Our five Advisory Councils represent the areas of accounting, finance, profitability and risk, risk management and internal audit and strategic issues and serve as a sounding board for FMS staff in the creation of relevant thought leadership and educational content.

Meet the Councils

Accounting Council

Monitors accounting, tax, operational and management accounting and regulatory reporting needs of membership and industry.
Accounting Council Chair
Ryan Abdoo, CPA
Partner | Plante Moran | Denver, CO

Finance Council

Monitors asset/liability management, funding, and investment needs of the membership and industry.

Finance Council Chair
Brian C. Walsh
Manager, Balance Sheet Analytics | ESL Federal Credit Union  |  Rochester, NY

Profitability and Risk Council

Monitors integrated profitability, cost accounting methods, funds transfer pricing, treasury models and risk based capital needs of membership and industry.

Profitability and Risk Chair
Ben Braun, CMA
Associate Director of Finance | AssociatedBank | Green Bay, WI

Risk Management and Internal Audit Council

Monitors the risk management, internal auditing and compliance needs of the membership and industry.
Risk Management and Internal Audit Council Chair
Scott Baranowski, CIA
Principal  |  Wolf & Company, P.C. |  Boston, MA

Strategic Issues Council

Monitors the strategic planning, capital management, corporate governance, merger and acquisition and broad based operational and technological needs of the membership and industry.

Strategic Issues Council Chair
Sally Kaldas
Senior Vice President, CFO, Treasurer  |  East Cambridge Savings Bank  |  Cambridge, MA

Volunteer on a Council

Volunteer positions with one of our five Advisory Councils are open to any FMS national member with the desire to contribute to the development of FMS’ products and services. Advisory Councils meet face-to-face each June at The FMS Forum and receive a discounted registration rate to the conference. Each council is comprised of approximately 20 individuals who serve a two-year renewable term.

How to Apply

If you are interested in volunteering for an Advisory Council, please complete the council application. We will notify you of the status of your application shortly after its completion. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Chief Operations Officer, Alana Vartanian.