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.