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The Greater Fort Lauderdale - Broward County Convention Center
1950 Eisenhower Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL  33316

 Concurrent Sessions and Discussion Groups

Management and Policy

Concurrent Sessions

Communicating Effectively with Your Employees

To be successful, finance officers must communicate effectively with their staff.  Tools such as e-mail and voice mail save time but can be counter-productive for good interpersonal communication. This session will provide an overview of the factors that influence what people hear, such as organizational culture, generational differences, and individual values.  Special attention will be given to the effective use of communication strategies for email, individual discussions and group meetings.

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


Moderator: Vivian McGettigan, Finance Director, Faquier County and Public Schools, Warrenton, VA
Speakers: Gloriette G. Beck, Chief Financial Administrative Officer, County of Sacramento, CA

Dr. Ronald L. Rhames, Senior Vice President, Business Affairs, Midlands Technical College, Columbia, SC

Green Government:  What the Leaders are Doing

Governments can exercise good financial stewardship and good environmental stewardship at the same time.  At this session finance officers will discuss the roles they have played in developing and implementing green initiatives such as LEED buildings, hybrid fleets, and environmentally-friendly purchasing.

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


Moderator: Robena Reid, Financial Economist, USDOT – Federal Transit Administration, Lorton, VA
Speakers:  Miriam Zimms, Senior Consultant, Kessler Consulting, Inc., Tampa, FL

Tammy Clayton, Director of Finance, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Palmer, AK

Jennifer Sims, Chief Financial Officer, City of Portland, OR

Resiliency: A New Way to Think About Disaster Management

Most disaster preparedness efforts emphasize reacting to a disaster quickly and effectively to minimize losses.  A resiliency approach focuses on building in enhanced capabilities that enable a government to both respond quickly and to recover quickly.  This session will explore the concept of resiliency and how governments can use it to improve their infrastructure and operational capabilities.

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


Moderator: Sharon Knippenberg, Controller, City of Punta Gorda, FL
Speakers: Brian Strong, Director, Capital Planning Program, City of County of San Francisco, CA

Jeff Tyne, Budget Officer, City of Peoria, AZ

Holley Wade, Business Continuity Program Manager, County of Hillsborough, Tampa, FL

Hiring Good Staff in a Seller’s Market

Local governments must compete with each other and with the private sector to attract high quality staff.  This session will address the employment marketplace and what it takes to be competitive as an employer in today’s economy.  Experienced public finance officers who have successful recruitment and retention programs will discuss their strategies for attracting the best.  

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


Moderator: Lanre Banjo, Deputy Director, Accounting Policy, District of Columbia, Office of Financial Operations and Systems, Washington, DC
Speakers:  Bob Lavigna, (presentation) Vice President of Research, Partnership for Public Service, Washington, DC

Ronald P. Clare, (presentation) HR Director, Broward County Sheriff’s Office, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Rubina Merchant, (presentation) Projects Coordinator, City of Calgary, AB

Nawshad Sunderji,(presentation) Finance Manager, Finance and Supply, City of Calgary, AB

A Strategic Approach to Organizing the Finance Function

In both the private and public sectors, the finance office is adding to its control and transaction processing responsibilities the important role of contributing to organization-wide strategy setting and partnering with operating departments on business planning and analysis. Speakers will discuss their experiences in taking on this strategic role including changes in the finance office’s structure and culture, skill sets needed by employees and managers, and technologies that enhance analytic capabilities.  GFOA’s new Elected Officials Guide to organizing the finance function will also be featured.

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


Moderator: Marilou Moore, Financial Analyst, City of Everett, Public Works Department, WA
Speakers: Matt Bailey, Senior Manager, Public Sector, Deloitte & Touche, LLP, Minneapolis, MN

Christina Dorfhuber, Principal, Public Sector Consulting, Deloitte & Touche, LLP, Harrisburg, PA

Perry James, CFO, City of Raleigh, NC

Economic Development:  Creating Your Community’s Vision

A jurisdiction’s economic development vision emerges from a community’s existing public and private sector assets, history and culture.  Consequently the vision should be based not only on leaders’ or citizens’ preferences but on objective analysis of a community’s economic strengths and weaknesses.  The skills and tools of the finance officer can add value to this process.  At this session hear from practitioners how they have applied their finance and analytic expertise to help set their communities’ economic development direction.  

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


Moderator: William Stafford, CFO, Evanston Township High School District 202, Evanston, IL
Speakers: David N. MacGillivray, Chairman, Springsted, Inc., St. Paul, MN

Christopher P. Morrill, Assistant City Manager, City of Savannah, GA

Arthur Lynch, Deputy City Manager, City of Glendale – Administrative Services, Glendale, AZ

Coping with Change

Most people affected by organizational change are not given a choice in the matter.  This session is designed specifically for finance officers who are initiating change or who are affected by organizational change mandated by others.  Speakers will share their experiences with major changes such as the implementation of new technologies, leadership and management changes, and reorganizations.  The session will also feature tips to help you and your staff navigate a changing environment.  

Wednesday, June 18, 2008 / 8:30 am – 10:10 am


Moderator: Shirley Hughes, Assistant City Manager/CFO, City of Beaufort, SC
Speakers: Michael J. Geoghegan, CFO/Director, Finance and Administrative Services Department, Broward County, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Jack McGuinness, President, Infrastructure Management Group, Bethesda, MD

Nancy Zielke, Director, Alvarez & Marsal, Kansas City, MO


Discussion Groups

Becoming a Certified Public Finance Officer

The Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO) program of the GFOA is a broad educational self-study program designed to verify knowledge in the disciplines of government finance.  Geared towards potential and current CPFO candidates, this discussion group will focus on the process and benefits of the CPFO designation as well as tips for studying the exams. 

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


Discussion Leader: Dr. Bruce W. Chase, Professor, Radford University, Radford, VA 

What’s Your Game Plan? Increase Your Productivity by Managing Priorities

Are you tired of never ending to do lists?  Attend this session to learn techniques for handling multiple responsibilities simultaneously.  Share your experiences and strategies on time management and multi-tasking.

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


Discussion Leader: Todd Schreiner, National Solutions Director, Business Performance Management, Parson Consulting, Chicago, IL