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President’s Message

Promoting Excellence in Government Finance!

Sometimes less is more. As the Board deliberated an updated mission statement and strategic plan, the result was short, simple, and laser beam focused. Our job as an organization is to promote excellence in government finance by providing our membership the tools, training, and relationships to make a positive difference in their governments. Below are some great examples of the mission statement in action:

Governmental Accounting Academy

We have held two GAAs; both events sold out with waiting lists. Six CPA firms (BKD, Crowe Horwath, Deloitte, Clifton Larsen Allen, Grant Thornton, and Weaver) and three of your fellow members (Keith Dagen, Debbie Mol, and Bob Scott) taught nearly 130 individuals from all over the state. The GAA would not be possible without GFOAT’s partnership with national GFOA. We currently have another waiting list for the third GAA, which we will begin planning for in Houston.

Spring Institute

The GFOAT Spring Institute is scheduled for April 14-16 at the Renaissance Austin Hotel. We have a blockbuster event planned, and registration is now open. Our conference and planning committee co-chairs, Karen Rhodes and Bret Starr (both past presidents), have put together an incredible line-up of topics and speakers. Speakers include Glenn Hegar, Texas Comptroller; Emily Brock, National GFOA Federal Liaison Director; and Lisa Parker, GASB; Project Manager along with a host of speakers from our very own GFOAT members.

BUT WAIT…THERE’S MORE: Ethics is every finance officer’s responsibility, so we have obtained Allison McLeod, JD, CPA from the University of North Texas, to conduct the closing session and a four hour post-conference session that qualifies for the every other year CPA requirement for ethics training. This session however will be tailored to the ethical dilemmas of government.

Member Engagement

In order to encourage more participation in our committees, we have scheduled the committee meetings (except for CGFO) to begin at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. Did you know the GFOAT Board of Directors is selected from committee members? Now is the time to get involved with your organization; join a committee!

In closing, a final shout out to David Eisenlohr of the Azimuth Group who donated his time to facilitate the Board’s strategic planning session. I encourage you to look at our new strategic plan and see how you can help us “Promote Excellence in Government Finance.”

See you in Austin!

Bob Scott

GFOAT President