Chat with the Chair
Join us each month as CFMA's Chair sits down with members and industry experts for an informal conversation to get to know them better.
Episode 1: Samantha Lake
In this first episode, Kevin sits down with CFMA’s VP of Marketing, Samantha Lake, to talk about becoming Chairman under such a unique time, the importance of looking ahead and planning for the unpredictable, and the unfortunate coincidence of his 2020 Annual Conference & Exhibition theme.
Episode 2: Stuart Binstock
Chairman Kevin sits down with the President and CEO of CFMA, Stuart Binstock, in the second episode to talk about the importance of knowing your leadership style and the importance of being adaptable.
Episode 3: Anirban Basu
Chairman Kevin sits down with Anirban Basu, Chairman and CEO of Sage Policy Group and CFMA's Chief Economist, for a talk about the big winners and loser of the economy in the summer of 2020. Plus, Anirban chats about the 2020 Virtual Conference, his love of Baltimore, his family, and all about his gamer chair.
Episode 4: Gretchen Kelly
Chairman Kevin sits down with Gretchen Kelly, Chair of ICCIFP and CFO for Nystrom, for a talk about CCIFP certification and the recent Town Hall on the CFMA/ICCIFP merger. Plus, Gretchen shares what likes to do in her free time.
Episode 5: Michelle Walker
In the fifth episode, Chairman Kevin sits down with Michelle Walker, Immediate Past Chairperson of CIASP and VP of Finance and Administration for Specialized Services Co., for a talk about suicide prevention and the work the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention is doing to education and help the industry. Plus, Michelle shares what she likes to do in her free time.
Episode 6: Wayne Newitt
Chairman Kevin sits down with Wayne Newitts, Director of Strategic Partnerships at Viewpoint, a Trimble Company, to learn more about his love of science fiction, what really happens at Spring Creek, and the 2020 edition of the Financial Benchmarker.
Episode 7: Mike Hoover
In the seventh episode, Chairman Kevin sits down with Mike Hoover, President, CEO & Chairman of the Board at Sundt, to learn more about his passion for cars, his career in the construction industry and his time with Sundt, and the challenges the construction industry has seen in 2020.
Episode 8: James Benham
Chairman Kevin sits down with James Benham, CEO and founder of JBKnowledge, in this eighth episode to learn more about how he is handling working from home, how construction companies are adopting new technology, and more!
Episode 9: Tim Wilson and Jason Myers
For episode nine, Chairman Kevin sits down with BKD Partners Tim Wilson and Jason Myers. They chat about their passion for music, memorable moments from the 2018 Annual Conference & Exhibition, and a few exciting announcements about BKD!
Episode 10: Bruce Orr
In the tenth episode, Chairman Kevin sits down with Pronovos's Chief Data Scientist and founder, Bruce Orr for a talk. Covering everything from managing stress in healthy ways to the work ahead on making the association, and the industry, a more diverse and inclusive place. Plus, Bruce is given a surprise!
Episode 11: Chat with the Veeps
In the penultimate episode of the season, Chairman Kevin sits down with the three Vice Presidents of CFMA, Samantha Lake, Brian Summers, and Cathy Wasner to talk about CFMA's goals for the year, their careers with CFMA, and more!
Episode 12: Pam Hepburn
In the last episode of the season, Chairman Kevin sits down with CFMA's Vice Chairman Pam Hepburn to talk about Pam's family, journey to be a CCIFP, and the transition to becoming CFMA's Chairman as Kevin's year comes to a close.
Episode 13: David Casey
In her first episode, Chairman Pam sits down with CFMA's founder and first President, David Casey about the history of CFMA, how he got into the industry and what he does in his free time.
Episode 14: Herb Brownett
In her second episode of the season, Chairman Pam sits down with Herb Brownett about his career, hobbies, and the start of the Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional.
Episode 15: Brittany Diederich
Watch Pam's third episode and learn about Brittany's career in the construction industry and how it runs in the family plus her experiences getting involved with CFMA.
Episode 16: Pam Hummel
In her fourth episode, Chairman Pam sits down with Pam Hummel to talk about about their friendship and International Friendship Day, Pam's career in the industry, and more!
Episode 17: Tony Stagliano
Since August is CCIFP Month at CFMA, Chairman Pam sits down with Tony Stagliano to talk about his family, his involvement with CFMA and the CCIFP designation, and the importance of becoming certified.
Episode 18: Cal Beyer
September is Suicide Prevention Month and Chairman Pam is sitting down with Cal Beyer to talk about his involvement in suicide prevention, why this is such a paramount issue in the construction industry, and how people and companies can get involved.
Episode 19: Shawn Erickson and John Bieber
This month Pam sat down with Shawn Erickson, CCCIFP, from C.J.Erickson Plumbing Co. and John Bieber, CCIFP, from National Glass & Metal Co. to talk about their families and the volunteer work they've done with CFMA. Plus, more about the Specialty Trade Committee, where John is the Chair and Shawn is the Vice Chair!
Episode 20: Joe Harper
This month Pam sat down with Joe Harper, CCIFP, of Greater Dayton Construction Group to talk about his career in the construction industry, his best stories as a presenter for CFMA, and what a volunteer leadership position at CFMA can do for your career.
Episode 21: Bob Bokek
For December 2021, Pam sat down with Bob Bobek, a Partner at Gilmore, Jasion & Mahler in Maumee, Ohio, to talk about his career in the construction industry, how getting involved increased the value of his CFMA membership, and what goes into planning a Regional Conference.
Episode 22: Gayle McClellan
In January, CFMA Chairman Pam Hepburn sat down with Gayle McClellan, President at D&M Surety, a long time CFMA member, and friend to Pam to discuss relationships Gayle has built through her years as a CFMA Associate Member and shares a bit more about her life.
Episode 23: Mel BurgEs, CCIFP
Chairman Pam Hepburn sits down with former CFMA Chairman and recently retired CFO of Harcon, Mel BurgEs to chat about his experience as mentor at CFMA and what benefits you can get out of having and being a mentor. Plus, Pam learns about his love of tennis officiating; he's worked some pretty interesting games!
Episode 24: Tom Borgia
Chairman Pam Hepburn is joined by incoming Chair Tom Borgia to talk about his history with CFMA and how it's played a part in his career and his plans as CFMA's 2022-23 Chairman. Plus, Tom gives us a preview of his interviewing skills!
Episode 25: Steve Tenney
Tom Borgia is kicking off our third season of Chat with the Chairman! Our 2022-23 Chairman has a new format for his season and Steve Tenney is his first guest! Check out this rapid fire Q&A between the new Chairman and Steve to learn more about both!
Episode 26: Christian Geismann
Chairman Tom Borgia sits down with Christian Geismann, CFO of Schuchart Corporation, to ask nine questions about his experience in the industry and more about him away from the desk! Hear more more about raising a family full of grit, Christian's process of being a lifetime learner, and what his question for Tom is this month.
Episode 27: First Time Conference Attendees
Chairman Tom Borgia sits down at CFMA's Annual Conference & Exhibition in Atlanta, GA with Jeannie Spencer, Director of Finance and Partner at Bremik Construction, Bradley Bryant, Principal CPA at Plante Moran, and Michael Zamora, Controller at Star Paving to talk with these first-time Conference attendees!
Episode 28: Rich Brown & Rory Carlson
CFMA Chair Tom Borgia sits down with Rich Brown, Controller at CSDI Construction, and Rory Carlson, Controller at Superior Construction, to ask rapid-fire questions about work, life, and magic. Find out what questions Rich & Rory also have for Tom in this episode of Chat with the Chair!
Episode 29: Margie Morris & Janice Lowery
Chair Tom Borgia sits down with Margie Morris, CCIFP, Partner at Guignard Company, and Janice Lowery, CCIFP, Controller at Balfour Beatty, to ask rapid fire questions and then have Margie and Janice turn the tables on him for some questions as well.
Episode 30: Dave Sauerman & Kristy Domboski
For Suicide Prevention Month, Chair Tom Borgia sits down with Dave Sauerman, Managing Director at CIBC US, and Kristy Domboski, CAE, Director of Communications at CFMA HQ, to discuss hobbies, suicide prevention, and haircuts.
Episode 31: Angelina Perryman & Gaines Moorer
CFMA's Chair Tom Borgia sits down with Angelina Perryman and Gaines Moorer to talk about favorite business applications, balancing work and family, and mixing travel with CFMA and family life.
Episode 32: Kathy Cole
CFMA's Chair Tom Borgia sits down with Kathy Cole, CPC, of DK Cole Company, to discuss music, advice, and the power of making mistakes.
Episode 33: Frank Carpenter & James Gunter
CFMA's Chair Tom Borgia sits down with Frank Carpenter, Vice President of Finance at Morris, Inc., and James Gunter, Controller at R.D. Olson Construction, to talk about California, poetry, baseball, and how Tom's involvement with CFMA has grown over the years.
Episode 34: Kevin Foley
CFMA's Chair Tom Borgia talks with Incoming Chair, Kevin Foley, CFO of Madison Construction Company, about album collections, the next generation of CFMA members, quiet confidence and a surprising fact about Kevin.
Episode 35: Landon Funsten
On the Season 4 premiere of Chat with the Chair, Kevin Foley, CFMA's 2023-24 Chair sits down with Landon Funsten of FMI to discuss Landon's career, life, and why he knows exactly what state has the best kind of barbecue.
Episode 36: Sarah Stewart
Episode 2 of Season 4 finds Kevin Foley, CFMA's 2023-24 Chair, talking with Sarah Stewart of Gorski Engineering about her career, life changes, and the part of the world she has visited the most.
Episode 37: Stuart Binstock
Episode 3 of Season 4 finds Kevin talking with Stuart Binstock, President & CEO of CFMA, as he looks back at his accomplishments as retirement approaches. Also, Kevin unveils his brand new Final Jeopardy component of this season's Chat with the Chair series. Will Stuart answer correctly?
Episode 38: Sonya Bohmann
Episode 4 finds Kevin talking with Sonya Bohmann, Executive Director of the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention, as she fields questions ranging from work to the best sandwich in Philadelphia. Will Kevin stump her with his Final Jeopardy question? You'll have to tune in to find out!
Episode 39: Neil Shah
On Episode 5, Kevin chats with CFMA's new President & CEO Neil Shah. Learn about how Neil came to CFMA, what he's passionate about, and whether or not Kevin stumped him with his Final Jeopardy question. That's all right here on Chat with the Chair.
Episode 40: Dave Pesce
On Episode 6, Kevin chats with the current Chair of CFMA's CCIFP Division, Dave Pesce. Find out how Dave got started in Surety, who is responsible for him taking the CCIFP exam, and whether or not Kevin stumped him with his Final Jeopardy question. As CCIFP Month comes to a close, learn how you can further your professional growth on this month's episode.
Episode 41: Jamie Montague & Andrea Williams
Episode 7 of Chat with the Chair marks the start to the Double Jeopardy round of the season as Kevin chats with the both Jamie Montague and Andrea Williams. Tune in now to find out about their favorite holiday music, advice they have, and see whether or not they get the final jeopardy question!