2017 Decision Makers Conference - Both Days (13005)

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - Friday, April 21, 2017 / Atlanta, GA

Ongoing changes in government and the CPA profession require that you have the most up-to-the-minute knowledge. Spend two days immersed in discussions with national leaders so you can conquer critical challenges head-on.

Topics include health care reform, immigration, tax relief, infrastructural enhancements, cybersecurity, financial statements, revenue recognition, internal controls, risk management, and fraud.

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Event Status: OPEN

Event ID: #13005

CPE: 16.0 credits

Total Price: $365.00

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Ongoing changes in government and the CPA profession require that you have the most up-to-the-minute knowledge on subjects such as health care reform, immigration, tax relief, infrastructural enhancements, cybersecurity, financial statements, revenue recognition, internal controls, risk management, and fraud. 

Spend two days immersed in discussions on these topics with national leaders so you can conquer critical challenges head-on. 

Who Should Attend: CPAs in management and leadership positions, CFOs, CEOs, and other financial professionals.



Hotel Information
Renaissance Waverly Hotel
2450 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, Ga. 30339
770-953-4500
*GSCPA does not have a room block established at any hotel

Thursday, April 20, 2017

7:00 am-8:00 am
Registration/ Continental Breakfast

8:00 am-8:05 am
Welcome and Announcements

8:05 am-9:20 am
A – The Business of the Future Credits: 1.5 GN

Ronald J. Baker
VeraSage Institute , Petaluma, CA

Just as Einstein and his Theory of Relativity displaced Newton, the Knowledge Economy Theory is trumping The Industrial Revolution Model. Relevance, value, and profits are no longer based upon physical capital alone, but is based upon the combination of intellectual capital—the essence of mind over matter. Discuss how intellectual capital will impact businesses this year.

9:20 am-9:35 am
Break

9:35 am-10:25am
B – The Trump Card Credits: 1.0 GN

Stephen Colavito Jr.
Managing Director / Asset Preservation Advisors , Atlanta, GA

Dictionary.com describes “Trump Card” as a noun – informal – “something that gives one person or groups the advantage over another.” In today’s economy, a “Trump Card” could potentially have a whole new meaning. Explore the current consensus economic outlook along with questions that many are asking, including: What are the global political trends and what affect do they have on the economy? What are central bankers plans to combat a trend that could make rate planning difficult? With a Trump Administration in the White House, how are they going to work with both parties to try and encourage economic growth?

10:25am-10:35am
Break

10:35am-11:50am
C – Everyday Ethics: Doing Well and Doing Good Credits: 1.5 GN

Ronald J. Baker
VeraSage Institute , Petaluma, CA

All businesses have a vested interest in virtue, as they are dependent on the moral and cultural institutions of a free society. The economic and ethical point of business is to serve others. Business is a morally serious enterprise. It requires moral conduct to thrive in the long run.

11:50am-12:50pm
Lunch

12:50pm-2:05 pm
D1 – Financing Options for Businesses Credits: 1.5 GN

Patrick Rutledge, CTP
Public Finance Relationship Manager / FHL Bank Atlanta , Atlanta, GA

Discuss lending and financing options available to small- and medium-size businesses as well as what a business needs to do before and after obtaining a loan, the use of credit/rating agencies, and what changes may occur under the new administration.

12:50pm-2:05 pm
D2 – FASB/PCC Update (Part I) Credits: 1.5 AA

Michael K. Cheng, CPA
Financial Accounting Standards Board , Norwalk, CT

Join Supervising FASB Project Manager - Private Company Council Coordinator, Michael Cheng, to learn what is going on at FASB. Stay on top of the continuing changes in the CPA profession through evaluation and emphasize of recent changes and what to expect for 2017 and beyond.

2:05 pm-2:20 pm
Break

2:20 pm-3:10 pm
E1 – Succession Planning: The Do’s and Don’ts for a Mid-Sized Company Credits: 1.0 GN

James M. Harris III
Investments / Wells Fargo Advisors - Harris Financial Strategies Group , Albany, GA

Many myths and concepts surround succession planning for businesses. Some businesses delay or dismiss the process because it seems overwhelming. Discuss the significance of a successful succession plan and the steps to achieve the important knowledge transfer from one generation to the next.

2:20 pm-3:10 pm
E2 – FASB/PCC Update (Part II) Credits: 1.0 AA

Michael K. Cheng, CPA
Financial Accounting Standards Board , Norwalk, CT

Continue the discussion of recent changes with FASB/PCC from session D2.

3:10 pm-3:20 pm
Break

3:20 pm-4:35 pm
F1 – Best Business Practices in Corporate Cyber Security Credits: 1.5 GN

Mitzi L. Hill, Esq.
Attorney / Taylor English Duma LLP , Atlanta, GA

The headlines tell us that information security and cyber threats are a problem for businesses of every size. Explore the landscape of the most common issues facing small- and medium-sized businesses, as well as what companies can do to avoid, mitigate, and respond to incidents.

3:20 pm-4:35 pm
F2 – Analyzing Key Points in Financial Information Credits: 1.5 AA

Timothy R. Veal, CPA, CITP, CIA, CFP,
Nichols, Cauley & Associates, LLC , Dublin, GA

What do others see when they look at your financial statements? What do you see? Are you providing the information needed to make informative/sound decisions? Participate in this in-depth analysis to understand what banks, bonding companies and other third party users are assessing regarding your financial health. We will also be discussing what other financial information and formats you should consider to truly evaluate current and future performance.

Friday, April 21, 2017

7:00 am-8:00 am
Registration/ Continental Breakfast

8:00 am-8:05 am
Welcome and Announcements

8:05 am-9:20 am
G – Survival Skills for CFOs Credits: 1.5 GN

Anthony C. LaRusso, MBA, CMA
AICPA , Durham, NC

The role of financial professionals has and continues to change in organizations. The stereotype of collecting and reporting data has been replaced by a broader vision focusing on improving an organization’s results today and preparing it for the future. Explore specific actions that can be implemented to expand your role by improving your organization. Topics discussed range from managing big data, to developing a financial leadership pipeline covering several essential, non-traditional skills.

9:20 am-9:35 am
Break

9:35 am-10:25am
H – What’s Old Is New Again: Trump’s Dismantling of Obama’s Legislative Agenda Credits: 1.0 GN

Marty Martenson, J.D.
Martenson, Hasbrouck & Simon, LLP , Atlanta, GA

With the arrival of the Trump administration in Washington D.C., there is little doubt that change will be the order of the day. Subjects such as health care reform, immigration, tax relief, infrastructural enhancements and national security head the list of issues that will likely steal the headlines in the months to come. Discussion will expand upon these topics and provide a business-centric analysis as to how President Trump may dive into these controversial and complex issues.

10:25am-10:35am
Break

10:35am-11:50am
I – M&A and Alliances Credits: 1.5 GN

Anthony C. LaRusso, MBA, CMA
AICPA , Durham, NC

Mergers/acquisitions and partnering have long been strategic vehicles to grow or change an existing organization, recently reaching new records of global activity. However, Corporate America’s track record of being able to unify an acquired firm, with the acquirer, and provide a single organization with increased growth potential has been somewhat shaky. Develop a roadmap, including specification actions, for financial professionals, focused on improving the results of an acquisition, sale, spin-off/strategic split and/or the formation of an alliance.

11:50am-12:50pm
Lunch - Outstanding Member in Industry Presentation

12:50pm-2:05 pm
J1 – Tax Update Credits: 1.5 GN

Arthur Auerbach, CPA, CGMA
owner / Arthur Auerbach CPA , Atlanta, GA

With many changes occurring this year, you need to be on top of recent legislation that affects your company and business. Join us for an update of changes for 2017, including a discussion of the tax reform proposals; the Trump plan, the Brady (House plan) and the Senate plan; and effective dates of any proposed, or if we are fortunate, any signed legislation. Impact on the Georgia tax returns given conformity and the effective date will also be discussed.

12:50pm-2:05 pm
J2 – Internal Controls and Risk Management Credits: 1.5 AA

Gregory M. Clark, CPA, CGMA
BCCG Business Compliance & Controls Group , Gainesville, GA

The consideration of internal control is key to risk assessment. Risk management is more than preparing for the worst. It’s more about planning for your organization’s success. Learn how to apply the tools of risk management from a positive perspective.

2:05 pm-2:20 pm
Break

2:20 pm-3:10 pm
K1 – Healthcare Update Credits: 1.0 GN

Arthur Auerbach, CPA, CGMA
owner / Arthur Auerbach CPA , Atlanta, GA

Changes to health care this year will have a direct impact on your company. Get the most recent information on the Affordable Care Act, the use of health savings accounts, flexible spending programs, and their effect on Medicare and Medicaid. Also discuss the fringe benefit planning and tax aspects, including the proposed medical filing requirement set out by the Department of Labor.

2:20 pm-3:10 pm
K2 – Are You Audit Ready? Credits: 1.0 AA

Gregory M. Clark, CPA, CGMA
BCCG Business Compliance & Controls Group , Gainesville, GA

Be prepared for your next audit by learning what information to pull together to mitigate questions during your audit and how to avoid the need to pull reports and information at the last minute.

3:10 pm-3:20 pm
Break Credits: 1.5 GN

3:20 pm-4:35 pm
L1 – The Clash of the Generations: Managing a Multi-Generational Workplace Credits: 1.5 GN

Larry J. Sheftel, PHR,SHRM-CP,AAAPM
Chief Administrative Officer / HA+W / Aprio , Atlanta, GA

With up to five different generations currently in the workforce, we sit on the precipice of one of the largest workplace shifts in recent history. Understanding how to manage a multi-generational workplace is now a necessity for retaining top talent and maintaining a cohesive and productive company culture. Learn how to identify and leverage differences, as well as similarities, between generations so that an equilibrium can be established allowing for continued growth and success during a time of change.

3:20 pm-4:35 pm
L2 – Deceptive Accounting Techniques – Lessons Learned Credits: 1.5 AA

Gregory M. Clark, CPA, CGMA
BCCG Business Compliance & Controls Group , Gainesville, GA

Discuss the accounting stories behind numerous famous financial statement frauds such as McAfee, Parmalat, Tyco, and WorldCom. Review deceptive accounting practices and the warning signs of problems in areas such as revenue recognition, significant estimates, and choices among accounting methods.

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Printed Materials

This option will allow you to pick up a printed manual when you check-in at the event.

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EMaterials

If you choose this option you will receive your materials as a downloadable PDF file.

eMaterials will be available for download approximately three business days prior to the event. For more information on eMaterials please visit ematerials.gscpa.org. Should you choose to receive eMaterials, printed materials will not be available at the event.

How to access eMaterials
o Go to http://www.gscpa.org and click on "My GSCPA" and then on "My eMaterials." You will be required to log in to access the document by using your gscpa.org login credentials.
o Click on "Download eMaterials" link associated with this conference.
o Download and save the document to your computer prior to the event.

Please note that once the materials are uploaded to the GSCPA website refunds, transfers and cancellations are not accepted.

Conference Site

Cobb Galleria Centre
2 Galleria Pkwy SE
Atlanta, GA 30339

770-955-8000

 

For more information about hotel reservations, please refer to the information tab.

Early Bird Registration

$365 GSCPA Members, $465 Non-Members (by 3/30/2017)

 

Standard Registration

$425 GSCPA Members, $525 Non-Members

 

Late Registration

$465 GSCPA Members, $565 Non-Members (after 4/17/2017)