James D. Ratley, CFE
ACFE President and CEO
What began as a single idea I tossed around to staff here at the ACFE a little more than a year ago has now become one of our most valuable resources. Today, I am proud to say the ACFE Advisory Council, a council of fraud-fighting experts dedicated to the improvement and growth of the ACFE, has grown to almost 300 members.
Thanks to the valuable and knowledgeable input we received via surveys and emails over the last year, the Council helped us make important decisions regarding the style and usability of the new ACFE.com, provided feedback for the Auditing for Internal Fraud and Healthcare Fraud course materials and responded candidly to questions on how we can make our conferences more beneficial. And, that is just to name a few of the ways the Council participated.
I mentioned in my No. 1 New Year's resolution blog post that we hope to continue to grow the Advisory Council this year. We want to ensure we are hearing from as many members as possible about the ideas and resources we offer here at the ACFE. Because our membership spans continents, cultures, professions and expertise, it is vital to the fight against fraud that we get what we need to provide the best education and training possible.
I would like to personally thank each member of the ACFE Advisory Council and recognize the efforts, time and guidance you have provided us in this first year. I look forward to another exciting year at the ACFE and with the Advisory Council.