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Bimonthly Newsletter of Chicago CFMA

November 2018 
Letter from the President 
Over the past few months I have been asking each of you to Reach Out, Branch Out, Top Out. Today, I would like to share what myself, the Executive Team, board members, and chapter committee chairs have been doing for you - our members.
Reach Out: As a chapter, we are looking for ways to help members reach out, expand your network, and build relationships. One example, earlier this month we partnered with ASA Chicago for a program on Subcontractor Default Insurance. Two more opportunities coming up are the Holiday Social at the Morton Arboretum, and a Contracts 101 joint program with NECA in January. Reach out, learn more, and register for these events today!
Branch Out: Last month we wrapped up the 5th Midwest Regional Conference; our largest conference to date. This year's conference welcomed participants from seven chapters. Fifteen educational sessions and a half-day CFM Challenge provided plenty of opportunity for attendees to expand their knowledge and earn valuable CPE. A huge thank you goes out to conference co-chairs, Bill Reidinger and Chris VanTassel for their leadership, and the committee members who volunteered to make the event a success. A special thank you to Joe McLaughlin, CFMA National Chairperson, for taking time out of his schedule to attend and provide insight to what is happening nationally.
Last week, the program committee and board members met to plan a full calendar of programming and networking events for 2019. We are excited about the year ahead! A breakdown of topics is included below. Members will also receive a complete calendar in the coming months.   
Top Out: Previously I asked our members to establish professional top out goals. Have you reached your goal? Are you taking advantage of everything CFMA has to offer to reach those goals?   As a chapter, we aim to increase membership and provide immeasurable value to our members. I don't know that it is possible to top out these goals; so we continue to aim higher.
Speaking of increasing membership; now is the time to join or introduce someone to CFMA! Join now and your membership will be good through March 2020! In addition, join before November 30 and receive free attendance and chapter monthly programs through March 2019! Our chapter membership is at an all-time high! Let's keep the momentum going into 2019 and Top Out as the largest CFMA chapter!  
Tamara Kilty 
Chapter President
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Guest speaker William Norris, Chief Investment Officer of CIBC Bank USA, will highlight trends, speak to issues affecting the economy and look ahead at how the economic growth and commercial construction in the Midwest will be impacted by the current fiscal state in Illinois, and policy changes in Washington.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Westin Lombard Yorktown Center
7:30 a.m. Check-in, Networking & Breakfast | 8:00 a.m. Program
Members: $50 | Non-Members: $75

Come celebrate the holiday season with CFMA members and friends at The Morton Arboretum.  Enjoy food and drink in the Arbor Court Pavilion, set in the heart of the Illumination Celebration. 

As part of this event, beginning at 7:30 pm, attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy the Illumination Celebration.  You'll be surrounded by color as you walk a one-mile paved path with fire pits, seasonal music, and interactive lighting effects that highlight the beauty of trees in winter.  Guests are welcome. 

Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Morton Arboretum, Lisle
5:30 - 7:30 pm Networking/Food/Drink
7:30 pm Illumination Celebration (optional)

Tickets are $65.00 per person
Now is the time to introduce your colleagues to membership in CFMA!  For a limited time, new members who will not need to renew until March 2020!  To sweeten the pot, new members who join the Chicago Chapter between now and November 30, 2018, will receive free attendance at regular monthly education programs through March 2019.  Click here to learn more about membership in CFMA !
Samantha Spalding Davis - Rose Paving Company
Mary Beth Jender - Glass Solutions Inc.
Joseph Brems - Sterling Lumber
David Rambo - Desmond & Ahern, Ltd.
Nicole Kuta - Air Comfort
Alina Stavros - C.J. Erickson Plumbing Co.
Jordan Adams - Crowe LLP
Nick Andreolas - Balanced Environments, Inc.
Scott Carey - Konen Insurance Agency
Mallory Pernai - Cornerstone Solutions
Andrew Konopka - Mr. Davids Flooring International, LLC
Kathleen Casey - Shamrock Electric Co., Inc.
Sean Smentana - Miller Cooper & Co., Ltd.
Nathan Summers - Miller Cooper & Co., Ltd. 

Mark Your Calendar for these 2019 Dates

Some dates are tentative and subject to change.  Members will receive a complete calendar in coming months.

January 10: Revenue Recognition Breakfast Program - Breakfast Program
January 23: Contracts 101 joint 1/2 day program with NECA - Breakfast/Morning Program
February 20: Best Practices in Change Order Management - Breakfast Program
March 19: Hacking a Construction Company - Evening Program with Cocktail Reception
April 17: Developing Leaders Worth Following - Breakfast Program
May 1: Cash Forecasting Education Seminar - Breakfast Program
May 7 or 9: Build Chicago Awards Luncheon
June 1-5: Annual Conference in Las Vegas
July 18: Summer Social at Laguanitas
Auugst 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 Golf Outing: August 23 at Maple Meadows   
Thank you to the golfers, sponsors and volunteers for another successful outing. 
Proceeds will support the 2019 intern program and education.

2018 Midwest Regional Conference 
Thank you to the participating chapters:
Chicago, Fox Valley, Madison, Milwaukee, Quad Cities, SW Michigan & Western Michigan. More than 150 attendees, exhibitors and speakers participated in the 5th Annual Midwest Regional Conference at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center on September 23 & 24. 
Casino Night to Benefit CIASP - September 13
Thanks to all who came out to the Casino Night fundraiser, hosted by FCL Builders, to benefit CFMA's Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention (CIASP). 
More than $140,000 was raised to advance the conversation and outreach efforts of CIASP.

National partner, Comdata, is offering an added bonus to CFMA members.  Member referrals to Comdata that result in a signed agreement by the end of the year will be awarded a $250.00 MasterCard gift card once the new client is active. Christine Mundle (CFMA Chicago member) of Comdata will also make a $25 donation to the local chapter per qualifying referral. This is above and beyond the current financial partner agreement between CFMA and Comdata.   
To learn more, contact Christine Mundle,
Director, Strategic Sales - Corporate Payments | Comdata  
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