Curtis Rountree

Senior Director of Finance and Compliance

Curtis Rountree serves as Senior Director of Finance and Compliance for CAF America and CAF Canada. Curtis has an extensive background in finance and accounting having worked for several Fortune 100 companies, such as Marriott, International and Viacom, Inc. Curtis previously headed his own finance consulting company, ECR Consulting, assisting small and mid-sized companies navigate transitional challenges in their finance operations.

Curtis holds an MBA from Loyola University of Maryland, and two undergraduate degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park. At the University of Maryland, Curtis was an all-American Lacrosse player and captain of the team and is remains involved with the Lacrosse Program’s Alumni Association and its Mentoring Program. He is a member of the Southern Lacrosse Officials Association, the oldest sports officials association in America.

Curtis is also the very proud father of his two daughters, Stephanie and Laurel, both currently attending college.

What inspires me to do what I do
Going to work and being productive has intrinsic inspirational value on its own. Having the opportunity to work with a team in an endeavor that benefits those whose lives are made better by your efforts is especially rewarding.

Nicknames
Square Bush (as in the inverse of a round tree) is my longest lasting nickname. Kids started calling me that in Kindergarten and I always find it funny when someone new calls me that and thinks it’s original.

Likes
Sports, travel, movies and music of all genres … except Country

Book that Moved Me
“The Greatest Generation” by Tom Brokaw. I have a strong interest in World War II which led me to this book. However, it became truly fascinating as it shed light on the time in which some of the people who most influenced my life were raised…. not perfect but much to be admired.

Something someone would be surprised to know about me
The Christmas song, “The Little Drummer Boy”, literally brings me to tears whenever I hear it.

Slogans for life
“Be the Best” – I played lacrosse for the University of Maryland and it has been the Program’s mantra since the 1970’s. On the field, it is meant literally to let opponents know we believe we are the best. More importantly, off the field, it is meant to be a reminder to be the best you can be in whatever you’re engaged. In almost all correspondences, all alumni sign off with it.

Guilty pleasure
Buffalo wings…the spicier, the better

Thing that really baffles me
Hitting a slow pitched softball… Through my teens, I was a pretty good baseball player but anytime I played softball, I was the easiest out on the team…

A person I’d love to meet
My maternal grandfather, Curtis Blanton, for whom I was named. He died at a very young age when my mother was only 3 years old. It was his brother, my great uncle, Robert Blanton, who suggested the name Curtis for me and he made sure I knew his story.

Favorite meal
Anything topped with Crab Imperial…. filet, lobster, a stale piece of bread…anything

Random fact about me
While I’ve traveled extensively throughout the States and abroad, I’ve never lived outside the State of Maryland….

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