November 2020 Print

President's Report


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Welcome to the November 2020 President’s Letter.  I hope everyone is staying healthy and safe.  I am going to take a different approach to my update this month so I can bring members up to speed on some new efforts to benefit members. 


If you are in transition or looking for a new opportunity, FEI has always tried to serve as a conduit for connecting members with job opportunities.  In the past we used separate emails and we recently changed our approach to communicating leads and some members may not be aware of how you can find job leads.  We now include all recent position leads at the bottom of our weekly email on upcoming events (typically on Tuesday afternoon).  These will run for a few weeks before we think they are stale and then rotate them off of the email.  I ask each member to forward any opportunities you hear of that might fit our membership to [email protected] so we can support our members in their search.  We are also in process of adding job opportunities to our website to provide a one stop source for all opportunities we are aware of.  Look for an email announcing this, how members can access it and even post an opportunity from your organization or a recruiter. 


We held our first Executive Roundtable on October 22, the feedback was extremely positive and we are making a few adjustments based on suggestions from members.  This is something new to give members an opportunity to network virtually and discuss a topic in a small group, moderated by one of our Strategic Partners and then change topics after 20 minutes.  The focus is networking and member interaction on an interesting topic rather than a presentation.  Our next Executive Roundtable is on November 19 at 4pm and we will only have one in November, one in December and more in 2021.  The event will run 75 minutes so you will get to network and have some interesting discussions with other members.  Click here to register.


We have two webinars planned in November. 

  • November 12: Navigating Equity Capital Markets, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications Through Uncertainty – PNC Bank, Solebury Capital and Solebury Trout.   Lisa Wolford, Sloan Bohlen, Ted Hatfield and Julie Sudduth will give a view to capital markets and how the current uncertainty is affecting shareholder communications.
  • November 17: Finding Cash Flow in your Insurance Program Using Data Analytics – USI.  Scott Larson, Caleb Larson and Sara DeJay Willis will discuss how companies can improve cash flow by leveraging actuarial principles and pre-underwriting their casualty insurance program.

You can register for all the webinars here.  


CFO University is scheduled for December 9 – 11, starting at 3pm on Wednesday and Thursday and 10am to 1pm on Friday.  We have a great lineup of presenters and registration opens this week.  You will receive a flyer with all the details by email, and look for some interesting topics, personal development, a session on how to network during a pandemic and a happy hour where you can engage with FEI members. Here is a link to the registration site.  [Logan, can you link this to the registration page?]


We have something new in the works, still finalizing the details, but we plan to take the best of a webinar and the best of a roundtable discussion and give members a chance to make connections with other members in their industry, share challenges and solutions.  Look for more details in the December newsletter!


FEI National Corporate Financial Reporting Insights is virtual this year and runs from November 2 - 18.  Here is a link to learn more.  National is also devoting significant resources to webcast events and has 9 webinar events scheduled for November.  These cover topics including improving the close process, how to scale your finance organization and AP automation.  You can find all of the National in-person programs and webinars by following this link

If you don’t subscribe to FEI Connect, it is a great tool to network with members across the US on various topics and get insight from other members on current topics and draw upon the experience of FEI members across all chapters.  Here is a link to FEI Connect.


With social distancing, LinkedIn is a great way to connect with the Houston Chapter.  We have 394 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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