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Time is running out! If you have not signed up for the 2017 CFMA Conference - you need to do it today! It is in our own backyard this year - and you don't want to miss all the benefits - see the website for the entire list:

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2017 CEoY

The Valley of the Sun Chapter of Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) has recognized Casey Cartier, president and CEO of Jokake Construction, as Construction Executive of the Year. The award ceremony, attended by more than 200 construction, engineering, architecture, and finance professionals, took place during CFMA’s Annual Awards Gala. Each year CFMA honors four executives for their corporate leadership and contribution to the local construction industry. Cartier was selected from a group of four finalists. “I certainly thank CFMA for leading the charge in elevating the construction industry from traditional tradesmen to a very professional group, and I sincerely appreciate the award” said Cartier.

Explore the 2017 Conference!

While You Are in Phoenix Things to do in the midst of building your foundation for success.

The Clock is Ticking......

It’s hard to believe that the CFMA National Conference will be starting in less than 4 weeks! 

The great news is, it’s not too late to sign up at the fantastic, reduced rate of $745!  Register here and enter the code EBVOS0745 at check out to get this great price for Valley of the Sun members only – but hurry, this promo price expires soon! 
Still on the fence about attending?  Check out Samantha Hutchinson’s video on Building Your Foundation for Success!

BRIEF: AZ Legislature Adjourns

Last night, the Arizona Legislature wrapped up its legislative session, and it was a big success. We passed bipartisan, common-sense legislation to improve public education, protect our most vulnerable citizens and expand the boundless opportunities our state offers. The vast majority of bills passed with bipartisan support. Check out the links and videos below to recap a few of our achievements during this year’s legislative session: PUTTING OUR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS FIRST A few highlights from the bipartisan budget we passed last week: $68 million for a permanent 2% teacher pay raise over two years$27 million in ongoing capital investments for universities that will enable over $1 billion in bonding$37.6 million for results-based funding at public schools, half of which is earmarked for teacher raises$80 million for the construction and maintenance of school facilities$3 million in matching funds for …


Register now for CFMA's Annual Conference & Exhibition, June 3-7, in Phoenix, Arizona--the only conference addressing the challenges that construction financial managers face daily! Your Foundation for Success will include: Unparalleled education opportunitiesA multitude of social & networking experiencesExhibition Hall vendors ready to share solutionsAccess to industry experts  Still not sure if you should attend? Take a look at the Conference Sessions and discover focused tracks covering accounting & finance, benefits & human resources, leadership & management, and much more!

2017 VoS President's Award Winner

I am here tonight to present the Valley of the Sun’s President Award. The VoS President’s Award was designed to recognize a member who has gone above and beyond and is deserving of special recognition for the extraordinary amount of time and effort expended on behalf of CFMA and the chapter. This Award is not voted on, it was designed to be at the sole discretion of the VOS President, and they can award it or not. While I am not the current President, I am the Immediate Past President and I am invoking my executive privilege. Back in 2015 David James was the first recipient of this award, tonight; we are recognizing our second recipient. David could not be here tonight, so he asked me to read this in his stead: Passion may be defined as an intense or overpowering emotion Passion may be defined as a sudden outburst of caring Passion may be defined as a way to direct your intellect towards a critical purpose BUT, however you define it, passion cannot be learned; it cannot be taught; it is fo…

The Time to Sign up for the CFMA Conference is NOW!

It’s hard to believe but the Annual CFMA Conference is only weeks away!  It is so exciting to think that this fantastic event is happening here in Phoenix, at the JW Marriot Desert Ridge June 3–7.  

If you haven’t already heard, the chapter is offering big financial support to make it possible for you to attend and take advantage of the conference being held here in Phoenix.  Not only have we locked in early-bird pricing all the way up to the event, but we are also offering a $350 subsidy to members – reducing registration cost to $745 for 5 days of non-stop learning and networking.  Register Here and enter the code EBVOS0745 to get this great price.  BUT – act soon – after May 15 we will reduce this subsidy to $175.Click here for full information and other chapter subsidy options. 
It’s important to everyone that you register as soon as you possibly can.  CFMA National is planning for a strong showing from our chapter and their attendee planning is affected greatly by our member’s at…