Benton Clark, United Way of Tarrant County Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, has been named “CFO of the Year” by the Fort Worth Business Press. He was honored Feb. 25 at a luncheon hosted by the Business Press at the Fort Worth Club.
The Business Press CFO of the Year event recognizes area Chief Financial Officers “who successfully navigate their company’s or organization’s finances and show the right balance of intelligence, integrity, judgment and anticipating what’s next.”
At United Way of Tarrant County (UWTC), Benton oversees finance and administration (including financial reporting and investments), information technology and facility management. In 2012 he was named United Way Finance Leader of the Year by United Way Worldwide; the first person to receive the award.
Benton has devoted more than 40 years to the nonprofit field; almost all of them at UWTC. He began his career in 1972 as a Staff Accountant for the Dallas Independent School District. He joined UWTC in 1974 as an Internal Auditor to help 20 partner agencies comply with newly-issued accounting standards around functional reporting of expenses, capitalization and depreciation of fixed assets. He served as UWTC Assistant Divisional Manager, Finance, from 1980 to 1991. In 1991 he was promoted to UWTC’s top financial officer position (titled Finance and Administration Vice President at the time and now called Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer).
Benton served on United Way Worldwide’s Financial Issues Committee in 1994-1996, 1999-2002, and 2006-2012. He served on subcommittees that developed and issued for the United Way field: Functional Expenses and Overhead Reporting Guidelines (1994), Cost Deduction Standards for Membership Requirement “M” (2004), Tax Exempt Status and IRS Form 990 Reporting Requirements (2008), and Creating and Maintaining Sound Governance for Membership Requirement “C” (2010).
Born in Waurika, Okla., Benton earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Abilene Christian University and is a Certified Public Accountant. He has served on the Board of Trustees of Christian Homes and Family Services in Abilene since 2008. He chaired the Board of Trustees in 2009-2010 and currently serves as treasurer.
Benton completed 10 years of part-time service with the 136th Civil Engineering Unit of the Texas Air National Guard at Hensley Field in Grand Prairie. He is currently a member of the Finance Committee of North Davis Church of Christ in Arlington. He is also amember of the American Institute of CPAs and the Fort Worth Chapter of the Texas Society of CPAs. Benton and his wife Amelia live in Arlington and have two grown children, Meagan and Jon-Michael; two grandsons and two granddaughters.