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2018 FAMIS Conference


Williamsburg Lodge & Conference Center
310 South England Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185
(757) 220-7976





The FAMIS Conference is two days of education sessions featuring experts on current issues in technology, finance and accounting combined with opportunities for networking and cooperative sharing in a format designed exclusively for Finance, Accounting and IT Professionals!


Williamsburg Lodge:

  • Group Room Rate:
    • Monday, September 25 & Tuesday, September 26 - $204 per night plus taxes
    • Make your hotel reservations here
  • Pre- and Post-conference Room Rate:
    • 3 days before or after the conference - $204 per night plus taxes
    • Additional nights are based on availability
  • Reservation Cut-off Date:
    • To receive the special room rate, reservations must be made by 5 p.m. on August 23, 2017
    • Reservations received after 5 p.m. on that date, will be made at the hotel's prevailing rate, based on availability
  • Check-in/Check-out Times:
    • Check-in is after 4 p.m.
    • Check-out is by 11 a.m.
  • Cancelation Policy:
    • No penalty will result if notice is received at least 72 hours prior to arrival and a cancelation number is obtained.
    • If the reservation is not canceled by this time, one night room and tax deposit is forfeited.
  • Parking:
    • Complimentary self-park




Conference Schedule

     Monday, September 25, 2017

FAMIS Registration 3:30 - 6:00 


     Tuesday, September 26, 2017
     Education Sessions (all day)

General Session:
  • Regulatory Update
    • Sam Brumberg, Association Counsel, VMDAEC
  • National & Regional Economic Overview
    • Ann Macheras, Group Vice President, The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
    • An economic update on national and regional economic trends, focusing on VA, MD, and DE. Various sectors of the economy will be covered.
  • Cybersecurity
    • Bill Steele, Old Dominion Electric Cooperative


Finance & Accounting Breakout Sessions:
  • Enterprise Risk Management
    • Gary Bradbury, CFC
    • Why is there a renewed focus on Enterprise Risk Management (ERM)?  Learn more about the basics in setting up and effective ERM program.
  • Accounting, Tax & Technology Update
    • Russ Wasson, Director of Tax, Finance and Accounting Policy, NRECA
  • Financial Fraud and Abuse Protection
    • Gary Bradbury, CFC
    • Is your co-op immune to financial fraud? Learn more about this growing financial problem and obtain insights into financial fraud through defining roles and responsibilities at all levels of the co-op, and identifying best practices on how to prevent and detect it.


IT Breakout Sessions:
  • Ransomware & Other Threats
    • Doug King, Lockheed Martin
    • Ransomware - the devil’s bargain, advanced persistent threats tools and techniques, Red teams + Blue Teams = Purple Teams, defensive tools and techniques, cyber war stories, more.
  • Security Assessment Results - A Cybersecurity Presentation
    • Bobby Smith, Vice President of IT, Laurens Electric Cooperative, Inc.
    • Electric Cooperatives are typically very trusting organizations. Laurens Electric Cooperative's security audit revealed several opportunities to develop policies and tighten up processes to improve the overall security posture to benefit the cooperative, its members and its employees.
  • Utility Cybersecurity Update, What We Are Seeing...
    • Scott Mossbrooks, N-dimension Solutions
    • Overview of what we are seeing with co-ops that we work with and monitor. Why monitoring of networks is important.


     Wednesday, September 27, 2017
     Education Sessions (half day)

Finance & Accounting Breakout Sessions:
  • CoBank Update
    • Lee Earhart, Vice President, CoBank
    • Gabriel Labastida, CoBank
  • FRAUD - Are you ready?
    • John Cheatham, Partner, Adams, Jenkins & Cheatham
    • In depth discussion of an actual fraud case, best practice procedures, what to do once it is uncovered and what to do next.
  • Storm Damage
    • Gordon Myers, Accounting Manager, Northern VA Electric Cooperative
    • Robin Cooke, Sr. Accountant, Northern VA Electric Cooperative
    • Presenting results of a survey sent to all VMDAEC member EC's, about procedures their EC follows to assemble storm/unplanned damage restoration cost data for accounting. Interactive discussion of survey results and storm damage accounting practices.
  • Cooperative Regulation and Ratemaking in Virginia
    • Patrick Carr, Deputy Director, Utility Accounting and Finance, Virginia State Corporation Commission


IT Breakout Sessions:
  • IT Jeopardy
    • Herman Abinette, Manager of Application Development & Support, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative
    • Sarah Kiely, Principle IT Community Support, NRECA
    • Test your general knowledge of all things IT as it relates to Cooperatives.
  • UAV Capabilities for the Coop - Robotics for the Utility Industry
    • Gary Rodgers, Senior Manager, Lockheed Martin
    • Cooperatives are moving toward using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), it’s not a matter of IF UAVs will be integrated but WHEN and HOW. The use of UAVs goes far beyond capturing a simple aerial video of a co-op’s infrastructure. Through the use of infrared imaging, LiDAR, and visual analytics, UAVs have become an integral technology for improving worker safety, co-op cost structures, and system reliability through the next decade.
  • IT Collaborative Working Group
    • IT Project Identification & Prioritization
    • Digital Signing Software
    • Mobile Computing/Devices
    • Cloud-based Software


Need continuing education credits? A continuing education certificate, reflecting your attendance will be provided upon request, following the conference.
FAMIS Conference Registration Fee:
  • VMDAEC Members: $400 per person
  • Non-Members: $550 per person
  • Registration fees include education sessions & meals.

     Lunch on Tuesday is sponsored by CoBank.  

     Dinner on Tuesday is sponsored by CFC.    

                  A/V sponsored by NISC.     


     Registration deadline: August 23, 2017 
     Register now; don't miss out on this great opportunity!



Questions? Contact Brandon Burton at the VA, MD, DE Association of Electric Cooperatives at 804-968-7153 or    

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