Summer Conference Review
The MDGFOA was back on June 18, 2014 through June 20, 2014 for the time honored tradition of the summer conference in Ocean City, MD at the Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel. During Wednesday afternoon, there was a plethora of events to attend ranging from social interaction to professional development. On the social side of the day, there was the golf tournament (sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, CliftonLarsonAllen, and McGuireWoods), the putting contest (sponsored by SunTrust), the Golf Hole (sponsored by The PFM Group, K.L. Hewitt, CareFirst BC/BS, and Wilmington Trust), the OC Rocket (sponsored by CohnReznick LLP), and the Fishing Tournament. On the academic side of the afternoon, there was a session on the time and energy habits of high performers presented by Courtney Kirschbaum, Maryland Association of CPA’s. The day ended with the always popular M&T Bank event at Fager’s Island.
Our session packed Thursday began early with presentation on accounting and auditing by Keith F. Novak, CPA, Principal, CliftonLarsonAllen. Following this session, Kathryn L. Hewitt, President, MDGFOA, provided the welcome and introductions. Next, the morning centered on ethics with a journey into the habits that human beings exhibit, what creates those habits, and ways to improve our habits presented by Greg Conderacci, Senior Fellow, Business Learning Institute. After a well-received networking and lunch break (sponsored by M&T Bank and CliftonLarsonAllen), our group returned for the final session of the day with a tour of the workings of the Maryland Stadium Authority and the projects that they are currently working on, which was given by David Raith, Chief Financial Officer, Maryland Stadium Authority. The afternoon concluded with MDGFOA’s annual summer business meeting where the new Board members and officers were announced, Natalie Selah from the Town of Berlin was congratulated for her winning this year’s Lloyd Jones Scholarship, and there was the changing of the guard for the MDGFOA President position.
Though Mother Nature had her fun with us with the threat of thunder storms, we were able to enjoy a very nice inside dinner with crab legs, fried chicken, and barbecue. Afterwards, Bank of America Merrill Lynch treated our group to a pleasant Irish coffee and dessert event.
The final day of our conference started with a fantastic breakfast sponsored by CareFirst BC/BS. Following this feast of tastes, our first session began with Lou Ann Dent, Client Executive, Wells Fargo Bank, speaking about insurance best practices and ways to ensure that our governments are not leaving money on the table. Following this session, we changed up the schedule and had Holly Sun, Deputy Director of Management and Budget, Prince George’s County, describe her experiences and best practices on multi-year fiscal planning. The final session of the conference was a presentation on how to improve financial statements given to our group by Keith F. Novak, CPA, Principal, CliftonLarsonAllen. Our conference concluded with a final luncheon and then our members parted ways for an ocean vacation or to head back home.
Please ensure that you keep an eye out for the registration for our fall conference at the BWI Marriott in Linthicum, MD on October 24, 2014. This is a popular conference and fills-up quickly!