So You Want to be a Great Association CFO?

So You Want to be a Great Association CFO?

By: Susan W. Medick, CAE

Financial pros at associations need to know more than just accounting. The best association CFOs also understand leadership and networking and cultivate an attitude of constant learning.

At ASAE's 2012 Finance, HR, and Business Operations Conference, I joined two other seasoned financial professionals to discuss the things we wish we'd known before reaching high-level financial positions in our respective organizations. Joanne Duncan, CPA, CAE, CFO and VP of finance and administration of the Biotechnology Industry Organization; Laura Lott, CPA, chief operating officer of the American Associations of Museums; and I agreed that there are six keys to success in our roles. Below is a summary of what we discussed....