Now Is the Time to Enrich Your Career with CFMA

Stuart Binstock, President & CEO
Stuart Binstock, President & CEO

The fall is arguably the busiest time of year at CFMA. Over the next few months, 10 regional conferences will be held across the country, the highly anticipated “CFM Academy” will soon make its debut, September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and CFMA leaders will experience CFMA at Spring Creek. 

Let me review each of these upcoming opportunities to enrich your membership.

Regional Conferences

During the fall, many chapters join together to coordinate regional conferences. Since these conferences typically have a collectively larger attendance than our Annual Conference, they are vital to our connection with members. While CFMA HQ offers support for these conferences, it’s the chapters that organize and facilitate the education and events, and they do a fantastic job. 

For members who can’t attend our Annual Conference, attending a regional conference is an outstanding opportunity to learn about pressing construction financial issues and network with peers at the local level. I encourage you to attend one of these events if you haven’t already. Turn to page 11 to find a conference near you. 

The CFM Academy

In September, the CFM Academy will debut. This program is designed to educate those new to the industry by providing a collection of educational resources focused on key components of construction finance. It will be available as an online self-study program with up to 10 hours of education, including self-assessment questions and the ability to access the content as needed. The program fills a niche for those new to construction finance and will play a critical part in the future of many younger, newer members.

Suicide Prevention Month

As I’ve previously mentioned, CFMA has dedicated efforts over the past two years to promote mental health awareness and suicide prevention. As part of National Suicide Prevention Month, CFMA and the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention are participating in the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s #BeThe1To campaign throughout September. The campaign’s five action steps – Ask, Keep Them Safe, Be There, Help Them Connect, and Follow Up – will be accompanied by simple suggestions to help someone who may be in need. For more information, turn to page 72 and visit www.bethe1to.com. 

Spring Creek

CFMA at Spring Creek, a three-and-a-half-day retreat held in Carefree, AZ, is designed for individuals who want to excel in the workplace, improve their work-life balance, and become successful chapter leaders. At Spring Creek, attendees meet like-minded industry peers and participate in an array of programs focused on building effective teams, leading through fun, and proven leadership models. 

CFMA leaders leave Spring Creek with two key takeaways: 1) new tools to immediately implement upon returning to the workplace and to their chapter and 2) new relationships that will last a lifetime. Most, if not all, of CFMA’s executive leaders have attended Spring Creek at some point during their career. 

Not only is the fall a beautiful time of year, it’s also perhaps the most productive time at CFMA – both nationally and locally. I encourage you to avail yourself of one or more of the many programs and activities described. They will enrich your career.


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