May 2017 Print

President's Report

I can’t believe another year is almost completed. I have had a great time meeting and talking to all of you. We have had a busy and engaging year. We added a few new events and expanded on some existing ideas. Listed below are a few of our highlights:

?Three Leadership Lunches where we learned about change management, body language and emotional intelligence.
?An Energy Special Interest Group that started with discussions on how the new leasing standard impacts upstream, midstream and downstream energy companies.
?A Technology Special Interest Group began by discussing Block Chain.
Quarterly Happy Hours allowed members to get to know each other in a more relaxed and fun setting.
Partnering with the University of Houston Bauer College of Business for our annual FEI’s CFO University . Additionally, members have enjoyed discounts on Bauer College classes.
Partnered with NACD for their annual Non-Profits luncheon. Our career management committee started a database for interest in serving on a Non-profit Board.
Joined the Greater Houston Partnership as an organization in order to enhance the FEI brand.

I am very interested in getting your feedback on which of these events were valuable to you and how we can make them more impactful to you. Please contact me at with your thoughts. We would like to expand the Special Interests Groups (SIGS) into other areas of focus. Some ideas currently being circulated are SEC Reporting, Treasurers Group, Manufacturing, and Healthcare. We need members’ participation in ideas for future SIGs and helping to coordinate them. Our goal is to push these into locations more convenient to our members. We are also looking for member involvement in the planning and topic generation for these groups. This is a great way to get more engaged with our membership and widen your current network of professionals.

Our dinner presentation on May 16 will be a panel of speakers discussing trade and other current events in Washington DC from diverse perspectives. It should be a robust event! Thanks to our Title Sponsor, Deloitte, who has brought together this intelligent, well-informed panel including Bill Womack and Patrick Givens.

Our professional development session sponsored by Wells Fargo includes Kelly Landreth and Paul Wolfert from Wells Fargo’s Investment Banking and Capital Markets team for a presentation and discussion on the state of the M&A and capital markets with a focus on:

Providing an overview of trends driving M&A activity from the perspective of both buyers and sellers;
Sharing an update on developments across the public and private debt and equity capital markets; and
Discussing characteristics lenders focus on in an evolving regulatory and operating environment.

Our dinner meeting Gold sponsor is CFO Suite. Please continue to support our sponsors, who help make our chapter events possible.

We are getting very close to our annual FEI’s CFO University in partnership with the University of Houston C.T. Bauer College of Business on May 18th. There are very few slots left so don’t delay in signing up. It is always an informative event.

Recently four members of the FEI Houston Leadership team attended the National FEI Summit in California. We came away with lots of new ideas and fresh perspectives to bring to our individual organizations, but also to the Houston chapter. We formed a close alliance with the Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth and San Antonio chapters who have volunteered to help us coordinate next year’s National Summit being held right here in Houston Texas!

I exit this year as President hoping I have made the FEI experience impactful to you, our members, and look forward to supporting next year’s President and Leadership team in making FEI Houston even more rewarding and important to you!

Ann Kaesermann
President, FEI Houston Chapter

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