The treasurer serves on approximately 25 boards and authorities. The treasurer is expected to bring treasury, investment, finance and business expertise to those organizations to maximize our state's resources. The skills learned during my professional career are an ideal match for those responsibilities. My investment and finance experience would be especially important when assisting the Retirement Systems of Alabama, the Alabama Housing Finance Authority and the Alabama Higher Education Loan Corporation. There are also opportunities to evaluate operations to determine if they can be made more efficient, right-sized or eliminated. In the challenging economic times ahead, it will be more important than ever before to seek out cost savings for our state.