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Puget Sound CFMA Chapter's 2017/2018 Educational Events Newsletter

It is our pleasure to share with you what is happening in our Puget Sound Chapter of CFMA.

Recent Events

We kicked off the year with a captivating presentation by Port of Seattle Commissioner Stephanie Bowman on September 13th. She shared with us plans for the SeaTac Airport expansion and gave us some valuable insight into all that the Port contributes to our community.

We were honored to have joint sponsored, along with AGC of Washington, the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention Summit on October 24th. The event was a fantastic success including over 150 members of the construction community in attendance. The following speakers enlightened us on important issues that impact our employees.

  Asif Choudhury; CFMA’s National Secretary
  Dr. John Wiesman; Washington State Secretary of Health
  Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas; Clinical Psychologist, mental health advocate, international speaker, author and catalyst for suicide prevention
  Dr. Jenn Stuber; Associate Professor, UW School of Social Work, Co-Founder of Forefront: Innovations in Suicide Prevention
  Dr. Ursula Whiteside; Executive Director of Now Matters Now; a leader in the national Zero Suicide movement
  Brett Enos; Equipment Operator, Local #302

Cal Beyer of Lakeside Industries is a national leader on the topic of Suicide in Construction and helped form the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention of which CFMA is a member. He spearheaded the planning behind this event, as well as acted as moderator, while presenting a resource list for people with loved ones who may be contemplating suicide. We are attaching a link below for your reference. Please feel free to share the information with your family, friends, co-workers and employees. We are passionate about sharing this message of hope throughout the Puget Sound.

We also want to recognize Cheryl Nagel, Puget Sound CFMA President and CFO of Sequoyah Electric for her tireless pursuit of this important event.

The entertaining and informative November 14th luncheon event, "Spinach in Your Client’s Teeth and Other Etiquette Dilemmas," presented by Arden Clise, President of Clise Etiquette at Bellevue's Ruth's Chris was a packed house! 

Upcoming Educational Events

Our Educational Schedule for the remainder of the 2017-2018 year includes more outstanding topics.

January 16, 2018              Sound Transit - Large Project Update

February 13, 2018            GAAP/Tax/Legal Update

March 13, 2018                Workforce Development and Immigration Roundtable

April 1, 2018                     Shiny Object Syndrome – Developing a Cohesive Technology Strategy

May 8, 2018                      CFO Panel

June 2018                         Puget Sound CFMA Annual Golf Tournament


Scholarships & Charitable Donations

Enormous thanks goes to the very successful Puget Sound CFMA Golf Fundraiser held this past June. As part of our Vision and Mission, giving back to our community continues to be a priority. Puget Sound CFMA donated funds to support Construction for Change, The Construction Industry Suicide Alliance and Puget Sound HomeAid, as well as our joint scholarship with South Sound CFMA where we awarded $15,000 in scholarships to four very impressive college students.

In January 2018, we will begin accepting Scholarship Applications. We hope you will share the information with the Pacific Northwest collegiate in your life.

We look forward to seeing you at our future events. Our CFMA Community is thriving because of your dedication and commitment to excellence. If you would like to take a more active role in CFMA and our Puget Sound Chapter, please email us at PugetSound@cfma.org.

Thank you so much for your membership in CFMA. 2018 promises to be an outstanding year. We look forward to working together.

Jim Weber                                                                                 Grace Pizzey      

Puget Sound CFMA                                                                   Puget Sound CFMA

Education Committee Chair                                                       ice President


30th Anniversary Celebration

On September 22, 2015, over 80 attendees gathered at the Seattle Yacht Club to celebrate the Puget Sound Construction Financial Management Association’s (CFMA) 30th Anniversary. Cheryl Nagel, CFO of Sequoyah Electric and President of the Puget Sound CFMA, gave an inspirational speech about what motivated her to get involved with CFMA. Her message focused on four words; networking, relationships, personal growth and giving back. She reflected on her past and present mentors and thanked Dave Nichols, Executive Chairman of Sequoyah Electric, for being her current mentor of 15 years.  Her message encouraged attendees to find what motivates them to take risks, step out of comfort zones and act on opportunities; resulting in growth both professionally and personally. 


Cheryl's message was followed by Mark Matteson, a local nationally recognized speaker and author who then complemented the event with messages of goal setting and building lasting relationships that contribute to lifelong success. Also present was Cathy Wasner, CFMA National Director of National Services who shared more about what is happening in the US and Canada and the recent increase in chapters and growth in the membership. 


Special recognition to Lloyd Weibe, Koll Housemen, and Hank Waggoner original Founding Members of the Puget Sound Chapter.  Also mentioned was Rick Bellin and Herman Koempel for 27 years and Steve Palmer for 25 years of membership!  Thank you all who joined us for this celebration!


Pictures of the event can be viewed here under our Events page


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April 2018

When:  Apr 10, 2018 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM (PT)
Where:   Maggiano’s Little Italy, 10455 NE 8th St, Bellevue, WA, 98004, US

May 2018

When:  May 8, 2018 from 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM (PT)
Where:   TBD

June 2018

When:  Jun 21, 2018 from 11:30 AM to 6:00 PM (PT)
Where:   Willows Run, 10402 Willows Road NE WA, Redmond, WA, 98052, US