To my fellow Members of CFMA Philadelphia:
One last “Message from This President”. I am happy to announce that effective April 1, 2016 our Chapter welcomed Joe Buckley from Allan Myers as the new President of our Philadelphia Chapter of CFMA. Before I turn over the gavel to Joe, I have just a few final thoughts that I’d like to share with you.
When I think back over my last two years of being president, I immediately think of my predecessor Wendy Byerley and the great job she did for our Chapter during her term, and the terrific opportunity she presented me with to lead our Chapter.
The second thing that comes to mind is what an enjoyable experience I had working closely with my fellow officers and Board of Directors, a few of which had been good friends of mine for a long time, and many more that I now am happy and proud to call friends. As most incoming presidents are, in addition to being excited for the new opportunity, I was wondering how on earth I would find the time to do right by my family, my employer and my new responsibility. The support I received from many corners, including all mentioned above, allow me to now look back and reflect on just how many people it really takes to lead this organization of 200 members. The president’s job is more one of coach than quarterback, as all the dedicated members on our Board and Committees are the ones really getting it done. Each committee Chair is the quarterback of his/her team and is supported fully by the Board. There is so much work that goes on behind the scenes required to continually present value to our members, starting with exceptional programs featuring practical topics and presenters who are experts in their fields.
There is no doubt that the value proposition of CFMA is and has always been great programs and invaluable networking opportunities. Our Chapter is blessed with a healthy mix of General Members, both GCs and Specialty contractors, and a wealth of Associate Members who offer expertise in virtually every area that a construction financial manager (“CFM”) needs support with. I can’t begin to count the number of times I’ve personally used my CFMA network to get help with an issue.
Some of our best attended events are the ones in which general members are willing to share with us something about their own Company and what works for them. Our meetings focus on subjects that CFMs deal with on a daily basis, many of which that have no other formal training available. Our associate members have a long history of being more than capable of providing us with the answers we need. I thank all of our members who have stepped up and been involved with our programs. Thank you for sharing your experience and knowledge. We are all stronger for it, and I firmly believe it’s what keeps our renewal numbers every year one of the best in the country.
Speaking of programs, I’d like to reminisce about just a few highlights of the past two years. Without a doubt, my personal favorite was our Executive of the Year Gala back in January 2015. Held once again at the beautiful Merion Cricket Club, we had a very memorable night honoring Jack Donnelly of L.F. Driscoll and Fran Pietrini of B. Pietrini and Sons, along with our Chapter’s General member of the Year Wendy Byerley and Associate Member of the Year John Derstine. Our next Executive of the Year event will be held January 2017, and planning is already underway!
Programs focused on assisting our CFMs with the many hats they wear included Emergency Management Planning, Health Care Reform, Accurate Project Cost Forecasting, Ethics in Construction, Cyber Security, Treasury Management and a Construction Finance Roundtable focused on HR, I.T. and Employee benefits. For the third straight year, we just held a joint event with ABC featuring Anirban Basu and his ever entertaining and informative Economic Update. Our social events included 2 memorable, first-class holiday parties at Seasons 52, a Monte Carlo night and 9 holes of golf at Center Square Golf Club, followed by a thoroughly entertaining evening with Ray Didinger, an absolute authority on the Philadelphia Eagles. He was as impressive, kind, thoughtful and sincere in person as you hear on his radio and TV broadcasts.
Speaking of golf, I would be very remiss if I didn’t highlight our Chapter’s annual Barbara Mosteller Memorial Golf Outing. I cannot overstate the importance of this event to our chapter. Under the long-term leadership of Matt Rosenberg, his associates at Rosenberg & Parker, and our Chapter’s golf committee, this event continues to be a sell-out every year. Your support of this effort allowed our Chapter to provide scholarships totaling $20,000 over the past two years to deserving college students from the Philadelphia area. Along with keeping our Chapter financially strong. Our Golf Outing allows us to continue our Chapter’s charitable support of the Ronald McDonald House and recently the Laurel House of Montgomery County. These two organizations are very deserving of your support and CFMA Philadelphia is proud to present opportunities to our members to get involved with them.
As I look forward to my continual involvement with our Chapter, I hope to explore opportunities to help our national CFMA organization with the numerous committees at that level. In addition, The ICCIFP continues to enjoy strong growth and recognition throughout the construction industry of the CCIFP credential.
Most of all, I look forward to the energizing leadership of Joe Buckley, knowing that our Chapter is in good hands. Joe has been an invaluable asset to me over the last two years and will be a breath of fresh air to our great Chapter. Last but not least, along with Joe, the folks at Bower Management, Andrea, Tim and Jessica, have helped keep me focused on the big picture, knowing that the details are very capably covered. Their administrative services are essential to our Chapter and they are one of the primary reasons we are able to continually present great programs for our members.
I thank all of you for your support and friendship over the last two years, and strongly encourage you to get involved in some way with your Chapter. The connections you will make and knowledge you will bring back to your employer are truly invaluable. The friendships you will develop will last a lifetime!
With warmest wishes,
President, CFMA Philadelphia