Ms. Stel was honored with the Los Angeles Business Journal CFO of the Year award in 2012, in recognition of her outstanding performance in the role of corporate financial steward, exhibiting “exceptional financial leadership in a Non-Profit Organization,” and she was also nominated for the award by readers in 2008, 2009, 2012, and 2020, a testament to her perennial dedication to excellence.
Ms. Stel has extensive financial management experience, including funding, cash forecasting and management, internal control systems, compliance, SEC and public reporting, pension plans, and insurance programs. Accomplishments include initiation and completion of AAA Industrial Revenue Bond financing for construction of a manufacturing plant, completion of a corporate merger of two manufacturing plants, a successful LBO transaction, divestiture of a large international importer from parent, and turnaround of a distressed manufacturing firm.
Prior to joining the LAEDC, Ms. Stel was Controller of WET Design, Universal City, a privately held custom design and manufacturing firm specializing in innovative water and fire features known world wide in 30 countries, including the Fountains of Bellagio and Mirage Volcano in Las Vegas Nevada, Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York, and Olympic Cauldron in Salt Lake City Utah. Previous to WET Ms. Stel held the position of Executive Vice President, CFO and Executive Member of Board of Directors of StackTeck Systems, Toronto, Canada, the largest mold developer in North America. Ms. Stel also has a background in public accounting as a CPA, with a regional firm, where she performed compliance, as well as providing tax and accounting services to corporations, S corporations, and partnership entities.
A native of California, Ms. Stel was born in Alhambra, and currently resides in Covina. She holds a B.S. in Accounting, summa cum laude from the University of La Verne, and has an active CPA license, and is a member of the AICPA, member of Financial Executives Group, member Los Angeles World Affairs Council, affiliated with Senior Executive Network, and registered counselor providing service for a local domestic violence shelter.