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President's Report

MARCH 2020

Welcome to the March President’s Letter.  I hope everyone is safe and well and we plan to continue with FEI events during the upcoming months.  We will let you know if anything changes.


Put your bracket down and pull up your contact list, 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 in all categories 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 and forward the registration materials.  As you know, all events are free to members, 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 Academic Honors Day on February 18 and I want to thank the FEI Houston Scholarship Foundation, FEI National CEO, Andrej Suskavcevic and the Academic Relations Committee for making this a great event.  Exxon’s Linda DuCharme gave a great presentation on the future of energy and Alvarez & Marsal provided a great panel on financial challenges facing the energy industry.

March 31 is the next dinner meeting and Dr. Michelle Foss with the Rice University Center for Energy Studies, Baker Institute for Public Policy will present on Not So Green Energy and It’s Unintended Impacts.  This will be a unique view into the shift away from hydrocarbon energy sources and some of the impacts from the alternative energy supply chain as more energy comes from these alternative sources.  Addison Search/Bridgepoint Consulting will present the professional development session.  The remaining 2019 – 2020 dinner meeting schedule is below, and registration for all dinner meetings are open on  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.

  • March 31, 2020
  • April 21, 2020
  • May 12, 2020

I hope you made it to Precious Owodunni’s presentation on LinkedIn, some tricks and how to use this tool more effectively as a professional.  If you missed it and want some more info on how to use LinkedIn better we will post the video of her presentation on our website shortly..  Click here to see the full FEI events calendar. 

CFO University

The planning for CFO U is almost complete for the May 15, 2020 event so mark your calendar.  Check the FEI Houston website for the agenda and speakers and we are just starting to market the event.  We expect a great turnout for this event, 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 and I also want to thank Siegfried and Bank of America for their support of this event.

National Topics

FEI National has two 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 six more National webinars scheduled in March on topics including quarterly financial reporting/accounting update, leveraging technology in the digital economy and improving financial reporting.  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 over 360 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 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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