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Bimonthly Newsletter of Chicago CFMA

February 2017 
President's Letter
In the last newsletter I ended my letter with a challenge of doing ONE MORE and what that could mean to each of us individually as well as our Chapter and partners.  I think we saw firsthand ONE MORE success this past month with our partnership initiative.
Why do partnerships make us stronger?  It's like the old adage, "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts," and when partnerships are involved both parties, plus many more benefit. The core purpose of our chapter is to provide resources to meet the challenges of Construction Financial Professionals.  One way we do this is through partnerships.  

Earlier this month our chapter partnered with the Builders Association and mental health service providers to host a Suicide Prevention Summit as part of CFMA's national initiative.  More than 90 people participated and engaged in dialogue about this important issue.   The education provided by the Panel and Dr. Sally Spencer definitely brought us  ONE MORE step closer to making mental health discussions more comfortable and more acceptable.  

Coming up tomorrow, is the Contracts 101 education program.  We partnered with NECA to offer this course to their members as well.  Joint programming, like this one, positions CFMA as a leading industry resource, and expands the networking reach of our members.
While many of our partnerships focus on education, some partnerships allow us to give back.  For the second year, the Community Outreach Committee and chapter volunteers will participate in National Rebuilding Day, on Saturday, April 29, to repair a home in the Chicago area.  If you are interested in helping, see the article below, or check out the Community Outreach page on our website by clicking here.

Our chapter is accepting applications for this summer's Intern Program.  The Intern Award Program makes a difference in a student's educational experience and career planning by partnering General Member companies with accounting students.
These are just a few examples of how CFMA works with all its partners to benefit the whole.  It goes without saying that our members are our greatest partners.  Ultimately, it is your participation, leadership, committee involvement and sponsorship, that have helped the Chicago chapter grow to record membership.  If there is ONE MORE I can do for our chapter to help you be successful, I would love to hear it.  I hope to see you at our annual meeting  on March 23 rd where we will share with you our plans for programs and enhanced partnerships in the year ahead.  

Mary Davolt 
Chapter President 
In This Issue
Thank You 2017 Platinum Sponsors
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New Members
Deborah Carollo
Pangere Corp.

Lynda Osa
The Bowa Group Inc.

Kyle Vroegh
Porte Brown LLC

Dan Kuksa

Joshua Hurd
Jason Michael Burnett
Allied World
Assurance Company

Greg Wetzel

Robin Wachowski
Dynamic Heating and Piping Co.

2017 CFMA Peer Group Program 
In response to member demand, CFMA is facilitating the establishment of Peer Groups for members seeking to improve their companies through information sharing and feedback with their fellow construction financial managers in non-competing regions and markets.
After a successful pilot program in 2015-16, CFMA has made program improvements and is pleased to offer participation in our Peer Group Program to all General members.  Click Here to learn more.

CFMA Chicago Chapter is looking for a few good men and women to volunteer on Saturday, April 29th as we participate in the National Rebuilding Together event.  For the second year, the Chicago Chapter will join with teams of volunteers, mobilized to work in partnership with the community, to repair the homes and improve the neighborhoods of elderly, disabled and low-income residents so that they may continue to live in warmth, safety and independence.
We are in need of volunteers to make this happen.  All skill levels are welcome and needed.  For more information, contact Javier Gonzalez

Save the Date! 
2017 Build
Chicago Awards
May 10th at the University Club of Chicago.  More information coming soon!  Interested in nominating a Construction Executive of the Year?

Click Here to fill out the nomination form.   

Contact Kirk Liskiewitz 
Awards Committee Chair
Featured Platinum Sponsor 
A Best Practices Discussion
March 23, 2017
Seasoned professionals with a history of assisting firms through transition of ownership, strategic acquisitions and preparation for sale will provide real life examples of overcoming the challenges associated with succession planning.  Walking through what has and hasn't worked for middle market firms with an emphasis on construction companies will be the primary focus of the panel discussion.

Panel Presenters:
Rocky Fiore,
COO, Prairie Capital
Tim Crosby, CPA, Partner - Tax Advisor, Marcum 
Cary Drazner, CPA, Partner - Assurance, Marcum
Maggiano's Little Italy, Oak Brook, IL 
7:30 am Check-in & Breakfast
8:00 am Annual Meeting / 8:15 am Program

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

Suicide Prevention Summit
A Partnership with The Builders Association

On February 1st, more than 90 members of the CFMA, Builders Association and participating organizations attended the Suicide Prevention Summit.  This collaboration between construction and mental health professionals, explored suicide prevention for the construction industry with the help of guest speaker Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas, CEO and Co-Founder of the Carson J Spencer Foundation. 
Bob Swanson and David Sauerman also spoke and shared how suicide has affected their lives.
Click here to learn more about the Alliance, download the presentation and resource materials. 



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

The Membership Committee is offering an incentive for Chicago Chapter members. Renew (both national and local dues) by March 1, 2017  and you will be entered into a drawing for to win a $500 Amazon Gift Card!

The drawing will take place at the March 23rd Program/Annual Meeting.  Members must be present at the drawing to qualify.

Intern Program Accepting Applications 
The CFMA Chicago Intern Award Program makes a difference in a student's educational experience and career planning.  This program is exclusively for employers of CFMA general members and provides them with support, recognition, and a financial incentive for employing a college student in an accounting or financial capacity in a construction environment during the summer months.  Click Here to learn more and apply.  Application deadline is February 28th.  
The Golf Outing Committee of the Chicago Chapter is looking for members to assist with planning the 2017 outing.  Interested?  Contact Jonathan Reeves for more information.
Courtney Hartnett recently made a career move and is now the Controller for Milord Construction.

Kathy Cole has been appointed, Vice Chair of the Chapter Resource Committee for CFMA national.

Steve Wallenfang is now the Corporate Controller at Aldridge Electric.

We want to share your good news!  Send your updates to Deb Hypke, Chapter Admin.