February 2019 Print

President's Report


I hope the New Year has started out well for you both professionally and personally. Our chapter’s New Year started out strong with an outstanding Career Management Luncheon and Dinner Meeting. We have a number of excellent events coming up soon that you won’t want to miss.

  • February 19 – As is our tradition, we will be hosting our student scholarship award winners at our February dinner. During the day, the students will take a tour of a Baker Hughes, a GE Company’s facility and participate in panel discussions with Senior Financial Executives and recently hired professional staff who will share valuable insights with the students about pursuing a successful career in Finance.

Our Professional Development session at our February dinner will be presented by our Platinum sponsor Alvarez & Marsal. Arthur Forbus of A&M will moderate a panel including Cody Chenault of A&M, Brad Hairston of Blue Prism, Scott Stern of OneStream Software and Juan Rodriguez, Sysco. The topic will be “The Digital Inflection Point. The Opportunity to Transform the Office of the CFO and Thrive.”

Our dinner speaker will be Brian Cothran, Baker Hughes, a GE Company’s Commercial Leader for North America. Brian will speak on emerging technologies and the next big frontier in oil and gas and LNG production in the US and around the world.

  • February 27 – Our next Happy Hour social will be at Brenner’s on the Bayou. Come network at this beautiful location. Don’t forget to bring a colleague.


  • March 5 – Our next Leadership Luncheon will be at the Federal Reserve Bank of Houston. Our program will be presented by Curt Ross of Russell Reynolds and Anne Taylor, former Vice Chair and Managing Partner of Deloitte’s Houston office. Curt and Anne will talk on “Becoming an Influential and Multifaceted Leader”. Those of you who have attended our luncheon events in the past know they are not to be missed events. If you haven’t been to one, make this the first, and I know you will become a regular. Don’t hesitate to invite a colleague to come with you.


More details and registration for all of these events are available at our website www.feihouston.org

Call for Nominations and Committee Membership –

Nominations for Director positions on the FEI Houston Board of Directors for the three-year term beginning July 1, 2019 are now open. Please contact Frances Powell-Hawes at fhawes@hawesinterests.com with your recommendations.

Participation on our Board or a chapter committee is one of the best ways to get the most out of your membership. If you would like to participate on a chapter committee, please contact John Briscoe at jhbriscoe@aol.com.  The time investment is minimal and the payoff is well worth it.

National Resources

Remember that our FEI National website has many resources these can be very helpful in supporting your needs and staying current on important news, gaining advice from others, and access to in-depth research. Some of these resources include:

  • Curated articles focused on topics of interest to financial executives provided in the weekly FEI Daily newsletter. Articles include selections from national publications as well as articles written specifically for FEI.

  • Interact with other FEI members nationally through FEIConnect. FEIConnect is a private member’s only forum where you can gain advice from experiences of FEI members throughout the nation. You can start your own discussion thread, join an existing one, or just follow other discussions. This is a very active forum that many members find useful.


·         The FinancialExecutives.org site also provides you with access to in depth research reports prepared by the Financial Executives Research Foundation (FERF), such as a recent report on “2018 Audit Fee Survey Report” prepared in conjunction with Workiva.

·         Access member directory. You can access the Houston Chapter and National member’s directory through a link at the bottom of the www.financialexecutives.org page. Set up a bookmark on your computer or phone to always have easy access to our member’s directory.

·         Visit www.financialexecutives.org to learn more.

Follow us on LinkedIn –

Don’t forget to follow the chapter LinkedIn page https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/financial-executives-international-fei-houston-chapter/ and share our content with your LinkedIn network.  This is an important part of our efforts to extend the FEI Houston brand.

As always, on behalf of your chapter leadership team, we thank you for your support and participation in our chapter. If you have any suggestions don’t hesitate to contact me at robertmschmitz77@gmail.com.

Best wishes and I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming chapter event.

Rob Schmitz
FEI Houston Chapter President 2018-19

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