South Florida Business Journal

It’s no secret that successful CFOs play many roles in modern enterprise. They are strategic partners to their management teams, navigators through seas both calm and rough, and financial visionaries who take timeless lessons and contemporary examples to chart new paths. The success of their companies prove their worth.

As with past years, these honorees are skilled and seasoned executives. But, despite their financial acumen, when asked what they’d do in a second career, many said they would explore the arts or sciences, partner with new clients to tackle fresh opportunities, or help teach the next generation of students.

Still engaged in and challenged by their careers, they profess a yearning to change our shared future.

Vital to their companies’ successes, these CFOs reflect a new face of the modern financial executive.

CFO Awards honorees were celebrated on Jan. 25 at Signature Grand in Davie.


Jim Hopwood

James Hopwood
CFO, Promise Healthcare

Hometown: Boca Raton

Education: Bachelor’s degree, finance, Western Illinois University; M.B.A., University of Chicago

Career: Managing director, Focus Management Group; CFO, Wickes Lumber Company; analyst, Goldman Sachs

Professionally, what keeps you up nights? The compliance and regulations aren’t things that worry a finance guy too much. It’s keeping the organization pointed in the right direction, keeping all those details, from compliance and cash flow, and making sure the entire company is admitting and caring for and discharging each patient properly so the insurance company will pay us.

What would be your second career? I would stay in health care, but I would love to go back into consulting. That’s an area where I’ve been very successful in helping companies improve their business. It’s been a rewarding process.

What did your mentor teach you? Working in flat organizations has helped me because you have a chance to learn from a lot of experienced people. We’ve taken that approach here at Promise. I have the opportunity to work with financial analysts, staff accountants, even the AP coordinator. It helps me, and helps them to get the analysis and business strategy more defined in their own minds.

Personal note? I used to race dirt bikes and sold my last bike when I moved to Florida.


About Promise Healthcare

Promise Healthcare is a specialty hospital post-acute care health system. With 17 hospitals, two skilled nursing facilities and approximately 5,000 staff members, Promise Healthcare facilities utilize an interdisciplinary approach in providing treatment for critically ill and medically complex patients. Promise’s specialized areas of focus include: long-term acute care, pulmonary critical care, advanced wound care, skilled nursing care, surgical procedures, behavioral health, rehabilitation therapy, geriatric care and outpatient services, including wound care clinics. For more information on Promise Healthcare, visit