The Ohio Council of the Institute of Management Accountants will host its 39th annual Meonske Accounting Professional Development Conference and Workshop on April 25-26 at Kent State University.
â€œThis conference is recognized as one of the top five accounting conferences in the country,â€ said Norman Meonske, Ph.D., professor emeritus at Kent State and national online instructor for the Becker CPA Review Course. Meonske, conference namesake, said, â€œWe are going to have two days packed full of high-quality practical training for members of the accounting and financial community. We encourage registrants to take advantage of the early and group discounts because we expect a sellout of 600 people.â€
The conference chairman is Nicholas Sucic, vice president and controller for the Davey Tree Expert Company in Kent, Ohio.
The Friday financial reporting panel features Dennis R. Beresford, Ernst & Young executive professor of accounting at University of Georgia; Leslie F. Seidman, chair for the Financial Accounting Standards Board; Mark M. Bielstein, partner at KPMG LLP; Jackson Day, partner, Americas Professional Practice Director-Accounting Standards, Ernst & Young LLP; and Jeffrey K. Schaeffer, professional accounting fellow in the Office of the Chief Accountant at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Also on Friday, the keynote luncheon address â€œEmerging Technologies: Framing the U.S. Global Competitivenessâ€ will be presented by Kent State graduate Michael D. Capellas, chairman of the Virtual Computing Environment Company.
Afternoon sessions include â€œImplications of Standardization on Reporting Processes and Controlsâ€ by Mike Willis, CPA, partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers and chairman emeritus for XBRL International, and â€œMoney Smartsâ€ by Jonathan D. Pond, acclaimed PBS host and â€œAmericaâ€™s financial planner.â€
The Thursday morning workshops include â€œProcess Optimization: The Accounting Close and Financial Reportingâ€ by Gabe Zubizarreta, founding principal at Silicon Valley Accountants, and â€œAn FBI Perspective on CyberCrimeâ€ by Stanley W. Paulson, special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The keynote luncheon address, â€œMotivation â€“ Successful Strategies to Become a Winner,â€ will be presented by former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel, who is currently vice president for strategic engagement at the University of Akron.
Two concurrent afternoon tracks include â€œLeadership, Accountability, and Agreementsâ€ presented by Amanda Bolivar, management coach and trainer at Pathways to Business Success Seminars, and â€œOhio Professional Standards and Ethicsâ€ presented by Meonske.
Attendees for both days will earn 16 hours of CPE. Friday attendees will get a free copy of the best-selling book â€œMonday Smartsâ€ and the opportunity to win a new Apple iPad.
For more information or to register, contact the Kent State University Conference Bureau at 330-672-3161 or go to www.ohioima.org.
For information about Kent State's Department of Accounting, visit www.kent.edu/business/accounting.
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