Mark Smetana, the finance chief at Eby-Brown Co., a family-owned wholesale distributor to the convenience store industry, is one CFO who can really multi-task. He's so passionate about the challenges confronting private companies that he also works to represent their interests in Washington as chair of the Private Company Policy Committee of Financial Executives International (FEI).

Smetana says the top concern these days among private companies is access to capital markets.

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