(Financials Product Owner, Alfred Johnson, leading the What’s New breakout session at HQ 2017 in Memphis) If you wrestle with the complexities of financials in a church environment, then you’ll want to check out Alfred Johnson’s blog at alfredjohnson.net. Alfred is the Financials Product Owner and recognized financials authority at Shelby Systems. During his 21-year career with the company, he has served in such key roles as Training Manager, Director of Customer Development, Director of Business Development, Director of Sales and Major Accounts Manager. In addition to his experience at Shelby, Alfred has a wealth of technical and management expertise coming from his time as the COO and Vice President for Ethos Leadership Group, General Manager for Graham Pharmacy and a manager at JC Penny. As a former pastor of 32 years, Alfred is well-acquainted with issues that ministries deal with every day. He is an expert in solving stewardship issues for churches and non-profits and has served as a consultant to churches, conferences, and dioceses across the country. With this blog, he looks forward to bringing that experience to bear to help you overcome the numerous hurdles surrounding finance management. “I developed the blog at alfredjohnson.net to serve as a resource for a church’s financial leadership,” he said. “Here they will find a variety of information including helpful ways to use the software, year-end tips, accounting news, coming feature updates, advance notice of releases and release notes as well as the status of existing software issues and resolution progress. I’d also like this to be a forum where church leaders can share their opinions on new ideas that might be included in future software releases as well as a forum for questions around ways they can best use the software to streamline their day-to-day work on behalf of their ministries.” Many of you may also remember Alfred as the Editor of the popular SSTips Newsletter which ran for many years. We’re so confident that you’ll enjoy Alfred’s blog, that we’ll be sharing his posts on the Shelby blog each week. If you want to see other posts and announcements from Alfred, be sure to visit alfredjohnson.net, and while you are there, subscribe to the feed so that you are notified of each new post. Feel free to view the numerous articles that have already been posted including Advanced Release Notes for v8.9.