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For all those organizations whose fiscal year began October 1, Happy New Year! I hope that your budget discussions with citizens, council, management and departments were productive and consensus was achieved without too much wailing and gnashing of teeth.  
I would like to start off by offering my gracious thanks to the GFOAT board and membership for giving me the opportunity to serve as president. I look forward to working with my peers on the board and throughout the organization to provide training and resources to our members.  
The next year offers many challenges for municipal finance officers, not the least being the 2015 legislative session with many new representatives and state office holders bringing new ideas and agendas to the table.  

My primary goal as president will be to continue to focus on expanding training opportunities for the membership. Finance Officers are called upon to wear many hats in addition to the traditional areas of accounting, budgeting, investing and debt issuance. I want to expand our knowledge base by offering training in many of those fields; including risk management, human resources, capital projects, utility billing, municipal court, records management, economic development, media relations and strategic planning.  

I invite you all to attend our Fall Conference in San Antonio November 12th through the 14th. It has been several years since we have visited San Antonio. I look forward to the accommodations and amenities of the Westin hotel, and the Riverwalk will provide a wide range of activities after each day's sessions. I would like to thank Mike Rogers, Sidney Kirk, Susan Morgan and the other members of the conference planning committee for developing the sessions and recruiting speakers and to Lavern Gaines and the rest of the TML staff for all of their work putting the conference together, as well as their year-round support to the organization.  

Bret Starr

President, GFOAT