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2017 – 2018 FGFOA Board of Directors - CALL FOR CANDIDATES

The FGFOA Nominating Committee is seeking candidates for four at-large Board positions and the position of Secretary/Treasurer for the 2017-2018 year.  The four Board positions will be elected for a three-year term.  These four positions are currently being held by Nicole Gasparri, Johnathan McKinney, Jamie Roberson and Marilyn Rosetti, who are all eligible to run for another term.

If you would like to serve in these positions, please complete the Application form. All candidates must be active FGFOA members. The Application must be received (not postmarked) by the FGFOA office no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 6, 2017.  

Click below for the Memorandum and Application:  

2017 Call for Candidates Memorandum

2017 Officer and Board Application

Special Note:

Please note that the Board has amended the procedure for filing a Petition of Candidacy.  Only candidates who submitted a complete application by March 6, 2017 and are subsequently not selected by the nominating committee can file a Petition for Candidacy.

FGFOA Exhibitor Registration Open
Florida Government Finance Officers Association (FGFOA) invites you to join us for the 2017 Annual Conference June 24-28, 2017 at The Diplomat Beach Resort, Hollywood, Florida.  (Exhibit Hall dates June 25-26, 2017)

This year we are proud to offer “Premium Booth Space”. Standard booth fee is $1,650 and Premium booths are $1,950. 

We have improved the registration process by offering online real time booth selection. To select your booth, you will need a unique login ID and password, which is located in this message below.  Once you register, you will be able to view other booths already selected and choose your location.   

Important: The system will allow access on a first come, first serve basis.  Once your booth is selected, you will not be able to log back into the system to change booth location.

Please contact Karen Pastula for information on being an exhibitor. 


 FGFOA Beginner Boot Camp - March 2017 SOLD OUT

You MUST be a member of the FGFOA to attend Boot Camp
Beginner Boot Camp March 2017 is currently sold.   Please contact Karen Pastula to be placed on a waiting list. Boot Camp will be offered again in June at the Annual Conference in Hollywood and in October at the School of Governmental Finance in Jacksonville. 


2017 FGFOA Lifetime Achievement Award

The FGFOA is soliciting nominations for the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award. This award, sponsored by the Florida Government Finance Officers Association, will recognize and honor a Finance Officer who has made a lasting and worthwhile contribution to the citizens of Florida through their efforts and dedication in the performance of their duties on a local level, and who has served the FGFOA in its efforts to enhance the profession.

The deadline to submit is April 28, 2017

The FGFOA is proud to present the ACE (Advance Commitment to Excellence) Award!

The FGFOA Board of Directors understands the importance of innovation in government.  There are many examples across our membership of outstanding work that is being done on a daily basis. In an effort to share these stories, celebrate successes and learn from each other, the FGFOA is proud to present the 3rd annual ACE Awards.  

The project should have been implemented in the last eighteen months.  All current FGFOA member agencies are eligible to apply. 

Winners will be announced during the Tuesday Business Luncheon on June 27, 2017 at the Diplomat Resort & Spa, Hollywood, FL.

Please submit your application by the deadline of March 31, 2017.

Application Link 

Congratulations to the 2017 Leadership FGFOA Class

We are pleased to announce the 2017 Leadership FGFOA Class.  Leadership is a program offered by the FGFOA to support and enhance the capabilities of Florida government finance officers.  The theme of the program will focus on You, Your team, Your organization, and Your interaction with the broader governmental environment.  The program is an all-inclusive week that will be held will be April 3-7, 2017 in Orlando. 

Below is the list of those chosen to attend this year’s class.

2017 Leadership FGFOA Class:

Amal Ali, Accountant II, Hillsborough County CCC
Brett Allmond
, Accounting Manager, Pinellas County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller
Helena Alves, Chief Accountant, City of Palm Coast
Linda Benoit, Budget Manager, Pinellas County Office of Management & Budget
Ryan Bernal, Financial Analyst II, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office
Jacqualine Cook, Assistant Finance Supervisor, Brevard County Clerk of Courts
Lynn Dela Torre, Accounting Manager, Juvenile Welfare Board
Jennifer Desrosiers, Utilities Business Manager, City of North Port
Marcella Eubanks, Contracts & Grants Manager, Okaloosa County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller
Yeimy Guzman, Controller, City of Dania Beach
Lori Hill, Treasurer, City of Holmes Beach
Robyn Lawrence, Assistant Budget Officer, City of Jacksonville
Jennifer Linoras, Senior Accountant, Village Center CDD
Andre McAden, Chief Accounting Officer, City of Delray Beach
Cheryl Miller, Finance Manager, City of Palmetto
Tameka Otto Stewart, Budget Officer, City of Miami Beach
Daniel Risola, Assistant Budget Director, Pasco County Board of County Commissioners
Meridy Semones, OMB Manager, City of Largo
Jeanette Haynes, Accountant, City of West Palm Beach
Shannon Lafon, Budget Manager, Sarasota County


CGFO spring exams will be offered on Friday, March 31, 2017 
You can register for the exams online by clicking here

2017 Spring Exam Sites are below:

Miami Parking Authority
40 NW 3rd St Suite 1103
Miami, FL  33128

Santa Rosa Administration Building
6495 Caroline Street, Suite H
Milton, FL 32570

Orlando – FLC University
135 East Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL  32801

Palm Coast City Hall
Community Wing
160 Lake Avenue
Palm Coast, FL 32164

Leon County Annex Suite 751 (Bank of America Bldg)
315 S Calhoun Street
Tallahassee, FL  32301

City of Tampa
Columbus Municipal Office Building (CMOB)
3402 W Columbus Dr. 
Tampa, FL 33607

West Palm Beach Airport Center – Training Room
100 Australian Avenue
West Palm Beach, FL  33406  


CGFO Review Course WEBINARS!

Once again, the FGFOA is proud to present CGFO review course webinars.  Starting in January each four-hour review course will be broken up into two webinars.  Each 2-hour webinar will cost $25. You will register online to receive a link from GoTo Webinar.  You must register with your personal membership ID number with GoTo Webinar to receive the link you will need login on the day of the webinar.  

Registration will open early January. 

Financial Administration Part I
January 10, 2017 – 2:00 p.m. – 3:40 p.m. 
Speaker: Diane Reichard, Chief Financial Officer, City of Plant City

Financial Administration Part 2
January 12, 2017 – 2:00 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.
Speaker: Diane Reichard, Chief Financial Officer, City of Plant City

Debt Administration Part I
January 24 – 2:00 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.
Speaker: Thomas Klinker, Senior Finance Director – Retired, Lake County Sheriff’s Office, FGFOA Past President

Debt Administration Part 2
January 26 – 2:00 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.
Speaker: Thomas Klinker, Senior Finance Director – Retired, Lake County Sheriff’s Office, FGFOA Past President

Municipal Budgeting Part I
February 7, 2017 – 2:00 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.
Speaker: Michael Perry, Budget Officer, City of Tampa

Municipal Budgeting Part 2
February 9, 2017 – 2:00 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.
Speaker: Ann Marie Ricardi, Director of Finance, City of Naples

Accounting and Financial Reporting Part I
February 21, 2017 – 2:00 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.
Speaker: Lorrie Simmons, Accounting Supervisor, City of Tampa

Accounting and Financial Reporting Part 2
February 23, 2017 – 2:00 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.
Speaker: Alton "Rip" Colvin, Executive Director, Justice Administrative Commission

Treasury Management Part I
March 7, 2017 – 2:00 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.
Speaker: Barry Skinner, Assistant Comptroller/Fiscal Division, Orange County Comptroller, FGFOA Past President

Treasury Management Part 2
March 9, 2017 – 2:00 p.m. – 3:40 p.m. 
Speaker: Matthew Pazanski, Director of Finance, City of Juno Beach 

Future Beginner Boot Camps

The FGFOA is offering an exciting, intense, hands-on, two-day workshop for beginners that will introduce the very basics of accounting and financial reporting for state and local governments. The intricacies of fund accounting will be reviewed, including the various bases of accounting used to record governmental transactions. In addition, accountability through budgetary methodologies and control mechanisms will be covered as well as budgetary accounting concepts. The Beginner Boot Camp has been held at the School of Governmental Finance for the past five years and has sold out each time. Space is limited so sign up as soon as possible.

Registration for future boot camps will open closer to the date of the seminar.
You MUST be a member of the FGFOA to attend Boot Camp

2017 Beginner Boot Camp - March 15 - 16, 2017. Embassy Suites Orlando North, Altamonte Springs SOLD OUT.  
Please contact Karen Pastula to be placed on a waiting list

2017 Summer Beginner Boot Camp - TBD

2017 Fall Beginner Boot Camp - October 23-24, 2017. Omni Jacksonville - Registration opens in August

Registration fees are:
Active members $340 
Associate members $415 


GFOA Scholarship Information 

The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) will administer four scholarship programs that are available for award in the Spring of 2017. 

All of these programs are intended to benefit students planning to pursue careers in state and local government finance.  The submission deadline for applications for the 2017 awards is February 10, 2017.  Following are brief descriptions of each of the scholarships:

The Daniel B. Goldberg Scholarship of $14,000 is for graduate students in public finance who are enrolled in a full-time master’s program.  Funded by the Girard Miller Foundation.

The Frank L. Greathouse Governmental Accounting Scholarship of $9,000 (each award) is available for award to two undergraduate or graduate students enrolled full time in an accounting program (an undergraduate student must be in the process of completing at least their junior year by the time of the scholarship award).

The Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship of $9,000 is for upper-division undergraduate or graduate students of public administration, accounting, finance, political science, economics or business administration (with a special focus on government or nonprofit management).  To be eligible for this award students must belong to one of the following groups (as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau): Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, or Asian. Funded by Tyler Technologies.


The Government Finance Professional Development Scholarship of $9,000 (each award) is available for four employees of a state or local government enrolled in part-time graduate study preparing for a career in state and local government finance.

Information on the 2017 scholarships has been mailed to higher education institutions throughout Canada and the United States.  For your information I have enclosed the informational flyer that was sent for each of the four programs.  Also, enclosed are the applications for each of the four programs.

Applications for all four programs are available in the “Student Opportunities” section of our website, www.gfoa.org.  Be sure to scroll down to the section for “GFOA Scholarships.” 

FGFOA membership year runs from 7/1/2016 through 6/30/2017

Please remember to make your annual membership dues payment, you must be a paid member to attend our FREE webinars
Click here to make an online dues payment 
FGFOA is proud to offer FREE Webinars to all current FGFOA members

Registration information is sent to all members via email approximately two weeks prior to each webinar. 2016-2017 Tentative Schedule
Please remember to keep your FGFOA membership current to be eligible for the FREE Webinars.