October 2020 Print

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Welcome to the October 2020 President’s Letter.  I hope everyone is staying healthy and safe.  We have a busy lineup for October so let me jump right in. 


Staying with our virtual events plan, we have three webinars planned in October.  On October 14, PNC Bank will present an Economic Outlook: Recovery from Viral Recession Has Started, But How Strong?”  Gus Faucher, Chief Economist with PNC will give some great insight into what is happening now and how the recovery is shaping up.  On October 21 Kim Gwin with Bank of Texas will present on Treasury Management, how to get the most from your treasury operations and some new ideas.  October 28, BBVA will provide a different view on the economy with an Economic Update and Election Outlook.  Nathaniel Karp, Chief US Economist will provide his economic views with a twist on the possible impacts of the election.  I know Nathaniel will be updating his data right up to the presentation.  You can register for all the webinars here.  


Last week we announced our first Executive Roundtable for October 22 at 4pm.  This is something new to give members an opportunity to network virtually and discuss a topic, moderated by one of our Strategic Partners and then change topics after 20 minutes.  The event will run for an hour so you will get to network and have some interesting discussions with other members.  This first event is a pilot and we are limiting the registration to the first 40 members to keep the virtual discussion groups small.  Be sure to sign up, and after we make any tweaks from the first event, look for these to recur one or two times per month.  Click here to register.


We have rescheduled CFO University to December 9 – 11, starting at 3pm on Wednesday and Thursday and 10am to 1pm on Friday.  We have a great lineup of presenters and registration will open soon.  Look for a flyer with the agenda and all the details. 


FEI National Leadership Summit is ongoing on different days in October as a virtual event.  The last session is on October 22.  Here is a link to learn more.  National is also devoting significant resources to webcast events and has 8 webinar events scheduled for October.  These cover topics including treasury management, intercompany transactions and internal controls.  You can find all of the National in-person programs and webinars by following this link

I have mentioned this for several months but if you are looking for resources related to reopening or best practices for social distancing in the workplace, be sure to tap into the national COVID-19 Dashboard.  If you don’t subscribe to FEI Connect, it is a great tool to network with members across the US on various topics and get insight from other members on PPP forgiveness and other current topics.  Also, FEI Houston is a member of the Greater Houston Partnership and they have some great resources for businesses large and small related to COVID issues and topics.  You don’t have to be a GHP member to access these resources.  Here is a link to the GHP website.


There should be a new quarterly survey coming out soon.  Be sure to watch your email and respond to the survey to see trend from prior quarterly surveys on a national and regional basis.


With social distancing, LinkedIn is a great way to connect with the Houston Chapter.  We have 390 followers on LinkedIn and we receive over 60,000 LinkedIn views of FEI Houston content and events.  When you follow the Chapter LinkedIn page you have a connection with other members through this important networking tool.  You can follow the Chapter LinkedIn page here.  Be sure to share or comment on a LinkedIn post and help spread the word about FEI Houston.

On behalf of your Chapter leadership team, I thank you for your support and participation in our Chapter. I hope you and your family stay safe and healthy and I look forward to meeting in person again soon.  If you have any suggestions comments or just want to get together virtually, don’t hesitate to reach out to me at [email protected].

John Briscoe
FEI Houston Chapter
President 2020 – 2021


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