December 2021
Chapter Happenings and Updates
Dear Members & Friends, 

The holidays are officially upon us - I hope you have plans to connect with friends and family this holiday season. From everyone at FEI we wish you a happy holiday and a prosperous new year!

We hope you'll join us this coming Monday, December 20th, for our last event of 2021 - a virtual tailgating event with our friends in FEI Chicago. This will be a fun, enjoyable way to spend an hour PLUS you'll have the chance to win a $25 gift card PLUS some great prizes.

Also, now is a great time to get signed up for our 2022 events and get them in your calendar. These include PNC's Chief Economist, the 9th Annual Capital Markets and M&A Update and a virtual chocolate tasting event!

As we move into the next year consider mentoring a young professional. FEI Engage is a great way to give back by becoming a mentor to the next generation of finance professionals. See more information below. Also, please forward this information to early-career professionals in your network.
Please reach out at any time with your ideas and how you would like to participate further. I would like to hear from you!
FEI Twin Cities Board President
(651) 312-9260
Welcome to our Newest Strategic Partner!
Center® is a complete spend and expense management solution that delivers real-time visibility and flexible spend controls to automate expense tracking.​ Center significantly reduces the amount of time it takes to submit and process expenses while giving real-time transparency, control, and insights to budget owners and the finance team.

Center was founded and built by a team of ex-Concur leadership and team members who saw the opportunity to create a better expense management experience for employees, managers, and executives. CenterCard® Corporate Credit card powered Mastercard, integrates directly with Center Expense software, delivering real-time visibility and flexible spend controls to automate expense tracking.

On average, Center customers reduce time spent on review, audit, and accruals by 90%, improve visibility and control to reduce budget variance to 1%, and optimize expenses by 10% or more of spend vs. alternative approaches.​ CenterCard + Center Expense, expense management made easy.

Center is based in Bellevue, Washington with an office in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Membership Updates
Why FEI? Visit our Member Benefits Page to learn more
Now is time to benefit from your FEI membership by…
  • Connecting with your peers and industry leaders
  • Learning through cutting edge content and meetings to stay ahead of industry trends
  • Developing leadership skills to advance your career through our professional development and career management sessions.
Share your news with the Chapter

We encourage our chapter members to share submit news to share. Examples of submission topics include:
  • New hires or promotions
  • Personal or company professional recognition or awards
  • Finance best practices and tips
  • Announcements about your participation in other organizations, such as associations or nonprofits

Email your submissions to
Trial Membership

We encourage you to engage with FEI and explore your member benefits during a trial membership so that you can understand the value the Association has to offer long–term, both at a National and Chapter level.

Previous members are not eligible for the free trial, but we’ve lowered our dues for existing members while expanding our programs, so our value proposition has never been better! And, if you’re in transition, we may be able to get your dues fully paid for by a third party.

If you have any questions about your trial membership or FEI’s benefits and services, please reach out to Rosanne at or or 877.359.1070.

FEI is thrilled to announce the launch of a new platform that will strengthen FEI and the finance and accounting profession. FEI Engage is a community and content hub designed to engage the next generation of finance leaders, and the only platform of its kind focused strictly on the finance and accounting community.
Why FEI Engage? Why Now?
As you are probably aware, there is a critical shortage of talent in the finance and accounting profession—with no end in sight. FEI Engage was created to connect students and early career professionals with business veterans for mentorship, learning, and development.

Give Back, Become a Mentor

We invite you to participate in FEI Engage by serving as a Mentor Match mentor to share your unique perspectives, wisdom, and experience with up-and-coming finance and accounting professionals. If you are interested, please log in (using your FEI credentials) and enroll as a Mentor. It only takes about 5 minutes to complete the process. Click here to enroll as a Mentor.

Thank you for all you do to support FEI and the finance profession. If you are interested in sharing your knowledge and experience with the next generation of finance and accounting professionals or learning more about FEI Engage, please contact Olivia Berkman at

Click here to view a brief video demonstration and to learn more about the program!
Consider volunteering with us

Meet FEI Members and Strategic Partners and build lasting relationships.
Getting involved as a FEI Twin Cities Board member is a great way to build your leadership skills and gain experience on a board. PLUS all you'll get free registration to the Minneapolis Business Journal's CFO of the Year program AND free registration to the National Leadership Summit in May!

Current FEI Twin Cities volunteer openings include:
  • Corporate Membership Chair
  • Trusted Peer Group Chair
  • Membership Retention Volunteer

Thank You to Our New and Renewing Members!
Please take a moment to reach out to our members on LinkedIn.
James Adams

Impact Group

Lydia Burke

Stacy Colbert


Roers Companies

SPS Companies, Inc


Wade Heirigs

Jungbauer Consulting Inc.

Veritae Group, LLC

Leonard Newman

U.S. Bank



Thomas Rooney

J&E Companies

SVP Finance

Wipfli, LLP

Nexus Solutions

It is so FUN to see everyone in person again! We hope to see YOU at a meeting soon too.
Challenges of the CFO of December 1, 2021
Upcoming Events
FEI Twin Cities Events

Vikings vs Bears Virtual Tailgating Social - LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER!
Monday, December 20 | 6 - 7 pm CST | Register

How I Got Here: NABA's Herschel Frierson
Financial Executives International Webinar
Wednesday, January 5 |1 - 2 PM | Register

In-Transition Monthly Networking Meeting - An insider's perspective to the hiring process
Tuesday, January 11 | 7:15 - 9 am | Register

PNC Chief Economist Economic Outlook
Tuesday, January 18 | 7:30 - 9 am | Register

9th Annual Capital Markets and M&A Update
Wednesday, January 26 | 7:30 am - 12:00 pm | Register

FEI Twin Cities Gourmet Chocolate Tasting Event
Thursday, February 24 | 4:14 - 5:30 pm | Register

More programs will be announced soon! Visit here to see the full lineup.
Other Events of Interest
Prouty Project Jammin' Session #257
Tuesday, February 2 | Is Purpose Spiritual?
Richard Leider, Best-Selling Author and Coach
ESG Ecosystem Conference: Micro Perspectives
March 22-24, 2022, Virtual
2022 Financial Leadership Summit - Mark Your Calendar
May 15-17, 2022
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Other FEI Chapter Meetings
Visit Financial Executives International and look for the "Open To All Members" badge for additional events. Many are CPE eligible!
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Strategic Partner Focus
Featured Gold Level Strategic Partners
Bank of America is one of the world’s leading financial institutions serving consumers, small and middle-market businesses and large corporations. Serving 66 million consumer and small business clients with over 4,300 retail financial centers, and 16,600+ ATMs; and award-winning digital banking with more than 37 million active users, across the United States, its territories and approximately 35 countries. We are committed to helping the Minnesota market thrive through focused business and environmental strategies, having extended $2.5B in commercial loans, $134M in credit to small businesses, and $630M in financing for renewable energy, energy and water efficiency, and related natural resource solutions.

BDO is a U.S. professional services firm providing assurance, tax, advisory and consulting services to a wide range of publicly traded and privately held companies. For more than 100 years, BDO has provided quality service through the active involvement of experienced and committed professionals. The firm serves clients through 63 offices and more than 450 independent alliance firm locations nationwide. As an independent Member Firm of BDO International Ltd., BDO serves multinational through a global network of 1,408 offices in 154 countries.

Learn more about all of our Strategic Partners here.
Thank You FEI Twin Cities Strategic Partners!