Stacey Painter

CFO/COO

North American Filtration, Inc

spainter@nafilter.com

Who is someone you admire and why?

Posthumously (sadly) my father.    Growing up you could ask me what my father did for a living and I would not be able to tell you.   After graduating college, I pursued my own career in professional services for 26 years.  I would have conversations with my father about the business but never really understood what he had built.  After his death in 2016 I realized someone had to get involved from the family.  Having the skills (accounting/finance) I stepped in as the CFO/COO.  What I have learned since joining is that my father was a genius!  I am often asking “how did he know to do that?”, “what made him think of that”?   He built an amazing business but he was such a humble man no one from the outside knew – even me.    But probably the thing I admire most that I have also learned is, that regardless of how long or short someone worked with my father, they all thought so highly of him and miss him to this day.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A rock star.   Still do.   I would spend hours and hours as a child listening and mimicking the music of Annie (the musical), Cher, Pat Benatar, Stevie Nicks, Heart and every other female artist of the 70 & 80’.   Sadly, the dream was never realized so I became a Karaoke queen instead!

What would be your personal motto?

If it is meant to be, it will be!

 

Stacey is a Certified Public Accountant and received a Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting from Pace University.

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