Chairman’s Message — October 9, 2013


Scott White, FSAB Chairman

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The fourth quarter is the busiest time of year for many of us, professionally and personally. Budgets and holidays make the final months fly by quickly. When I last wrote in July, The IIA’s International Conference in Orlando was just wrapping up. I hope you had a chance to attend the conference and were able to take part in our pre-conference financial services sessions. They were well attended and I want to thank all of our participating presenters and panel members for great discussions.

I hope you also had a chance to participate in the two most recent webinars on enterprise risk management and social media. If you missed them, or any other webinar in 2013, they are available for playback for FSA members. Remember that continuing professional education credits are only available for attending live webinars. Our final webinar of 2013 will feature Carol Beaumier, managing director, Protiviti, on Dec. 5, and an update on regulatory compliance. Registration details will be shared with members via email and the FSA site.

October also is the time when budgets for 2014 are being planned. While considering your training budget, keep in mind the New York City Regional Conference. Several of our Financial Services Advisory Board (FSAB) members are heavily involved in planning the conference, which will have a heavy financial services emphasis. Stay tuned for the date, location, and agenda for this educational offering.

I’d like to welcome four new members to the FSAB: Travis Finstead, senior vice president and director of internal audit for Zions Bancorp; Dale Jeanes, general auditor for Branch Bank and Trust; Denise DeMaio, chief auditor for TD Bank Group; and Mark Sparano, chief audit executive for U.S. Bancorp. All bring a wealth of experience in financial services to the Board and an enthusiasm for internal auditing. We are looking forward to working with them. We also say goodbye to Board member Jim Rusch, director of corporate risk management at U.S. Bancorp, and thank him for his service to the FSAB and The Institute.

Your Board continues to be committed to providing outstanding educational opportunities for our members. If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please contact us.

Warmest regards,

Scott White, CIA, CFSA
Financial Services Advisory Board Chairman