1) There are opportunities at your local CFMA chapter to
learn not only from speakers, but also from your peers and
to learn more about yourself.
2) CFMA’s regional conferences also provide great opportunities across a bigger geographic footprint than your local
3) CFMA’s KnowledgeNOW Webinars are another helpful
source of information and insight for you in your lifelong
4) Nothing compares to the career-altering opportunity for you
to learn at CFMA’s Annual Conference and Exhibition. Over
the years, I’ve attended 11 CFMA Annual Conferences as a
speaker and, well, learner.
I’ve learned from brilliant thought leaders like CFMA’s
Economic Advisor Anirban Basu of the Sage Policy Group.
I’ve learned more about corporate risk management, leadership development, and technology changes than I have
learned in any other setting because it is always construction industry-specific. I’ve had my mind blown by creative
and artistic presentations that really got me outside of my
comfort zone, mentally.
Develop Your To-Learn List
As you put together your lifelong learning plan, you need to
respond to every situation with learning in mind. Instead of saying, “I need to accomplish (blank) this year,” how about, “I want
to learn (blank) this year.” Scrap the to-do list for a minute and
develop your to-learn list. Then, come to CFMA’s 2015 Annual
Conference and Exhibition on June 27-July 1. We’ll see you there! n
THOMAS W. EMISON is a Construction Industry Consulting Director at Eide Bailly, LLP in Minneapolis, MN.
Tom has more than 25 years’ experience working with
contractors on strategic business planning, marketing,
and operations improvement. A member of CFMA’s
Twin Cities Chapter, Tom is a longtime author for
CFMA Building Profits and presenter at CFMA’s
Annual Conference & Exhibition and CFMA chapters
across the U.S. He is a member of AGC’s National
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