Fleetwood finds ASBO conference experience valuable

CHURUBUSCO — Smith-Green Community Schools’ Business Manager Todd Fleetwood was recently awarded a trip to a conference in Boston.Fleetwood traveled to Boston for the International ASBO (Association of School Business Officers) Conference, which was held in October 2013.He was awarded a Bridges to the Future Scholarship to attend the conference by MetLife, which gave 20 such scholarships nationwide.Fleetwood said the experience was beneficial.“It was a very good time,” he said. “They had good speakers and presenters and break-out sessions. I was very fortunate to experience something like that.”Fleetwood was the MetLife recipient for Indiana. Though he is active at the state level, Fleetwood said going to a larger conference was helpful as well.“I was able to build some contacts outside of the state with other business officials,” he said. “I could hear about some of the things they are going through. They are having some of the same experiences as us with budget-cutting.”Besides professional networking, Fleetwood had the chance to reconnect to his high school and college athletic roots.There was a competition at the ASBO Conference that involved basketball shooting, football throwing and baseball throwing. Fleetwood played college baseball at the University of Toledo and Indiana Tech, after starring at Churubusco High School.After he made his throw, he was informed by the people running the baseball portion that he was one mile-per-hour short of the record for the day.“So I took off my suit jacket and unbuttoned my tie,” Fleetwood remembered, “and threw 6 to 7 miles over the record, which was still less than I could throw in college.”Afterwards, Fleetwood was informed one of the participants had played baseball at the Major League level for a couple of seasons as an outfielder.“It was just a good, friendly competition,” Fleetwood said.Overall, Fleetwood said the conference was very professionally beneficial.“It was a good time for business officials to get together and talk about issues and challenges and different ways of doing things,” he said.