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What the CFM designation means for my career

"The CFM program is a much needed and desired feature of ASFPM. It is an educational tool with a resultant recognition feature (certification), which enables members with diverse backgrounds, but specific interests in water resources and floodplain management, to achieve a high level of knowledge and to be able to display that achievement  through certification. As a supervisor within USACE, I felt that if my staff achieved the CFM certification, then the local communities with whom we partnered with would have a greater comfort level with us. That did happen and it has been a success," said Randy Behm, P.E., CFM, with USACE and Behm Hazard Mitigation and ASFPM Nonstructural Floodproofing Committee co-chair. 

"The CFM certification helped me out professionally because my Board of County Commissioners and my property owners stopped questioning my judgment about floodplain issues. Professionally, I went from a job where floodplain was one of the many duties I had, to a position where floodplain management is a much bigger focus. Getting my CFM expanded my knowledge about complex issues, which helps me save my citizens save on flood insurance," said Steve Samuelson, CFM, Kansas state floodplain manager and ASFPM Flood Insurance Committee co-chair.

Certification Success Stories

By "success story" we mean: recognition by your peers/agency, promotion or raise, NFIP or CRS participation strengthened... Please contact Anita Larson at with your story!

Check out the CFM Education Awareness video to hear additional success stories from CFMs

John Miller and Cleighton Smith - NJ Chapter members

CFMs acknowledged by River Basin Commission for knowledge of floodplain management:
The Delaware River is an interstate waterway that has experienced three (3) major main stem floods in recent years. At the request of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, the Flood Advisory Committee of the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) recently formed a subcommittee to review and evaluate the similarities and differences in floodplain regulations throughout watershed, and to develop and present recommendations on the potential for more effective floodplain regulations throughout the basin.

The Floodplain Regulation Evaluation Subcommittee is composed of 20 representatives who represent the interests of the basin states, federal government, environment, citizens, builders, agriculture, commerce, floodplain mapping and local officials. Of the 20 representatives on the subcommittee, eight (8) are CFMs! The work of this subcommittee can be followed online at

Marsha Hilmes-Robinson

Marsha Hilmes-Robinson is the Floodplain Administrator in the Utilities Department for the City of Fort Collins, CO. As a result of obtaining her CFM designation, an announcement was placed in the Fort Collins utilities Department newsletter. In addition Marsha received a 4% raise. Congratulations Marsha on a job well done!

Al Goodman

Al Goodman is the Mississippi NFIP State Coordinator. When Al obtained his CFM designation, he received an "Education Benchmark" pay increase from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. The raise was equivalent to those employees that attain a Master's Degree. It is now a requirement that the Mississippi State NFIP Coordinator obtain the CFM designation. Congratulations Al on a great job! We appreciate all that you do for ASFPM!

T. Lee Cave

Lee is a building Official for Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. He had taken the Community Floodplain Manager class at EMI and attributes much of Mount Pleasant's success to what he had learned. The community went from NFIP probationary status in 1989 to a Community Rating System Class 8 community. In addition to being a Certified Floodplain Manager, Lee maintains the following certifications: CABO Certified Building Official, SBCCI Code Enforcement and Administration Professional, State of South Carolina Registered Building Code Enforcement Officer Class G-1. Congratulations Lee on a job well done!

Barbara Elza Miller

In May 2001, Barbara Elza Millerwas the Project Impact Coordinator for Randolph and Tucker Counties in West Virginia. She was recognized as the first Project Impact Coordinator in the nation to become a CFM at the regional project impact summit. Barbara now serves as the Project Impact Coordinator for Jefferson County, West Virginia (yes, Jefferson County was a Project Impact pilot and the program will continue through June 2004!) Congratulations Barbara, on being the first!

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