Posted on May 26, 2015
President’s Perspective: Bob Carmody Bob Carmody (right) with Art Lukowski, Jeff Conner and Chris Lutz at CFBC's 20th Anniversary Gala

CFBC President 2014-2015

What is it like being CFBC’s President and why should you be interested enough to read about it?

CFBC is a member-run council. Most of you are deeply satisfied with your involvement in your Forum.  That’s what I knew of the CFBC and that’s all that I expected from it when I joined. That’s where many of you receive your return on investment, and it’s spectacular. But there is so much more to the value equation and what the CFBC offers.

Consider these questions. How are those Forums created? How did the protocol that fosters your value come to exist? How about those new members that you meet from time-to-time? How do we attract them and bring them into our council? Why is the training for those new members that once was called Forum Protocol Training now being called Community In Forum? How do we help new members know how we relate and serve each other? How do we support them to be well versed in our systems? How do all those things that make CFBC unique come to be? And how are they continually tuned towards fulfilling our current member needs and attitudes?

The answer to each of those questions: A lot of volunteers and an exceptional professional team.

The CFBC has given me a gift of such benefit that it can’t be measured. By allowing me to be a member of our Executive Council for the last three years, I’ve been able to become deeply involved with many more members than we typically meet just within our individual Forums. I was fortunate to meet with and learn what each of our committees was contributing to our strategic plan. Each of you who have given your time and experience through your volunteer involvement within the committees has the appreciation of our entire Council. We absolutely need to hold the past in highest regard, to maintain the current in secure business and financial status, and to design our future in size and strength and intelligence. You have taught me so many great lessons that I can never thank you enough nor can I return to who I was before being honored to serve as CFBC President for 2014-2015.

This year, most of our past presidents wrote their memories for this feature. There is a common message in every episode. I recall it first written here by Chris Lutz, “The more you put in, the more that comes back to you.” It comes back in multiples, I promise.

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. CFBC, 20 Years Deep.”

Thank you for letting me serve,
Bob Carmody


Bob Carmody with Jim Armbruster, Governor Bruce Rauner and Jeff Wisdom at CFBC’s Family Business Day on May 5th, 2015

1 Comment

  1. Jeff Conner
    May 27, 2015

    Nicely put, couldn’t agree more with the sentiment. Also, those are some good lookin’ guys with you at the Gala.


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