Scott Wheeler, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Daseke Inc., has been named CFO of the Year in the middle market category ($25 million to $750 million), by the Dallas Business Journal.
“The award to Scott could not be more well-deserved,” says Don Daseke, CEO of Daseke Inc., which has become the largest owner of flatbed and specialty equipment in North America. “He has overseen and helped ignite our growth from $50 million in 2011 to an estimated $675 million by year end. He’s my invaluable business partner, a mentor for our operating divisions’ CEOs, and a primary driver of our company’s success. I’m extremely proud of Scott, and I’m heartened that others have taken notice of his achievements.”
Wheeler launched his career after earning an MBA from SMU in 1985.
“I’ve had a rewarding and varied career having served as CFO at different firms for a number of years,” he says. “But the present is what has me most excited. What we’re accomplishing with Daseke, the team we’re building and the growth we’re seeing with our trucking company is truly remarkable.”
Finding and developing great talent is both the most difficult and most satisfying aspects of his role as CFO, he told the DBJ: “It is tough to find those diamonds in the rough. Yet once you have found them, watching them learn, develop and grow is one of the most rewarding parts of being in business.”
In the community, Wheeler served as mayor of Addison, Texas, for six years and serves and on the board of the College of Business at Texas A&M Commerce, his undergraduate alma mater, where he is an adjunct professor of finance. He has received the Alumni Ambassador award from the college’s Department of Economics and Finance, the highest honor it bestows on alumni.