Member Since 1999
Member Since 2005
Samantha M. Hutchison, CCIFP
CFO, Brookstone, L.P.
David S.J. Wightman
Director, Aon Risk Solutions
IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIRMAN
Steve C. Tenney
CFO, Story Construction Co.
1. Expanding. Through my CFMA membership and involvement, I’ve expanded my peer
network, my knowledge of industry issues, and
my leadership skill sets – all of which have positively impacted my role within my company.
2. While serving on the Executive Committee,
I had the opportunity to lead a task force with
my fellow committee members to determine
how to increase member value. The experience stretched my leadership and strategic
thinking skills and proved to be a great springboard for moving into an officer role.
3. When I was searching to fill an opening
in my company’s accounting department, I
reached out to a trusted group of fellow CFMA
members, one of whom referred the individual
who has now been my second-in-command for
five years. Filling this key role with the right hire
was critical to my company’s success, and my
CFMA connections made the process easier.
4. I ask a lot of questions, which helps me
better understand what is going on and allows
others to demonstrate that they have fully
evaluated a situation or course of action, leading to more informed decision-making.
5. Identify and engage future CFMA leaders.
Our Association’s success depends on the
numerous passionate volunteers who give their
time and talent. And, just as I was inspired and
mentored by the many individuals who came
before me, I hope to provide the same leadership and service to others.
6. Like Ken, it was my first Annual Conference
in Atlanta, GA in 1999. At the time I was fairly
new to my career and the industry, and the
information I received at the Conference was a
jumpstart to my learning. The fact that my
company invested in my education spoke
volumes, but the company knew then (as it
knows now) that supporting my CFMA
involvement yields significant returns.
7. Participating in leadership at the local
and national levels. There is no better way to
expand your professional network of peers and
develop leadership skills for your career and
8. I love running and have completed 11 marathons, including the 2014 Boston Marathon.
1. Enlightening. Every local and national role I
have had within CFMA has opened my eyes to
the amount of energy, thought leadership, and
dedication it takes to keep our Association
running smoothly while continually raising the
bar. It amazes me how thoughtful the leadership
is and how it has taken member value down
paths that enhance our lives and are accretive
to the CFMA experience.
2. My first Annual Conference. The amount
of intellectual capital, camaraderie, and
educational opportunities on display at the
Conference is unparalleled. The networking is
fantastic and the energy is catching. I wish I was
able to attend every single session and event!
3. It is always good to bring market and peer
perspective to my current and prospective
clients. I have routinely shared Anirban Basu’s
economic insight and outlook with my network.
4. I try to focus on making my experiences
with clients and colleagues genuinely personal and thoughtful. At the end of the day,
clients and colleagues will remember those
experiences more favorably than someone who
just “got them what they needed.”
5. To keep the current momentum,
efficiency, and member focus going. Over
the past few years, Steve and Pat have done a
great job in steering CFMA toward identifying
and quickly seizing opportunities. I strongly
believe in enhancing member value.
6. Last year’s Annual Conference. It is
eye-opening to see what goes on behind the
scenes. I wasn’t previously able to appreciate the amount of hard work and dedication
required to pull it off seamlessly. HQ staff and
volunteers are incredibly busy and focused. As
an Officer, you are engaged from sun up to sundown every day. I have a better idea of what to
expect this year, and I look forward to Chicago!
7. The resources available at CFMA HQ.
For example, Cathy Wasner, CFMA’s Director,
Chapter Services, can help address many
questions that are raised at the local level and
can also help chapters develop strategic plans
that give them structure and efficiency. If you
haven’t yet taken advantage of your chapter
connections, reach out to Cathy.
8. I was born in England and lived there until I
was 15, and I am a big football (soccer) fan. I
still play, albeit a lot more slowly at 49 years old!
1. Impactful. The local and national relationships, CFMA at Spring Creek and the resulting
leadership opportunities within my company
and at CFMA, the educational opportunities
that help me do my job better, sharing information via the Connection Café, the Annual
Conference & Exhibition experience, CFMA
Building Profits and the quality articles, and
2. Erika Urbani’s “gentle” request followed
by a strategic planning experience in
Philadelphia in 2011.
3. Through my CFMA membership I became
confident that knowledge and help were
readily available. That confidence helped boost
my career by enabling me to find more timely
solutions, benchmark my company’s results,
and suggest alternatives. It also helped me feel
more comfortable helping others and providing
4. Stay current. I think it is my obligation to
be aware of changes that create opportunities
or present challenges, and to develop appropriate action plans.
5. To be a resource for the other officers,
executive committee, and HQ staff and to
be available if or when another perspective is
6. It may sound like a politically correct
answer, but my year as Chairman was truly
memorable: the executive committee meetings; attending Spring Creek again after a
14-year gap; seeing excited new leaders share
their ideas and perspectives with such passion
for CFMA; appreciating the work of CFMA’s
HQ staff; developing closer relationships; and
sharing the experience with my wife, Mindy.
7. The greatest value lies in attending CFMA
events. It could be going to a local chapter meeting, participating on a webinar, or
attending a regional conference or our Annual
Conference & Exhibition. The greatest benefit
is derived by putting in the time, and for me,
the payback has been much greater than the
8. My favorite car is the Chevrolet Corvette.
Mindy and I had a 1980 Corvette when we were
first married, but soon the priorities changed
with children and then grandchildren; however,
it is still my dream car.
Member Since 1991