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President's Report

MAY 2020

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Welcome to the May 2020 President’s Letter.  I hope everyone is safe and healthy and managing through these difficult times as best as possible.  I know some offices are beginning to reopen, some with modified staff schedules, others with some form of social distancing.  As big a challenge as the shutdown brought, reopening is bringing its own challenges.  FEI can be a resource for best practices across our membership through the national COVID-19 Dashboard.  As members you have access to all of the FEI National content from webinars to FEI Connect and more resources will be added in the near future.  As finance leaders, this can be an exceptionally challenging time as the financial impacts continue to evolve. 

First, let me give you some updates on programming.


As I mentioned last month, FEI Houston will not hold any in-person events in April or May.  While some restrictions are beginning to lift, it is uncertain when we will be able to resume in-person events or if we will need to modify the format of future in-person events.  The FEI Houston board will meet on May 8 to discuss current expectations on resuming in-person events, and our plans will continue to be driven by federal, state and local guidelines.  We currently have all of our summer breakfasts, one in each of June, July and August, on the calendar as in-person events but you should expect the June in-person breakfast will be cancelled or moved to a webcast format and the other summer breakfasts are also in doubt as in-person events.  As of today, we still don’t have clarity on what the summer is actually going to be and just like you, your family and coworkers, we are monitoring developments. 

We held two webcasts in April (both with good attendance) and so far, have one scheduled for May 14.  We are in discussions with other Strategic Partners on additional webcasts and we are also sharing webcasts from other FEI Chapters as well as some from our Strategic Partners.  Our focus is on events that provide CPE, but we are passing along some events that may be of interest that are not registered for CPE.

Our May 14 webcast will be presented by Kim Sawyer on the topic of “Building Social Capital.”  This was originally scheduled as a lunch event and we thought the topic would be of particular interest now.  Kim is an executive coach and I think you will find his presentation helpful in today’s current environment of remote oversite of teams and leadership.  You can register for the event here.


CFO U will be rescheduled.  We have been in discussions with the University of Houston and we hope we can reschedule the event for the fall.  If you already registered, we will hold your spot but watch your email for more information as soon as we can finalize a date.


FEI National has rescheduled the Leadership Summit originally set for May 17 – 19 to October 28 – 30 in Chicago.  If you already registered, the event and hotel room reservation will be automatically transferred to the new date.  National is also devoting significant resources to webcast events and plans to have over 20 web events by the end of June with seven already on the calendar and more to come.  You can find all of the National in-person programs and webinars by following this link


FEI National will publish the results of the first FEI Quarterly Priorities Survey the first week of May.  These surveys will occur each quarter (Executive level members should watch for an email close to the end of the calendar quarter) and will give a trend of how CFO’s view the economy, business issues and are responding to recent events.  Some of these are focused on national trends but we can also break down the data by region and chapter.  Watch for the press release and additional info to members.  I have seen a preliminary view of the results and the biggest surprise is how much agreement there is on some of the responses to questions.


With social distancing, LinkedIn is a great way to connect with the Houston Chapter.  We have over 370 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 2019 – 2020


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