Three strategic planning essentials for people with no time to waste.
Recorded on February 22, 2012 (60 minutes)

Three strategic planning essentials for people with no time to waste.

Join our presenters as they discuss your board's critical role in strategic planning.  How do you allocate scarce resources to achieve your mission? How can you develop competencies to meet new market opportunities? How do you plan based on strategic assessments and insights and not just wishful thinking? We will answer these questions and more during this one hour event.

Meet the presenters:

Robert S. Landrebe, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and
In Trust Governance Mentor

Robert S. Landrebe is executive vice president and chief financial officer of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, a multidenominational school serving more than 2,000 students on four campuses. About 30 years of his overall professional experience have been devoted to working with nonprofit organizations in financial planning and management. Landrebe has served a variety of college and seminary clients in consulting engagements designed to improve their financial vitality, develop sustainable economic models, and assist in strategic planning. He has been a conference speaker to chief financial officers and new presidents at annual meetings sponsored by the Association of Theological Schools.

As a speaker and In Trust mentor, Landrebe explores with educational leaders and their governing boards methods to improve the "economic engine" in their schools. Landrebe is the developer of the In Trust Financial Health Checkup tool designed to help governing boards and administrators better understand their key financial strength metrics. He has also developed the In Trust Strategic Financial Planner tool that provides educational leaders with a framework for developing and optimizing a sustainable economic model. This tool is an ideal companion product to be used in strategic planning work.

He currently serves on the board of elders at Grace Chapel in Lexington, Massachusetts. In addition, Landrebe has served on the National Association of Evangelicals board of administration and recently completed two terms of service as the treasurer and member of the board of directors for World Relief. He holds an M.B.A. from DePaul University and a bachelor's degree in accounting and economics from Illinois State University.

Randy Thomann, Retired Vice President for Business Affairs and Treasurer, Bethel University
In Trust Governance Mentor

Randy Thomann has served in the faith-based, nonprofit community for more than 40 years. During that time he worked on the accounting staff of an international Christian missionary organization and spent approximately 18 years in public accounting focused on the nonprofit sector. Most of that time was with CapinCrouse, LLP, a CPA firm that specializes in the nonprofit arena throughout the United States and internationally.

In Addition, for 20 years, Thomann served in finance and administrative roles in Christian higher education and ministry, retiring after 11 years as executive vice president for business affairs and treasurer at Bethel University (formerly Bethel College & Seminary) in St. Paul, Minnesota. Now retired, he continues in part-time and volunteer activities.

Thomann served on the board of directors of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) and chaired the standards committee for ECFA. He has also provided consulting support for the South American work of a U.S.-based ministry organization.

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