Kansas Government Finance Officers Association

The Kansas Government Finance Officers Association (KSGFOA) partners with Wichita State University’s Public Policy and Management Center to provide membership development and operational support for the association. In addition, WSU staff provides conference planning, board support, marketing assistance and financial management support to the association.

Learn more about Kansas Government Finance Officers Association here.

20th Annual KSGFOA Public Finance Conference

The Kansas Government Finance Officers Association is pleased to present a series of workshops for those involved in the financial affairs of municipalities, counties, schools, state agencies, utilities and special authorities.

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 2019 Conference Sponsored by:

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2019 Keynote Speakers 

Thursday keynote: Mike Conduff, president/CEO of The Elim Group
"Living and Leaving a Local Government Legacy" by Mike Conduff, president/CEO of The Elim Group, a governance, leadership, training, speaker and consulting firm. 

Conduff has 40+ years of leadership, management, and governance experience. He is considered one of the country's leading experts in the field of municipal and not-for-profit governance. He earned his B.S. in civil engineering at the University of New Hampshire and his MBA from Pittsburg State University. He's a multiple time best-selling author. 


Friday keynote: Carol Gonzales, Director of Finance and Administration at the Mid-America Regional Council 
Carol_Gonzalez"The Spirit of Public Service" by Carol Gonzales, Director of Finance and Administration at the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) 

Gonzales has served as the Director of Finance and Administration at the Mid-America Regional Council since Fall of 2017. In that capacity she oversees financial management, human resources and other internal operations of MARC. She began working for the City of Shawnee in 1998, serving as the City Manager her last 12 years there. She has a BA from Drake University and an MPA from KU. 

Lifetime Achievement Award Winners 

The purpose of the Lifetime Achievement Award is to recognize an individual’s achievements in outstanding leadership in public finance over the course of their career.

Dave_ScottDave Scott, Chief Financial Officer, City of Overland Park
Dave began his public service with the City of Overland Park in 1987. Over his 30+ years with Overland Park he has acted as the internal auditor, Finance Manager and Chief Financial Officer. He has mentored numerous government finance professionals and several of his former employees have gone on to become local government finance directors in other organizations. Dave (along with Dennis Howard, Ed Mullins, and others) is one of the founders of East Kansas Government Finance Officers Association (EKGFOA) in the early 1990s, which in turn founded the Kansas Government Finance Officers Association (KSGFOA) around 2000. The organization as we know it today would not exist except for the foresight of Dave, and others, almost 30 years ago. Dave has presented at numerous conferences over the years and has served on the boards of both EKGFOA and KSGFOA. Dave has always been available to advise on accounting matters, politics and a host of other topics and has always made himself available to help. He is the voice of reason and great knowledge and has worked hard to make the EKGFOA and KSGFOA organizations relevant and useful to cities across the state.

Jill_GrubeJill Grube, Assistant Chief Financial Officer, City of Lenexa
Jill has worked for the City of Lenexa for 30 years. She has performed every function in the Finance Department and was instrumental in the city receiving AAA credit ratings. Due to her efforts, the City has received the GFOA Distinguished Budget Presentation award for 27 consecutive years and contributed over her 30 years to receiving the GFOA Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for 40 consecutive years. Jill has a great working relationship with all departments and is well respected by everyone. She has mentored many employees with a positive attitude and great work ethic. She acts with a high degree of integrity. She served on the City Values Committee and was key in getting “integrity” listed as one of the six employee values. Jill has been an active member of both KSGFOA and EKGFOA. In October, Jill will move to a part-time role as she prepares to retire. She is a great leader and will be missed by all!

2019 Conference Schedule at a Glance

Topics this year include:

Wednesday, October 9th                         

1:30 - 4:30 p.m.  | Pre-Conference Session: "All the Queen's Horses" video and facilitated discussion

1:30 - 5:30 p.m.  | Check-In and Conference Registration

The Kansas & Missouri Chapter of the Women in Public Finance Association will host a social on Wednesday, Oct. 9 from 5 - 7 p.m. at the conference hotel. Light food and drinks will be provided. RSVP for the free event to Lisa Santa Maria at lsantamaria@pvkansas.com.

Angela Hurt from Veracity Consulting will discuss women's issues in the workplace. As founder and CEO of Veracity, Angela oversees the strategic direction of the Kansas City-based company, a tech consulting team that delivers customized IT solutions for its customers in the commercial and government sectors. Angela is a passionate advocate for women, and participates in various STEM, entrepreneurial and mentoring initiatives. 


Thursday, October 10th           

7:30 - 8:00 a.m. | Registration and Breakfast

8:00- 9:30 a.m. Keynote Presentation: Living and Leaving a Local Government Legacy - Mike Conduff, president/CEO of The Elim Group
For KSGFOA Mike will share some of his Local Government Life Lessons including The Leadership and Legacy component of public service, The Success Skills of Public Servants and The Importance of Community Engagement on important topics like our annual budgets. 

9:45 - 10:45 a.m. | Breakout Sessions

Option 1: Infrastructure Funding in the New Budget Environment - Michael Thomas, Government Finance Officers Association
Building & maintaining infrastructure is a key function of local government. Although the municipal bond is a sturdy foundation for infrastructure capital, the current budget environment requires relying on new sources of funds to maintain communities. What are local finance officers making work today? 

Option 2: Internal Control for Payroll - Tracy Arner, Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia

11:00 - 11:30 | Vendor Fair

11:30 - 1:40 p.m. | Lunch: Business Meeting/Legislative Update - Dr. Stuart Little, Little Government Relations, LLC 

1:50 - 2:50 p.m. | General Session: Values Based Code of Ethics - Michele Mark Levine, Government Finance Officers Association

3:00 - 3:50 p.m. | Breakout Sessions 3 and 4

Option 3: GASB Update - Michele Mark Levine, Government Finance Officers Association

Option4: Buried Danger: ID Red Flags in Contruction Projects - Shauna Woody-Coussens, BKD CPAs and Advisors

4:00 - 5:00 p.m. | General Session: Threat of Large Decreases in Taxes - Dr. Chris Kuehl, Armada Corporate Intelligence

5:15 - 6:30 p.m. | Social & Vendor Reception


Friday, October 11th                 

7:30 - 8:30 a.m. | Breakfast and Vendors

8:30 - 9:30 a.m. |  General Session: Succession & Workforce Planning the Government Sector - Steven Mermelstein, RSM
Silver tsunami, brain drain, workforce cliff – these are all terms that have been used to describe the number of baby boomers in the government workforce at or near retirement age and who will soon be exiting. As a result, many will be taking years of valued leadership, knowledge and experience with them. Many governmental organizations have decided to proactively address the issue, while others react and scramble to mitigate critical losses.  

9:45 - 10:45 a.m. | Breakout Sessions 5 & 6

Option 1: Data Privacy - Rex Johnson, BKD CPAs and Advisors

Option 2: Financial Wins from Utility Asset Management - Dr. Brian Bohnsack & Nicholas Willis, WSU Environmental Finance Center

11:00 - 12:30 p.m. | Keynote Presentation: The Spirit of Public Service - Carol Gonzales, Mid-America Regional Council
Carol will draw from her personal and professional experience to describe the core tenets of public service, why the work we do is so important and offer answers for why we all keep coming back for more! 

2019 Conference Accommodations
Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center

Embassy Suites Olathe Hotel
Embassy Suites Olathe | 10401 S. Ridgeview Rd | Olathe, Kansas | 66061

Embassy Suites by Hilton Kansas City Olathe
10401 S. Ridgeview Road
Olathe, KS 66061

Reserve your room here.  At reservation you will need to enter the conference code, "KSF" to receive the discounted rate of $159 a night. 


At the KSGFOA conference, sponsors have opportunities to interface with attendees at vendor booths, social events, lunch and breaks, in addition to branding opportunities on conference materials of all types.

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The KSGFOA Conference Committee reserves the right to refuse Exhibitor or Sponsor status to any company or organization.

Sponsorship Contact
Paula Downs, Staff Support, KSGFOA
Wichita State University Public Policy and Management Center

Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Request for Accommodations

Please contact paula.downs@wichita.edu to request a reasonable accommodation for participating in the conference. Please provide the accommodation request by directly contacting Paula by September 6, 2019.

Dietary Needs
If you require a special meal, please list your requirements in the question at checkout when you register. Accommodations for special diets cannot be guaranteed after September 21, 2019.

Become a Member of KSGFOA

Are you a KSGFOA member? Check by emailing morgan.barnes@wichita.edu.
Regular membership is only $50 and includes discounted conference admission, exclusive access to web content + NEW online KSGFOA communication network. Associate and Student membership also available. Become a member here


Sponsorship Contact

Paula Downs
Staff Support, KSGFOA
Wichita State University Public Policy and Management Center
(316) 978-6678