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Summer 2014
Dear Members,

Recently, a colleague and I conducted our organization's first ever fraud awareness training. I drew upon FAR's January educational program where an investigator, a lawyer, and a recent victim shared their unique perspectives.

I recently attended a FAR breakfast meeting hosted by incoming board member Bill Grubb. This was our third nonprofit member breakfast in as many months. The topic was non-dues revenue but, as they usually go, it was a dynamic discussion. We touched on certification programs, AMS implementations, taxes, foreign subsidiaries, office relocations, healthcare, collaborative procurement, and several other subjects. I even learned that garbage trucks are prone to catching fire! Thanks, Steve.

As you can probably tell, FAR has become my number one resource. I find myself digging through the FAR archives for content on a regular basis. More importantly, I call FAR members to draft off their unique experiences and insights.

As we take a summer break, we're headed for an exciting new year of programming. At September's luncheon, John Spence will provide a dynamic keynote on leadership. You may want to take the afternoon off. He'll give a bonus, post-luncheon workshop on corporate culture. Members will share budget best practices in October. In November, we'll give you the latest technology ideas that you can use. Plan to attend at least one of the three breakfast meetings this fall. It's a great way to dive into the details and walk away with useful ideas that you didn't expect.

In September, David Keen will be your Chair and lead our expanded board. It has been an honor to serve. Once again, I congratulate all the FAR board and committee members for their varied and meaningful contributions during a successful year. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

David Diedrich
Chair, 2013-2014
In This Issue
New Board
Board Moving On
FAR is Out and About
Finance Professionals
FAR Family
FAR Luncheons
Membership Renewals
Save the Date!

September kicks off the FAR luncheon program season, so save
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
for a special event you don't want to miss!

John Spence will be our guest speaker - the presentation: "Awesomely Simple" based on his book of the same name.

More information on location and registration will on the FAR website soon!
Board of Directors 2014-2015

On September 1, new and returning board members will be ready for a new year!

Matt Agresti
Sr. VP, Sr. Client Manager
Business Banking,
Bank of America

Russ Capps
Sr.VP-Finance & Operations
American Dental Education Association
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Bev Chin
Finance & Accounting Manager
District of Columbia Bar

Jack Deeds, CPA
VP of Systems & Finance
National Cooperative
Business Association 

Loretta DeLuca, FASAE
Founder and CEO
DelCor Technology Solutions, Inc.

David Diedrich
(Immediate Past Chairman)
Bill Grubb
SVP, Finance & Admin. 
International Franchise
Tom Harlow
Exec.VP, Finance & Admin.
Conference of
State Bank Supervisors
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Andrew Jens, MBA
Director, Finance & Operations
International Council on Clean Transportation

David Keen, CPA
National Association
of Counties
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Susan Medick
Auto Care Association

Lisa Queeney
VP of Finance & Operations
Health Industry Distributors Association

Mindy Saffer, LEED AP
Managing Principal

Joe Stangl
VP and CFO
American Society of Consultant Pharmacists

Cito Vanegas
National Older Worker Career Center

Eric West

West, Lane & Schlager 

FAR Board Members Ready for New Adventures
As new board members transition on, a few transition off. These FAR members have helped guide and form our organization over the years during their respective terms. We thank you for your contributions and dedication to the Finance and Administration Roundtable!

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Patricia Adkins, MBA
Patricia has been instrumental on the FAR board, serving as Program Chair for 3 years, and especially in recent years as our Chairman from 2012-2013. Most recently, in her role as Immediate Past Chair, she led the Nominating & Leadership Development Committee which implemented the first plan for the newly added leadership development component.  FAR now has an enhanced nominating process and guidance for leadership development, diversity and succession planning.
"It has been a privilege to serve FAR and contribute to its ongoing success.  Most of all, I have gained more than I have given because of exceptional people with whom I've worked, the friendships I've made, and the knowledge and life lessons shared.  FAR will always hold a special place in my heart."
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Steve Cocke
Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer
Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America

Steve has served two, 2-year terms on the FAR board contributing to the decisions that have shaped it in recent years which include our updates last year to the Resource Member membership structure.

"I was fortunate to serve on the board and see the endless dedication and passion by so many that makes FAR a unique and rewarding experience.  For all those that have served - thank you.  For those that have not, I encourage you to consider the opportunity.  I look forward to seeing you all at the regular meetings."
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Paul Stilp
Vice President, Finance & Administration
Equipment Leasing and Finance Association

Paul has served two, 2-year terms on the FAR board and was the co-chair on the Communications Committee providing recommendations on how to better communicate with our members and to make our organization known to the nonprofit community.

"There is no better organization than FAR for providing top-notch educational and networking opportunities for the finance and administration professional.  The commitment of FAR members, both resource and not-for-profit, to the betterment of the NFP community has always amazed me.  It has been a distinct honor to service my peers on the FAR Board of Directors these past four years.  I hope that in some small way I made a difference."

FAR is Out and About!

The FAR brand is now visible at more venues where nonprofit finance and business professionals are present, such as - the annual GWSCPA Symposium, the CFO of the Year, the CEO of the Year, Association Trends "Live" and CEO Update "Live."

Recently, FAR debuted its first exhibit at ASAE's Finance, Human Resources and Business Operations Conference (FHRBOC) from May 28 - 29 at the Washington Convention Center.  Members introduced FAR to over 500 attendees, shared information about the value of membership, and re-engaged former members.  Thanks to Jack Deeds, National Cooperative Business Association, Margaret Meleney, Club Managers Association of America, and Patricia Adkins, FAR Leadership Chair, for staffing the event.
Finance Professionals: Find More Money to Support Your Organization's Mission
By: Jack Deeds, CPA; Wade Tetsuka, CPA
As a finance executive, you look for additional ways that you can add value to your organization.  More money and resources to support the Mission are a win.  One area that is largely overlooked is the role that credit and purchasing card transactions (Visa/MasterCard/AMEX) play in the expense and revenue stream of your Association, Not-For-Profit Organization (NFP) or Non-Government Organization (NGO). (Read more, click here.)
FAR's Family is Growing

The FAR family has been growing in recent months. Our newest members:

Nicole Miller, Corporate Manager Director, Savills Studley (Gold Member) and her husband, Mike, welcomed Holden Justin Miller to their family on July 10, 2014 weighing approximately 7 lbs. and measuring about 20 in. Nicole reports the family is doing well enjoying being together this summer.

Christine Cardinal, Senior Vice President, Not-For-Profit Banking Group, Capital One Bank (Gold Member), her husband, daughter and son welcomed their newest addition, Brennan Lucien Cardinal, to the family December 2013.

Congratulations to both Nicole and Christine and their families!
FAR Luncheons
FAR members consider the SunTrust Building space we use monthly as our "home". However, we often require larger space for special events, like our "Change of Pace" luncheons.

If you know of a venue that would accommodate our FAR family and guests for those events, and is Metro accessible, please contact Christina at hq@far-roundtable.org.

Please include the venue name, website, pricing, amenities, point of contact (if you have it), and any other information you may have.
Get Involved!

FAR members are the best asset we have - to keep our organization strong, member involvement is encouraged! If you have time and energy to donate to FAR, consider joining a committee this year. Information on the committees can be found on the FAR website or by contacting hq@far-roundtable.org.
Membership Renewals
FAR membership renewals will begin soon! Watch for information on the FAR website and via email.

Questions about renewing your membership?
Contact Christina at hq@far-roundtable.org or 703.971.1116
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