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Expanding Beyond the CFO Role hosted by The Austin CFO Leadership Council January 9, 2020 7:30 am - 9:40 am 7:30 am - 9:40 am | 7:30 Networking and Breakfast | 8:00 - 9:15 Program | 9:15 - 9:40 Q&A 2 CPE Credits Available

When: January 9, 2020
7:30-9:40 AM
Where: Vinson & Elkins, LLP
2801 Via Fortuna
Suite 100
Austin, Texas  78746
United States
Contact: Mary Christensen
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Program Description 

Many finance executives today hold dual roles such as, CFO/COO and have been effective leaders in both. Have you ever wondered how they do it? What the story is behind the 2 titles?

Hear from some of Austin’s influential CFOs who have walked the path before you and learn from them. Join us for, Expanding Beyond the CFO Role: The keys to success in a multi-discipline CFO/CXO role.


Learning Objectives
• Learn how our panelists navigated the challenges and opportunities of expanded scope
• Understand the skill set, experience and decisions that led to a broader role in their organization
• Learn best practices for managing across functions
• Hear how our panelists managed the transition into their new roles
• Learn their perspective on how to balance & lead effectively in both roles



CPE Information

 Instructional method: Group-Live
 Recommended CPE Credits: 2 CPE credits in Personnel/HR
 Experience Level: Advanced
 Prerequisites/advance preparation: None

The CFO Leadership Council is registered with the National Association of State Boards-of-Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors (Sponsor ID 109063). State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN, 37219-2417. Website:

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All current CFO Leadership Council members may attend this program for free. Non-member senior financial executives who are CFOs, Vice Presidents of Finance, Directors of Finance and Controllers (or the like) are welcome to attend this program for $60.

Please note that service providers or any executives who are not senior financial executives cannot attend this event. The CFO Leadership Council reserves the right to decline any registration.

More Information

For more information about this program or The CFO Leadership Council, please contact Jeanene Golden, Southwest Regional Director, The CFO Leadership Council, at or Mary Christensen, Southwest Marketing Director, The CFO Leadership Council, at

Cancellation Policy
If you would like to cancel your ticket or request a refund, please contact Jeanene Golden or Mary Christensen at email above. Refunds are available up to 48 hours prior to the program.


Speaker Info

Jen Ford, CCO,CFO, TurnKey Vacation Rentals
Jen Ford currently serves as Chief Commercial Officer & CFO of TurnKey Vacation Rentals, a tech-enabled full-service property management company for short-term rentals. TurnKey, a leading hospitality brand, combines smart home technology with local in-market service to manage nearly 5,000 premier homes in more than 80 U.S. travel destinations. As CCO & CFO, Jen is responsible for leading the finance, accounting, business intelligence, revenue management, human resources, and strategic planning functions. Prior to TurnKey, Jen most recently served as vice president of finance for Snap Kitchen and as senior director of investor relations at HomeAway.

Jen is active in the community, having served as board president of the Austin chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute and as current steering committee member of the CFO Leadership Council. She is a volunteer with Generation SERVE and Girls Empowerment Network, and is involved in the support and advancement of the Magellan International School. In 2018, Jen was recognized by Austin Business Journal’s “Profiles in Power” which recognizes Central Texas women of influence. In 2019, Jen received the Women’s Way Award for Product Innovation and was a nominee for Austin Business Journal’s Best CFO Award.


April Downing, Co-Founder/COO, NewCo
April Downing is a seasoned financial and operational executive with over 20 years of experience for both publicly and privately held technology and services companies. Having raised $0.5 Billion in capital, completed more than 20 acquisitions and opened offices in over a dozen countries, April appreciates the complexity that comes from growing technology companies.


April cofounded Supply Drop in July 2019 with the mission to change the way that consumers get their everyday essentials while providing an incredible experience for its employees. Previously, April has served as CFO/COO for several high-growth companies including WP Engine, Civitas Learning, Dachis Group, and Motive. April has led an IPO as well as investments and acquisitions by leading companies such as Silver Lake, Francisco Partners and Alcatel.


April holds a Masters in Professional Accounting from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. She serves as on the Foundation Board for Helping Hand Home for Children. April was born and raised in beautiful Austin, Texas as was her incredible husband and three wonderful kids. 


Amanda Nevins, CFO Alert Logic

Amanda Nevins has more than 25 years of experience in executive leadership roles, delivering growth and creating high performing, scalable organizations for both private and public companies. Nevins has served in a variety of leadership roles during her career, most recently as CEO of FATHOM where she started her tenure as CFO/COO. Before FATHOM, Nevins was CFO of CSIdentity (CSID), a cyber-security software company, where she led the business through growth resulting in the $360 million sale to Experian.

Prior to CSID, Nevins was the chief financial officer for Rackspace’s U.S. business, where she led the finance functions for several corporate and divisional groups. In addition to other prior leadership roles, Nevins was an executive with, overseeing finance, accounting, tax, treasury, logistics, SEC reporting and SAP systems. During her tenure, Amanda completed the due diligence and assisted in the landmark sale of to in 2009 for more than one billion dollars.

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