Industry PartnersControllers Executive RoundTable

The Controllers Executive RoundTable enhances the professional development of controllers of major private and public companies. This regional network of highly motivated professionals offers engaging and relevant quarterly forums and provides opportunities to connect with peers, network with member companies and learn critical and emerging information.


CERT membership is by invitation only and is limited to controllers and equivalent professionals of major companies with significant operations in Virginia. The annual fee is $2,200. Members enjoy access to VCU School of Business resources, including access to the VCU libraries and databases, assistance in identifying articles and other references of interest, and priority treatment in identification of outstanding prospective graduates, interns and part-time employees.

Each quarterly meeting is facilitated by an industry expert, with time built in for group discussion. Members can bring up to two guests and are eligible to receive four hours of continuing professional education credit per meeting.


Steering Committee Members


Steve D'Ambrosia
Altria Group, Inc.
Scott Bleicher
Universal Corporation
W. Thomas Didlake, Jr.
Southern States Cooperative, Inc.
John F. Jimison
Carpenter Company
Timothy J. Mulvaney
Lumber Liquidations, Inc.
Gary Ometer
Virginia Foundation for Public Media
Michelle T. Rader
The C.F. Sauer Company
John C. Zeheb
Ukrop's Homestyle Foods LLC



CERT members have endowed two scholarships that are awarded to two outstanding accounting majors each year. 

2021 - 2022 Scholarship Recipients

Carla Quinteros
Accounting, 2023
The CERT scholarship has helped me continue my college career and, in doing so, connected me to many wonderful professionals and opportunities at VCU. I'm not only pursuing my degree, I am learning more about what it means to be a well-rounded accounting student and future professional. Because of this scholarship, I am getting closer to my goal of being the first person in my family to obtain a college degree.
Reeves Surgner
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Accounting, 2021
I was very fortunate to be a recipient of the Controllers Executive RoundTable Scholarship during my final year of the post-baccalaureate certificate in the accounting program. The CERT scholarship provided me the opportunity to leave my old job, fully immerse myself in my studies, and take a job in the Campus Learning Center as a tutor. The extra time I was able to dedicate to my studies paid off, and I was offered a full-time job at EY. I started in January, and I would not be where I am today without this scholarship. 

CERT Professor

Fengchun Tang

In 2011, the Controllers Executive Roundtable Steering Committee generously established the Controllers Executive Roundtable Professor of Accounting Fund, which provides an annual stipend to support the scholarly activities of the named recipient. The inaugural recipient, Dr. Rasoul Tondkar, was instrumental in the foundation and organization of the Controllers Roundtable in the late 1990s. From its inception until his retirement in 2017, Dr. Tondkar actively and continuously supported the Controllers Roundtable. Following Dr. Tondkar's retirement, Dr. Fengchun Tang became the second VCU professor to receive the honor of being named the Controllers Executive Roundtable Professor of Accounting.

Fengchun Tang is an associate professor of accounting at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he teaches Accounting Information Systems. He obtained a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Washington State University in 2012. His primary research interests include judgment and decision-making in accounting and information systems. His research has been accepted for publication in many journals, including Behavioral Research in Accounting, Journal of Information Systems, International Journal of Accounting Information Systems, and Behavior & Information Technology.

I want to extend my sincere gratitude for CERT’s financial support. CERT’s generous support has had a major impact on my research. It encourages my continued commitment to high-quality research and greatly helps me advance my research agenda.