November 2018 Print

President's Report


I hope you all are enjoying the cool weather and all of the fall activities that come with it.  Before I get into our upcoming events, I’d like to take a moment to ask for your consideration in taking a couple of actions to support your Chapter.

The FEI Houston Scholarship Foundation is a 501(c) 3 charity that strives to provide $5,000 scholarships annually to juniors in accounting and finance from twelve area colleges. To continue to support this level of funding for the scholarships, the Chapter needs your financial support.

Currently the Chapter does not allocate any chapter monies from member dues or sponsorships to support the Foundation. All Foundation support comes from donors like you. As you consider your contributions to charitable causes for this year, please make room in your budget for a donation to this worthwhile cause. You may donate as part of your annual membership renewal or at the Foundation website: Please consider a generous donation this year. Thank you.

Secondly, I’d like each of you to follow the chapter LinkedIn page

We plan to post information about past events and thought leadership articles from our members and sponsors on this page. By “following” our page you will receive updates about the chapter in your LinkedIn news feed and by “sharing” information on our page you will help the chapter extend awareness of our chapter to colleagues in your network. This is an important part of our efforts to extend the FEI brand. Please help us our by following our LinkedIn page.

Our upcoming events include:

  • November kicked off on November 6, with a Career Management luncheon sponsored by V&E, at McCormick and Schmick’s in the Galleria area. The topic will be “Lifelong Networking” led by Todd Auwarter with the firm Egon Zehnder.

  • Our November chapter dinner will be on November 13th and will be held at the Junior League (This is a change of venue. So if you previously scheduled this event, please check your calendar). The professional development will be presented by our new sponsor SenseCorp. The topic will be “Analytics: The New Currency of Modern Finance”. Our networking hour will be sponsored by Wells Fargo and our dinner panel will be on “Houston’s Innovation Ecosystem” lead by Gina Luna. The panel will include three distinguished leaders in the Houston innovation scene. More details and registration are available at our website.

As always, at all of our events we encourage you to bring a colleague who will enjoy expanding their executive network and potentially join our chapter. You can sign them up for the event through our prospective member form by going to then scrolling over the membership tab to select Prospective Member Form.

Don’t forget to connect with our Sponsors during our events. Building high quality relationships with outstanding professional service firms is one of the unique opportunities provided by membership in our chapter.

More details and registration for all these and additional events throughout the year are available at To schedule your calendar for all events during our upcoming chapter year follow this link to our Calendar.

On behalf of your chapter leadership team, we thank you for your support and participation in our chapter. If you have any suggestions or want to participate in a committee don’t hesitate to contact me at The time investment is minimal and the payoff is well worth it.

Best wishes and I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming chapter event.

Rob Schmitz
FEI Houston Chapter President 2018-19

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