esrp is proud to announce its Chief Financial Officer, Karra Guess, as an honoree for the Dallas Business Journal 12th annual CFO of the Year Awards. The award recognizes the top financial executives in North Texas evaluated by the Dallas Business Journal on financial acumen and measurable impact on their organization.
In total, 14 honorees were selected from diverse industries like commercial real estate, technology, sports business, health care, non-profit, government, retail and banking. The winners will be honored at the CFO of the Year Awards event in November at the Fairmont Dallas.
“Since joining esrp in 2013, Karra has played an integral role in establishing esrp as a company and leader in the commercial real estate industry,” said Sharon Morrison, CEO at esrp. “She exceeds her role as CFO, by excelling at and performing roles that go beyond the traditional scope. Karra leads with strength and spirit daily, while focused on strategic growth and generating profitability and long-term success.”
“Karra’s influence, ability and diversity allow her to serve as a valuable resource for not only our esrp team, but also our clients,” said esrp President, Steve Jarvie. “She embodies exceptional qualities and is a great example for women in the industry and in leadership positions.”
Karra Guess currently serves as Chief Financial Officer of esrp. In this role, she is directly involved with the firm’s overall vision, growth, finances and strategy. She received her BBA from SMU Cox Business School. She is a licensed CPA with dual MBA’s from Columbia University in New York and the London Business School. She combines over 25 years of industry experience as COO and Managing Director for two large global real estate firms, with her financial acumen and broad background in general management, financial management, commercial real estate and consulting. She is also an expert in FASB lease accounting and has immense experience in complex real estate transactions and considerable knowledge of GAAP, accounting policies and procedures, and financial projections for procurement of debt or funding.
Karra has served on the boards of American Heart Association and the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. She also personally participates in service for organizations such as Mobile Loaves and Fishes, Community First Village and Ronald McDonald House. She is marred to her high school sweetheart, Dan, and has two daughters in college and son in high-school.