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How CFOs Have Fun, Part 2

These finance chiefs, hardly representative of the green-eyeshades stereotype, live their lives to the fullest away from work.

He got over the fright in time to buy a new toy the following month, a Porsche GT3 RS, which he picked up in Atlanta and drove over three days back home to San Francisco. “I won’t tell you our top speed,” he laughs.

Dad’s All, Folks
If jammin’ oldies and burning rubber are hobbies, can simply doing Dad duty qualify as one? Well sure. It all depends on the effort expended and the rewards reaped.

A case in point is Marty Moore, finance chief at Baldwin Technology Co., a $150 million provider of technology used mostly for print publishing. His four children, ages 20, eight, four and four, “are the most important thing in my life,” he says.

Moore teeter-totters with his daughter in the Alps.

Moore teeter-totters with his daughter in the Alps.

That’s not an uncommon sentiment, but Moore points out that he’s fortunate to help run a global company and be able to take the kids traveling with him. The accompanying picture was taken during a six-week period last summer in Germany, where the family temporarily relocated while he worked at Baldwin’s German manufacturing facility. The troop also got to see healthy does of France, Switzerland and Austria.

Of course, the kids can’t come along on every trip. What’s the key to being a devoted father while having such a big job? “Our company is 80 percent international, so I travel extensively,” Moore says. “I use Skype a lot to connect with my kids on an iPad. Just last night they videoed with me when I was walking around outside Windsor Castle.”

When he’s at home in St. Louis, he spares no effort to get himself into position to completely unplug from work on weekends.

“Watching these loved ones grow up is an adventure, and I’m loving it,” Moore says. “It is all-consuming. I gave up golf for it, and I used to play a lot of golf. Now I don’t have time. I coach my kid’s baseball team, for example. I’m heavily engaged in their lives, and that’s fine with me. I’m at a point in my life and career where I’m perfectly fine spending my free time with my kids.”

Cause and Effect
OK, we acknowledge this one is not a hobby. But Mark Anderson, CFO at Delta Dental of Arizona, submitted a photo for the CBIZ contest, and that’s good enough for us.

CFO Anderson, center, flanked by his two sons.

Team Brynn: CFO Anderson, center, flanked by his two sons.

Anderson’s niece, Brynn Lund, was diagnosed with cancer about three years ago. She was treated with chemotherapy and went into remission, but the cancer returned. When additional treatment caused Brynn to lose her hair, Anderson and his kids were among many who shaved their own heads in a show of support.

Frustrating for Anderson, whose sister is Brynn’s mother, was that he lived and worked in Arizona while Brynn’s immediate family was 1,500 miles away in the small Canadian town of Barnwell, Alberta. “There were a lot of things that that community did that we tried to get involved in from afar,” he says of Barnwell, whose official 2011 population was 771. “It meant a lot to her.”

Anderson says the way a young girl inspired action in others was remarkable.

“The big story here is how Brynn was able to bring a community together for a cause, not just herself but cancer patients everywhere,” he says. “This wonderful young lady had such an impact at such a young age, making people want to step forward and do things. She was featured on radio programs and was really able to raise awareness for kids’ cancer.”

Brynn passed away last October at age 14.

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