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Brenda Shott

Former CFO – The Toll Roads, Irvine (Shott was recently hired as assistant CEO of the Orange County Employees Retirement System)

OC METRO's Hot 25 for 2011Published: November 01, 2011

Status: Married with three sons, ages 10 to 20
The title of the book you’re reading now: “The First 90 Days: Critical Success Strategies for New Leaders at All Levels,” by Michael Watkins
Hot Factor: Brenda Shott engineered the restructuring of $438 million in bonds sold for the 73 Toll Road.

Brenda Shott, a CPA by profession, made a name for herself by engineering a restructuring of $438 million in bonds sold for the 73 Toll Road. In simple terms, the new roadway didn’t generate as much income as expected, which left the joint Transportation Corridor Agencies in a serious financial bind. The problem was more than 10 years old, but it wasn’t until Shott and her team took it on that bondholders finally agreed to terms.
However, Shott pretty much worked her way out of one job and into a new nest of troubles. Recently she was asked to take over as assistant CEO for the financially troubled Orange County Employees Retirement System. Two employees were fired after the discovery of a $228 million shortage because of inadvertent under-funding from county agencies. Shott says the move came at a good time in her life.    
She says, “I thought, ‘Okay, what’s next?’ Then this new challenge came up, and I couldn’t resist.”

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