Building Connections Chapter Logo Light Blue
Bimonthly Newsletter of Chicago CFMA

December, 2016
President's Letter
As the end of another calendar year presents itself, I want to take a moment to convey my very best wishes and sincere thank you to all of you for a very successful 2016.  This wouldn't be possible without the time and effort put forth by committee members, chairs, board of directors, our active chapter members, our past president Kathy Cole and of course Deb Hypke who keeps everything moving along smoothly. 

The past 12 months have been marked by record growth and noteworthy accomplishments for our chapter.  Our CFMA Chapter grew to record levels this year as we welcomed forty new members, helping us reach a
n all-time high for our chapter of 258 members. 

As a chapter we hosted fourteen programs, educational opportunities and social events   Fifty-six percent of our membership attended at least one program/event this year and we had 896 attendees participate in our events.   We look forward to increasing those numbers in 2017 as we continue to focus on quality programming and speakers, and building partnerships with other industry associations.  One example of this partnership building is the  Suicide Prevention Summit we are presenting along with the Builders Association this February.  More information about this program may be found below.  

As we close out 2016, I would be remiss if I didn't recognize our Annual Sponsors who make it possible for us to bring in some top experts and offer some of the best educational and social events to our members. 
Assurance Agency
Cornerstone Solutions
Crowe Horwath
The PrivateBank
Aktion Associates
DK Cole Company
Klein Hall CPA's, LLC
As we shift our thoughts to the new year and as you are renewing your membership for 2017, take a moment to consider what your involvement in 2017 will look like.    I challenge you to consider doing ONE MORE this year.  What that ONE MORE means is up to you.  It could be attend ONE MORE event, meet ONE MORE member, get involved in ONE MORE committee, share ONE MORE idea, or take a leadership role in ONE MORE committee.  I promise you each ONE MORE you give will be returned to you many times over.  

Happy Holidays and best wishes for a healthy and prosperous New Year!  I look forward to what we will accomplish together in 2017!

Mary Davolt 
Chapter President 
In This Issue
Thank You 2016 Platinum Sponsors
CliftonLarsonAllen Logo

New Members
Tim Crosby
Cary Drazner
Marcum LLP

Wendy Johnson
Aecom Tishman

Diane Witt
The Walsh Group

Erika Kane
Manhattan Mechanical Services

Lori Swisher
EHMS Mechanical Services

Larry Slad
Illinois Constructors Corporation

Douglas d'Autremont
Austin Tyler Construction

Heather Majewski
Ralph H. Simpson Co.

Opportunities currently exist at the national level for professional growth and development of your leadership potential.

These opportunities include Committee and Task Force service, Author, Course Developer/Reviewer, Instructor, Speaker, Subject Matter Expert, and more!

To learn more about what our committees and task forces do, or to get answers to frequently asked questions, visit the CFMA Committees Page
2016 Holiday Social
CFMA Chicago Chapter members gathered at the Godfrey Hotel in Chicago for a festive evening and celebration.   The Emerging Leaders sponsored a food drive in conjunction with the Holiday Social.  Thanks to the generosity of many of our members, over $800 was donated to the Northern Illinois Food Bank.

Here are just a few photos from the event:

View these and more CFMA Chicago Event Photos on our website and on facebook.
Featured Platinum Sponsor 

Crime Insurance v. Social Engineer -
Is There Coverage
By Jay Shelton, Senior Vice President, Assurance

The key coverage denial issue with Funds Transfer Fraud is that funds are transferred with the organization's knowledge or consent, which for SEF the organization did have knowledge and did consent, even if it was on the mistaken belief, and coverage required transfer without knowledge or consent.

  Panel Discussion
January 18, 2017 

A Panel Discussion that will answer your questions about Risk Management and what you should know to get 2017 started off on the right foot.

John Doherty, Senior Consultant Continuum Advisory Group

Jon Schroeder, Area Vice President 
Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services, Inc.

Scott Merchant, Vice President, Risk Engineering, North American Construction XL Catlin  

Maggiano's Little Italy, Oak Brook, IL
7:30 am Check-in & Breakfast
9:00 am Program

$50 CFMA Members           REGISTER TODAY! 
$75 Non-CFMA Members

Suicide Prevention Summit
A Partnership with The Builders Association

February 1, 2017
2:00 - 5:00 PM
Maggiano's Little Italy
Oak Brook, IL

This collaboration between construction and mental health professionals, will explore suicide prevention for the construction industry. Construction is the one of the highest rated industries affected by suicide.  As such, it is imperative to address the mental health stigma and create caring cultures within our companies. 

According to Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas, CEO and Co-Founder of the Carson J Spencer Foundation, clinical psychologist, and survivor of her brother's suicide, "In this male-dominated industry, the stoic, macho 'tough guy' culture creates barriers to seeking help and acknowledging emotional problems."

Along with Spencer-Thomas, Bob Swanson and David Sauerman will share how suicide has affected their lives.

Who Should Attend?  Industry CEO's, CFO's, Human Resource Professionals and Safety and Risk Managers.

Thank you to our Sponsors:

CFMA Chicago Chapter  
Membership Renewal Incentive 
Win a $500 Amazon Gift Card!

As a demonstration of gratitude and appreciation, the Membership Committee is offering an incentive for Chicago Chapter members. 

Individuals who renew (both national and local dues) by March 1, 2017 will be entered into a drawing for to win a $500 Amazon Gift Card!

The drawing will take place at the April Program/Annual Meeting.  Members must be present at the drawing to qualify.

The Programming Committee of the Chicago Chapter is looking for members to share ideas, and help plan programming and educational offerings in 2017.  The committee will meet after the first of the year.  Interested?  Contact Tammy Kilty for more information.