Renee Peters to Retire While Kathy Barke Promoted to AEM CEO

SOURCE: AEM | October 19, 2020

Renee Peters, AEM vice president and chief financial officer, has announced her plans to retire in early 2021. Effective Jan. 1, Kathy Barke, AEM senior director of accounting, will assume the role of CFO.

Peters has been employed as AEM’s CFO since 2014. She joined the association in January of 2006 and held various progressive positions in the Accounting Department prior to assuming her current role. She will continue to work part-time for a limited time after Jan. 1 to help with transitioning the position to Barke.

 “I’ll be celebrating my 15-year anniversary with AEM on Jan. 1, and it has been a great ride,” said Peters. “I am proud and happy to work for one of the Top Workplaces in Milwaukee, and alongside such a talented and dedicated staff. I care a great deal about the continued success of the association, its staff, and its members, and I wish them all the best in the future.”

Peters was recently recognized by BizTimes Media as one of its Notable Women in Finance for 2020. The 10 leaders profiled were nominated by work and community peers, and they serve to represent the diversity of talent in the greater Milwaukee area and stand as examples for future generations of finance professionals.

“As Renee begins to look back on her time with AEM, she can be proud of all she has done to guide our accounting team and our financial management for so many years,” said Slater. “I want to congratulate her on her retirement, and thank her for her many notable efforts and accomplishments in serving the association and its members.”

Kathy Barke Named AEM CFO

Barke joined AEM in October of 2015 as the association’s director of international tradeshow accounting, before being promoted to the role of senior director of accounting in May of 2019. In addition to a CPA license, Barke holds a bachelor’s of science degree in accounting from UW-Whitewater.

“Our succession plan has been in place for some time, and we have been preparing Kathy to take on the role of CFO,” said Slater. “While it isn’t easy to lose a valued staff leader like Renee, we are in a position where – under Kathy’s leadership – we will be able to continue to deliver on our mission of building momentum for the equipment manufacturing industry and represent the interests and organizational priorities of our members.”

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