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President’s Message

It is with great pleasure that I serve as the President of the New England AFP for the upcoming year. With the support of my fellow officers and board of directors, I look forward to continuing the NEAFP mission statement, and working to provide unbiased and relevant content to enrich the professional lives of our existing members while opening exciting doors to new members.

I would like to recognize and thank Jennifer Libby (President 2020), for her dedication and leadership over the past year.  Jennifer navigated our organization through stormy waters during arguably the most challenging period in recent history.   At the same time, I’d also like to thank our new slate of officers for 2021, Jay Park (Vice President), Stephanie Fontes (Treasurer) and Joe Apau (Secretary), along with the extended NEAFP board who will be crucial in keeping our organization on track for success in 2021 and beyond.

I’m extremely proud of the success we experienced last May as we held the first ever NEAFP annual/virtual conference!  With continued advances in healthcare, we are optimistic for the prospect of scheduling more in-person events over the coming year.  In fact, we’re hoping to “Kick off the Fall” with an outdoor social networking event in late September so that our members can get reacquainted in a safe, fun, outdoor setting.   Keep an eye on the events calendar for more information on this event www.neafp.org, as well as others that are in the works, including:

Treasury fundamentals:  The Introduction to Treasury Management course is designed for treasury analysts who are new to the field or have less than 2 years of experience. The goal of the program is to provide a good foundation with topics ranging from basic treasury management, foreign exchange, and trade finance to relationship management. This session, offered twice a year, is led by subject experts partnered with corporate practitioners.

Bimonthly Meetings:  Presentations by industry professionals sharing information on a broad range of relevant industry topics and best practice solutions.  Educational content is followed by social/networking with fellow members and sponsors.  Provides an excellent opportunity to earn continuing education credits as well.

Annual Conference:  a nationally recognized forum where finance and treasury management professionals and sponsors meet to learn and exchange ideas and solutions.

Personally, I’ve been involved with NEAFP for over two decades.  For me, our organization has been a tremendous resource for education, networking and a chance to make new acquaintances (as well as lifelong friends).  We are the largest regional AFP chapter with a best kept secret:  the annual cost of NEAFP membership is one of the best values among regional treasury groups nationally.  With that in mind, I have a small favor to ask…Please help us continue NEAFPs mission by spreading the word to your friends and colleagues in treasury and encourage them to sign up for membership!

Thank you very much and I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming meeting very soon.

Yours truly,

John Downes, CTP
President New England AFP