A Message From the President: Let's Meet at FEI

A Message from the President

Fellow FEI Pittsburgh Chapter Members and Sponsors,

Let’s Meet at FEI”. As we start our Chapter’s 2018-19 year, I would like to extend this very personal invitation to you. Our theme this year is both a call to participate and a call to action. For me, the most rewarding aspect of being part of FEI has always been the opportunity of meeting a great group of people. Each month at our events, I sought out a new person to sit next to and invariably left with a feeling of having made a new friend, listened to a good presentation, learned something relevant to my work and just enjoyed a nice evening.  Our greatest value is in you, our membership. If you feel the same way, please make a commitment to participate and help our organization grow this year.
 
We are working on a great talk series for our monthly meetings. Please mark your calendars for September 12 when we will kick off the new season hosting Jesse Schell, an award-winning game developer, author, entrepreneur and Distinguished Professor at Carnegie Mellon University. Jesse Schell is the Founder and CEO of Pittsburgh-based Schell Games, the largest full-service education and entertainment game development company in the country. Come to learn what the confluence of technology, innovation and entrepreneurship actually looks like and what it means for our city’s future.
 
As in the past, the meeting will be preceded by a professional education session facilitated by one of our corporate sponsors. Andrew Sassaman, Robert Half International’s Pittsburgh Branch Manager, will present on “The Finance Labor Market in the Digital Age,” which will provide an in-depth look at how factors such as robotics, automation, and the human cloud will impact management’s ability to create and maintain a competitive and agile workforce. Our sincere gratitude to Robert Half and our outstanding cadre of corporate sponsors who are an integral part of FEI by participating and supporting our activities. Please consider them for your professional services needs.
 
Besides the opportunity to network with a great group of two hundred local financial executives and sponsor representatives, FEI’s Pittsburgh Chapter offers programs oriented towards career management, continuing education, academic scholarships and special events. In addition, through its national organization, FEI offers a wealth of other valuable resources such as publications by its research foundation (FERF), conferences, webinars, online forums and opportunities to directly influence public policy by joining its various advocacy committees. As just one recent example, much has been talked about blockchain’s disruptive technology and its potential impact on financial and accounting practices. Do you know that you can log on to your FEI account to download a free copy of FERF’s report “Blockchain for Financial Leaders: Opportunity vs. Reality” (www.financialexecutives.org/Research)?
 
Thank you for being a member. FEI exists for its membership, to help us not only be better financial professionals but also better members of our community, and to be successful we need everyone’s participation. Please get involved by inviting a fellow financial executive to come to a meeting. You can make FEI an even stronger organization. I look forward to seeing you soon. Let’s meet at FEI.
 
Ricardo J. Iriart
President, FEI Pittsburgh Chapter
m (412) 595 0050 / rjiriart@gmail.com

Welcome our New Members!
 
Please join us in welcoming our new members since January 1, 2018:
 
Chris Pascuzzi (Schneider Downs), Pat Cortazzo (FedEx Supply Chain), Dan Murtha (Limbach Facility  Services), Frosina Cordisco (Upper St. Clair School District), Kristy Jenkins (Allegheny Co. Airport Authority), Colleen Darragh (US Steel), Tony Machi (Michael Baker International) and Ed Wesolek.
 
FEI Pittsburgh Chapter 2018-19 Board of Directors
 
Thanks to our board members serving for the 2018-2019 year:
 
Officers: Ricardo Iriart (President), Ryan Parker (Vice-President), Joe Iovino (Second Vice-President), John Yokim (Treasurer), Phil Petraglia (Secretary) and Barry Williams (Assistant Treasurer and Secretary)
 
Directors: JoAnn Connor, Tom Fleury (Director at Large), Bob Hook, Ed Hughes, Frank Lazzaro, Bob Funderlich, Mark Gibbons, Ray Lombardi, Patricia Newingham, Chris Pascuzzi, Karen Shastri and Greg Yochum
 
Committee Chairs: Programs: Ricardo Iriart; Strategic Partnerships: John Yokim; Membership: Ryan Parker; Professional Development: Phil Petraglia; Nominating: Mark Gibbons; Academic Liaison: Karen Shastri and Career Management: Frank Lazzaro

FEI Contacts 
Pittsburgh Chapter:
Christina Coulter
FEI Pittsburgh Chapter Administrator
m (412) 303 3516 / feipgh@financialexecutives.org
 
FEI National Office:
Member Services
p (877) 359 1070 / membership@financialexecutives.org
website: www.financialexecutives.org

Our Valued Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors for their continued partnership:
Platinum Partners 
Aon, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, BDO, JPMorgan Chase, Key Bank, Grant Thornton, PwC, RGP, Robert Half Management Resources, and Schneider Downs

Gold Partners
Citizens Commercial Banking, EY, Fort Pitt Capital Group, Huntington Bank, Kforce Finance & Accounting Staffing, KPMG, Mercer, PNC Bank, Sisterson & Co., USI Insurance Services, and Wells Fargo