About Us

Our History

On November 27, 1974, Mr. C.B. Gleason, Banking Manager for Del Monte sent a letter to Bay Area treasury professionals announcing the concept of an association whose primary objective would be to provide a forum for the exchange of Cash Management ideas.

Three months later on February 11, 1975, the initial meeting of the Bay Area Cash Management Association (BACMA) was held at Paoli’s Restaurant in San Francisco and Ben Gleason was elected its first president. During the next two monthly meetings, the topics for discussion were the incredible cash management ideas of "Zero Balance Accounts" and "Remote Disbursements."

Known as the San Francisco Treasury Management Association (SFTMA) today, the SFTMA currently boasts a membership consisting of many of the Bay Area's top treasury professionals.

Membership is open to treasury professionals of all levels; from business and non-profit organizations of any size, to financial institutions and educational institutions; large and small --- the SFTMA is the number one resource and gathering place for exchange of treasury information.

President's Message
For over two decades the San Francisco Treasury Management Association has been providing professional and technical education in treasury management subjects and offering its members a forum for exchange of information. Our members are professionals in the treasury/finance field representing a wide range of responsibilities and industries.

The SFTMA Luncheons, held every third Tuesday of each month, feature guest speakers who present the most timely topics and issues in the treasury field. 

Each fall, we join forces with the Silicon Valley Associations for Financial Professionals (SVAFP) to host a joint dinner event  to provide the opportunity to exchange ideas and information with our Bay Area colleagues. 

And once a year we collaborate under the San Francisco Treasury Symposium (www.sftreasurysymposium.org) to offer a day-long event with series of educational lectures and presentations to enhance the skills and knowledge of Treasury Professionals.  

Members are encouraged to attend the monthly meetings, joint meeting, and annual symposium to expand their network and obtain CTP credits.

Among the services to our members, we are in the process of developing the Career Opportunities List, a list of treasury positions submitted by employers and recruiting firms to promote Treasury career opportunities.

Please browse our website to learn more about us, our membership benefits and upcoming events.  We always welcome new ideas so please send us a note with any thoughts.

We look forward to seeing you at our events.

The San Francisco Treasury Management Association

2023 Board of Directors*

Charles Praska, CFA, FRM
State Street Global Advisors
​Phone: (415) 279-8592

Vice President

Michelle Saechao


Fred Steele
Phone: (415) 441-4196

Board Members

Sharon Ching, CPA, CTP
Impact Fire Services

Tam Luu, CTP 

DivCo West

Karan Sihota, CTP, FPA


Samantha Winter, CFA, CTP

Citi, Treasury and Trade Solutions

Riley Yamamoto, CFA


*For Board inquiries, please contact charles_praska@ssga.com or michelle.saechao@icdportal.com if you are interested in volunteering.