Full Name
Ms. Dawn Buzzell, CPA
Job Title
Chief Financial Officer
Dine' Development Corporation
Speaker Bio
Dawn Buzzell has served as DDC Chief Financial Officer for more than seven years. After joining the organization as Senior Director of Accounting in 2014, she was named Chief Financial Officer in 2015. During her tenure, she has guided DDC to financial growth and business maturation. Ms. Buzzell was instrumental in developing and consistently enhancing the corporation-wide shared services model, which serves as DDC’s focal point in support of eight subsidiary companies. DDC is a complex government contracting enterprise which requires flexibility, efficiency, and control in its management. A centralized Shared Services organization is key to support the diverse and complex business models in its subsidiaries while maintaining strict compliance standards. Ms. Buzzell strategized DDC’s corporate reorganization, which led to increased profitability, streamlined policies and processes, organizational efficiencies, and improved internal controls. Ms. Buzzell has also identified and implemented over $1 million in annual cost efficiencies through process improvements, workflow automation, and adoption of leading-edge technology solutions. Ms. Buzzell’s achievements include leading the implementation of an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, managing the finance structuring and integration of two acquisitions, and developing centralized processes for the organization. Ms. Buzzell was recognized by the DDC Board of Directors and auditors for leading a seamless integration of the ERP system, while increasing financial granularity and reporting functions. As a DDC Executive, she has provided oversight for the DDC Finance and Accounting, Contracts, Purchasing, Information Technology, Human Resources, Pricing, Security and Quality departments. Ms. Buzzell has been integral in providing steadfast leadership of the organization through the COVID-19 pandemic in garnering a strong financial base to support organic growth of more than 25% in 2021.

Ms. Buzzell is an experienced, entrepreneurial Certified Public Accountant and former owner of several business enterprises. She displays financial leadership with proven experience in finance, project management, budgeting, cost/benefit analyses, forecasting, acquisitions, and treasury management. Ms. Buzzell has served in senior leadership roles for more than 25 years with various private sector organizations. Her dynamic leadership skills combined with financial acumen have positioned her to support companies in meeting and exceeding their organizational and financial objectives. She is consistently recognized for her unwavering motivation, servant leadership, resourcefulness, and adaptability to meet challenging goals and innovation to develop complex business solutions. Dawn has been awarded the Finance Monthly CFO Award of the Year for 2020 and 2021.
Dawn Buzzell, CPA