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JULY 2020
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Welcome to the July 2020 President’s Letter.  I want to thank the FEI Houston Board of Directors and members for reelecting me to a second term as President.  While the past quarter with COVID was not what I expected, I look forward to supporting the Chapter and its members in the coming year.  I also want to thank Gary Brooks, our new President Elect and I look forward to working closely with him. 

Last month I thought we had turned a corner on the virus and restrictions, turns out it was a U-turn and it may be a while before we get to whatever the new normal will be.  I hope you, your families and coworkers continue to stay safe and healthy.  While you try to navigate through these new 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 FEI National content including webinars, FEI Connect and more resources are added each week.  I want to thank all of our members and Strategic Partners for their continuing support of FEI Houston and we are expanding our webcast events.  As I write this, there are a few days to complete the chapter survey on webcasts and resuming in-person events, a link to the survey is here.  Your input will inform us about preferences on resuming in-person events and future webcasts.


FEI Houston will not hold any in-person events this summer.  While some restrictions have lifted, others have been reimposed and 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 met on June 13 and discussed current expectations on resuming in-person events, and our plans will continue to be driven by federal, state and local guidelines and we are monitoring developments.  We are currently focused on bringing interesting topics from our strategic partners and others via webinar to our members.

We held webcast on for July 1 and working with EY, we have pulled together a great panel of speakers for July 14 webcast on A New Lens On ESG:  Measuring and Communicating Long-Term Value In The Post-COVID Era.  The speakers include Marc Siegel a member the SASB (rule making body for ESG reporting like FASB for financials), Tanya Levy-Odem with Blackrock and Joanne Howard VP of Sustainability with Crestwood Equity Partners.  If you are impacted by ESG or want to learn more about a subject that will eventually impact you, this panel will provide views from the regulator, investor and reporting company perspectives.  You can register for this webcast here.  We also have a webcast with Bank of America on August 11 titled Capital Raising in an Uncertain Market and a webcast with Sirius Solutions on August 18 titled Automation and Streamlining Finance Processes.  We are in discussions with other Strategic Partners on additional webcasts and we are also sharing webcasts from other FEI Chapters as well as 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. 

The Houston, Dallas and Austin chapters came together to host General Stanley McChrystal as our speaker on July 1.  His topic was Leadership for Crisis Recovery – Rebuilding a Stronger Organization, one that is very relevant now and also draws on his unique military experience leading the Joint Special Operations Command.  I really enjoyed his insights and we plan to offer future joint events, maybe all the Texas chapters coming together, or other large FEI chapters for noteworthy speakers. 


We have been informed that U of H will not be able to host CFO U in the fall due to precautions and additional space requirements resulting from COVID so we are discussing a virtual CFO U, maybe all in one day or maybe spread over multiple days.  We are investigating some of the technology nuances of an all-day event so we can make it interactive and informative as possible.  Watch your email for more information as soon as we can finalize a date and format.


FEI National has rescheduled the Leadership Summit to October and it will now be a virtual event.  No need to travel and they are looking at how to make a multiday format digestible (other than two days back to back).  If you already registered, you will receive an email on options including a full refund.  National is also devoting significant resources to webcast events and has about 20 web events scheduled for July with and more to come.  These cover topics including technical updates, process improvement and leadership insights.  You can find all of the National in-person programs and webinars by following this link


FEI National will be sending out the second instance of the new quarterly survey to all executive level members in the coming days.  Watch your email and be sure to provide your views.  It only takes 5 minutes to complete and as we build trend data, the results will be more and more informative.


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 2020 – 2021


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