Leadership's role in shaping and sustaining FEI: the commitment, countless hours and unique qualities of FEI's volunteer leadership have largely contributed to making the organization what it is today. A snapshot of the leadership challenges through the decades--both inside and outside of the Controllers Institute of America (now FEI).
Marking the first anniversary of the Controllers Institute of America in 1932, President Frank J. Carr delivered his first message to members. In it, he said, "What the Institute may be five or ten years from now is something which we cannot predict ... We believe that it will be a powerful and important organization."
Just think. If Carr were here today, he'd be bursting with pride at what he'd helped to create. Today's Financial Executives International (FEI FEI
Fédération Équestre Internationale. )--renamed Financial Executives Institute in 1962 and then "International" in 2000--has done the work and earned the reputation that Carr describes; it has become both "powerful and important." Fast forward to the 1980s, when it was written: "The Institute is an effective voice for the private financial sector of the business community to governmental, professional and academic communities. Its most important strength lies in its members and their participation in FEI activities, for without this participation FEI would not progress."
Then, fast-forward again, to the 21st century, when the 2005-06 Chairman, Robert Walker Robert Walker may refer to:
The organization that has evolved is largely the product of the volunteer members and especially the leaders, who devote countless hours of their time, energy and unique skills and resources. FEI could not have sustained itself, nor accomplished all that it has for the profession, without the determination and commitment of its volunteer leadership.
In speaking about individual leaders in his landmark book Good to Great, Jim Collins says that besides doing a great job while you're in the top spot, it's about what happens after you're gone. "The real litmus test litmus test
A test for chemical acidity or basicity using litmus paper. is your legacy." The fact that FEI is celebrating 75 years speaks volumes about the quality of its volunteer leadership!
So, what follows is a snapshot (1) A saved copy of memory including the contents of all memory bytes, hardware registers and status indicators. It is periodically taken in order to restore the system in the event of failure.
(2) A saved copy of a file before it is updated. of some of the organization's challenges and its volunteer leaders--the presidents and chairmen (and much later, women). FEI's top leadership has been busy these past seven-plus decades--internally and externally. Among the top concerns are membership (recruiting, serving and retaining), and professional and advocacy issues. Along its path, the organization has changed its membership requirements and its structure, as it's deemed necessary in response to the environment at a given time. Launched for controllers, the Institute broadened its membership, and even changed its name, to denote de·note
tr.v. de·not·ed, de·not·ing, de·notes
1. To mark; indicate: a frown that denoted increasing impatience.
2. the expanding finance executive's role.
Of changes implemented during his year as chair (1997-98), William Parfet says: "Chances are if we put all this in play again today, it wouldn't work. The world has moved to another place!" Indeed, like the business world it serves, FEI is continually evolving. What follows are select bits and pieces of the leaders' challenges to simultaneously keep up and move forward. Segments are from FEI historical documents, Leader Tributes and in their own words.
* THE STRUCTURE
Throughout FEI are various opportunities for leadership--from local committee chairs to those who gain national committee and then office of the chair positions. In the early years, the Years, The
the seven decades of Eleanor Pargiter’s life. [Br. Lit.: Benét, 1109]
See : Time organization's highest volunteer position, president, worked along with a board of directors. Arthur R. Tucker, the Institute's founder, selected 13 men to serve on the first board; they then voted for officers. The first president, F.J. Carr, served two terms.
On the Institute's five-year anniversary, a tribute to founder Arthur R. Tucker, written by Alan G. Benson (then chairman of the committee on publication of The Controller), reads: "During the worst depression the Western World has ever experienced, he began to organize the controllers of American business concerns. The measure of success that has attended his work is evidenced by the strength and standing which The Institute enjoys today."
The writer continued: "We now come to the Fifth Annual Convention with a feeling of optimism, which springs from the satisfaction of having seen the small acorn acorn: see oak.
Nut of the oak. Acorns are usually seated in or surrounded by a woody cupule. They mature within one to two seasons, and their appearance varies depending on the species of oak. grown to a sturdy sturdy
neurological disease in sheep caused by the pressure of a Taenia multiceps metacestode. Called also gid. oak, and hopeful of rendering to business concerns in America, and to its members, a service which will more than justify its existence. All this has been accomplished in five short years, marked in the industrial world by vicissitudes vicissitudes
changes in circumstance or fortune [Latin vicis change]
vicissitudes npl → vicisitudes fpl; peripecias fpl and economic upheavals."
Later, from A Brief History, published in 1971 on the occasion of FEI's 40th year (edited here): "The challenge of the 1970s loomed formidable for finance executives as the Institute entered its fifth decade amid the most complex of times and a level of technology so awesome that it would have staggered the imagination of most people during the early thirties. FEI was on the threshold of a new and demanding era that promised to tax the efforts of financial executives to the limits of their energies. This increased level of activity within the Institute concerned the leaders, and a strategy for the future was developed.
"In May of 1971 the board of directors elected FEI's first full-time president and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. (Charles C. Hornbostel). His challenge was to strengthen FEI as the objective and effective voice of the business community; establish sound relations with both government regulatory agencies regulatory agency
Independent government commission charged by the legislature with setting and enforcing standards for specific industries in the private sector. The concept was invented by the U.S. and the private-sector standard-setting bodies; increase the involvement of members in the activities of the Institute; and reorganize re·or·gan·ize
v. re·or·gan·ized, re·or·gan·iz·ing, re·or·gan·iz·es
To organize again or anew.
To undergo or effect changes in organization. the Institute internally in order to effectively meet these challenges."
By 2006, five individuals had served in the top administrative staff position. Charles Hornbostel (1971-78) was succeeded by Robert W. Moore (1978-89); followed by P. Norman Roy (1989-99); then Philip P. Livingston served from 1999-2003; and the current President and CEO, the first woman to hold the top spot, Colleen col·leen
An Irish girl.
[Irish Gaelic cailín, diminutive of caile, girl, from Old Irish. (Sayther) Cunningham, who has served since April 2003. As the years have progressed, the role of the volunteer chair, Office of the Chair (OOC OOC Out of Character (online role-playing)
OOC Out-Of-Character (gaming)
OOC Out Of Control
OOC Optical (WDM) Overhead Channel
OOC Out of Context ) and executive board have become more involved in the operations of the organization, while the staff President and CEO has become the external face of FEI, representing the organization before regulators, members, chapters, other outside organizations and constituencies and the press.
* EARLY NOTABLE COMMENTS ON THE INSTITUTE AND THE PROFESSION BY ITS CHAIRS
1935-36: Rodney S Rodney may refer to:
1941-42: John A. Donaldson, known as the "First War President." "Controllership found itself in a front-line position in the battle of production; it found itself confronted by new responsibilities imposed both by individual companies and by Government. Controllers were discovered to be indispensable to the Government in its direction of economic moves, in controlling the production program."
1948-49: K. Y. Siddall. "This may be the machine age from the standpoint of labor, but certainly from the standpoint of the selection, training and development of material for management, we know that it is not. The individual who shows the foresight (graphics, tool) Foresight - A software product from Nu Thena providing graphical modelling tools for high level system design and simulation. and makes the decisions is still the controlling factor in the success of any business ... It is up to us to continue the development of that man and to make the most of him for his own sake and ours. We cannot ever afford to get so involved in the technical side of our work that we pass over the growing, changing human side."
1949-50: William Herbert William Herbert may refer to several people, including: Earls
1958-59: J. McCail Hughes was celebrated following his year as president: "To the office of president, Mack has added a new dimension--enjoyment. Without subtracting from the dignity or responsibility of our chief elective elective
non-urgent; at an elected time, e.g. of surgery.
elective adjective Referring to that which is planned or undertaken by choice and without urgency, as in elective surgery, see there noun Graduate education noun office, he revealed that being president can be fun. Instead of submerging his rare gift of dry good humor Noun 1. good humor - a cheerful and agreeable mood
amiability, good humour, good temper
humour, mood, temper, humor - a characteristic (habitual or relatively temporary) state of feeling; "whether he praised or cursed me depended on his temper at the time"; , he gave it reign and lightened our proceedings, thereby showing that a leavening of humor humor, according to ancient theory, any of four bodily fluids that determined man's health and temperament. Hippocrates postulated that an imbalance among the humors (blood, phlegm, black bile, and yellow bile) resulted in pain and disease, and that good health was is fully compatible with the serious role of modern controllership"
In his inaugural address, the 1965-66 Chair, Carl M. Blumenschein, said: "To accomplish our goals, we must continue to stress a high code of ethical conduct for business management. The Institute should also continue to encourage a broader view of business among those primarily interested in financial management."
1962-63: Steve H. Bromar. "FEI is particularly fortunate in that Steve Bromar's administration coincided with the first full year under the new name and concept, which broadened both eligibility and the scope of the Institute. He said, 'Our greatest challenge is to build a firm moral foundation for business enterprise. The financial executive is in a position to furnish fur·nish
tr.v. fur·nished, fur·nish·ing, fur·nish·es
1. To equip with what is needed, especially to provide furniture for.
2. leadership necessary to maintain high standards and ideals. As a famous philosopher said, 'We must not be simply good--but good for something.'"
* THE LATER DAYS
A few examples of leadership challenges from the 1980s onward on·ward
Moving or tending forward.
adv. also on·wards
In a direction or toward a position that is ahead in space or time; forward. follow. In many cases, former chairs have commented in their own words. These are denoted with an asterisk (1) See Asterisk PBX.
(2) In programming, the asterisk or "star" symbol (*) means multiplication. For example, 10 * 7 means 10 multiplied by 7. The * is also a key on computer keypads for entering expressions using multiplication. (*)
1986-87: R. Hartwell Gardner.* "Having started my FEI membership as an assistant treasurer at national headquarters and a member of two technical committees in New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of , I was not familiar with the normal experience most members experience through local chapter involvement. Thus, as the organization dealt with mid-1980s membership problems, the melding of what we were about and how we were to become more relevant to members and potential members became critical.
"Also, FEI made a major effort to have more influence with the Financial Accounting Standards Board Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB)
Board composed of independent members who create and interpret Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). (FASB FASB
See: Financial Accounting Standards Board
See Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB). ), the Emerging Issues Task Force and Financial Accounting Foundation. While not always successful, these efforts did lay a good foundation for future collaboration, which is so evident today."
1987-88: William L. Lamey Jr.* "During my tenure, as well as a year or two before and after, we convinced FEI Canada to remain a part of FEI. In addition, we moved to make the magazine (Financial Executive) either financially self-sufficient or defunct DEFUNCT. A term used for one that is deceased or dead. In some acts of assembly in Pennsylvania, such deceased person is called a decedent. (q.v.) . Bob Moore For the football player of the same name see Bob Moore (American football).
Bob Loyce Moore (born November 30, 1932 in Nashville, Tennessee), is an American session musician, orchestra leader, and legendary bassist. was reaching the end of his term as president and CEO, and we were about to begin a search for a successor. Ultimately, we hired Norm Roy after my term expired."
1990-91: Robert M. Patrick.* "A debate of some importance was taking place between the standard-setting community, championed by FASB and the private-sector preparers, represented by FEI. (For all I know, that debate could still be taking place.) A proactive FASB was aggressively promoting accounting standards that would end up directing, or at least influencing, corporate behavior. In essence, the thrust was based on the board's concept of what the private sector's behavior should be, and in which direction it should go. FEI's position was that accounting standards should accurately report and disclose corporate results and not influence corporate direction or behavior. The issues of direction and behavior would be monitored by shareholders if accurate disclosure was taking place.
"It is obvious that in certain instances corporate behavior in subsequent years was neither adequately reported nor influenced by accounting standards. In hindsight hind·sight
1. Perception of the significance and nature of events after they have occurred.
2. The rear sight of a firearm. , maybe both parties were correct. Enron and similar corporate failures might not have happened if accounting standards had properly required adequate disclosure and had directed human behavior for the better. However, I believe otherwise. Bad people acting in a perfidious perfidious
Albion Napoleon’s epithet for England, “perfide Albion.” [Fr. Hist.: Misc.]
See : Treachery fashion can always bend or Bend Or (1877-1903) was a British Thoroughbred racehorse who won the 1880 edition of the Epsom Derby. His regular jockey Fred Archer, winner of thirteen consecutive British jockey titles, said Bend Or was probably the greatest horse he had ever ridden. circumvent cir·cum·vent
tr.v. cir·cum·vent·ed, cir·cum·vent·ing, cir·cum·vents
1. To surround (an enemy, for example); enclose or entrap.
2. To go around; bypass: circumvented the city. society's rules of behavior, regardless of the standards. Tough, harsh punishment for those abusing corporate trust is the best deterrent de·ter·rent
Tending to deter: deterrent weapons.
1. Something that deters: a deterrent to theft.
1991-92: John R. Edman.* "A significant item that came up in my year was a decision regarding whether to continue publishing FEI's magazine. We were losing money because of sparse sparse - A sparse matrix (or vector, or array) is one in which most of the elements are zero. If storage space is more important than access speed, it may be preferable to store a sparse matrix as a list of (index, value) pairs or use some kind of hash scheme or associative memory. advertising and a small number of subscribers, as well as having articles without substantial readership appeal. The straw vote straw vote
An unofficial vote or poll indicating the trend of opinion on a candidate or issue. Also called straw poll.
Noun 1. feeling was that the vote would be 50-50. After reflection, at the Spring FEI meeting, we recommended continuation because this was our only published contact with the financial world, which would be lost if we discontinued dis·con·tin·ue
v. dis·con·tin·ued, dis·con·tin·u·ing, dis·con·tin·ues
1. To stop doing or providing (something); end or abandon: the magazine. Fortunately, this recommendation was approved. The rest is history--the magazine is informative and outstanding now!
"An interesting issue during my time was the need to harmonize accounting on a global basis vs. accounting for a U.S./Canada domestic economy. Unfortunately, it has taken us over a decade to step up to this need."
1993-94: E.H. (Al) Creese.* "My biggest challenge while chairman was a stressful internal problem. A couple of key FERF FERF Financial Executives Research Foundation
FERF Far End Reporting Failure
FERF Far End Receive Failure board members launched an attack to spin FERF out of FEI and become a totally independent entity. It's unfortunate that so much time had to be focused on an internal situation, but the structure of the organization was at risk.
"I remember Chris Christie, immediate-past chairman, after a very heated FERF board meeting in Phoenix, said, 'You've got a lot of people teed off at you. What are you going to do now, Mr. Chairman?' To which I replied: 'I'm going to work on the FERF board members one at a time until I get a majority, and we WILL keep FERF as an integral, important part of FEI.' And, we did!"
1994-95: James N. Clark.* "During my term, there was a lot of turmoil in the nation. The Congress had just changed hands and the incoming legislators, many of whom were rookies, wanted to change the way things had been done; the platform was lower taxes and spending and increased prosperity. The new Speaker of the House, New Gingrich, had announced the "Contract with America In the historic 1994 midterm elections, Republicans won a majority in Congress for the first time in forty years, partly on the appeal of a platform called the Contract with America. Put forward by House Republicans, this sweeping ten-point plan promised to reshape government. ," and FEI jumped on board with much of the proposal and worked hard at gaining passage of those sections that seemed good for America. I worked a great deal with the FEI Washington D.C., office, especially calling on Congressmen and voicing our support. I also did a piece on CSpan. Also, we did some additional work on COSO COSO Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission
COSO Church of Spiral Oak
COSO Corporate South
COSO Class of Service Override
COSO Combat Oriented Supply Operations (USAF) during my tenure.
"In looking at FEI today, I am impressed with the scope of the organization. It is much more visible because of all the involvement of the president and others in the important financial matters of the day. I believe that the advent of the Internet has broadened the influence of FEI tremendously, and it has given the organization the opportunity to deal immediately and directly with its thousands of members--something that could not be done in the mid-1990s."
1995-96 Penelope A. Flugger. "Penny" Flugger made FEI history by becoming the first woman to be elected chairman of the Institute, and her tribute indicates a few other "firsts." She focused on reshaping FEI to better meet the needs of members and the complex business world. Among her achievements: a program was initiated to have directors and senior staff meet with chapter representatives to learn first-hand how to enhance membership value; she guided an effort to provide a range of services geared to specific interests of segments of membership, the focused services program; and she oversaw o·ver·saw
Past tense of oversee. the National Annual Sponsorship Program, which enlisted en·list·ed
Of, relating to, or being a member of a military rank below a commissioned officer or warrant officer.
Adjective four sponsors that year and four the following year. This sponsor support enables FEI to reduce pressure on dues, while providing expanded member services.
1996-97 Frank J. Borelli.* "There were three major accomplishments during my term. One was the establishment of the office of the chairman (OOC), which consisted of the chair, prior chair, vice chair, two other officers and the president. This group held bi-weekly telephone calls to help move along the significant changes that were required to better serve our members. It also provided for continuity between the president and chair and made each year's change to a new chair seamless.
"Also, we adopted a new governance structure that gave FEI chapters greater say in governing the organization. This structure immensely improved the communications between the national organization and the chapters. The organization became chapter-driven, which has led to the creation of a number of new committees and forums for those members who were not being fully served.
"Lastly, we reached out to the CFO See Chief Financial Officer. community, which had begun to desert the organization in favor of industry groups and the like. We were successful in attracting CFOs to FEI-sponsored roundtables, where important issues were discussed that helped these members to do their jobs better."
1997-98: William U. Parfet.* "The restructuring effort [that] started with my predecessor's term continued, as the group of five who identified the issues continued to support the efforts.; we all acknowledged that the process would continue with the next few chairs, in accordance with the succession plan. The OOC was the mechanism that allowed us to make the changes, as the same agenda carried over to each leader. Thus, each of us really had a four-year tenure.
"In the external environment, we were being challenged in a lot of areas that for many years had been the core competencies A core competency is something that a firm can do well and that meets the following three conditions specified by Hamel and Prahalad (1990):
"The group of five refers to Frank Borelli, who preceded me, and those who followed: Jim Abel, Fred Allardyce and Bryan Roub. We developed a strategic plan--FEI previously had more of a tactical plan. We went out three years, choosing 2000 as a goal to put changes in place. We identified the basic processes of FEI: to provide services to our members and to leverage what FEI is regarded for. We changed the governance structure and certain processes. It was also time for a change in full-time leadership, and Philip Livingston Philip Livingston (January 15, 1716 – June 12, 1778), was an American merchant and statesman from New York City. He was a delegate for New York to the Continental Congress from 1775 to 1778, and signed the Declaration of Independence. became the president and CEO."
* FEI CHARGES INTO THE 21st CENTRY
2000-01: Bryan Roub.* "We changed the name of FEI--from 'Institute' to 'International' to reflect the growing importance of FEI as a key player in global financial matters. We also used the name change as a foundation for a branding change, which provided a good starting point Noun 1. starting point - earliest limiting point
terminus a quo
commencement, get-go, offset, outset, showtime, starting time, beginning, start, kickoff, first - the time at which something is supposed to begin; "they got an early start"; "she knew from the for improving national/local chapter communications. The link between national and local chapters had always been a major concern, and we were able to begin a shift toward more timely communication of matters relevant to the chapters. The national staff had been working hard on this issue for many years, and it is a journey that will never end; national continues its work and is continually seeking improvements.
Externally, Regulation Fair Disclosure The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC's) Regulation Fair Disclosure, also commonly referred to as Regulation FD or Reg FD was an SEC ruling implemented in October 2000 (). (Reg FD) was enacted by the SEC. In my view, it was much-needed, and over the past five-plus years has had an enormous impact on how companies communicate with analysts and investors.
"When Reg FD was enacted, there was an enormous amount of concern about publishing forecasts, legal liability, etc. As I recall, FEI moved cautiously. FD isn't really an issue for the Committee on Corporate Reporting (CCR 1. CCR - condition code register.
2. CCR - (Database) concurrency control and recovery. ), where FEI generally demonstrates strong actions one way or another. In my opinion, FEI did what it does best when FD was enacted: it provided a forum for peer interaction--vital in this case--and with an ongoing flow of technical information and professional opinions about compliance."
2001-2002: David A. Young.* "My year as chair was one of disruption--both external and internal--and one that marked a difficult and changing time for FEI. Just two months into my year, the 9/11 attacks on the U.S. occurred. Besides the economic and general business uncertainty, with business travel curtailed, much of FEI's leadership activities came to a grinding grinding, process by which surface material is removed from an object, usually metal, by the abrasive action of a rotating wheel or a moving belt that contains abrasive grains. halt (albeit temporarily) as conferences and in-person meetings were cancelled. Leadership met via teleconferences, which, in my opinion, are not as effective.
"Also, there came the implosion implosion /im·plo·sion/ (im-plo´zhun) see flooding.
1. of Enron, and as my year ended, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act See SOX. was signed into law. With much pressure on CFOs during this time, FEI participated with the U.S. Congress by contributing recommendations for certain items that have become part of the Act.
"Internally, our then-president and CEO, Phil Livingston, announced he would be departing, and a search for his replacement began. In general, I'd say that with Livingston, the face of FEI to our public had changed, as he began a style that connected more with outside others, be they regulators, members, chapters, the press and other constituencies of FEI. I'd say this was a positive change, particularly for members who didn't have access to day-to-day activities of the organization. For certain, his style changed how FEI is perceived. I believe Colleen Cunningham has approached her role with this same internal/external vision, which is a good thing."
2002-03: Ridge A. Braunschweig.* "While chairman, FEI became my day job and my day job became my night job! FEI is all about people and relationships. The members, volunteer leadership and staff who, when inspired and motivated to collectively work towards achieving a common goal, accomplish great things for the finance profession at-large.
"Among the significant events during my year: corporate governance Corporate Governance
The relationship between all the stakeholders in a company. This includes the shareholders, directors, and management of a company, as defined by the corporate charter, bylaws, formal policy, and rule of law. became a major focus (with Sarbanes-Oxley having been passed in 2002), and we re-examined and revised FEI's Code of Ethics Code of Ethics can refer to:
The concept that a signifier denotes.
[Translation of French signifié, past participle of signifier, to signify.]
Noun 1. that FEI was transforming from a U.S.-based organization to an international organization with a global focus. We examined our relationship with IAFEI and formed the Global Oversight Committee (GOC GOC Government Of Canada
GOC General Optical Council (United Kingdom)
GOC General Officer Commanding
GOC Greek Orthodox Church
GOC Gay Outdoor Club (Scotland)
GOC Government of Colombia ).
"Also, being the CFO of a private company, I championed more focused activities for private companies (by 2006, about half of our current membership). Finally, it was a time of transition--dealing with the exit of one president/CEO and overseeing the search, selection and transition to a new president/CEO, Colleen (Sayther) Cunningham. With the organization still primarily a male-dominated group, hiring a female for the top spot was a bold, brash brash (brash) heartburn.
water brash heartburn with regurgitation of sour fluid or almost tasteless saliva into the mouth. move, but it was the right one. I think the past three years have proven that."
2003-04: Dr. H. Stephen Grace Jr.* "Having 'grown up' assuming various leadership roles during my (now) 35-year membership with FEI, I noted there were always challenging issues facing the chair, the board and senior staff; and the year of my chairmanship was no exception. These were financially challenging times for firms, and members were asking what the value of FEI membership meant to their firms and themselves personally. We recognized a misconception mis·con·cep·tion
A mistaken thought, idea, or notion; a misunderstanding: had many misconceptions about the new tax program. among many members about FEI's focus, and began communicating the value proposition (understanding FEI's roles: the ongoing work of the technical committees, and more). Communicating FEI's value proposition is a challenge on which FEI's leadership must always remain focused.
"Also, following the significant reorganization of FEI's governance structure in the mid-90s, which created a 140-member board structure, we recognized the difficulty of a board of this size functioning effectively. A smaller executive committee of between 30 and 40 individuals was formed to exercise the majority of governance. Since FEI values both transparency and member involvement, it was important to keep chapter presidents closely linked to the national organization. So, the National Chapter Leadership Council was created. All of this required rewriting re·write
v. re·wrote , re·writ·ten , re·writ·ing, re·writes
1. To write again, especially in a different or improved form; revise.
2. the organization's bylaws The rules and regulations enacted by an association or a corporation to provide a framework for its operation and management.
Bylaws may specify the qualifications, rights, and liabilities of membership, and the powers, duties, and grounds for the dissolution of an .
"Finally, I began my year with a new president--one who is talented, dynamic and both member- and staff-oriented--Colleen (then, Sayther) Cunningham. A change in leadership is never easy, and her evaluation and shaping of the staff required considerable time and effort on her part, as well as addressing the external issues FEI is concerned with. We developed an effective working relationship with the new staff and volunteer leadership, and discussed operations in weekly (instead of bi-weekly) telephone calls. Also, in an effort to not only talk about governance but to practice it, an independent review of FEI's internal controls was conducted."
2004-2005: Mary Jo Green.* "During my year, we added a few new services and aimed at specific audiences in efforts to enhance FEI membership. As only the second woman chair in FEI history, I had a strong desire to increase the numbers of women members and also enhance diversity in general, since I believe diversity makes very sound business sense. We launched a women's task force to identify issues and begin to formulate solutions, and the percentage of women among new applicants has been enjoying a steady increase in the past years.
"Also, as a treasurer, I was interested in broadening FEI's focus on providing content for treasurers and tax professionals. Among other areas, we expanded offerings for private companies and began identifying additional sources of non-dues revenue and enhancing professional development. As a result of this focus, FEI now offers more continuing professional education (CPE (Customer Premises Equipment) Communications equipment that resides on the customer's premises.
CPE - Customer Premises Equipment ) credits online."
2005-06: Robert J. Walker
Robert John Walker (July 23, 1801 – November 11, 1869) was an American economist and statesman. .* "Several initiatives that were begun in earlier periods came to fruition fru·i·tion
1. Realization of something desired or worked for; accomplishment: labor finally coming to fruition.
2. Enjoyment derived from use or possession.
3. . The Research Foundation (FERF) was joined more closely to FEI in several ways. FERF research reports were once again made available to all FEI members as part of membership dues; and the FERF research agenda was linked to the interests of the technical committees. The Committee on Private Companies (CPC (1) (Central Processing Complex) An IBM mainframe that has two or more central processors (CPs) that share memory. It is the collection of processors, memory and I/O subsystems manufactured with a single serial number, typically all contained in one cabinet. ) expanded its activities, reflecting the needs of the majority of FEI members who are from private companies. As a complement to CPC, a task force on small public companies was formed, which provided input to the SEC.
"A letter of understanding with FEI Canada was approved by the boards of both FEI and FEI Canada, reflecting the evolution of their relationship and reinforcing the desire to continue to work closely together to benefit members of both organizations. A new information system is now being installed and should be in full operation by the end of the fiscal year. The new system provides many new capabilities, including better linkages and services to the chapters.
The external environment continues to reflect concerns about the costs and complexity of the regulations. This includes high-visibility issues like Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404 compliance and the accounting treatment of stock options, as well as many issues related to valuation. The demands of this complexity on CFOs and other senior financial managers makes the value of FEI that much higher for our members."
One can only guess what the next 75 years will hold for FEI. If history repeats itself, the organization will continue to flourish. It's likely that with the ever-growing pipeline of leaders, FEI will still be strong. However, it's anyone's guess as to its shape, size or even its name!
RELATED ARTICLE: Seven-Plus Decades of FEI Leadership
1931-33: Frank J. Carr
1933-34: Daniel J. Hennessy
1934-35: J. Calvin Shumberger
1935-36: Rodney S. Durkee
1936-37: Paul J. Urguhart
1937-38; Henry C. Perry
1938-39: Roscoe Seybold
1939-40: Oscar N. Lindahl
1940-41: Verl L. Elliott
1941-42: John A. Donaldson
1942-43: T. C. McCobb
1943-44: John C. Nalor
1944-45: Edwin W. Burbott
1945-46: Edwin E. McConnell
1946-47: John H. MacDonald
1947-48: C. E. Jarchow
1948-49: K. Y. Siddall
1949-50: William Herbert Carr
1950-51: Vincent C. Ross
1951-52: Charles Z. Meyer
1952-53: Edmund L. Grimes Grimes is a surname, that is believed to be of a Scandinavian decent and may refer to
1953-54: George W. Schwarz
1954-55: C. R. Fay
1955-56: Robert N. Wallis
1956-57: Dudley E. Browne
1957-58: James L. Pierce
1958-59: J. McCail Hughes
1959-60: Roger A. Yoder
1960-61: Frank S. Capon capon
castrated male fowl, larger than broiler, weighing up to 7 lb; produced either by administration of estrogenic substances or by surgical excision of the testicles.
1961-62: A. L. Boschen
1962-63: Steve H. Bromar
1963-64: L. Keith Goodrich
1964-65: C.J. Kushell
1965-66: Carl M. Blumenschein
1966-67: William R. Thomas
1967-68: L. C. Guest Jr.
1968-69: M. S. Simpson
1969-70: Herb Blevins
1970-71: C. M. Allen
1971-72: Charles C. Hornbostel
1972-73: W. Ernest Issel
1973-74: Fred W. Miller
1974-75: Edward J. Mack
1975-76: J. O. Edwards
1976-77: Daniel F. Crowley
1977-78: W. Drew Leonard
1978-79: E. A. Vaughn
1979-80: Paul J. Dunphy
1980-81: Warren J. Robertson
1981-82: Robert C. Thompson
1982-83: Charles R. Allen
1983-84: John F. Ruffle
1984-85: P. Norman Roy
1985-86: C. Eugene Ray
1986-87: R. Hartwell Gardner
1987-88: William L. Lamey Jr.
1988-89: Ronald Mead mead (mēd), wine made of fermented honey and water, sometimes flavored with spices. It is highly intoxicating. Mead was known in classical Greece and Rome and was the favorite drink of the tribes of N and W Europe.
1989-90: Herbert A. Phillips Jr.
1990-91: Robert M. Patrick
1991-92: John R. Edman
1992-93: C. J. Christie
1993-94: E.H. (Al) Creese
1994-95: James N. Clark
1995-96: Penelope A. Flugger
1996-97 Frank J. Borelli
1997-98: William U. Parfet
1998-99: James J. Abel
1999-2000: Fred A. Allardyce
2000-01: Bryan Roub
2001-02: David A. Young
2002-03: Ridge Braunschweig
2003-04: Dr. H. Stephen Grace Jr.
2004-05: Mary Jo Green
2005-06: Robert J. Walker