Vince Lithgow, CGFM, MBA
Government Financial Management Consultant/Retired State Financial Manager
2015 – 2016 New Mexico AGA President Elect and CGFM Chair
NM Chapter Certification Chair/Southwest Regional Accountability Coordinator
Past Southwest Regional Vice President, Past NM Chapter President, Past NM Chapter Treasurer
Q: How did you get involved in AGA?
A: I was volunteered! A former supervisor signed me up as a member and then she nominated me for Chapter Treasurer. The rest is history.
Q: How did you choose government financial management as your career?
A: It just fell into place. I like working with and understanding processes and outcomes. Throughout my career in government I was exposed to many areas of financial management from budgeting to grants to accounting and auditing. The dots were connected so to speak.
Q: What’s the most important issue today in government financial management?
A: Keeping abreast of ever changing rules in governmental accounting and reporting at any level whether it is within the federal, state or local government arenas.
Q: Do you have a mentor and how has this person helped you?
A: Actually I have been very fortunate to have had several mentors, each one an expert within their own field. Some of them have been my supervisors, some peers and one person a former subordinate who has excelled in his career. I can call on any one of them at the drop of a hat for sound advice and guidance.
Q: What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally and how did you overcome it?
A: Not being too familiar with the federal circulars that pertain to states and local governments. I took responsibility to educate myself.
Q: What advice would you give a new college graduate joining the field?
A: Do not hesitate to try something because it does not fit “exactly” with your major. Experience. Learn. Go forward and enjoy.
Q: What’s the best piece of advice you never received but you wish you had?
A: Introverts are people too. Do not be hesitant to share your knowledge with others.
Q: What the best thing about AGA?
A: Getting a chance to network with other professionals from across the country and at any level of government and the private sector. The more people I have grown to know the more resources I have.