Mar 16, 201609:15 AMBlog

‘Feeling the mission,’ even when saying ‘No’

Mar 16, 2016 - 09:15 AM

Coming from a robust background in managing public financial systems, Ken Shalik has been director of finance for Tacoma Housing Authority since 2008. And his technical expertise would be reason enough to consider him a finalist for 2016 Financial Executives of the Year.

But the agency’s executive director, Michael Mirra, expresses that, just as important is that Shalik fully shares the agency’s social justice mission, to which he brings financial creativity. The combination give him credence among co-workers, even when he must decline their proposals for new or expanded services within finite financial resources.

“When he says 'No,' as he often must, staff can be confident that Ken does so with a full appreciation for the mission we all serve,” wrote Mirra in his support of the nomination.

Another co-worker with 25 years experience said succinctly, “Ken is the best I have ever worked with … He works in a manner that feels like a real partnership, versus a dictatorship.”

Shalik also employs low-income high school students in his department as part-time staff during the school year and full-time in summer, helping to support those who aspire to college with a positive work experience.

Ken Shalik is one of nine finalists for 2016 Financial Executive of the Year, with the awards being presented at a special luncheon on Tuesday, March 22nd, at Pacific Grill Events Center in downtown Tacoma. Ticket information is at this link.

Financial Executives of the Year is a program produced by Business Examiner Media, with sponsorship provided by Heritage Bank and Moss Adams.

            

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