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The War for Talent: Attracting and Retaining the Best Human Capital
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The War for Talent:  Attracting and Retaining the Best Human Capital

War for Talent hosted by The Houston CFO Leadership Council Thursday, April 18, 2019 7:30 am - 9:40 am

When: April 18, 2019
7:30-9:40 AM
Where: RSM Offices
1330 Post Oak Blvd
Suite 2300
Houston, TX  77056
United States
Contact: Mary Christensen
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Program Description

Today’s economic climate provides employees with many career options which makes attracting, recruiting and retaining top talent increasingly challenging. Businesses are finding it difficult to find and keep employees and keep them engaged and productive, especially top performers who have been approached with competitive opportunities.

Join us for “The War for Talent: Attracting and Retaining the Best Human Capital,” where our panel of experts will address these challenges and provide insights into how to successfully recruit, maintain and motivate top talent. Our speakers will share their first-hand experience, their lessons learned, and share practical solutions attendees can utilize within their organizations. We’ll focus on compensation and benefits, professional development, recruiting strategies and how to create a work environment that will maximize the performances of a multi-generational workforce.


Learning Objectives

• How to recruit, attract and retain top talent

• How to develop skill sets and maximize employee performance

• Invest in the workforce and measure the ROI of employee retention programs

• Employment trends that CFOs should be aware of





CPE Information

 Instructional method: Group-Live
 Recommended CPE Credits: 2 CPE credits in HR/Personnel
 Experience Level: Basic
 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:

Dean Andersen, CFO, G&A Partners
Dean Andersen is the CFO at G&A Partners and has been at G&A since March 2014.  He oversees the accounting, treasury, and payroll tax functions.  A CPA since 1988, Dean majored in Accounting at Brigham Young University and later received an MBA at the University of Houston.  Previous roles included work at Arthur Andersen in Taxation and as VP of Finance of Extra Space Storage.  He spent over 18 years at Air Liquide in Houston, Dallas, Sydney, and Paris, with roles as a Project Finance Manager, Controller, and Director of Acquisitions for the Americas.  Dean has volunteered for many years with his church and with the Boy Scouts of America.  He speaks French and Japanese.

Geri Pacheco, CPA, CCIFP, Chief Financial Officer
Geri Pacheco, CPA, has more than 25 years’ experience in progressively responsible finance roles for private enterprises. Geri oversees the finance, human resource and risk management departments for Arch-Con.  While with Arch-Con, Pacheco has received the CFO of the Year Award three times in the small, medium and large private companies  category from Houston Business Journal (for 2013, 2014, and 2017 as CFO of the Year and Executive of the Year). Arch-Con has been the recipient of the HBJ Fast 100 award for the past several years along with being #4 Best Places to Work for 2018.

With a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA), the Houston CPA Society and as director for Keep Kids Connected, a nonprofit organization that donates computers to children with life-threatening illnesses. Pacheco also served on the Board of Directors for CREW Houston, an organization for women in commercial real estate from 2014 to 2015 and continues to be an active member, serving on several committees and as Sponsorship Committee Chair for 2018 and 2019.

Jose F Laurel, HR Executive, G&A Partners
Jose oversees recruitment and client advisory services for G&A Partners. He has experience in management, operations, marketing and international commerce. Prior to joining G&A, Jose served as country manager in Latin America for a multinational corporation where he had direct oversight of the company’s operations, sales, and distribution channels. Jose is especially adept at assisting G&A clients in designing, implementing and measuring growth strategies. His areas of expertise include strategic planning, marketing/sales strategies, succession planning and people development. 

Rob Andrews, Chairman & CEO
Based in Houston, Rob Andrews is Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Allen Austin. Rob leads Allen Austin’s global CEO, Consumer Packaged Goods & Durables Practice, and is also a member of the firm’s Leadership Advisory, Private Equity, Industrial and Marketing Officer practices. Building on his earlier

career experience as an operating president with major convenience store and supermarket chains, Rob conducts searches for board members, CEO and senior officers across a broad range of sectors. He also helped design and helps deliver Allen Austin’s premier Leadership Institute, Organizational Review,
Leadership Communications Dynamics, Culture Shaping and Extraordinary Service Leadership Program.

Prior to launching Allen Austin, Rob’s consulting experience included assignments as President of a national healthcare search firm, and EVP of two boutique generalist search firms. Rob is the author of High Performance Human Capital Leadership and a widely respected consultant focused on what can best be described as “reinventing the search and selection process.”

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