President, Dallas Area Chapter #3
Tali Ploetz, CFE, is the SVP of Enterprise Risk Management at Santander Consumer USA. She is a mother of two, a community volunteer and a nature lover. By learning to balance her personal and professional life, she has been able to carve out time to serve as the president of the Dallas Chapter for the last two years.
What do you consider your greatest achievement to date?
My career is somewhat demanding and requires a fair amount of time beyond a normal work week. However, I always work to balance my personal and professional life. This has enabled me to raise two fantastic and well-rounded kids, and has also provided an opportunity for me to dedicate a large amount of my personal time giving back to my community. Teaching leadership skills to today’s youth is my most rewarding endeavor.
What are the benefits of serving as a chapter leader?
Members of the Dallas Board have an opportunity to not only give back to their chapter, but to also drive change. We work as a cohesive team to deliver a quality product for our membership. We are in a unique position, and we must live up to the ideals and chapter values set by our predecessors.
The growth of our chapter is a direct result of our fraud education program. With this growth comes an additional opportunity to improve the administration of our program. This year the Dallas Chapter Board is looking forward to implementing online enhancements that will provide a better member and guest meeting registration experience, while also improving our membership and financial reporting.
Do you have any advice for other chapter leaders?
I think there are several keys to successful chapters:
1. Deliver a quality program by bringing in high-caliber speakers.
2. Listen and respond to membership and guest feedback.
3. Be willing to change.
What were your favorite activities and hobbies while you were growing up?
I have always loved the outdoors. As a child I remember my grandmother taking us into the Rockies to camp and fish. Today my family and I love to camp, boat, fish, etc. and I attribute my love and respect of Mother Nature to my grandmother.
What is your personal motto? Does it have any special meaning?
I try to live by three guiding principles:
1. Never assume.
2. Make a decision and move on.
3. Life is too short to keep revisiting the past. Learn from your mistakes and move on.