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|Minutes – Board meeting October 25, 2011 Meeting called to order at 1:00pm|
Present on the call:
Leisa Western, President Martha Freitag
Ufuk Ince Andy Loechl
Kristi Lord Mark Parris
Ghazal Rafique Alan Randell
Rey Santodomingo Jay Schembs
Philip Vitale JerryAnn Graham
September 27, 2011 Board minutes were approved. Rey called motion to approve, and Andy seconded, all approved.
Andy reported that the budget is behind last year with soft results in several areas, none causing alarm. He mentioned Jobline is off and dues are down. Leisa asked John to contact former members who have dropped out to make the case for coming back, possibly giving them the first event for free. JerryAnn suggested that Candidates pay the same price as members to attend events.
Kristi said Programs have events scheduled through December, including working with Janice Green of Freestone to develop a panel on Compliance. She summarized the feedback from the Harbor Club, Bellevue event as “pretty view, slow service, good food.” About 20 people registered.
Martha reported that Advocacy is working with Programs to develop presentations including one on Dodd-Frank. She also mentioned a Northwest Securities event in April with SEC regulators speaking on panels to a group expected to cover state regulations and insider trading. She said the event is planned for Friday, April 13th and ½ day Saturday, and she solicited ideas for keynote speakers. Leisa referred her to CFA Institute and suggested *”when emailing CFA Institute, send cc: to Jason Bell.”*
Industry and Employer Relations Mark talked about establishing initiatives to organize the Seattle Investment community and uncovering other efforts. He talked about Enterprise Seattle, led by Margaret Meister of Symetra. They seem to focus on CFOs as members and jointly promote 1) Seattle and 2) problem-solving within the industry. Other members mentioned were Jim Pryrick (Symetra), John Seisman (FHLB), Tom Goodwin (King County), Aaron Singleton (Parametric), and E.K. Riley.
Leisa talked about moving forward with the Green Investing Symposium. She sees Growth Funding (Level 2) possibilities combined with Bud Haslett’s CFA Institute Research Challenge, seeking ways to use CFA Research Monographs.
A second Growth Funding idea was to host an event that is different than others CFA Seattle has hosted in the past. Specifically, she suggested a chance to jump start Industry Relations with a “CFA Seattle Welcomes Professional Organizations Focused on Finance” event, possibly at a Mariners game. Alan said he’d love to see that event as the first big CFA Young Professionals event. John said mixers should involve moving around, for example on a boat, rather than sitting in an assigned seat.
Member Survey CFA Institute wants societies to poll membership. Leisa asked board members and committee chairs to review and give final comments. Ghazal said 117 people responded last time, so she thought that the survey’s length was not a problem. Someone suggested prizes or premiums for responders but Leisa said that requires taking names.
Technology – Alan, Leisa, and JerryAnn met to discuss goals. Webcasts topped their list, because technology is cost-effective, especially audio podcasts. Someone questioned whether our preferred venues have audio and video facilities available. Ghazal suggested cell phones and Alan said a microphone protected with a windscreen improves production quality. Leisa said CFA Virginia has a waiver for speakers to sign.
JerryAnn said Alan set up a link to “Other Group’s Events” on the homepage. There are also links to CFA Institute programs and study groups. JerryAnn suggested starting a new Jobline initiative with funds coming to JerryAnn and James distributing the post information.
Ufuk has led the Research Challenge and developed a kickoff event for 11/11. He has 4 to 6 teams and still needs a Mentor for one team. The subject company is chosen. He is shifting his focus to:
University Relations Philip talked about his idea for an Apple Cup themed event to bring together university students from eastern Washington, approaching a different cross-section. His concerns were 1) trying to catch people on Friday 11/25 between Thanksgiving and the Saturday game, and 2) whether over 21 venues or alcohol service would limit turnout. Ufuk encouraged him that he could frame the event so that turnout wouldn’t be limited to just UW and WSU students.
Rey talked about the Review Course. He said the current course is in session and the scholarship deadline for June exams is December 20th. He asked if anyone felt strongly either way about offering the Schweser study series to candidates.
Rey is also looking into CFA Seattle’s current relationship with Seattle U, and said their responses have come slowly so far.
Alan asked for help with Technology initiatives, including updating web descriptions of:
Jobline President’s Dinner Golf Outing
Further, he would love to see young Professional events on topics like resume writing and selecting mentors.
Leisa finished with several requests: