We Still Have More to Do . . .
BY JACKIE L. BUCK, CCIFP, INCOMING CHAIRMAN
As Marj Weber put it, we certainly did “get going” – but, we still
have much more to do. Developing and refining a strategic
plan clarifies an organization’s goals and initiatives, and creates
a common envisioned future.
The ICCIFP depends on its members to volunteer countless
hours to help carry out its mission. Its Strategic Plan will
ensure that all of its volunteers get the most out of the time
they invest in it.
How Far We’ve Come
Looking back at CFMA’s 2003 Annual Conference & Exhibition in San Diego, then-CFMA Chairman Herbert Brownett
announced, “We will have the first certification exam for construction financial professionals at the 2004 Conference.” As
CFMA’s Chairman-Elect at the time, I took part in the journey that is now the ICCIFP.
Nearly seven years later, we’re quickly approaching 650
CCIFPs and have created a Strategic Plan to carry us forward
and fulfill the vision of the Institute’s founders. This Plan
clearly defines our mission and outlines our strategic goals.
To be recognized as the global authority in certifying construction industry financial professionals. We accomplish this
• Determining the scope of practice;
• Establishing competency and ethical standards;
• Validating aptitude; and
• Providing value to our profession.
Our Strategic Goals
• Goal 1: Define, communicate, and strengthen the value
proposition of the CCIFP designation.
• Goal 2: Increase our brand recognition and exposure
to industry stakeholders.
• Goal 3: Increase the number of certificate holders.
• Goal 4: Increase support to/from industry allied
In addition to developing a feasible plan, we also identified
and surveyed significant stakeholder groups to assist in the
creation and implementation of our four goals and their supporting initiatives.
These stakeholder groups include: General and Associate
Members, and their supporting companies; CFMA and its
chapter network; contractors/owners of construction companies; individual certificate holders; affiliated organizations
within the construction industry; and future stakeholders
(potential certificate holders).
Now that we have laid the foundation for our continued success, we will begin the most important – and most difficult –
part of the process: implementation.
Led by former ICCIFP Chairman E. Christopher Zaucha,
the new Strategic Planning “dream team” will begin executing
the various components of our Strategic Plan. Many of you
have helped get us to this point, and I hope you will continue
to do so along the way. We cannot do this without you.
So, I encourage you to: 1) talk to your peers about becoming
a CCIFP, 2) volunteer for an ICCIFP task force or committee,
3) become a chapter champion, and/or 4) host an Overview
Seminar. Do what you can to support professionalism, competency, ethics, and standards for financial professionals in
our industry. After all, certification is the difference between
an occupation and a profession! BP
JACKIE L. BUCK, CCIFP
VP Finance & Administration, AGI General Contracting