49th Annual Conference a Success

More than 140 people were in attendance for the 49th Annual Conference held at the beautiful Prescott Resort in Prescott, Arizona.

The GFOAz Education Committee did an excellent job providing members with first class training experience. GFOAz thanks all of its sponsors for their continued support, those who presented during the conference, and all of the members in attendance for making this another great conference. Read more

Welcome New GFOAz Board Member Sherry Schurhammer

The GFOAz Board welcomed its newest board member, Sherry Schurhammer, during the winter conference in February. Sherry Schurhammer currently holds the position of executive director of the Financial Services Department for the city of Glendale. The board looks forward to working with Sherry this upcoming year. Please help us in welcoming Sherry to the board!

Grant Writing USA Training

City of Glendale Fire Department and Grant Writing USA will present a two-day grants workshop in Glendale, March 18-19, 2013. This training is for grant seekers across all disciplines. Attend this class and you'll learn how to find grants and write winning grant proposals. Read more

Arizona on the Mend: Retail Sales Strong

First published February 14, 2013 in knowWPCarey, knowwpcarey.com

This year, retailers in Arizona saw a 6.7 percent increase in holiday sales year over year - topping the 3-4 percent reported for retailers nationally. That translated to $9.8 billion in sales, said W. P. Carey economist Dennis Hoffman at the Economic Club of Phoenix luncheon in February. In addition, restaurant and bar sales for December through March are also on the rise. Bar sales for March 2012 broke all records, he said, and March this year is expected to be even better. See slides here. All this paints a picture of Arizona on the mend. The Economic Club of Phoenix, affiliated with ASU's W. P. Carey School of Business, provides a forum for the discussion of economic, business and policy issues.

Arizona Cities Receive GFOA Awards

Last month, the cities of Lake Havasu City and Tucson received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association for their current budget. The award reflects a commitment to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. Read more

GFOAz 2013 Winter Scholarship Winners

This year GFOAz awarded two scholarships to GFOAz members to attend the 2013 winter conference in Prescott, February 20-22. This year's winners were: Kent Brooksby, finance director from the town of Pinetop-Lakeside and Luis Pedroza, finance director/city treasurer from the city of Douglas. The recipients of this year's award received a cash award to reimburse them for their conference registration and travel costs.

GFOAz and GFOA Scholarships Available

GFOAz will be offering two scholarships to the GFOAz Summer Training, August 7-9, 2013, in Tucson. The association will also offer one scholarship to the annual GFOA (national) conference, June 2-5, 2013, in San Francisco, California. If you are already registered for the GFOA national conference, you may still apply for the scholarship.

For more information on how to apply, point your browser here. Please apply for either the summer training or national conference. Applications and/or nominations are due by Monday, April 1, 2013.

Volunteer with Education and Member Services Committee

If you are interested in becoming more involved with the GFOAz Education or Membership Committee, there are plenty of opportunities available. If you are interested in volunteering with the Education Committee to help plan future conferences and trainings, please contact Mindy Russell, Chair of the Education Committee at mindy.russell@peoriaaz.gov. If you are interested in reaching out to organizations to increase and maintain GFOAz Membership, please contact Barbara Goodrich, Chair of the Membership Committee at bgoodrich@flagstaffaz.gov.

GFOAz Members on the Move

Do you have a recent promotion or transition that you would like to announce? This section of the newsletter recognizes members who have recently been promoted or have recently transitioned. If you would like your name to be featured in this section of the newsletter, please contact Amy Price at 602-258-5786 or email: aprice@azleague.org.

GFOAz Welcomes New Members

Bill Baker, Chief Deputy, Mohave County
Lee Barr, Financial Specialist, City of Tucson
Joanne Carpenter, Finance Clerk, Town of Gila Bend
Cassandra Chow, Accountant, City of Lake Havasu City
Cindy Cox, Treasurer, Mohave County
Hope Cribb, Finance Manager, Town of Payson
Misty Drye, Budget Analyst, Senior, Coconino County
Barbara Frakes, Business Manager, Coconino County
Dana Faulisi, Accountant II, Town of Gilbert
Teresa Foy, Senior Accountant, City of Winslow
Crystal Garcia, Accountant, Coconino County
Joyce Gilbride, Accounting Director, City of Scottsdale
Tim Henry, Customer Accounts Manager, Town of Prescott Valley
Thomas Johnson, Senior Accountant, Coconino County
Sean Kindell, Deputy Finance Director, City of Phoenix
Sharon Lawrence, Accounting Manager, City of Lake Havasu City
Gregory Luethje, Accountant, City of Avondale
Kyle Mickelson, Accounting Manager - Operations, Coconino County
Megan Moreno, Deputy Finance Director, City of Benson
Wanda Noffz, Accountant, City of Flagstaff
Paige Preston, Accountant, Navajo County
Amanda Roady, Senior Accountant, Navajo County
Barbara Robinson, Senior Accountant, Gila County
Kathleen Rota, Assistant Controller, City of Mesa
Joseph Scalmato, Financial Controller, City of Mesa
Luke Schneider, Institutional Sales, D.A. Davidson & Co.
Robin Sibley, Supervising Senior, Hinton Burdick
Jocelyn Smith, Management & Budget Assistant, Town of Gilbert
Summer Villegas, Finance Clerk, Town of Gila Bend
Andy Wagemake, Revenue Director, City of Flagstaff
Linda Willis, Director, Financial Services, WW Associates
Shannon Worrell, Accountant, City of Lake Havasu City
Megan Zickerman, Budget and Planning Manager, Coconino County

GFOAz Board of Directors

Jerry Hart
Deputy Director of Finance
City of Tempe

Joe Duffy
Finance Director
City of Chino Valley

Sandra Schulz
Member At-Large
CFO/Director of Finance
Coconino County

Brian Wright
Member At-Large
Finance Director
City of Eloy

Mindy Russell
Education Committee Chair
Management Assistant
City of Peoria
Scott Holt
Immediate Past President
Director - Financial Services
Yuma County

Vicki Rios
Member At-Large
Deputy Finance Director
City of Phoenix

Sherry Schurhammer
Member At-Large
Exec. Director of Financial Services
City of Glendale

Barbara Goodrich
Member Services Chair
Management Services Director
City of Flagstaff
May 2013
May Quarterly Training
Stay tuned for further details!

June 2-5, 2013
GFOA 107th Annual Conference
Moscone Center North
San Francisco, California
More information

August 7-9, 2013
GFOAz Summer Training
Westin La Paloma
Tucson, Arizona

August 27-30, 2013
League of Arizona Cities and Towns Annual Conference
Hilton El Conquistador
Oro Valley, Arizona

October 2013
Growth & Infrastructure Consortium 2013 Conference
Chaparral Suites
Scottsdale, Arizona
City of Mesa
Accounting Specialist II

City of Surprise
Chief Financial Officer

City of Williams
Finance Director

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