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The Greater Fort Lauderdale - Broward County Convention Center
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Fort Lauderdale, FL  33316

 Concurrent Sessions and Discussion Groups


Cash Management & Investing

Concurrent Sessions

Efficient On-Line Bill Paying:  Best Practices for Billers

This session will focus on on-line bill paying methods that streamline the process for billers as well as customers.  Hear from practitioners and technical experts how to improve back-office processes for on-line bill paying.  The session will features approaches that replace manual payment notifications and fund transfers with fully electronic transactions.  

Sunday, June 15, 2008 / 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm


Moderator: David Olsen, Treasurer, City of Warwick, RI
Speakers: Debby Cherney, Director of Finance, Irvine Ranch Water District, Irvine, CA

John Sofley, Management Services Director, City of Salisbury, NC

Intergovernmental Cooperation in the Treasury Function

This session will explore how governments are reducing their costs in the treasury function by working together. Speakers will discuss intergovernmental cooperation and pooled purchases in areas such as lockbox services, cashiering and treasury workstations, as well as other banking services.

Sunday, June 15, 2008 / 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm


Moderator: Anne Smarsh, Accounting Director, County of Sedgwick – Finance Division, Wichita, KS
Speakers: Cindy Greco, Principal Buyer, County of Waukesha, Purchasing Department, Waukesha, WI

John Payne, Deputy Treasurer, Clark County Treasurer’s Office, Vancouver, WA

How Safe Are Money Market Funds?

Almost forty years ago, when money market funds were invented, investors flocked to them for better returns and a high degree of safety.  What happens when money market funds put their cash into investments such as collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) backed by subprime mortgage loans?  This panel will discuss the safety of money market fund investing, what these funds really invest in, and why some investors are scrambling for Treasuries.  Presenters will also discuss investment alternatives for public investors.

Monday, June 16, 2008 / 10:25 am – 12:10 pm


Moderator: Kathryn Hewitt, Cash & Investment Manager, Prince George’s County, Upper Marlboro, MD
Speakers: Gerald P. Dwyer, Vice President, Federal Reserve of Atlanta, GA

Jimmie Irby, Vice President, JP Morgan Asset Management, Liquid Products, Columbus, OH

Peter Rizzo, Senior Director, Standard and Poor’s Fund Ratings, New York, NY

The Internal Control Environment for Public Funds

How can a solid internal control environment foster ethical investment behavior?  This session will cover a range of issues including maintaining openness and transparency in investment transactions, effectively communicating investment results to overseers, avoiding inappropriate activities and maintaining arms-length relationships with vendors, accepting accountability and responsibility for the investment program, and safeguarding its component parts.

Monday, June 16, 2008 / 1:25 pm – 3:05 pm


Moderator: Jan S. Hawn, Finance Director, City of Bellevue, WA
Speakers: Bob Eichem, Finance Director, City of Boulder, CO

Lisa Marie Harris, Deputy Treasurer, County of San Diego, CA

Diane C. Reichard, Finance Director, City of Temple Terrace, FL

The Challenges of Selecting a Broker/Dealer

Government officials entrusted with public funds must protect monies from losses and mitigate risks of selecting unsuitable broker/dealers. This session will offer successful methods for selecting a broker/dealer you can work with. Speakers will discuss important steps in the process including defining internal selection processes, performing due diligence, and establishing a competitive procedure, highlighting guidance from GFOA recommended practices and a new GFOA publication, An Introduction to Broker-Dealer Relations.

Monday, June 16, 2008 / 3:20 pm – 5 pm


Combined presentation slides

Moderator: Russell B. Truell, Chief Financial Officer, City of Franklin, TN
Speakers: Steven G. Chapman, Director of Financial Services, City of Tamarac, FL

Deanne Woodring, Managing Director, Davidson Fixed Income Management, Inc., Portland, OR


Cutting-Edge Practices for Government Investors

This session will cover what cutting edge investors are doing right now.  Speakers will explore benchmarking and how it can help manage risk and return, explain asset/liability-driven investing and discuss the feasibility of getting a rating for your government’s investment portfolio.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008 / 10:15 am – 11:55 am


Moderator: Lynda Flynn, Asset and Debt Manager, Osceola County, Kissimmee, FL
Speakers: Margaret Kerins, Managing Director, Agency Strategy, RBS Greenwich Capital, Chicago, IL

Jeff Kern, Treasury Management Officer, County of Sarasota, FL

Randy Sherman, Finance Director, City of West Palm Beach, FL

New Technologies for Public Investing:  Online Platforms and Other Tools

Using new technologies, cash and investment managers can save time and improve information flow and analysis.  Speakers will present information on online platforms for investing, technologies for tracking and reporting results, and analytic tools. Attend this session to hear about leading investment software products and approaches to securely and efficiently execute electronic trades.  

Tuesday, June 17, 2008 / 1:55 pm – 3:35 pm


Moderator: Larry D. Clark, Director of Finance, Richland Metropolitan Authority, Richmond, VA
Speakers: Ivy Huff, Director of Product Management, Evare, LLC, Burlington, MA

Glenda Probst, Executive Director, West Virginia Board of Treasury Investments, Charleston, WV

Jayson Schmitt, Portfolio Manager, Chandler Asset Management, San Diego, CA 

Liquidity and Core Portfolios in Today’s Market: Tips From the Experts

The economy and financial markets are always changing.  How will tightened credit, fluctuating interest rates, inflation, and recession worries affect government portfolios? Speakers will address these questions, identify economic trends, and provide useful, practical ideas for managing your portfolio.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008 / 10:25 am – 12:05 pm


Moderator: Cynthia J. Evangelisti, Assistant Treasurer, Chicago Park District, IL
Speakers: Jim DeMasi, Principal, First Vice President, Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc., Baltimore, MD

Bernie Schoenfeld, Vice President, Bank of New York Mellon, New York, NY


Discussion Groups

Communicating Investment Performance to Elected Officials

In can be a challenge communicating investment performance information to a City Council or other elected officials. Often, elected officials are unfamiliar with the terms and complexity of public investing. Go to this roundtable to learn tips from your colleagues and to share some of your own.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008 / 3:50 pm – 4:50 pm


Discussion Leader: Joya C. DeFoor, City Treasurer/CTP, City of Los Angeles, CA

Revenue Collection Tips and Traps

Do you have a revenue source that is difficult to collect? Find out if other finance officers have had the same difficulty and the solutions they have found. Share revenue collection tips, traps, and stories with colleagues across the nation.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008 / 3:50 pm – 4:50 pm


Discussion Leader: Terry S. Stone, Finance Director, Hanover County, VA