Chief financial officer has experience in retail, petroleum finance

The new chief financial officer of Frenship Independent School District has experience in retail and petroleum finance, but decided after working to get a bond passed in the Allen Independent School District that school finance may be more fulfilling.

“It was exciting and interesting to me, to do something different, but to do something different that’s much more rewarding,” said Greg Cartwright.
Cartwright got involved before a school bond election that ultimately was approved by voters.

“I found it interesting, and that I liked going to the meetings and discussing enrollment and future needs,” he said.

Cartwright was born and raised in Bartlesville, Okla., where he was involved in baseball and basketball until a knee injury sidelined him. That’s when he started playing golf, and ultimately made the high school golf team.

Attending college at Oklahoma State University, he walked on to the golf team his freshman year.

“It was fun to be part of the team, the activities for that year,” said Cartwright. But he had to drop it when he added finance as a major, along with accounting.

After graduation, he worked for a petroleum company in Oklahoma, then made a switch into retail, at Neiman Marcus in Dallas.

Going from an oil company to retail was definitely a change, he said.

“That’s one experience that I’ve had, shifting to different industries but taking my skills and applying them to a new industry,” he said.

He said he will be looking to the local school sources as well as outside sources to get up to speed.

Cartwright is married to Becca, and they have three sons, Sean, 15, Trevor, 10, and Landon, 1.

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