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Chapter President Profile:
Jennifer Cordes, CPP,Alamo Chapter

By Caren Bennett

As President of the Alamo Chapter of the American Payroll Association, Jennifer Cordes, CPP, has focused on using technology to attract the younger generation of payroll professionals who are just entering the payroll world.

"We want them to know that they have a resource in all of our members," Jen explains.

The Alamo Chapter has recently created a Twitter account and has become more active with social media posts on Facebook and LinkedIn. The posts are an effective way to advertise the chapter's activities and opportunities for continuing education.

"This is an opportunity for our chapter to reach payroll professionals across all generations–from Millennials to baby boomers," Cordes said.

The Alamo Chapter is also in discussions to create a mentorship program for local community college students and members with a discounted student registration price.

For Jen, her most important responsibility as Chapter President is to ensure that members have access to continuing education opportunities.

"To obtain the FPC and/or the CPP is a huge accomplishment," Cordes said. "RCH opportunities should be available to maintain the hard-earned certifications with the side effect of enhancing professional growth."

Cordes also hopes to continue to grow chapter membership by reaching out to all payroll professionals in the San Antonio area. The chapter sponsors an annual membership drive with a gift offered for those who register early, as a way to attract both existing and new members. Cordes believes that current members are the chapter's best marketing channel.

"Our members represent our chapter and encourage others to check out our chapter's website to learn more about us and to join," she explained.

Representing the Alamo Chapter and its members at the local, state, and national level has been greatly rewarding for Cordes. She is most proud of the group of board and chapter members and says it is the members who make their chapter unique. The Alamo Chapter will be celebrating its 25th anniversary this August and has founding members who continue to serve to this day.

"We have the most friendly group of payroll professionals, always willing to lend a helping hand or offer advice, who are also willing to give up their free time to assist in the Alamo Chapter's mission of sponsoring continuing education, all while having some fun along the way," Cordes said. "We are a big family."

The Alamo Chapter gives back to its local community by sponsoring a different charity each quarter. Members have donated their time and money to such organizations as Stuff the Bus, San Antonio Food Bank, Toys for Tots, and Boysville, among others. A representative of the chosen monthly charity is invited to attend a chapter luncheon to enjoy a meal while accepting all of the support received.

Cordes' future goal is to become a CPA, and she plans to work toward this goal when her daughter graduates from high school this spring. Cordes is also proud to have been an adjunct accounting instructor at the Alamo Colleges for the past five years.

"I initially sought the position to help with paying down my college student loans but now teach as it is one my most favorite hobbies," she explained. "Assisting with continuing education is my passion for all age levels."

Cordes has been active as a Girl Scout leader, as the Alamo Chapter's CPP/FPC Study Group Coordinator, and has served on the Parent Teacher Student Association board at her daughter's school. In her free time, Cordes enjoys spending time with her family while fishing, taking day trips, or just hanging out with them at home.

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