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Joe Buckley, CFMA Philadelphia, PresidentTo my fellow Members of CFMA Philadelphia:

I’m truly honored to serve as President of CFMA’s Philadelphia chapter and I’m looking forward to continuing the vision that we have set forward since 1983.  First I would like to thank John Bieber of National Glass and Metal Co. for his leadership for the past two years.  He has done a terrific job and has helped our chapter to improve in both membership and programing.  I would also like to thank the board of directors, both past and present for their commitment to CFMA and to the chapter’s growth. Especially the current executive committee, Vice President Jim McGettigan, Treasurer Joe Gravenstine, Secretary Ann Bowman and Immediate Past President John Bieber, I look forward with working with you and rest of board over the next two years.

As I start my term as president I have been reflecting on my membership in CFMA.  I have been a member since 2005 and was encouraged to join by a coworker.  In 2005 I was new to the construction industry and to the area.  CFMA Philadelphia became a place for me to increase my knowledge and understanding of the construction industry and the issues that we will face each day.  As I grew my career I became more involved with the organization and the chapter.  This where I found the true value of CFMA, the more I got involved the more I got out of it.  I have been able build a network of construction financial professional from all over the nation and I know that if I have an issue, question or concern I can reach out to and get help.

As president I will continue to focus on education and networking.  We will strive to provide programming on the relevant topics that effect our industry.  Our program committee provides us with great topics each month ranging from human resource to information technologies to finance and accounting.  We usually meet the 3rd Thursday of each month and I strongly recommend that you take a look at the calendar of events and attend an upcoming event.  We have great presenters that are experts in their fields at the national and local levels.  I also encourage you to let us know if you have an idea for a topic to please reach out and let us know.  We are always looking for program ideas and presenters that will help educate our members.

I truly believe that the more you put into CFMA the more you will get out of, CFMA can be as great as you make it!    I encourage you all to get more involved in the chapter by attending a meeting, joining a committee or reaching out to a board member and asking them more about CFMA.   I’m excited about where we are headed as an association and I’m looking forward to serving as your president.  Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any question.

I hope to see you at an upcoming CFMA event

Thanks,

Joe Buckley
President, CFMA Philadelphia


Outgoing Presidents' Message - John

John Bieber, CFMA Philadelphia, PresidentTo 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,

John Bieber
President, CFMA Philadelphia