Building Connections
Bimonthly Newsletter of Chicago CFMA
May 2019  
Letter from the President 
Can you believe summer is around the corner?  Before we look ahead to warm sunny days and backyard parties, I wanted to reflect back to the beginning of the year.  In January, I talked about making resolutions and encouraged each of you to resolve to get the most of your CFMA membership. Are you getting the most of your membership?     
We often get so busy in our daily grind that we lose sight of the opportunities available to us through our CFMA membership.  For example, National automatically registers you for their monthly webinars. Webinars are always free to CFMA members and provide at least 1 CPE credit.  Have you joined a committee? Are you studying for your CCIFP? Did you know you can take the test at a predetermined testing site, on your schedule, anytime you're ready? Would Chapter incentives help get you started?  More to come on that, and other initiatives in the coming months.   
Summertime doesn't mean we have to take a break from our resolutions. There are many events and educational programs planned over the next few months; starting with National Conference .  Will I see you in Vegas?  Our chapter is known for having one of the largest representations at Conference, lets keep it up.
Next month we are partnering with the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention (CIASP) and AGC to host a Suicide Prevention Workshop.  In 2017 we held an educational program as part of CFMA's journey to promote awareness of mental health and suicide prevention.  The upcoming interactive workshop continues the journey as we focus on creating caring cultures within our companies; elevating their efforts towards safety and mental health programs.  Prior attendance at a CIASP workshop is not required to participate.  More information, including who should attend, can be found below. 
We will round out the summer months with a Summer Social at Lagunitas brewery in July, and our Annual Golf Outing in August.  Both events will sell-out, so don't delay.  Resolve to register today!  I look forward to seeing you this summer! 
Tamara Kilty 
Chapter President
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Effective safety cultures are "caring cultures."  
This collaborative two-hour interactive program will help companies elevate their efforts towards safety and mental health programs.  While most safety initiatives focus on getting our employees home safely, we must also ensure that our workers return safely and healthy the next day.

Participation will help you understand that mental illness is an illness that creates production, safety and performance problems; resulting in both capital and human costs to our businesses.  Leave this workshop prepared to create awareness in your organization and implement lifesaving mental health support programs.
Click to download the event flyer with complete description. 

Gu est Speaker: David James
David has nearly 40 years financial experience in the construction industry. An active CFMA member, he was appointed to the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, and serves on the Construction Committee within this group. He also serves on the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention.
2:00 pm Check-in | 2:30 pm Program | 4:30 pm Networking Reception
This workshop is FREE of charge thanks to the generous support of our sponsors. 
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Join us for a fun social networking event at Lagunitas.  Tickets include a tour of the brewery, tasting, and networking reception with food and drink.  
3:00 pm: Tasting in the Tap Room and Tour of the catwalks 
4:00 - 6:00 pm:  Networking Reception with food & drinks 
Tickets : $65.00 per person (registration is limited to 4 per member company)  
Location: Lagunitas Tap Room, 2607 W. 17th Street, Chicago 
Parking is available on-site

Interested in joining the committee or sponsoring this year's outing? 
Contact Golf Chair Jonathan Reeves 
Registration will open soon! 
We are seeking speakers for the 2019 Midwest Regional Conference being held in Oak Brook, Illinois, September 22-23, 2019. 
Complete the online application by clicking here. You will be redirected to another site.  Submissions must clearly define program learning objectives and demonstrate how those objectives will be met.  Topics must be relevant to construction financial managers and/or their staff.
Please email Conference Chair: Chris VanTassel  
Mark your calendar for the 2019 Midwest Regional Conference  
September 22-23, 2019    
Are you an Emerging Leader?  
Do you have an Emerging Leader in your organization?
CFMA Chicago's Emerging Leaders Committee was established in 2015 to provide educational and mentoring opportunities to young professionals in the Construction Financial Industry.  Emerging Leaders are not required to be paying members, but they must work for a company that is represented with a CFMA Chicago Chapter member.  Emerging Leaders must 35 years or younger to participate.
Throughout the year, members of the Emerging Leaders are encouraged to attend educational and monthly programs, provide fresh ideas and input for programming, coordinate a chapter sponsored charity activity, and participate in social mentoring events with the Chapter's Past Presidents.   
Interested in learning more?  Contact board member and chair, Alex Warner.  
Kathy Bender - Bear Construction
Elizabeth Admave - Livewire Construction
Lauren Rankins - Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, LLP
Larry Schaedel - Equitable Advisory Services LLC
David Nelson - Wintrust Financial Corporation
Ryan Richter - Crowe LLP
Laura Gora - Linear Electric  
Matthew Erickson - C.J. Erickson Plumbing Co. 

Mark Your Calendar for these 2019 Dates

Some dates are tentative and subject to change. 

June 1-5: CFMA Annual Conference in Las Vegas
June 19: Suicide Prevention Workshop with AGC
July 18: Summer Social at Lagunitas
August 29: Golf Outing at Maple Meadows
September 22-23: Midwest Regional Conference
October 16: Technology/Construction Apps - Followed by Networking
November 13: Economic Update - Breakfast Program
December 4: Document Retention - Breakfast Program
December 18: Holiday Social

"Build Chicago" Awards Luncheon
May 9, 2019 | Standard Club  

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