen Ferry

Area President,
Northern Ohio

Tom Flynn

Area President,
Central Ohio

Jim Gilbride

Area President,
Northern Ohio

Brad Martyn

Visionary and Founder
FocusCFO

Jeff Semple

Area President,
Northern Ohio

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Edward J. Chong Obituary

Edward J. Chong Obituary

Edward J. Chong, age 56, of Dublin, OH, left this earthly world and entered into heaven to be with his Lord and Savior on November 3, 2021, after a brief but tragic illness. Ed was born in South Korea to Dr. James and Mary Chong. The family immigrated to the USA when he was 3 years old and settled in the Cleveland, Ohio area.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Lori Shaw Chong and their daughters Grace and Sarah, brothers David, Charles and Anthony, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Jeff and Connie Shaw, father-in-law and mother-in-law James and Linda Shaw and a plethora of friends.

Ed graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Ed was an entrepreneur most of his life, buying his first business while still in college. He owned several types of businesses including convenience stores, restaurants and even a cattle farm. Most recently Ed worked with FocusCFO helping small business owners succeed and grow. He enjoyed learning about new businesses, thrived on strategizing and loved to negotiate a deal. His competitive drive served him well both in business and on the golf course. He began golfing in college and even though he considered himself a mediocre golfer he would often rise to the occasion during competition and brought home numerous trophies and awards. He was a member of Double Eagle Golf Club in Galena, Ohio which he often referred to as ‘golf heaven.’ Ed devoted his life to following Jesus in 2001. He was passionate about learning God’s truth, had the spiritual gifts of discernment and evangelism and was a cheerful giver.

Ed was a devoted husband, a supportive father, and a loyal friend. He had a commanding presence and a contagious sense of humor. He was most content at home, on the beach with his family, or on the golf course where his laughter filled the fairways.

Family will receive friends on Friday 11/12 from 4-7 PM at Schoedinger, 5980 Perimeter Dr, Dublin, OH. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday 11/13 at 1 PM at Dublin Baptist Church, 7195 Coffman Rd, Dublin, OH. Memorial contributions can be made to Dublin Baptist Church or Grace to You Ministries .

Notes and Cards to:
Lori, Grace and Sarah Chong
5520 Caplestone Lane
Dublin, Ohio 43017

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Lukes Auto Service Testimonial

Lukes Auto Service Testimonial

“Ed has exceeded all of our expectations and has been an invaluable asset in our business. In the past year he helped us navigate through 66% growth from ’18-’19, a real estate purchase, covid19 loans, building renovations loans, improving our benefits including health insurance and retirement plan, and many other major moves.

The 2 things we love most about Ed:

1. He is an extremely sharp and shrewd businessman. He isn’t just an accounting wiz; he has also owned and operated successful businesses and ventures. He is extremely knowledgeable and wise in many areas and also knows the experts to contact if he isn’t sure. No one can make the very best decisions in business every time and hindsight is 20/20 but with Ed his foresight has been 20/20 in all of the dozens of areas he has guided us on! This has been such a relief for me to know that we’re in great hands with Ed in our corner. In Ed we trust;-)

2. Ed genuinely cares about the success of our business and about us individually. Ed has become a friend, an advocate (actually referring many new customers to us!), and a key consultant in our business. He always goes the extra mile. He is personable and gracious while also being tenacious and relentless in helping us in so many areas! He has had the business insight to identify some of our biggest bottlenecks that we couldn’t see! And he has had the care and know-how to get in the trenches with us and help conquer those barriers! Ed, we’re so grateful for you!”

Luke Walker, Owner, Lukes Auto Service, Columbus, OH

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Five Star Staffing Testimonial

Five Star Staffing Testimonial

“We wanted to take a moment today to let you know how grateful we are to have Ed guiding us through the uncharted territory created by the Covid outbreak. We began the year with confidence, Ed helped to create a plan for 2020 that we were excited to follow. We set concrete goals and were working toward an amazing year when it became necessary to lock everything down. Now at this critical time, Ed’s help with the navigating the SBA & PPP loans has been invaluable. Therese and I both remark 24/7 that we would be lost without Ed’s help. A meeting, a quick check in, an update emailed – all of these things help us to feel that we have some degree of control as everything turned upside down. We are so glad that we are working with Focus CFO and specifically Ed. He is the best and we would like you to know how grateful that we are to have him on our team.”

Mimi McCann, President, 5 Star Staffing, Westerville, OH

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