January 2020 Print

President's Report

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Happy New Year!  Welcome to the next decade (if you believe year zero is end of the decade you still have another year to wait) and I hope you had a great holiday, you were able to recharge your battery and are looking forward to the new year.   

FEI wrapped up 2019 with a breakfast on December 17, our second event in the Woodlands.  Jerrad Hall with VACO gave a great presentation on mastering technology in finance and we had a great turnout with members and guests.   

January 21 is the next dinner meeting and Matt Fearin with Citi will present on cybersecurity from both a business and personal perspective.  Citi helps businesses and individual clients in a world where cybersecurity is an issue of increasing in importance.  This is an area where we can all increase our awareness and I expect this will be an enlightening presentation and maybe a little unnerving. 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 will update the website as they are locked in.

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

On January 14 Mary Bass with Spencer Stuart will present on “Building Effective Relationships with Recruiters” at a lunch event at Eddie V’s on Kirby Drive.  Mary has over 20 years of extensive search experience and will cover topics from the perspective of how recruiters can help you get the best talent and how they can help you in a future job search.  Be sure to sign up early as I expect this will be a popular event. Click here to see the full FEI events calendar. 

If you missed it in your email, National is running a member-get-a-member competition.  Get a $50 gift card for each new member you recruit.  The member who gets the most new members vs all other chapters gets a complimentary registration to the FEI National Leadership Conference in May, 2020.  Also, all new members that join during the program will get a reduced rate for their first-year Executive category membership.  The promotion ends January 31, 2020 so be sure to invite your friends or co-workers to be your guest at the January events.   They will enjoy meeting fellow finance executives, networking with peers and get presentations and topics they won’t see at other venues.  We will have over 30 events this fiscal year, all free to members, and provide over 40 hours of CPE.

Annual Wine Dinner

Our annual wine dinner is coming up on February 8 at The Petroleum Club.  If you haven’t attended, it is a great event with a format different than your normal wine dinner.  Start off with hors d’ oeuvres and networking, then the initial courses are served.  Before the main course, we take a break to network again while the tables are reset and you are then seated with a different group from your first table.  It is a lot of fun, the format works great and there are some great wine parings!  Mark your calendar, the event is free to members and your significant other is also welcome at what will be the most reasonable wine dinner you will attend in 2020.  Fantastic view of the Houston skyline at night from the new Petroleum Club.  Click here to register.

Academic Honors Day

Our upcoming Academic Honors Day on February 18, 2020 represents 50 years of scholarships provided to Houston area universities by the Chapter and the FEI Houston Scholarship Foundation.  Andrej Suskavcevic, FEI National President and CEO will also attend and give a brief update on national topics before our dinner speaker from Exxon.  Please see a testimonial from a past scholarship winner later in the newsletter and please consider a gift to the Foundation for the 50-year anniversary.  Your gift will have an impact on a current student that is both excelling in school and in need of financial assistance.  You can make a contribution to the Foundation here.

CFO University

The planning committee for CFO U is hard at work for the May 15, 2020 event so mark your calendar.  About 75% of the topics and speakers are booked and we look forward to an even bigger and better event than past years.  We expect to begin marketing the event very soon and expect more non-member attendance than in prior years.  Don’t worry though, there will be plenty of room for members and the event is free to members.  The event is again at the University of Houston Bauer College of Business

National Topics

FEI National has five 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 four National webinars scheduled in January on topics including quarterly financial reporting/accounting update, assessing information system security, FP&A and lease accounting.  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 now have over 320 followers on LinkedIn and 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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