What’s your main responsibility
at the Association?
I have primary day-to-day responsibility for
managing all financial-related activities of the
Association. This includes responsibility for
accounting, finance, budgeting, strategic planning,
investments, payroll, benefits, and insurance.
How long have you been working here?
My employment began in August 2014.
What did you do before joining
Immediately before joining the
Association, I worked for Persolvent, a
family owned merchant payment solu-
tions provider that focuses primarily
on the online retail and school transac-
tion payment space. I also worked for
Simek’s, a company that markets its own brand of
frozen meatball and lasagna products.
For much of my career, I worked for Marsden
Holding, LLC, a janitorial and security guard services provider, as it grew from a local $20 million
operation to a $200 million multi-state company.
My first job was with Arthur Andersen & Co.
What’s the most rewarding part of
I enjoy finding areas that can be improved and
then taking the necessary action. The types of
improvements include reducing the time to perform a process, finding cost savings, and making
reports more user-friendly and meaningful. It is
very rewarding to hear someone say, “Thanks for
your efforts. This change is really helpful.”
What was your most memorable moment
working with the membership?
I did have an “epiphany” of sorts during my
first annual CI event as I was manning the
Plinko game at the Association’s booth. I am
a believer that one of the key ingredients that
must be present for success professionally and
personally is a good support system, because
the moral and psychological endurance
required to reach a personal or career goal
usually takes more skill and resources than
one single individual can possess.
Now as I was observing the conference
attendees chatting with each other while
waiting in line for a chance to win at my
game, I realized that success playing in the
Compliance and Ethics field is heavily dependent on the relationships and support systems
built by these professionals.
The breaks between sessions are not just
strictly for catching up on emails, checking out
vendor booths, or winning a USB connector.
But rather, they also allow attendees the time to
develop the needed supporting relationships.
How would you describe people who work
Energetic, courageous, and collaborative.
What do you find most motivating or
inspiring about your work here?
I am most motivated by the fact that the
Board, CEO, staff, and members are not just
satisfied with what we have today, but rather
are interested in where the Association and
profession can get to 5, 10, and 20 years down
What else should the members know
Two years ago, I started swimming laps as a
result of a new club membership. My first initial
exhausting 25-meter swim has now turned into
a relaxing mile swim 2-3 times per week. “Good
things come in good time.”
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John Gilje, Chief Financial Officer