Dede Gotthelf

Dede Gotthelf, CEO & Managing Partner of Southampton Inn has been named CFO of the Year in the category for private companies with annual revenues under $50 million by Long Island Business News. The CFO of the Year program recognizes Long Island’s top financial officers for their outstanding fiscal leadership and asset management, contributions to company performance, professional commitment and community involvement.

Under the direction of Dede Gotthelf since 1998, Southampton Inn has transformed into the premier hospitality and event venue on the East End, earning numerous awards, including Best Inn, Best Hotel, Best Breakfast, Best Public Space, Best Wedding Location and Best New Restaurant for OSO. A local landmark, Southampton Inn shares the history, traditions and beauty of Southampton Village with over 40,000 East End visitors each year.

According to Long Island Business News, a successful CFO must go beyond the traditional responsibilities of accounting, financial reporting, budgeting and capital financing.

“In today’s challenging business environment, a top CFO must be the organization’s financial steward while contributing to operational and strategic planning in innovative ways – a leader as dedicated to their company’s success as they are to ensuring their company’s reputation in the community,” the newspaper explained.

Although the Hamptons are best known as a summer destination, the East End offers a unique experience to visitors year-round. In order to bring visitors to Southampton during the off-season, Gotthelf founded “It Takes a Village,” which develops strategic alliances across a variety of local businesses, including retailers, restaurants and realtors, to collectively increase off-season travel to Southampton.

“I founded ‘It Takes a Village,’ because many of us on the East End are small businesses owners. By combining our efforts we can make a greater impact on regional tourism than any one of us could by working on our own,” Gotthelf said.

Gotthelf is dedicated to the success of fellow local businesses. Southampton Inn donates its six meeting rooms and its 3,000-square-foot ballroom to local organizations for fund raisers, networking and teaching. Gotthelf hires from within the community and provides training and internships for local high school and returning college students.

“We buy as much as possible from our local merchants whether it's bedding and pillows or local farm produce, printers and equipment,” Gotthelf said. “Our philosophy is that the hotel should reflect its surrounding culture and should give back to the community that does such an amazing job of attracting guests and visitors to the area.”

Beyond her role in the hospitality industry, since 1987, Gotthelf has closed more than $1.1 billion in consulting, construction and brokerage deals as President and Owner of Catcove Corp. A graduate of The Brearley School and of Williams College (with honors), Gotthelf’s previous positions have included Banker with Chase Manhattan; VP at the NY State Urban Development Corp., for which she received a special achievement certificate from the Governor; Adjunct Professor at NYU Real Estate Institute; and Director of Investment Sales at Studley.

Gotthelf has earned honors as one of New York State’s “Women of Distinction,” and as one of the Association of Real Estate Women’s “Top 10 Real Estate Women of the 21st Century.” She has also been included in Long Island Business News’ “Who’s Who in the Hospitality Industry.” Gotthelf’s personal and professional affiliations include the Southampton Chamber of Commerce, Greater New York Chamber of Commerce, Southampton Business Alliance, Young Men’s Real Estate Association, East End Women’s Network, Parrish Art Museum Business Counsel, Group for the East End, Southampton Yacht Club, LICVB, East End Tourism Alliance, MPI and Women of Williams College. She also serves on the Board of the HVC.

Gotthelf lives in Manhattan and East Quogue with her family.

About Southampton Inn: An idyllic East End escape for bustling city-dwellers, Southampton Inn is nestled on more than five acres of manicured lawns and lushly landscaped grounds. The perfect Hamptons home-away-from-home for any traveler, Southampton Inn is steps away from designer boutiques, quaint and fine dining, art galleries, parks and museums, and just over a mile from renowned Coopers Beach. A local landmark, the warm, Tudor-style Inn is home to 90 guestrooms, OSO Restaurant, a conference center, and 71 Hill Street— the premier office complex in Southampton Village. Boasting 20,000-square-feet, the property houses a high-end construction company, financial services company, travel agency, spa and fine dining, as well as the area’s only local public radio station. Southampton Inn is the perfect destination on the East End, if you’re looking for the ideal location for an event, a lovely weekend getaway or a fresh bite to eat.

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Anonymous said…
Dede is not a person for this award as she is prejudice against students who do not attend ivy league schools. Is is so sad that she is running such a business and yet speaks so harshly of those less fortunate then herself. She should be ashamed.