President’s Message


It is summertime again in Texas.  Things get heated.  You begin to sweat.  There are both cheers and tears when it’s over.  No, I am not referring to the weather.  I am talking about your budget meetings with City Council.

Let me start my first message by saying, “Thank you”.  Thank you for the privilege of serving as your President.  Thank you for trusting me with the leadership of GFOAT.  I sincerely appreciate Bret Starr, our Immediate Past President, and the Board of Directors for their work and support.

Founded in 1933, there are one thousand reasons why the Government Finance Officers Association of Texas is an amazing institution that has enhanced the quality of local government finance for over eighty years.  It is YOU, all 1,000 members, who make this organization strong.  You share your time and experience.  You contribute your knowledge and offer to help.  It is your creativity and motivation that pushes this organization forward.  Let’s keep that going!

Exciting things lie ahead.  In late October, we will be “Keeping Up with the Rhythm of Government Finance” at the Fall Conference in Houston.  Educational sessions will span the spectrum of finance from investments to insurance, purchasing to fleet management.  The presentation on work/life balance I desperately need to attend.  Sidney Kirk, Susan Morgan, Clifford Blackwell, Becky Brooks, and all the Conference Planning Committee have put together another fantastic conference.  Lavern Gaines and the folks at TML continue to do an incredible job at planning and preparation.

Please take a moment to visit our new website.  The appearance has been freshened, and navigation has been simplified.  The forum is filled with interesting questions and thought-provoking answers.  In the coming months, we hope to offer webinars that will be eligible for continuing education credits for both CGFOs and CPAs.  It is my goal to make the GFOAT website your go-to site for future training.  Come back often as we expand our content.

I will see in you in Houston!


Michael Rodgers, CPA

President, GFOAT



All Rights Reserved