Kristi Garner Thomasson


As the Treasurer, Kristi is responsible for maintaining accurate financial statements and budgets; ensuring stewardship of the funds from donors; working collaboratively with other board members to ensure that financial targets are achieved; and serving as a thoughtful strategic partner to the Executive Committee and full Board.  The Treasurer is a member of the Executive Committee and leads the Finance Committee.

Kristi is a high-energy financial executive with a 28-year career track record of driving financial and operational improvements in both growth and challenging economic environments.  In addition to being technically strong and hands-on with a deep background in accounting, finance, and internal controls, her experience includes a broad base of operations management, safety, and quality systems, lean six sigma, material control, logistics, global operations, and strategic planning.  She has extensive global experience, including selling, distributing, and manufacturing both consumer and industrial products in North America, Europe, Africa, Latin America, and Asia in both developed and developing markets.  She has led the acquisition of companies in Asia and North America, while managing joint ventures in Asia. She retired from Duracell Batteries as Chief Financial Officer at the end of 2020, following an 11-year career with Berkshire Hathaway and including five years with Marmon Holdings as Sector CFO.  Before joining Berkshire Hathaway, Kristi had a 15-year career with Sea Ray Boats holding positions of increasing responsibility including Plant Controller, Operations Manager, Director of Financial Planning & Analysis, and Chief Financial Officer.  Kristi holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance, a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, and is a CPA (inactive).  Kristi is currently a board director for Wahl Clipper Corporation and is Chair of their Audit Committee.

Kristi is married to her husband, Ryan, of 17 years and they have two furry children – a Caucasian Mountain Shepherd and a Leonberger.  Kristi and Ryan share hobbies of hiking, mountain biking, boating, camping, and skiing.  Kristi was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee at the base of the Great Smoky Mountains by her father (a machinist) and her mother (a teacher’s assistant), who both instilled in Kristi a strong work ethic, faith, and possibilities mindset.  Kristi’s values are trust & integrity, autonomy, building meaningful relationships, continuous improvement, joyful sacrifice, and adventure.


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