Greetings current and future VASBO Members!  It is truly a privilege to serve as VASBO’s President for the 2018-19 year, and I extend my sincere thanks to the membership for allowing me this honor.  The theme for this year is “Beacon to Success”.  A beacon, in this use, is defined as “a light, serving as a guide, especially at sea.”   I thought this was appropriate for the situation we are currently facing in our roles as School Business Officials – we are navigating waters that are sometimes smooth but may also, at times, be unfamiliar and/or troubled.  However, we all have a common destination – supporting a high-quality education for all of Virginia’s public school students.  As a group, we can collaborate to develop solutions and ideas to “light the path” for the future. 

Continuous training is imperative for School Business Officials and we are fortunate to have many wonderful opportunities for professional development in store for VASBO’s 54th year.  Our Fall Conference will be held October 10-12, 2018 at the Wintergreen Resort in Wintergreen, Virginia.  The combination of an amazing conference program, combined with a central Virginia location during peak fall foliage season is sure to attract a large number of attendees!  Then, we will again have a joint Winter Conference with VASS from January 6 – 8, 2019 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Downtown Richmond, followed by the Spring Conference from April 30 – May 2, 2019 which will be held joint with SASBO at the brand new Hilton The Main in Norfolk, Virginia.  The planning for the Spring Conference has already begun and it will definitely be a conference that you don’t want to miss! 

I begin my year excited about the opportunities and challenges ahead, knowing that I have the support of an amazing Management Team and association membership.  I am confident that we will work together in our journey, and that we will weather our current storms and achieve success! 


Brook Thomas, CPA, SFO
VASBO President 2018-19