President’s Message




Hola Amigos!

I hope you are all having a great fall. I am excited about the privilege of serving as your GFOAT President. Along with myself, the following individuals will serve as your GFOAT Board of Directors for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.

Immediate Past President
Clifford Blackwell, City of Bedford
South Representative
Sandra Mattick, City of Boerne
Robert (Bob) Scott, City of Carrollton
West Representative
Chris Sharp, City of Canyon
Keith Dagen, City of Richardson
East Representative
Cheryl Dowden, City of Nederland
Katina Hampton, City of Friendswood
TML Board Representative
Michael Rodgers, City of Webster
Central Representative
Lori Lankford, City of Round Rock
GFOA Representative
Janina Jewell, City of Euless
North Representative
Sidney Kirk, City of Weatherford
TMRS Advisory Board Representative
Casey Srader, City of Plano

I would like to personally thank the Conference Planning Committee for all their hard work. They have, once again, outperformed themselves and have planned an AMAZING conference.  The theme of this year’s conference is A Fiesta of Finances: Working Your Way Through Diverse Needs. Jody Urquhart, our keynote speaker, will present This Would Be Funny . . . If It Wasn’t Happening To Me! and How to Navigate the Future with Enthusiasm and Vigor.  The location for this year’s conference in beautiful San Antonio is the Westin Riverwalk Hotel. The Board of Directors and I look forward to seeing you there on November 2-3.

Be sure to download your conference app, and make plans to come to our networking event at Casa Rio from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on November 2. To download the app, click here from your cell phone.  

So, with that said, we will all be ready for Fiesta in November. Iron your best Fiesta wear and head to San Antonio.

Muchas Gracias,


Martie Simpson
GFOAT President

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