Virginia Government Finance Officers' Association
2022 Spring Conference - Virginia Beach, VA
May 11 - 13, 2022
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The VGFOA 2022 Spring Conference was held at the Marriott Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel in Virginia Beach, VA on May 11-13, 2022. Check out some photos from the Spring Conference.

Presentations -

Wednesday, May 11

Federal Insfrastructure (IIJA) Legislation and Funding Opportunities for Local Governments
Michael Belarmino, Senior Policy Advisor, GFOA

Best Practices to Prevent Fraud in the Remote Work Environment-
Megan Argenbright, Brown Edwards

Investment Strategies for Local Governments in the Current Financial Market -
John Grady, Public Trust Advisors

The New Financial Reporting Model - 
Bruce Chase, Radford GNAC

Everything ARPA - Preparing for the Single Audit, Procurement and Administration of ARPA Funds - 
Amanda Blomberg, CPA, Director, Baker Tilly

VRS Update 
- Kathy Quiriconi and Leslie Weldon, VRS

Thursday, May 12
Keynote - Don’t Forget This - How to Remember Anything and Everything! - Nelson Dellis

Economic Update - Ellis Phifer, Raymond James

Insurance and Risk Management 101 - Understanding and Controlling Public Entity Risks -
Mike Rezac, VACORP

Local ARPA Spending Plans - Roundtable Discussion - Donna Witt, City of Lynchburg; Marion Serfass, Town of Vienna; Kristine Powers, Loudoun County

Integrating Equity in Local Government - A Norfolk Case Study - Danielle Scott, PFM
Aleea Slappy Wilson, Norfolk, VA

Innovative Funding Solutions for Local Government - Facility and Infrastructure - Whitley Blake, ABM; Jonathon Munch, Stafford County

Virginia Legislative Updates - 2022 General Assembly Session - Carter Hutchinson, VML

The Power of the Right Questions - Emily Groo, Zelos, LLC

CDFI and Community Financing Programs - Leah Fremouw, Bridging Virginia; Stephen Davis, Community Investment Collaborative (CIC)

Managing Change by Learning - Emily Groo, Zelos, LLC

Friday, May 13
GASB Pronouncements and Projects - Paulina Haro, GASB

Rating Agency Roundtable - Courtney Rogers, Davenport and Company LLC; Lindsay Horne, Fitch Ratings; Valentina Gomez, Moody's Investor Service; Tim Barrett, S&P Global

Keynote Session - Don't Forget This! How to Remember Anything and Everything

Nelson Dellis, Founder & CEO

Climb for Memory

As Virginia Government Finance professionals, we are often tasked with knowing and retaining data related to transactions, budgets and financial reporting, sometimes serving as historians of this information for years within our localities.  How about just day to day interactions - Do you forget people's names? Wish you could remember all of your contacts' phone numbers? Or other information that is constantly bombarding you on a daily basis? In Nelson's presentation, you will learn the basics of memory techniques and a sure-fire approach to remember anything. Nelson is a 5-time USA Memory Champion and taught himself how to have a phenomenal memory--he believes it is a skill anyone can master and will teach you how to get started!


Nelson Dellis is a 5x USA Memory Champion and one of the leading memory experts in the world, traveling around the world as a competitive Memory Athlete, Memory Consultant, Published Author and highly sought-after Keynote Speaker. As a Memory Champion, Mountaineer, and Alzheimer's Disease Activist, he preaches a lifestyle that combines fitness, both mental and physical, with proper diet and social involvement.


Born with an average memory, Nelson was inspired by the passing of his grandmother from Alzheimer's disease in 2009 to start training his memory so that he could keep his mind strong and healthy throughout his lifespan.


Nelson is the Founder & CEO of Climb For Memory, a non-profit charity that aims to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's disease research through mountain climbs all around the world. Nelson has climbed numerous peaks around the world for this cause, including three times on Mt. Everest.


Nelson has been featured on the Netflix documentary “Memory Games” (2019), FOX's Superhumans, Brain Games, The TODAY Show, Fox and Friends, The Katie Couric Show,, ABC Nightline, The Dr. Oz Show, The Science Channel, Nat Geo, SuperBrain China, among many others.