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President's Report

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Welcome to the February President’s Letter, sorry I am a little with the monthly letter.   


I know some of you are now thinking about your basketball bracket, but I am referring to the annual membership drive for FEI Houston.  This year we are again offering a discount to new members that sign up during March.  Regular Executive dues are $549 but during March new members can join for $399 (first year only)!  If you have friends or colleagues that will benefit from the networking and programs of FEI be sure to let them know March is FEI month.  As you know, all events are free to members and you can earn over 40 hours of CPE with our events and there are additional free webinars from FEI National as well.  We had a great drive last year so watch your email or LinkedIn for more info and spread the word.

We had a great panel on cybersecurity on January 21 and I really want to thank Lisa Bordelon for moderating the panel, BDO, Citi, Deloitte, Lockton and Meg Britton for the panelists.  They provided some great insights into an issue that changes every day and is continuously in the headlines and on the minds of CFO’s and boards at every company.

February 18 is the next dinner meeting and Linda DuCharme, President, ExxonMobil Upstream Integrated Solutions will present on ExxonMobil’s Outlook for Energy.  Each year ExxonMobil publishes an outlook through 2040 of energy trends and provides a lot of charts and data based on their research and projections.  If you have never looked at what they publish, it is absolutely one of the best reference sources for data about past and future energy trends.  Here is a link to all of their Outlook for Energy resources.  This is also our annual Academic Honors Day and will mark 50 years of FEI scholarships to area university students.  Also, Andrej Suskavcevic, President and CEO of FEI National will be at the day’s events with students, social hour and dinner to meet Chapter members and give us his thoughts.  BE SURE TO NOTE THE FEBRUARY DINNER IS AT THE HOUSTON COUNTRY CLUB NOT THE JUNIOR LEAGUE!  Alvarez & Marsal will present the professional development session with a panel on how to help energy companies manage through a distressed environment.  The remaining 2019 – 2020 dinner meeting schedule is below, and registration for all dinner meetings are open on FEIHouston.org.  We almost have all the remaining dinner speakers booked through May (and we have a great speaker to kick off September 2020) and we will update the website as they are locked in.

  • February 18, 2020 (50th anniversary Academic Honors Day)
  • March 31, 2020
  • April 21, 2020
  • May 12, 2020

I hope you are registered for the February 10 Leadership Lunch presentation by Linda Lorelle.  I think we are going to hit our maximum for the room and have to shut down registrations for the biggest lunch turnout ever.  Linda’s topic is Own Your Story, Own Your Message and you will get some great tips to help you be a more effective communicator. Click here to see the full FEI events calendar. 

Annual Wine Dinner

I hope you made it to the annual wine dinner.  As I write this message we are at capacity for this event as well, but I think we got just about everyone in that tried to register.  I am personally looking forward to a lot of fun, great food and great wine.

CFO University

The planning committee for CFO U is hard at work for the May 15, 2020 event so mark your calendar.  The topics and speakers are almost fully booked, and we will start actively marketing the event later this month and leading up to the event.  We expect a great turnout for this event as well, so be sure to register (the event is free to members) and also pass along the info to non-members.  This is the only FEI Houston event that we open up to non-members, $250 for the all-day event. The event is again at the University of Houston Bauer College of Business.

National Topics

FEI National has four more conferences planned before summer.  These include the Private Companies Conference in Washington DC on March 31 followed on April 1 by a series of meetings on Capitol Hill with members of the House and Senate and their staff to discuss policy issues of concern to private companies.  If you want to make sure your voice is heard on a topic of importance to you or your company, this is a great event.  There are also two more National webinars scheduled in February and two in March on topics including quarterly financial reporting/accounting update, how to reduce your shipping costs and maximizing your ERP investment.  Also, the annual Leadership Conference is in Chicago May 17 – 19 with great speakers and networking with peers across the US.  You can find all of the National in-person programs and webinars by following this link

Follow us on LinkedIn:

We are just about to break the 350 followers level 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 look forward to a great lineup of events in 2020 and hope to see everyone at an event soon.  If you have any suggestions comments or just want to get together, don’t hesitate to reach out to me at [email protected].

John Briscoe
FEI Houston Chapter
President 2019 – 2020

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