President’s Message
May 2019

Now we are nearly at the end of our program year, as we head into May. We really just have three more events, before we hit summer break and our planning season. April was an excellent month, filled with activity. On April 10th, we held an education event with the FBI to discuss White Collar Crimes and Following the Money for two (2) CPE. Then later in the month, on April 26th, we held our 26th Annual Professional Development Training. This event was worth eight (8) CPEs, and covered such staples as GASB and Yellow Book Updates, as well as discussions on Economic Development with city leaders and the Current Status of Municipal Bonds. We also heard from our current National AGA President, John Lynskey, CPA, CGFM, on the topic of Your Professional Opportunities and Journey.

In May, we again have two education events. The first is on May 15th and is on the topic of Fighting Fraud with Analytics. This is an audio conference that will be held at ASU Skysong, and it is worth two (2) CPE. The second event of the month will be held on May 29th on the topic of Robotic Process Automation. It will also be held at ASU Skysong and is worth two (2) CPE. To register for any of our events, you can head over to the events section of our website, here.

Here are a few other announcements to share. We are pleased to announce that during April we added two new members in April, Cindy from the City of Scottsdale and Michael from ASU. Cindy also joined the Board as the Community Service Chair. Welcome to both of you! Also, just a reminder that we have a CGFM study group that meets on Wednesdays at the Arizona Department of Administration building and our current focus is on Exam 2 - Governmental Accounting, Financial Reporting and Budgeting. If you are interested in participating in this study group, please e-mail us at

Also, if you have any questions or feedback for us, please e-mail us at, It is particularly timely, if you want to share a topic suggestion with us now, since we will be heading into the summer planning season for next program year. Please consider telling us what topics you would like to hear about. Also, if you are interested in participating in the Board, on one of the committees, please reach out to us.

Thank you for your continued support of the Phoenix Chapter, and we hope to see you soon!

Michelle Huckabay, CPA, CGFM
AGA Phoenix Chapter



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Upcoming Events

Robotic Process Automation

May 29th | Lunch 10:30am - 11:00am     Education Seminar 11:00am - 12:50pm | 2 CPEs 


Automation technology has begun to influence almost every aspect of daily life.  Applications of technology ranging from Amazon Alexa to self-driving cars, unmanned drones, chatbots, and even the accounting profession present opportunities for greater efficiency and productivity through automation. In this session, we will discuss the spectrum of automation from artificial intelligence and machine learning to the more common applications of robotic process automation (RPA).  We will provide an overview of the criteria used to assess RPA opportunities and present two case studies for the application of RPA in the public sector. Lastly, we will demonstrate the automations, review real-world experiences, and share lessons learned from the implementation of RPA in two Arizona state agencies and the City of Fort Worth, Texas.


Nathan Frey, CPA, PMP – Partner at ISG
Thomas Ortiz, PMP – Partner at ISG

Location: SkySong - Room SS1 301 Ingenuity
Date: May 29, 2019
Stress Can Be a Good Thing

Stress Can Be a Good Thing

June 12th | Lunch 10:30am - 11:00am     Education Seminar 11:00am - 12:50pm | 2 CPEs 


How often do you say “I’m so stressed”, or hear someone else complain “I’m just so busy”! What is the story we tell ourselves about stress, anxiety and worry? What if we could use stress as a positive influence in our lives. This session will focus on positive and negative effects of stress and provide thoughtful discussion on work life balance.

Brittney Williams, CPA, CGFM

Location: SkySong - Room SS1 301 Ingenuity
Date: June 12, 2019

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