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President’s Message

It is an honor to serve as your 2019-2020 president!

GFOAT is an organization filled with talented and dedicated people, and I look forward to continue to work with you in achieving our mission, “Promoting Excellence in Government Finance!”

Thanks to Bob Scott, GFOAT’s immediate past president, for leading GFOAT through the past year as we developed a strategic plan to move our organization forward and update our branding. Bob was instrumental in starting the Government Accounting Academy, which provided needed training in three regions of our state. Bob, thank you for all you do for this organization.

As we look forward to what’s next, local governments will continue to face many challenges over the coming years. New legislation will limit local control and add complex accounting and compliance rules. There will be changes in the makeup of our workforce and rapid changes in technology will require new internal controls focused on cybersecurity.

The GFOAT Board of Directors recognized the changes happening in our communities and profession and developed a strategic plan to ensure the organization is positioned to help members. One of the key ingredients to ensure GFOAT accomplishes its mission is the active participation of its membership. WE NEED YOU! GFOAT has eight standing committees.

These committees are:

Certified Government Finance Officers (CGFO)                                Financial Reporting and Regulatory Response
Conference Planning                                                                                    Legislative
Communications                                                                                           Membership
Ethics and Internal Controls                                                                     Scholarship, Fellowship, and Foundation

Active participation in these committees is critical to the success of our organization and its members.  The Board of Directors and committees need your fresh and creative ideas to handle the changes and challenges of our profession.

The GFOAT Fall Conference is November 7-8, 2019, at the Esports Stadium Arlington & Expo Center. The Conference Planning Committee has lined up an array of informative sessions and speakers. We are delighted to have Kelly Richmond Pope, director of All the Queen’s Horses: The Rita Crundwell Story, as our closing session speaker.  This documentary film is a fascinating look at what can happen when adequate internal controls are not in place.

Back by popular demand, our social event will be at AT&T Stadium. On Thursday, wear your favorite football jersey and join us for a fun evening of networking and dinner, then a VIP guided tour.

I look forward to the coming year and hope to see you all in November!

“You have to motivate yourself with challenges. That’s how you know you’re still alive.”
Jerry Seinfeld

Sandy Mattick, CPA, CGFO
President, GFOAT
Finance Director, City of Boerne