March 9, 2022
Jim Berry, Former CFO For Harwood International, Joins CFT As SVP/CFO, Tribute To Outgoing SVP/CFAO, Beth Bull For More Than A Decade of Service to CFT
Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) has welcomed Jim Berry as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Jim will serve on CFT's executive leadership team as a key senior leader in the areas of finance, accounting, investments, compliance, risk management, technology, and property & facilities, and will oversee the work of the staff members who support these functions.
Since its founding in 1953, CFT has awarded over $2.2 billion in grants. Jim and his team will oversee the financial management of CFT's assets across more than 1,200 charitable funds.
"We are thrilled to welcome Jim to the team. Jim is a seasoned financial executive who brings more than 30 years of deep and diverse experience to this important role at CFT including business development, strategic planning, financial planning and control, change management, and risk management. Jim is a native Dallasite who is passionate about our mission. He is an excellent addition to our leadership team as we work to continue to meet and exceed the high standards we've set for the financial aspects of our organization, and as we work to grow community giving, expand community impact, and advance community equity," said Dave Scullin, CFT's president and CEO.
"I've long admired the impact CFT has had in the community. I believe in the importance of CFT's mission and am excited to join the leadership team and be a part of this impact," said Jim Berry.
As a member of CFT's executive leadership team, Jim will support operational decision-making, strategic planning and evaluation and will work closely with the Board of Trustees and committees. In collaboration with CFT's president and CEO, Jim will have responsibility for planning, developing, organizing, implementing, directing, and evaluating the organization's fiscal and administrative function, budgets, financial reports, and performance.
Jim has spent more than three decades working in finance, administration, IT and strategy in the real estate, restaurant and hospitality, media, and staffing industries. Prior to joining CFT, Jim was the CFO for global real estate developer Harwood International, a district near downtown Dallas and Uptown. While at Harwood International, Jim was responsible for planning, managing, and controlling all financial-related activities for the company and participating in business development efforts. Harwood International is a global privately-owned, vertically integrated real estate developer, general contractor, and hospitality operator with offices in Dallas, Los Angeles, Geneva, London, Paris, and Zurich.
Prior to Harwood International, Jim was CFO of Snelling and Vasari LLC and held leadership roles of increasing responsibility at Belo Corporation, Burger King, and McDonald's.
A Certified Public Accountant, Jim began his career in the assurance practices of global accountancies PricewaterhouseCoopers and Grant Thornton.
Jim holds a bachelor's in commerce from Washington & Lee University and a Master of Business Administration from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas.
Read Jim's full bio HERE
TRIBUTE TO BETH BULL, OUTGOING SVP/CFO
CFT extends deep appreciation to Beth Bull, who has retired after 14 years as a member of the CFT executive leadership team. Beth joined CFT as a senior vice president and chief financial and administrative office in mid-2008, after a 26-year career with Texas Instruments.
During her tenure at CFT, Beth has overseen accounting, financial planning and control, investments, human resources, information technology, and facilities during an unprecedented decade-plus of organizational growth. Beth has been instrumental in the exceptional growth and performance of CFT's financial and investment management strategies that have further advanced CFT's work in the community and bolstered the organization's long-term financial health.
Beth was a leading champion of CFT's expanding efforts to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion both internally and externally, and served as a mentor to many staff members and as a close partner to CFT's Board of Trustees.
"It's difficult to express in words Beth's full impact or distinguish that from what CFT has accomplished as an organization, because her role has been pervasive. Her thoughtful and tireless work and high standard of excellence across our work has positioned us for even greater impact in the months and years ahead. Beth's legacy of leadership will truly be felt across the organization and community for decades to come," said Dave Scullin, president and CEO.
The entire Communities Foundation of Texas board and staff wish Beth all the best in her retirement.