2022 KSGFOA Spring Symposium

KSGFOA will be offering the KSGFOA Spring Symposium Event in Wichita. The Symposium will be held at the Wichita State University Marcus Welcome Center May 19 from 12:00 – 5:00 and May 20 from 8:00 – 12:00. The Symposium is an opportunity to connect with public finance professionals from across the region to learn about the latest topics and trends relevant to you. Please join us over the two days.

Early Registration is $130 until May 9th

Late Registration is $145 from May 10th – May 13th

Registration closes on May 13th

Registration is closed

Call for Presentations

You are invited to submit topic and speaker ideas or a presentation proposal for the conference. Proposals should include presentations on relevant topics for public finance professionals and consultants serving local and state governments across Kansas.


Keynote Speaker

Dan Oblinger

Consulting Negotiator

By night, Dan Oblinger is a 20-year veteran of law enforcement and a hostage negotiation commander. By day, he is a consulting negotiator and communications consultant for private industry. Dan is a father, husband, philosopher, and lawman. He has been successful in his professional life as a public speaker, author, hostage negotiator, undercover human trafficking investigator, human resources consultant, chicken rancher, drug recognition expert, ditch digger, grocery bagger, onion ring maker, landlord, and beat cop. Oblinger has used his exotic blend of experiences and high energy humor to serve audiences since 2008.

Dan is the author of “The 28 Laws of Listening” and “Life or Death Listening: A Hostage Negotiator’s How-to Guide to Mastering the Essential Communication Skill”. In 2021, he co-authored “Negotiation Mythbusters: Rethinking Everything You Know About Building Strong Agreements”. He is a 2018 graduate of the FBI National Crisis Negotiator Course in Quantico, VA. Dan’s passion is sharing his listening, negotiating, and leadership skills so everyone can become more authentic leaders and lovers. Oblinger lives in the heart of the Kansas prairie with his wife; together, they have six children.


  • ARPA Procurement: Requirements & Compliance
  • Attracting/Retaining Talent
  • County Procurement and Contracting Practices
  • Confronting Cyber Threats: Cybersecurity from the FBI’s Perspective
  • Data Driven Decision Making
  • Economic Outlook
  • Life or Death Listening: How You Can Use Listening to Serve and Lead Others
  • Managing in a Rising Interest Environment- Tips for Local Governments

  • Payment Trends & Meeting Customer Expectations

  • The Negotiator Laboratory: Active Listening and Negotiation Principles in Motion


    May 19SpeakerTopicRoom
    11:45am – 12:00pm Registration 
    12:00pm – 12:30pm LunchClark/Armstrong
    12:30pm – KSGFOA PresidentWelcome/Speaker IntroductionClark/Armstrong
    12:30pm – 1:30pm KeynoteDan Oblinger – Consulting NegotiatorLife or Death Listening:  How You Can Use Listening to Serve and Lead OthersClark/Armstrong
    1:45pm -2:45pm Breakout Session #1 KeynoteDan Oblinger – Consulting NegotiatorThe Negotiator Laboratory:  Active Listening and Negotiation Principles in MotionClark/Armstrong
    1:45pm -2:45pm Breakout Session #2Heidi Zimmerman – Kansas Division of Legislative Post AuditCounty Procurement and Contracting PracticesKing
    3:00pm -4:00pm Breakout Session #3Dulcinea Rakestraw & Nigel Soria – PPMCUsing Data for Decision MakingClark/Armstrong
    3:00pm -4:00pm Breakout Session #4Helena Burke – JP Morgan/ChasePayment Trends & Meeting Customer ExpectationsKing
    4:15pm -5:00pm General SessionJack Ryan-Feldman – Baker TillyEconomic OutlookClark/Armstrong


    May 20SpeakerTopicRoom
    8:00am – 8:30am Networking/Continental Breakfast


    8:30am – 9:30am General SessionTom Kaleko & Ben Hart – Baker TillyManaging in a Rising Interest Environment- Tips for Local GovernmentsClark/Armstrong
    9:45am – 10:45am Breakout Session #5Thomas Ensz – FBIConfronting Cyber Threats: Cybersecurity from the FBI’s PerspectiveClark/Armstrong
    9:45am – 10:45am Breakout Session #6Makala Navarro – City of Augusta

    Making Sense of Recruitment in 2022 – Getting the most bang for your recruitment bucks

    11:00am – 12:00pm General Session

    Martha McCabe – Witt O’Brien

    ARPA Procurement:  Requirements & ComplianceClark/Armstrong
    12:00pm – 12:15pm ClosingKSGFOA President