Hilla Sferruzza, MBA, CPA has been the Chief Financial Officer, Executive VP for Meritage Homes Corporation (NYSE:MTH) since 2016 and its Chief Accounting Officer, Senior Vice President, Corporate Controller since 2008. Prior to Meritage, Ms. Sferruzza served in various management roles at Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT), which was subsequently acquired by Marriott International, and as a public auditor for KPMG.
Ms. Sferruzza has spent over two decades serving large public companies across the greater Phoenix area. With experience ranging from hospitality to financial institutions and culminating in her current role in real estate and construction, Hilla is familiar with a wide breadth of public company operational best practices. She is a subject matter expert on residential construction and land acquisition, debt and equity capital transactions, M&A and divesture structures, financial modeling, budgeting and forecasting, and process improvement opportunities. She also oversees infrastructure, application and development information technology.
As a member of the executive team, Ms. Sferruzza aided MTH in navigating through the housing market collapse and subsequent recovery, with a focus on balance sheet liquidity, financial solvency, tax strategy and mortgage structures. Subsequent to the recession, she assisted in securing a new revolving credit facility and over $2B of debt and equity capital market financings and several acquisitions.
Ms. Sferruzza is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Arizona and is a member of the American Institute of CPA’s, Arizona Society of CPA’s, the National Association of Professional Women and Financial Executive International and was voted Arizona Businesswoman of the Year — Real Estate in 2011 and CFO of the Year (FEI’s Arizona Chapter) in 2019. She earned her Executive Masters of Business Administration (Summa Cum Laude) from Washington State University and her Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration with an Accounting and Journalism emphasis (Summa Cum Laude) from the University of Arizona.
Hilla is active with several community service organizations and has served as a board member for non-for-profit organizations and foundations. She has coached and administrated youth sports and is involved with local children’s charities. Hilla resides in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, Vince, and her two children.