What have our Business and Industry (B&I) CPAs have been up to? Our recent big, big, BIG B&I event was the annual CFO/Controllers Conference on Tuesday, September 24, 2019. Did I say big? We had 185 attending – the most ever! By golly!!! The Secret Spy remembers when this drew less than 50 to the Chapter office.

Our eight sponsors, Adra by Trintech, BlackLine, Capital Strategies – Guy Draper, CPA/PFS, Frost Bank, Terminal B, LLC, Justworks, Robert Half and Wells Fargo Commercial Bank provided yummy breakfast, lunch, desserts, snacks, beverages and door prizes. Even better, the sponsors helped keep the cost for each B&I member down to a rock-bottom bargain. Let’s show our Texas support back by looking at each website and if we can use their services, please give them a call.

The food was just fabulous and taking the time out of our busy schedules to share a smile with fellow CPAs is an opportunity to share and care the CPA way. Secret Spy believes when we share and care with our peers, wonderful ideas can come to light.

And what a lineup! We had eight wonderful speakers on a variety of topics all of whom kept the attention of the audience. Thank you to all the presenters who make this event bigger and better each and every year!

THE CFO & CEO RELATIONSHIP
Earl Maxwell, CPA, CEO | St. David’s Foundation

10 SECRETS YOUR EMPLOYEES AREN’T TELLING YOU… AND HOW TO IMPROVE MORALE & RETENTION
Danann Smith, Regional Vice President | Robert Half

A LOOK INSIDE TEXAS ATHLETICS
Jon Payne, CPA, MBA, Associate Athletics Director/CFO | University of Texas Athletics

BLOCKCHAIN IN FINANCE
Manpreet Singh, Senior Manager | Ernst & Young LLC

PLAN & PROTECT: CYBERSECURITY FOR YOUR BUSINESS
Bill McCharen, CEO | MyITpros

“WINGIN’ IT”… THE STORY OF PLUCKERS WING BAR
Sean Greenberg, JD, Owner | Pluckers Wing Bar

UNITED STATES ECONOMIC & MARKET UPDATE
Paul B. Matthews, CPA, CFA®

THE FUTURE OF ACCOUNTING
David Loia, Chief Customer Officer | ScaleFactor

And don’t forge the prizes. Lots and lots of prizes! Here are our winners:
• 2020 CFO/Controllers Conference Registration: Amanda Stolz
• $100 Cash Card donated by Frost Bank: Kendyl Jahns
• $50 Amazon Gift Card donated by Robert Half: Jo McNeil
• Yeti package (lunch box & tumbler) donated by: Wells Fargo Commercial Bank: Clara Whitman
• Set of awesome books donated by: Capital Strategies – Guy Draper, CPA/PFS: Montana Singer
• Various $25 gift cards donated by: TXCPA Austin: Pamela Ihlo-Herber, Kevin Burke, Larry Kovar and Dianna Gordon

Last to be recognized, but definitely not least, is our outstanding CFO/Controllers Conference Committee! This year Kate Rhoden chaired the event and it could not have been possible without her. Our other stellar volunteers included: Tracy Howard, Carol Boyd, Philip Campbell, Michele Heyman, Mark Franklin, Paul Matthews, Julie Neas, Joseph Ortiz and Diana Sullivan.

Just as a last note this Secret Spy came armed with my laptop (there’s power and WiFi for everyone at Norris!), I slipped quietly (you know Secret Spies do) into my spot, planning to read email, but soon came to my senses.  Sure, people will tell you to go to these things to score great CPE, but the networking is invaluable. I walked around the room, visiting with old friends and making new B&I kindred souls. After the final session, TXCPA Austin hosted a lovely networking event to help all the attendees unwind after a day filled with learning!

Plans for the 2020 conference are well underway and we’ll be in touch in the next few months with those details. Thanks to everyone who participated in some way! This event wouldn’t be possible without you.