President's Farewell Message

posted Nov 3, 2015, 12:31 PM by Denver Aga   [ updated Nov 3, 2015, 12:32 PM ]
Fellow Denver AGA members –
In my last week as your chapter president, I am reflecting on whether or not I lived up to my commitment.

You may recall in my introductory president’s message from July 2014, I spelled out four overarching goals that incorporated your feedback from the annual member survey: Diversifying the CPE program; Revitalizing opportunities for networking; Offering CGFM financial assistance; Promoting AGA membership value. My perception is your volunteer board members, who dedicate their personal time and talents, delivered on these goals.

Some of our accomplishments include: We offered a total of 34 CPE hours, including 18 free! We diversified our program by increasing focus on state/local government and adding more topics around government accountability and career planning. We tested your desire for networking opportunities with our January event in a snowstorm!!! Many of you braved the elements to connect with CFOs and peers. We awarded 3 CGFM scholarships, covering full cost for the 1st time. We had 5 members earn that certification or make significant progress toward their certification.  We recognized 6 financial community "superstars" for their accomplishments in community service, stepping up to new challenges, and mentoring a new generation. We added 2 new board members for the 2014-15 program year and 2 for the 2015-16 program year.

Adding volunteers with fresh perspectives can only make our program plan more effective. My hope is that you are attending events, volunteering, and/or spreading the value of AGA to others. Thank you to the 2014-15 board: Cynthia Nickels, David LaVeau, Bob Pereira, Wendy Shatford, George Nixon, Miriam Smith, Jeff Hart, Carol Hooper, Rebecca Gupta, Jackie Schmuhl, and Porscha Hicks-Plant.

Dennis Sullivan
President, Denver Chapter