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Sag Harbor Resident Makes Top 50 Most Influential Women In Business List

Sydney A. Braat

Suffolk Federal Chief Financial Officer Sarah McCandless with LIBN Publisher Scott Schoen. (Courtesy Photo)

Sarah McCandless, Chief Financial Officer of Suffolk Federal - a not-for-profit cooperative financial institution chartered in 1967 by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), was recently honored by the Long Island Business News as one of its Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business. Long Island's top professional women leaders are recognized in this program for their business decisions, mentoring and community involvement.

McCandless was celebrated for her superb business leadership and commitment to mentoring and supporting women in the workplace. A judging committee selected McCandless for this prestigious honor and she was honored during a celebratory awards dinner where she was also awarded a unique crystal memento. More than 600 individuals of Long Island's top business leaders in business, government, and the not-for-profit industries were in attendance during the fête.

"We couldn't be more delighted to celebrate Sarah's accomplishments as a talented and successful executive who gives back and serves as an advocate within the Long Island business community," said William J. O'Brien, President & CEO of Suffolk Federal. "Sarah McCandless is a true representation of the strength of today's women in the workplace. She works diligently to provide the extensive support needed to benefit Suffolk Federal's continued growth. In addition, she demonstrates a consistent positive attitude and exemplary day-to-day performance as a member of the credit union's leadership," he continued.

McCandless serves on the Board of Directors for the Girl Scouts of Suffolk County and Treasurer of the Sag Harbor PTA. She is also a member of the AICPAs and the New York State Society of CPAs. McCandless previously volunteered on the Finance Committee at Most Holy Trinity Church, the Ernst & Young LLP Mentoring Program, the JPMorgan Corporate Challenge, the Association of Retarded Citizens, and the Children's Museum of the East End.

McCandless currently lives in Sag Harbor with her two daughters.

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