Greetings to all! As a parting shot (aka, my final President's message), I would like to invite you to join me and our contemporaries from across the great state of Texas at the GTOT Winter Seminar to be held in Houston, Texas on December 4-7, 2016. The seminar is again being hosted at the Hilton Houston Post Oak, which is not only a fantastic conference hotel, but also a great location for entertaining, dining, and visiting with colleagues. And don't forget, the Galleria area of Houston offers many options for that last minute Christmas shopping!
Wondering what to do with those property tax revenues about to roll in? Curious about the forecast for the Texas or national economy? If so, some of the seminar topics will be of interest to you. The state of the Texas economy, cash flow forecasting, and Internet resources for investment information are just a sampling of what will be discussed at this year's Winter Seminar.
The Board, committee members, and staff of the UNT Center for Public Management have worked to put together another outstanding program of treasury management topics and speakers to appeal to the broad spectrum of experience represented by members and attendees. The annual business meeting will be conducted as part of the Tuesday luncheon. The annual holiday dinner will cap off the first two days of educational sessions with dinner Tuesday night at Maggiano's Little Italy, which is a short walk from the hotel. The Winter Seminar will give each participant the opportunity to earn up to 15 hours of PFIA, CPE, CGFO, and/or TASBO CEU credit with one additional credit hour available for attendance at the optional session on GTOT's investment policy certification program. If you are interested in attending, please make your hotel reservation as soon as possible as there is a limited block of rooms available at the special price. For details about the Winter Seminar, including room reservations, please visit http://gtot.unt.edu/content/winter-seminar-2016.
As part of the effort to "go green", the speaker presentations will be made available online to download to your personal device or to print copies. Please watch the website closer to the seminar date to retrieve the electronic or hard copies of the presentations for the sessions you plan to attend. After each session you will be asked to complete an evaluation form, which helps the Board to plan future seminars. All participants who turn in an evaluation form will be eligible to receive one of fifty $20 Amazon gift cards as our way of saying "thank you."
Speaking of thanks, I would like to personally thank the Board of Directors, Patrick Shinkle and Emily Cook from the UNT Center for Public Management, the speakers, and our sponsors who together make the Winter Seminar such a wonderful event. Of course, the seminar would not be the success it is without the support and participation of our membership! So to each of you, I also say "thank you!"
I wish you all a happy and safe holiday season and look forward to sharing some of that time with you at the Winter Seminar.