Fall GFOAz Training: Annual Budget Forum

GFOAz is pleased to present its ever-popular annual budget forum on Friday, November 8. Over the last few years, local governments have done a remarkable job of trying to balance their budgets and preserve services with a lower amount of revenue through a variety of "tools in the toolbox" - some traditional, some not. As there are some stabilizing local government economic indicators, recoveries in their traditional sense may be more muted. Through the day's sessions we will work together in best understanding what we've done as local governments thus far in reducing our budgets and how to position the "next new dollar" in the most strategic manner. Seasoned national GFOA experts will discuss: Read more

The Power of Fun at Work

By Walter Stainski, MEd, MPH
Reprinted with Permission

In Reader's Digest, Don Snyder tells us that he noticed his employees extending their allotted break time. So he put this sign on their bulletin board.

"Starting immediately, your 15 minute breaks are being cut back from a half-hour to 20 minutes." He says that using humor, employees got the message.

All our lives we've been told that you have to be so serious to be successful. It's nothing but a myth! According to the business journal, Human Resources Focus, 96% of executives surveyed said people with a sense of humor do better at their jobs than those who have little or no sense of humor. Read more

Review of the Advanced Government Finance Institute Madison, Wisconsin - July 2013

By Diane Archer:

Thank you very much for the scholarship and the opportunity to attend the AGFI. It was a wonderful learning and networking experience. I wish I had attended many years ago, because the lessons learned will definitely make me a better leader and communicator throughout the remainder of my career.

The first session on Monday, "What It Means to be a Leader," was facilitated by Deborah Laurel. It was highly interactive and increased our knowledge on the competencies of leadership , the various leadership styles and when to use each type. Type of leadership depends on decision being made. If expertise is required, then a leader can solve the issue alone. If acceptance is required, need real participation by all affected parties. Read more

GFOA Award Recognition

If your organization will be receiving a GFOA Award and would like public recognition at a council meeting, a GFOAz member can be available to present the award to your city or town council. Please contact aprice@azleague.org to coordinate an award presentation.

Motivational Quote

"The greatest mistake you can make in life is to continually be afraid you'll make one." - Elbert Hubbard

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

Starla Anderson, Finance Manager, Town of Marana
Stephen Anderson, Finance Manager, Apache County
Sierra Belote, Assistant Finance Director, Apache County
Leslie Clark, Senior Accountant, PSPRS
Keith Fallstrom, Controller, ADOT
Mike Farina, Finance Director, Town of Florence
Katie Gregory, Deputy Director, Finance and Budget, City of Peoria
Jared Hansen, CPA, City of Mesa
Lindsay Howell, Senior Budget Analyst, City of Peoria
Anita Kleinman, Deputy Controller, ADOT
Jim Koetting, President, Public Funds Investment Reporting and Tracking
Anna Lourdes Morales, Office Supervisor, City of Nogales
Robert McKay Hall, CPA, CIAS, CITP, HintonBurdick, PLLC
Rene Ontiveros, Chief Finance Officer, Greenlee County
Francisco Padilla, Budget Manager, City of Nogales
Jeanette Parrales, Finance Assistant Director, City of Nogales
Yvonne Pearson, Deputy County Administrator, Greenlee County
John Schubert, Senior Director of Finance, Tucson Airport Authority
Jared Smout, Deputy Administrator, PSPRS
Angel Suarez, Finance Assistant Director, City of Nogales
Aaron White, Interim Finance Director, City of Nogales
Roger Wood, Finance Manager, Apache Junction Fire District

GFOAz Board of Directors

Jerry Hart
Deputy Director of Finance
City of Tempe

Joe Duffy
Finance Director
Town of Chino Valley

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

Scott Holt
Immediate Past President
Director - Financial Services
Yuma County
Vicki Rios
Member At-Large
Deputy Finance Director
City of Phoenix

Brian Wright
Member At-Large
Finance Director
City of Eloy

Mindy Russell
Education Committee Chair
Management Assistant
City of Peoria

Valerie Fenske
Membership Committee Chair
Administrative Services Director
City of Lake Havasu City
November 8, 2013
GFOAz Budget Forum
8 am - 3:30 pm
Rio Vista Community Center
Peoria, Arizona
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January 9, 2014
GFOAZ Training
Location TBD

February 19-21, 2014
2014 GFOAZ Winter Conference
Prescott Resort
Prescott, Arizona
Arizona Department of Transportation
Management Analyst

City of Flagstaff
Housing and Grants Administrator

City of Mesa
Senior Budget Analyst

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