2019 CSMFO Annual Conference

Message from the President-Elect

Dear Finance Colleagues:

It is an honor and a pleasure to welcome you to the web page for the 2019 CSMFO Annual Conference in Palm Springs – Guardians of the Finance Galaxy.  Both the Host Committee and the Program Committee have worked tirelessly this past year to put forward a conference and program that will offer an array of CPE and networking opportunities with your fellow finance professionals.

The challenges facing the municipal finance professional in today’s world have never been greater with meeting demands placed upon us for service delivery hampered by fiscal constraints. If you have not yet registered, I hope you will navigate the site and check out the amazing educational content that is offered.  Yes, there will be time to catch up with old friends and meet some new friends with our Thursday night event, and even a morning Yoga Session on Thursday, January 10th.  Don’t forget the wonderful options to sign up for golf or tennis on Tuesday before the conference starts at the “Extra Activities” portion of the website.

I am excited to share that current President, Margaret Moggia, will be presenting the 2018 Volunteer of the Year award at the annual conference, and yes, there will be a Distinguished Service Award presented this year.  There are some great keynote speakers featuring:

  • Ross Shafer “Future Proofing Your Organization” – he will open the conference bringing his sense of humor, as well as his sense of passion, work ethic and high performance standards
  • She’s baaaack by popular demand! Connie Podesta who had all of us determining whether we were a circle, square, triangle, or squiggle. Connie will challenge us to Defy Limited Thinking – Take Bold Action – Push Past Excuses and Move Beyond Complacency
  • Alex Sheen – About “Because I Said I Would…” – A great way to close the conference with this inspiring speaker who reminds us too often we say “I’ll get to it…” and “tomorrow”.

We are grateful to our many sponsors of the CSMFO conference, including this year’s Infinity Stone Exhibitor, Urban Futures Inc.  Our exhibitors/sponsors are afforded the chance to gain exposure to government finance decision makers, talk to existing clients, and meet potential new clients through the annual Exhibit Hall. Join us for the Vendor Reception on Wednesday evening, January 9th and take some time to navigate through the exhibits on Thursday, January 10th.  I look forward to seeing you in Palm Springs!!

Joan Michaels Aguilar
2019 CSMFO President Elect