The Acadiana CFO Roundtable meets once a quarter to discuss the local economy and issues of interest to Chief Financial Officers. Most meetings are held at the Fenstermaker headquarters or UL Lafayette Alumni Center Board Room in Lafayette. Faculty, CPAs, and CFOs from business, government, and nonprofits in the Acadiana region participate in these meetings.
In addition to gaining valuable insights related to their businesses and industries, most participants come for the opportunity to meet with their peers. Meetings are well attended and have lively discussions before and during the formal program. Dean Gwen Fontenot of the B.I. Moody III College of Business moderates the meeting and works with members of the roundtable and the planning committee to arrange speakers for the meetings.
Prior to the meeting the CFO’s are asked to complete a twelve question survey. The first ten questions of the survey are used to form the Acadiana CFO Roundtable Business Sentiment Index sponsored by the B.I. Moody College of Business. Dr. Linus Wilson, a professor of finance at the business school, compiles the survey and distributes the results at the beginning of the next quarter’s meeting. Past surveys can be found at the link below. The results of the most recent survey are circulated at the CFO Roundtable meeting. The index ranges from 0 to 100 with a reading of 50 thought to be typical. Higher readings on the index indicate that the CFOs have a more positive economic outlook.