Virginia Government Finance Officers' Association
2013 Spring Conference - Virginia Beach, VA
May 22-24, 2013
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The VGFOA 2013 Spring Conference was held at the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel in Virginia Beach, VA on May 22 - 24, 2013.

Session Presentations (PDF):

Wednesday, May 22nd:

What Comes Next: U.S. and Virginia Economic Trends & Outlook
Current APA Topics & Comparative Report
Shared Services - Lessons Learned
2012 Government Benchmark Study                    
                Hand-out: 2012 Government Benchmark Study
Henrico County Budget Best Practices
Internal Controls & Ethics Accountability Program

Thursday, May 23rd:

CAFR Preparation & Audit Committee Presentations
A High Schools Student's Guide to Business Ethics
Tax-Exempt Bond Compliance - K Hoyt
Tax-Exempt Bond Compliance - C Woodin
Importance of the Finance Professional to Economic Development Projects
Internal Audit 101
Containing Healthcare Costs
GASB 67 & 68 - The New World of Public Pension Plan Accounting, An Actuarial Perspective
Assessing Your Intergovernmental Financial Dependencies

Friday, May 24th:

Efficiencies Gained in State & Local Gov't: How Localities are Dealing with Change - K Seay
Efficiencies Gained in State & Local Gov't: How Localities are Dealing with Change - S Solomon
Virginia Retirement System Modernization and Pension Reform Changes
General Assembly

Keynote Speaker: Carine McCandless

Carine McCandless is the sister of literary icon Chris McCandless, a.k.a. Alexander Supertramp, whose life story has captured the hearts of millions of people around the world. Her input was crucial to the development of Jon Krakauer’s international best seller, Into the Wild. Krakauer endorses Carine as “a gifted communicator; she is engaging, inspiring, and bracingly outspoken.” Into the Wild spent a remarkable 119 straight weeks on The New York Times best seller list, is printed in 28 languages, and is required reading at universities in countries all over the globe including the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Canada, and France.


Carine also worked closely with Academy Award-winning actor and writer/director Sean Penn for his critically acclaimed film adaptation of Into The Wild. An accomplished writer, Carine received screen credit for her script contributions and narrative throughout the film, working alongside Penn, celebrated poet Sharon Olds, and actress Jena Malone, who portrays Carine in Into the Wild. Carine worked as a direct consultant to Sean Penn and provided valuable insight to many of the actors, including protagonist Emile Hirsch and Academy Award winner Marcia Gay Harden.


Carine has been interviewed for such widely read publications as Outside magazine, The New Yorker and the Los Angeles Times. She has appeared on such national television programs as The Oprah Winfrey Show, Sunday Morning, and ABC News 20/20.

Carine McCandless has a unique skill set that lends itself well to a wide variety of lecture topics and presentations. As a successful self-made entrepreneur since the age of nineteen, Carine has twenty years of experience as a conservative businesswoman and frequently shares her experience at corporate engagements and retreats. A favorite of universities, many of which have integrated
Into the Wild into their coursework, she is an enduring voice for Chris McCandless and his legacy, inspiring the next generation to lead lives of conviction. From her own experiences as a survivor of domestic violence, to parenting a child with special needs, Carine will inspire listeners to overcome obstacles and adversity with the power of a positive attitude. She speaks with the loving support of her six other siblings: Sam, Stacy, Shawna, Shelly, Shannon, and Quinn.


Like her brother, Carine is passionate about helping those less fortunate. She supports a number of international and domestic charities that champion causes such as nature and wildlife conservation and human rights advocacy. Her most current philanthropic interest is with the nonprofit organization Assisi House, where she volunteers as Development Chair.