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January 2019  
Letter from the President 
I hope your New Year is off to a good start and you are laying the foundation for many successes in 2019.  For some of us that entails making resolutions and setting goals.  What have you resolved to accomplish or improve upon in the coming year?  I hope one of your resolutions is to get the most out of your CFMA membership in 2019.   
To help you with that resolution, the chapter's Program Team met to plan out the entire year's program, education and event calendar.  The result is a dynamic array of topics and social events.  I encourage you to add the dates listed below into your calendars to avoid conflicts in your schedule.   
Furthermore, to keep CFMA top of mind, members will soon receive in the mail a calendar with these dates included incorporated into each month.  We sincerely hope these calendars help our members to be engaged and involved; ultimately getting the most out of your membership. 
Another CFMA resolution to consider: visit the national website to access the Online Education Courses and Webinars, or join one of the many conversations on Connection CafĂ©. Perhaps this is the year you become a CCIFP or join a committee.   
I am excited for the year ahead and the outstanding programming planned for our members, There is a lot going on within CFMA and specifically here in our local chapter.  Please take time to read about the upcoming February and March programs, volunteer opportunities and "Build Chicago" call for nominations.  I look forward to working together to make the most of CFMA and 2019!

Tamara Kilty 
Chapter President
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Join us for a panel presentation that will review and discuss best practices and tips for an effective change order process. 

Scott Carlos, Construction Manager, Advocate Health Care
Craig Dannegger, Vice President, Clarius Partners, LLC
Rob Martinelli, Vice President, Pepper Construction Company
Ryan Smith, Project Manager, Titan Electric
Click the Register button to view the speaker bios 
Wednesday, February 20th
7:30 am: Check-in & breakfast buffet  |  8:00 - 9:30 am: Program
CFMA Members: $50 | Non-Members: $75
Maggiano's Little Italy, 240 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, IL

Hacking a Construction Company - March 19, 2019
Annual Meeting, Program & Networking Cocktail Reception   

Many people are still under the assumption that the construction industry is not at risk for a cyber-attack because cyber criminals are only looking for personal information, such as credit card data, that construction companies do not usually keep on record.  But it doesn't matter how valuable their information is for cyber criminals selling on the black market. It only matters how valuable that information is to the company itself.   

This program discussion will cover cyber fraud - how it is done, why it is done and what preventative steps can be taken; with a specific focus on construction companies.

John Simonelli, CPA, IT Security Consultant, CliftonLarsonAllen
David Anderson, Senior Information Security Consultant, CliftonLarsonAllen

Ditka's Restaurant, Oakbrook Terrace
3:30 pm Check-in & Networking | 4:00 pm Annual Meeting & Program
5:30 pm Networking Cocktail reception
CFMA Members: $50 | Non-Members: $75
Intern Committee Now Accepting Applications for 2019

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 support, recognition, and a financial incentive for employing a college student in an accounting or financial capacity during the summer months.
Application deadline is March 15, 2019
Click Here to review the guidelines and download an application
Mark Your Calendar
National Rebuilding Day - April 27 
Through the efforts of the Community Outreach Committee, CFMA Chicago Chapter will partner with Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago (RTMC) to participate in National Rebuilding Day, on Saturday, April 27, to repair a home in the Chicago area.   This will mark CFMA Chicago's fourth year with the program. 
The Community Outreach committee is looking for volunteers to serve on the committee and/or volunteer on April 27th.  Interested?  Send an email to for more information. 
CFMA Chicago Chapter Contractor of the Year Award
Call for Nominations
Nothing is more complimentary than being recognized by peers for leadership and contributions to the industry. Please consider taking this opportunity to show your appreciation to a leader who inspires you.  CFMA is pleased to honor and recognize these industry leaders at the annual "Build Chicago" Award Luncheon.  This year's luncheon is schedule for Thursday, May 9, at the Standard Club of Chicago. 
How do I nominate someone? 
Click Here to fill out the nomination electronically.
Click Here to see a list of past winners. 
Deadline to Submit: Thursday, February 7, 2019
Terry Heilman - Construction Glazing 
Polycronius Kelaiditis - Marcheschi, Plankis & Pogore, LLP 
Brent Duelm - Leopardo Companies, Inc.
Donald Chambers - VEI Solutions, Inc. 
Jennifer Koss - GT Mechanical Projects & Design Inc.
Debra Rauscher - Back Office Rescue, Inc.
Joseph Schak - John Keno and Company, Inc.
Richard Jongkoo Yo - PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Emily Tipps - PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP 

Mark Your Calendar for these 2019 Dates

Some dates are tentative and subject to change. 

February 20: Best Practices in Change Order Management - Breakfast Program
March 19: Hacking a Construction Company - Evening Program including brief Annual Meeting and Networking Cocktail Reception
April 17: Developing Leaders Worth Following - Breakfast Program
April 27: Rebuild Together Chicago Volunteer Event
May 1: Cash Forecasting Education Seminar - Breakfast Program
May 9: Build Chicago Awards Luncheon at the Standard Club
June 1-5: CFMA National Annual Conference in Las Vegas
June 19: Suicide Prevention Summit with AGC
July 18: Summer Social at Laguanitas
August 29: Golf Outing at Maple Meadows
September 23: Midwest Regional Conference
October 16: Technology - Construction Apps - Evening Program with Cocktail Reception
November 13: Economic Update - Breakfast Program
December 4: Document Retention - Breakfast Program
December 18: Holiday Social

2018 Holiday Social at the Morton Arboretum
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