Magazine article Government Finance Review

GFOA's 2017 Annual Conference in Denver

Magazine article Government Finance Review

GFOA's 2017 Annual Conference in Denver

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GFOA's 11th Annual Conference, held May 21 to 24 in Denver, Colorado, was a huge success, with more than 4,500 delegates.

Thank you to everyone who made this conference such a great opportunity for GFOA members to expand their knowledge and interact with their peers.

On the following pages, learn more about the president-elect and board members chosen at the annual business meeting, and the educational and networking opportunities attendees enjoyed at this year's conference.

GFOA's New President-Elect and Executive Board

GFOA is governed by an 18-member executive board, which consists of 15 at-large members, the current president, the past president, and the president-elect. At the association's annual meeting in May 2017, GFOA members voted for a slate of nominees for president-elect and new members-at-large, who are profiled here.

PRESIDENT-ELECT

STEVEN GIBSON

Assistant City Manager

City of Rock Hill, South Carolina

GFOA Member: 18 years

FOA Board Member: 2014-2017

STEVEN GIBSON, president elect, would like GFOA to continue guiding local governments through best practices and other technology-enhanced resources, publications, and consulting, with a focus on expanding offerings to school districts, municipal utilities, and other untapped areas. He also wants the association to continue promoting excellence in government finance through professional development and excellence in advocacy through GFOA's Federal Liaison Center, and to help GFOA members recruit and retain diverse, talented, and well-equipped finance and leadership teams.

As assistant city manager for the City of Rock Hill, South Carolina, Gibson has worked to establish and fortify public participation in the budget process. He has been fortunate to be involved in Rock Hill's growth, particularly in the sports tourism area.

Gibson served as president (2014) of the South Carolina Municipal Finance Officers, Clerks, and Treasurers Association; he also participates in the Consortium for Advanced Management International and was a member of the North Carolina Local Government Budget Association. He served as an examiner in the South Carolina Quality Forum, a quality management program based on the Baldrige Criteria. Gibson received the Alliance for Innovation's Innovation Award for Transparency in Local Government in 2010. He has been a reviewer for GFOA's Distinguished Budget Awards Presentation Program for 12 years. Gibson also served on GFOA's Committee on Governmental Budgeting and Fiscal Policy, which he chaired from 2013 to 2014.

VERONICA A. CARRILLO

Fiscal Administrator

City of San Antonio, Texas

GFOA Member: 18 years

VERONICA A. CARRILLO sees the primary objectives of GFOA as education, leadership development, the use of technology for efficiency and security, and the continuous improvement of financial policies and practices. She believes that GFOA should continue to communicate issues that affect municipal finances and to advocate with Congress and regulatory agencies, and that GFOA should continue to develop as a network of resources that is represented by both small and large governments.

As fiscal administrator for the City of San Antonio, Texas, Carrillo is responsible for the Fiscal Shared Services Program. This program has streamlined the organization's financial processes, provided standardization, education about administrative directives, and monitoring with compliance reviews. It has significantly reduced audit findings and has contributed to the San Antonio's AAA general obligation bond rating from the three major bond rating agencies. Earlier, Carrillo was the city's utility manager, and she prepared state testimony for city officials in 2006 that resulted in $2 million to $3 million a year in cable revenue.

Carrillo has been a member of the GFOA of Texas, National Association of Telecommunications and Advisors, and Urban Management Assistants of South Texas, and she served on the Steering Committee for the City of San Antonio Leadership Program (1999). …

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