CFMA’s Annual Conference Approaches
Having recently returned from a site visit in Las Vegas, I’m excited to talk about why you should attend CFMA’s 2019 Annual Conference & Exhibition. Let me share what differentiates CFMA’s Annual Conference from any other in the construction industry.
First, our longtime attendees will immediately notice that compared to our former tried-and-true Las Vegas location of Caesar’s Palace, this year’s location – The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas – is light-years ahead in both style and fashion. Think Fontainebleau comes to Las Vegas.
Each year, the Conference theme is chosen by our Chairman. Last year, Chairman Joe McLaughlin, CCIFP, shared the meaning of Reach Out, Branch Out, Top Out. This year, CFMA’s 2019-20 Chairman Michelle Eastman, CCIFP, will share the significance of Success Encompassed at the Chairman’s Luncheon on Monday, June 3.
With four general sessions, 11 mini-conferences, eight dawn peer groups, six advanced sessions, and five educational breakout session tracks (Accounting & Finance, Leadership & Management, Human Resources & Operations, Risk Management & Surety, and Technology), attendees can earn up to 34 CPE credits.
The Small, Medium, and Large-Firm Roundtable sessions combine education and networking to help CFMs bring their conversations from the hallway into the classroom. For the past six years, they have been considered some of the most valuable sessions at the Conference.
Speaking of networking, members tell me every year that CFMA’s Annual Conference fosters lifetime friendships and provides many opportunities to connect with peers at mixers, the welcome reception, and closing night party (which has been known to keep attendees up well past their bedtimes). There are also plenty of opportunities to find solutions your company needs by talking with vendors and service providers on the sold-out Exhibition floor.
Just because we focus heavily on education and networking doesn’t mean we don’t like to throw in a little fun and philanthropy. I’m very proud that this year’s charity event, The Amazing Chase, will benefit the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention. Since 2015, CFMA has worked to make suicide prevention an industry-wide initiative. If you are attending the Conference, please sign up for The Amazing Chase – it’s sure to be lot of fun for an important cause. If you aren’t able to attend the Conference, visit www.preventconstructionsuicide.com to help support the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention.
To learn more about the Conference and details about the sessions and schedule of events, visit www.conference.cfma.org.
As we begin a new fiscal year, I would like to take this opportunity to thank CFMA’s Outgoing Chairman, Joe McLaughlin, who has not only challenged our staff to be the best we can be, but has helped us become more innovative this past year. It has been a true pleasure to work with Joe.
Now, it’s time to welcome Michelle Eastman, CFMA’s 2019-20 Chairman. She brings a different but equally committed perspective to this role. Please join me in welcoming Michelle who looks forward to working with all of CFMA’s stakeholders over the next year. I’ll see you in Las Vegas!
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