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AISC’s John Cross Named Finalist in 2012 Chicago CFO of the Year Awards
Posted by Tasha Weiss on October 29, 2012 at 3:21 PM.

john-cross-professional-photo_300.jpgJohn Cross, P.E., vice president of market development and finance for AISC, was recently named a finalist in the 2012 Chicago CFO of the Year Awards by the Financial Executives International (FEI) Chicago Chapter. The Chicago CFO of the Year Awards honor financial leaders who have made contributions to a Chicago business or non-profit, with quality, insight and direction.


“John has brought outstanding leadership to AISC in reaching our financial and marketing goals,” said AISC president Roger E. Ferch, P.E. “His most compelling attribute is that he is a visionary with a positive attitude who acts strategically for a better future. He leads his staff by achieving their buy-in and overcoming the challenges of past practices and attitudes that resist change.”


Cross joined AISC in 2001 and was named vice president of marketing in 2003. For the past four years he has also led AISC’s finance department. Under his leadership, AISC successfully implemented significant financial changes as a result of restructuring its parent and subsidiary organizations in 2009, and has greatly improved its monthly budget reports and quarterly financial forecasts. Cross has also guided AISC through the largest collapse of the construction market since the Great Depression and helped the organization emerge in a stronger position, and without staff cuts.


Concurrently, Cross has led AISC’s marketing efforts in increasing the market share of structural steel construction, which has grown from 55% to 58% in the past four years. In addition, he oversaw the inauguration of SteelDay in 2009. Hosted by AISC, its members and partners in the structural steel industry, SteelDay is a national event featuring free educational and networking opportunities for the design and construction community and the general public. This past September, the fourth annual SteelDay attracted more than 10,000 attendees.


Cross has been involved in the Chicago and national engineering community for the past 40 years and previously served as executive vice president of STS Consultants and regional vice president for Beling Consultants. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, a master of divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and a MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management. He has served as a member of the National Board of Advisors and the Commission on the Future at Rose-Hulman and the Board of Directors of People International USA.


He has also authored more than 50 publications on various industry topics, including material volatility, design-build, steel fabrication, information systems, slope stability analysis, hydroelectric power development, microprocessor-enabled remote monitoring and control, parking structures and multi-story residential projects. He is the co-author of Innovations in Structural Steel: Open Deck Steel-Framed Parking Structures.


Cross was selected as a finalist in the “Not for Profit Entities” category of the 2012 Chicago CFO of the Year Awards. Other finalists in this category include Carol Crenshaw of The Chicago Community Trust; Jim Croft of the Field Museum of Natural History; Peter J. McCanna of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare; and Laura Skarnulis of the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, Inc.


The 2012 Chicago CFO of the Year winners will be honored at an awards gala this Thursday, November 1, at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile. For more information about the awards, visit

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