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Time is running out.....

Just about three weeks from now is the 6th ANNUAL EDUCATION FORUM 'COVERING YOUR ASSETS'.  This program is being offered at the low price of $150 for CFMA members ($200 for non-members). 
We have recently added a Half Day option – back by popular demand.  You may register for either the Morning or Afternoon Session. Both include lunch for the low low price of $80 for members or $110 for non-members. However, you must register off-line – either by email, fax, or snail mail. Be sure to mark your registration as HALF DAY – MORNING OR AFTERNOON.
Also added to the Event is the Networking Reception presented by the Young Professionals Leadership Program (YPLP) and sponsored by Minard Ames!
So plan to make a day of it with 8 hrs of quality Education and then a Networking Reception immediately following.  Sign up today as space is limited.

Millennials’ View of the Workplace Is Fantasy

Company power structures are as hierarchical as ever, young workers' assumptions notwithstanding, a Stanford professor says.
David McCann –
You have a boss, and at the same time people report to you. In fact, at the company where you work, every employee reports to a single other person.
Actually, that’s the way it works in just about every company, notwithstanding a popular perception that the trend toward flatter organizations equates to a weakening of corporate America’s traditional hierarchical power structure. That popular perception is nonsense, according to Jeffrey Pfeffer, a professor of organizational behavior at Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Indeed, the hierarchical structure has barely changed in hundreds of years and shows no signs of doing so now, Pfeffer says in this article published by the school. That’s because it inevitably creates solid benefits, for both the organization and its individual members.

That’s not what many Millennials want to hear, of co…

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Moderated by Mark Minter, Executive Director, Arizona Builders’ Alliance
Sales tax legislation signed by the governor and to be implemented by the Arizona Department of Revenue effective January 1, 2015, leaves more questions for the construction industry than answers. This panel of experts involved in the process will answer questions and provide insight into the process.
Doug Adelberg, Vice President, Lovitt & Touché
The rules continue to be written about how to implement this legislation. This presentation will update you on the latest changes and alter the way you view health care reform.
Jim Rounds, Senior Vice President, Elliott D. Pollack & Company
Jim will provide a review of current events and data that are creating economic angst, along with a discussion of what’s real and what isn’t and how this information translates into Arizona further growing its economy.

Congratulations to the participants and winners of the SkillsUSA AZ Craft Championship!

ABA Electrical Apprentices competed in the SkillsUSA AZ Championships at the Phoenix Convention Center on April 15. Contestants included:  Nathan Akins of Gaylor Electric Jason Hansen Brian Hart of Corbins ElectricSimeon Higbee of Wilson ElectricKris Hill of Wilson ElectricGeoffary Mullins of JencoMatt Rice of DP ElectricMichael Visvydas of Corbins ElectricJustin Weber of Corbins Electric Contestants represents students in the ABA's Electrical Apprenticeship program who are in the their last year and a half of the program.  They won the right to participate in the event by scoring among the Top 10 individuals on an entrance exam. 
Contestants participated over a 7-hour period to construct an intricate system of motor controls.  The winner of the event will attend SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City June 23-27 and will compete in the Industrial Motor Controls contest against first place winners from across the country.  To find out more abo…

Let the countdown begin!

The CFMA National Conference is mere weeks away! While planning for your trip to Las Vegas, here are some things that you may not have known:

Las Vegas (CNN)-- Not many cities evoke as many instant associations as Las Vegas.Maybe you think of the Rat Pack, showgirls and mobsters sipping martinis. Or perhaps it's bachelorettes and bros on a bender that everyone hopes won't end up on Facebook.It's a town whose story has been told thousands of times, in books such as "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," movies such as "Casino" and televisions shows from "Vega$" to "Vegas."But there's much more to the city than just sin.

More than half a million people live here -- about 800,000 if you include the adjacent suburb of Henderson. Plenty of slots and cocktails still abound, but the arts and cultural scene is blossoming and a tech boom is building.There's a lot about Vegas you might not know -- and we don't just mean magic tricks, pers…

Introducing the 2014 VoS CFMA Construction Executive of the Year!!

CongratulationsJim Dinan, Bel-Aire Mechanical! Jim has been involved in the HVAC industry for 34 years. His experience includes all types of mechanical construction: industrial, institutional, commercial, mission critical and hospital/healthcare. As President and Chief Executive Officer of Bel-Aire Mechanical his daily duties include corporate administration, corporate marketing, client development, contract administration, design development, senior consulting and preconstruction administration.

And the winner of the 2014 VoS CFMA Construction Executive of The Year is............

You don't think we'd tell you now do you!!?? See you tonight at the 2014 VoS CFMA Construction Executive of the Year Banquet! Let's find out together!

6th Annual Education Forum

Learn about 2015 AZ sales tax, navigating health care reform, accounting hot topics, and much more. Lunch presentation by Jim Rounds:  Dangers of Wikipedia Economics. Earn 8 CPE credits. Click here to learn more and to register online. Questions: Contact Marj Weber,

Save a Little - Learn a LOT!!

The Valley of the Sun is offering a few scholarships to reimburse annual conference registration fees for first time attendees. The deadline is quickly approaching, May 15th. So please submit your application as soon as conveniently possible. You will be amazed at how much you gain from the conference - check it out for yourself!! Apply today!! Contact for an application.

First time attendee information available here

If you are a 1st time annual conference attendee ... You're in Luck !

The Valley of the Sun is offering a few scholarships to reimburse annual conference registration fees for first time attendees. Attached is the application form with complete details. The deadline is quickly approaching, May 15th. So please submit your application as soon as conveniently possible.

And remember ... What happens in Vegas, Stays in Vegas !

First time attendee information available here.

Lunar eclipse could doom NASA's LADEE moon orbiter

Stargazers across the country are looking forward to the first eclipse of the year -- but this one could claim a space casualty.

The total lunar eclipse will take place in the pre-dawn hours next Tuesday morning, when the moon will be eclipsed by Earth's shadow. It will be visible throughout the Western Hemisphere, including the United States, if the weather is clear. The total phase will last 78 minutes, beginning at 3:06 a.m. EDT and ending at 4:24 a.m. EDT.

Safe to watch with the naked eye, the lunar eclipse should cast a bright orange or red tint across the moon.

Not safe from the eclipse, however, may be a NASA spacecraft that's been circling the moon since fall. The robotic orbiter LADEE was never designed to endure a lengthy eclipse, and scientists don't know if it can withstand the prolonged cold of the hours-long eclipse.

LADEE -- which stands for Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer -- was nearing the end of its mission anyway. Whether it freezes up Tue…

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To Be American-Presented by Millennial Choirs and Orchestras

Millennial Choirs & Orchestras premieres the musical tribute to God and country, TO BE AMERICAN. Featuring both original music and American classics composed and arranged by Brett Stewart and the live narrative of American raconteur Glenn Beck, the production is a tribute to our faithful Founding Fathers, to Old Glory, to the U.S. Armed Forces, to Americans past and present, and to God.

When: Friday, April 11 - Saturday, April 12, 2014    Where:
Ikeda TheaterStart time:
          Friday & Saturday, 5:00 & 8:00 p.m.
On Sale to the Public:
         $19, $24, $32, $34, $38

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The Moon Is Going To Look Sick On April 15th

Sky watchers and those who just like to see cool stuff should keep an eye out on April 15th! A lunar eclipse will soon be on the way with a unique twist. A “blood red” moon will be created during these total lunar eclipses which will bathe it in a glow that looks, as its name would imply, blood red. This is to be the first of four “blood red” moon eclipses over the next year and a half. So if for some reason you aren’t up at three in the morning, you’ll have plenty of other chances to come up with an excuse as to why you didn’t see this awesome phenomena. Kidding aside, this event comes with some huge historical significance.

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