Joseph R. Dervaes, CFE, CIA, ACFE Fellow
Regent Emeritus (1999-2003)
I served the longest term ever on the Board of Regents: four years, with three years as Chairman. It was the beginning of a long career of service to the membership in ACFE leadership positions on the Board of Regents, the Board of Review and the ACFE Foundation Board of Directors; 13 consecutive years in all. Applying to be a member of the Board of Regents and then being elected to serve the membership, were clearly the greatest events of my professional career. It even led to my later selection as the recipient of the Donald R. Cressey Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003. My term on the Board of Regents allowed me to forge life-long personal and professional relationships with fellow Board members, two of whom subsequently received the Cressey Award as well. This glimpse of the quality of those who served on the Board of Regents with me should present you with a picture of future leaders in action. Yes, there was the downside of having to act to discipline members who failed to abide by the ACFE Code of Ethics. But, more importantly, there was the upside of working to establish new ACFE programs, participating in developing standards as well as program policies and procedures, and helping to formalize standards for ACFE Chapters around the world.
The Board of Regents is the highest level of CFE leadership available in the ACFE. CFEs who have presented their names on the annual ballot are some of the finest professionals throughout the world. They have taken the first step by throwing their hat into the ring for election consideration by you, the members. Now it's your turn to take that all-important step of voting for the two CFEs of your choice. Vote wisely because these new leaders will help to set the future direction of the ACFE. And if you attend the 24th Annual ACFE Global Fraud Conference, please take the time to introduce yourself to the Regents and thank them for their service.
Give a fellow CFE the opportunity to represent you on the Board of Regents by voting right now for the two representatives of your choice. Act now to help a colleague begin their role as a future leader in the premier anti-fraud organization in the world. You won't regret it, and those elected to represent you will always remember your grassroots support just like I have done over the years.