President’s Message



Fall Conference registration is open; but wait, there’s more…

Walking along the Champs Elysees on a recent vacation, Laurie and I noticed a strange phenomenon: almost everyone was walking out in the bright, very hot sunshine next to Paris traffic when a wide tree-lined path was only 30 feet to the side. We immediately diverted to the tree-lined path and ended the day less tired and without sunburn.  This experience struck me as a great analogy of how many of us get trapped into working harder not smarter.  We charge into projects without doing research upfront; we decide that we don’t have time to attend training or conferences; or we don’t make use of on-line resources we have.  In my opening message as president, I spoke of all the exciting initiatives that we as an organization are undertaking in the next few months.  Since that time:

  • The conference line-up has been finalized with speakers from GASB, AICPA, and GFOA national. The topics cover the spectrum and concurrent session will be difficult to choose between.
  • The first Governmental Accounting Academy was held to a sold -out crowd. Reviews were high with many requests to offer the class again. The next GAA is being planned for Austin early next year.
  • Martie Simpson has been named our new Executive Director and is bringing an enthusiasm and energy that will be a force to be reckoned with.

We are also busy working on a few things:

  • Wednesday morning before the conference, your board will be having a strategic planning session to determine how to best position GFOAT to serve our members.
  • The Communications Committee is working diligently on our new website and logo. The big reveal is scheduled for the fall conference.

I believe these changes offer huge opportunities for you to work smarter not harder but only if you head for the coolness of the tree lined path and take advantage of what your GFOAT has to offer.  I hope to see you at the Fall Conference!

Bob Scott
GFOAT President

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