President 2019/2020

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Kent Oliven has served as the Treasurer and Finance Director for the Village of Alsip since January 2015.  He has held both roles at three previous municipalities.  Kent is a licensed and registered Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), a Certified Illinois Municipal Treasurer (CIMT), a Certified Public Finance Administrator (CPFA), and an Advanced Certified Public Finance Investment Manager (ACPFIM).  He has completed the Fitch Ratings and the Bond Club of Chicago’s Bond School class on the municipal bond market and the IML and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Academy for Municipal Excellence’s Leadership Enhancement and Development (LEAD) Program.

Kent served a two-year term as the Chair of the Illinois CPA Society’s (ICPAS) Governmental Accounting Executive Committee.  He currently serves on that committee and as an appointed member of the ICPAS Government Content Advisory Group.  Kent is a frequent speaker at seminars, is a board member of the McCord Gallery and Cultural Center, and is a Boy Scout Troop 699 Committee Member.   He is married with two teenagers.  In addition to hiking, he enjoys science, history, or memoir audiobooks.

This fiscal year will mark 10 years since Kent joined IMTA.  He was elected by IMTA members as the fiscal year 2020 IMTA President on June 24, 2019.

President's Message

The Illinois Municipal Treasurers Association provides its members the resources to become great Treasurers.  Those resources provide treasurers and other municipal finance professionals with the skills to prepare and present the annual duties of the job like oversee audits, levy taxes, pass budgets, and invest cash.  Doing these jobs efficiently helps preserve taxpayer resources and provide the fiscal transparency that we have come to expect from our government.

However, the IMTA doesn’t just make great Treasurers, it makes great leaders.  The IMTA encourages the development of the additional skills needed to identify projects within local governments that can be tackled and, when accomplished, can mean a difference to the residents and businesses in a community.

There is always something new to learn and IMTA provides that information to its members.  During my term, I would like to help prove additional resources to spread that knowledge just a little bit further.  I would also like to help reach out to other municipal treasurers and finance professionals that could benefit from joining.

If you are not a member of the IMTA, please consider joining to benefit you and your municipality.

If you are an IMTA member not yet on a committee, but want to learn more about how you can give back to the organization that has helped you, please reach out to me.  You could help inspire the next generation of governmental financial leaders.

If you are a member volunteering your time to an IMTA committee, you are making a difference not only in your community, but across the state.  I thank you for your contribution to our team.

Kent Oliven
IMTA President
Treasurer – Village of Alsip

 

President's Award

Plaque Engravement: In Recognition of Outstanding Leadership and Dedicated Service. The Illinois Municipal Treasurers Association is Forever Grateful.

YEAR PRESIDENT CONFERENCE SITE AWARD RECIPIENT ENTITY
2018/19

Dean Hardt

Grizzly Jack's, Utica IL Michael Peterson Lincolnshire
2017/18

Michael Peterson

Crowne Plaza, Springfield IL Gail Valle Granite City
2016/17

Alta Long

Holiday Inn, Carbondale IL Michael Peterson Lincolnshire
2015/16

Scott Borror

Hilton Gardens, Champaign IL Ron Vander Band Plano
2014/15

Gail Valle

Hilton, Chicago IL Richard Barrett Wells Fargo Advisor
2013/14

Clint Lichtenwalter

Sheraton, Fairview Heights IL Jack Walde Algonquin
2012/13

Janice Colvin

Hilton, Springfield IL JoEllen Hickenbottom Eastern IL Univ.
2011/12 Kenneth Robinson Eagle Ridge Resort, Galena IL

Brad Bettenhausen

Tinley Park

2010/11

Ron Vander Band

Hilton Garden Inn, Champaign IL Michael Peterson Lincolnshire