Thank you for having the confidence in me to allow me to act as your President. Given the talented individuals who have preceded me in this role, I am both honored and humbled to be able to serve you during the 2015-2017 fiscal years.
I have had the privilege of being a member of this organization for almost twenty years and have served as a board member and officer for more than ten years. Throughout that time I have met many people who have not only enriched my knowledge of Municipal Finance, and hence my career, but who have become great friends and I am grateful to the GFOA to affording me the ability to make those connections. I hope that we can continue to foster an environment that will enrich your ability to network and connect with other Finance Officers also.
As our positions as Finance Officers becomes increasing more complex and more demanding, it is incumbent upon all of us as members of this organization, to assist each other and, when possible, to be a resource to those that legislate the laws and write the regulations that impact us in our various municipalities. We have made great in-roads in all of those areas, but there is still more to accomplish.
I have always considered education to be an on-going process throughout one’s life, and educating our membership through both formal seminars and informal socials must be a priority in this constantly changing career. Our Annual Conference and our Spring Mini-Conference need to be supplemented by Area Socials and Training that are convenient for our members to attend in their parts of the state.
The talent that makes this organization so respected is not limited to those who serve on the board or as officers, it exists throughout the membership of this organization. We need to hear your opinion and we need your participation. This is your organization and it is only though utilizing the talents of our membership that our organization can continue to flourish. Feel free to contact me or any other member of the board with your comments or if you are interested in sharing your talent.
Douglas A. Petix, President
Government Finance Officers Association of New Jersey