Showing posts from November, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

In this time of gratitude, we give thanks for you, our members!  
We value your involvement, dedication, and confidence in Vos CFMA.
Counting you among our members and friends is something for which we are especially grateful.  
On behalf of VoS CFMA, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Arizona TPT Changes

On January 1, 2015, the changes to the Arizona Transaction Privilege Tax system will substantially alter how many of us do business in the state. As a result, in an effort to educate our industry, the VoS CFMA Program and Education Committees hosted an expanded November lunch. The first part was an overview of the changes affecting Contractors. The two-hour extension examined the AZDOR's FAQs, how they apply to real life situations, and how they will be taxed under the new 'hybrid' system.

The panel of experts and the Department of Revenue that helped us sort through our numerous questions:

Mark Minter, Moderator, Arizona Builders Alliance
David James, FNF Construction
Craig McPike, Snell & Wilmer
Christie Comanita, AZDoR, Manager Tax Policy and Research Division

To link to the AZDOR FAQ about these changes:

Some of you may remember Tom Schleifer....

He is an extremely popular speaker and author who has presented at AGC conventions on numerous occasions. He recently had an article published in ENR on contractor survival during tough times. Take a look:

Too many construction organizations become slaves to their over-head, their general and administrative expenses. Increased overhead usually equates to increased capacity and is common and appropriate during growth periods. Unfortunately, these expenses are much easier to put in place than to get rid of, and in a cyclical market they become a burden and create losses. This is especially true now that we have such a weak and slowly developing business upswing. To read more:

Happy Veterans Day!


Today was the day!

VoS CFMA and St Mary's could not ask more of our volunteers, yet these individuals continue to inspire us by giving ever-more generously of their time, effort and talents. Raising awareness of the realities of hunger and poverty, our volunteers are essential to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance operations, assisting in the sorting, boxing and bagging of food, providing administrative and fundraising support and acting as advocates to bring about positive change. Here are our great volunteers:

Happy National Nacho Day!

National Nacho Day is Nov. 6 and it is a great day to learn history about the origin of Nachos OR maybe just eat some Nachos! Nachos can be made many different ways, when ordering them they are called loaded or super nachos. It is often used as a snack for a group or a hearty meal prepared for one person.

The basic of a nacho is to layer nachos on a dish topped with meat and refried beans covered in shredded cheese. After the cheese melts add cold toppings such as lettuce, tomato, onion, jalapeƱo and salsa mounded on atop these flat chips. Many other toppings can be substituted or added to ones liking like cilantro, chicken, chorizo, bacon, lime, olives, guacamole, sour cream and Pico de Gallo.

Tucson Monthly Meeting details.....


There are numerous events upcoming to help educate our industry on the changes including :

November 13
                Tucson chapter CFMA; noon – 1:30 Sir Veza’s @ Tucson Mall                 Contact:  Krista Conway, Beach Fleischman 520-321-4600 November 19 AZ Contractor Coalition/ASA – 7:30 – 9:00 @ Lovitt and Touche   1050 W. Washington #233 Tempe                 Contact:  Sharon Shively, Sacks Tierney 480-425-2650 November 20 Valley of the Sun chapter CFMA; 11:30 – 3:00 Doubletree 44th Street and Van Buren Phoenix                 Contact: Marj Weber, Irontree Construction 480-969-9966 December 5 Beach Fleishman – 7:30 – 12:00 (Annual construction conference (multiple topics) – approx. 2 hours devoted to the new sales taxes) @ Lovitt and Touche   1050 W. Washington #233 Tempe                 Contact:  Angel Wible, Beach Fleischman 602-265-7011 December 9, 10, 11 (only one! – TBD) Tucson:  Details to be announced Beach Fleischman and Fennemore Craig organizing December 9 Valley of the Sun chapter CFMA; 2:30 – 4:30   McCarthy Construction 6225 N. 24th Street #200 Phoenix                 …