Meeting/Event Information

Dinner Meeting - State of City of Houston Finances - March 26, 2019

March 26, 2019
4:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The Junior League of Houston
1811 Briar Oaks Lane
Houston, TX 77027

Dinner Meeting - State of City of Houston Finances

Dave Martin
Council Member

District E

A proven business and government leader, Dave has a strong desire to ensure conservative principles are applied in City government.  He has been influential in providing sound business and proven decision making skills to the council in dealing with notable issues facing Houston today. First elected in November 2012; public safety, fiscal responsibility and economic development have been and will continue to be cornerstone of Dave’s daily priorities. Additionally, he works hard to ensure exemplary constituent service to the residents of District E. During his second term in office, Dave has been appointed to serve as Chair of the Budget and Fiscal Affairs, Budget and Fiscal Affairs Subcommittee on Debt Financing and Pensions, and a member of Budget and Fiscal Affairs; Economic Development; Ethics, Elections and Council Governance; and Transportation, Technology and Infrastructure.

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana and a graduate of Louisiana State University, Dave serves as a Managing Director of Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. and previously worked for two large “Big Four” Accounting Firms, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP and Ernst & Young, LLP. Dave was elected to the Humble ISD Board of Trustees in 2004 and served as President, Board Finance Committee Chairman and Chairman of the Board Audit Committee.

Dave also served as Secretary/Treasurer of the Board of Directors for the Harris County Houston Sports Authority (HCHSA) where he was also Chairman of the Board Finance Committee. While serving in this capacity, Dave helped with Houston’s mission to attract the very best sporting events into our city, bringing economic development while ensuring the debt service payments for Houston’s Sports venues are transacted to protect Houston’s tax dollars. Dave has also been involved with the Greater Houston Partnership where he served on the Education Policy/Strategic Policy Committee. As a member of “Raise your Hand Texas”, an advocacy organization dedicated to supporting Texas Public Schools, Dave has been instrumental in shaping public policy for public education for many years.

Dave and his wife Julie have been married for 30 years. They live in Kingwood with their three children, David, Michael and Jennifer. They are active parishioners at St. Martha’s Catholic Church.

Chris B. Brown
Houston City Controller

Chris B. Brown is a lifelong Houstonian who was sworn into office as City Controller in January 2016. As the Controller of the nation’s fourth largest, Controller Brown oversees a $5 billion budget, manages the city’s $4 billion investment portfolio, superintends its $13 billion debt portfolio, and through the Controller's Office Audit Division, has generated more than $10 million in savings via increased efficiencies. As Controller, Chris has also helped save city taxpayers more than $225 million through refinancing the city’s existing debt. As Controller, Chris has led on the city’s most pressing financial issues, playing an instrumental role in solving Houston’s pension crisis, addressing billions of dollars in unfunded Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) liability, and championing the city’s pursuit of adopting a structurally balanced budget every fiscal year.

Controller Brown’s career spans more than two decades across both the public and private sectors. Prior to being elected Controller in December 2015, Chris served as Chief Deputy City Controller, where he managed the day-to-day operations of the office and oversaw a staff of more than 65 employees. Before being appointed Chief Deputy City Controller in 2009, Chris worked as City Council Chief of Staff, spearheading community development initiatives and serving as a liaison to the Budget and Fiscal Affairs Committee. Chris’s career began in the private sector, where he worked as a trader for Coastal Securities, an investment bank. After several years, Chris co-founded an equity trading firm where he worked as the head of operations. This work gave him first-hand experience with leadership, risk management, compliance, reporting, building operations, and negotiating complex agreements.

In addition to his professional experience, Chris is actively involved with several organizations in a leadership capacity. Controller Brown currently serves on the National League of Cities’ Finance, Administration & Intergovernmental Relations (FAIR) Committee. He was appointed Chairman of the FAIR committee in 2019, a role in which he plays a key role in developing the organization’s policy positions on a range of issues. Chris also serves on the board of the William A. Lawson Institute for Peace & Prosperity (WALIPP), the Asia Society of Texas Advisory Board, and the Texan-French Alliance for the Arts. He is a past board member of the TCU National Alumni and SEARCH Homeless Services. As a fourth-generation Houstonian, Chris has deep roots across the community. He attended Texas Christian University where he obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance, and later earned a Master's in Business Administration from the University of Houston. Chris and his wife Divya are involved in many philanthropic causes, and are proud parents to their daughter, Milana, and newborn son, Britton.

Professional Development Session




Digital-readiness: Is your organization ready to transform?Finance leaders are facing a new threat – keeping up with the constant changes and challenges of the new digital business environment. Traditional companies in virtually every sector are struggling
to keep up with technologies that can help them operate more efficiently. Adaptation is the key to survival. If you're not willing to change business as usual, your competition will.So, what does digital transformation really mean for your organization, and how can it apply to
your role in the business – from people, processes and technology, to meeting evolving customer demands and regulations? The journey of becoming digital looks promising, but it is not easy.
From cybersecurity to cloud, there are a lot of considerations to keep in mind.In this session, a panel of CFO peers will provide practical tips, helpful insights and share their first-hand experience undergoing a digital transformation.

Learning Objectives

Identify if your company is ready for a digital transformation

Learn how to evolve your financial operations and leverage emerging technologies such as ERP systems

Discover initial steps to take toward becoming a digitally ready organization

Learn how to avoid common digital transformation obstacles



4:00 PM – Beat the Traffic Social
4:30 PM - Professional Development Session Speaker 
5:30 PM - Social Hour
6:30 PM - Dinner & Presentation

We would like to thank our Platinum Sponsor for sponsoring the Professional Development Session: 


Thank you to our gold sponsor:

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Prospective Members must be submitted via the form link. All forms must be submitted for approval by the membership committee by 5:00 pm on the Wednesday before the meeting. Once approved, FEI will register prospects and inform the member or sponsor contact that the prospect has been approved to attend. This is applicable to anyone bringing a prospective member.

CPE Credit is offered for the PD Session and the Dinner Presentation.  One (1) hour of CPE is offered for each program.  There is not pre-requisite preparation or experience required.

If you have not already done so, please register by 5:00 p.m. Friday, March 22, 2019 
Please note that no shows will be invoiced $50.


$0.00 FEI Chapter Member

$90.00 Guest