2018 Business and Industry Conference (13045)

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - Wednesday, November 14, 2018 / Atlanta, GA

CPAs in business and industry have unique skills that go beyond finance and accounting. You are helping create the financial health of your business.

Alternate Attendance Options

Business and Industry Live Stream Both Days - LS13045

Business and Industry Tuesday Only - 13046
Business and Industry Live Stream Tuesday Only - LS13046

Business and Industry Wednesday Only - 13047 
Business and Industry Live Stream Wednesday Only - LS13047


Event Status: CLOSED – Please contact the CPE Department at 404-231-8676, Opt. 3 or 800-330-8889, Opt. 3 for additional assistance.

CPAs in business and industry have unique skills that go beyond finance and accounting. You are helping create the financial health of your business. At the 2018 Business and Industry Conference, arm yourself with information and tools that will allow you to think fast, respond quickly, and be aware of the many changes that lie ahead.

Live Stream Attendance
Event Code:  LS13045
Live stream allows you to attend the conference from your home, office or anywhere you can access the internet. You view the sessions in real time as part of the audience and have interaction with other attendees via chat areas.
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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

7:15 am-8:00 am
Registration /Continental Breakfast

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

8:05 am-9:20 am
A – Change Matters: Getting the Results You Want Faster Credits: 1.5 GN

Barry Ogle
Business Momentum Group , Buford, GA

Ever wonder why so many costly organizational change initiatives fail within the first year? If so, you’re not alone. Resistance to change is normal. Discover why it isn’t the changes that do you in; rather, it’s the way people transition in light of change. Learn how to effectively lead transformational change initiatives that get real results. Also explore practical ways/ tools to motivate yourself and others toward quickly accepting change which drives desired organizational outcomes.

9:35 am-10:25am
B - The Experience Economy and Human Flourishing Credits: 1.0 GN

Paul J. Voss, PhD
Ethikos , Mableton, GA

Examine the concept of “experience economy" (in contrast with a service economy) and the most common "happiness traps" that prevent the experience economy from flourishing.

C1 - The Economic Outlook and Its Risks Credits: 1.5 GN

Thomas J. Cunningham, Ph.D
Senior Vice President-Chief Economist / Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce , Atlanta, GA

Discuss the economic outlook for the region and the nation, as well as describe potential risks to that outlook and some of the essential issues facing the economy.

C2 - The Culture of Ethics and the Ethics of Culture Credits: 1.5 GN

Paul J. Voss, PhD
Ethikos , Mableton, GA

Four generations in the workplace continues to produce both challenges and opportunities. Look at questions of employee engagement, motivation, and luck and how they might combine in productive ways.

D1 – Best Practices in Sustaining Employee High Performance Credits: 1.5 GN

Barry Ogle
Business Momentum Group , Buford, GA

Is your organization stalled from a lack of top performers? Too often, organizations spend dollars and time focusing on popular and expensive employee development strategies that deliver very little in real results. There is a skill in determining the exact balance between job execution and employee satisfaction. Learn what the best performing organizations do differently to drive an employee’s discretionary effort to perform and retain top employees.

12:50pm-2:05 pm
D2 - Tax Reform Update Credits: 1.5 GN

Colin E. Blalock, CPA, CGMA,PFS,CFP
Jones and Kolb, CPAs , Atlanta, GA

Tax simplification beyond comprehension. The most sweeping tax legislation since the 1986 Tax Reform Act, the new law will impact every business and individual. Major changes include the taxation of fringe benefits, deductibility of meals and entertainment, individual pitfalls, the expansion of §179 and the new §199A deduction from flow through entities. The law creates a choice of entity dilemma- C or S Corporation, LLC, sole proprietorship, or partnership.

2:15 pm-3:05 pm
E1 – Software Update to Include Office 365 Credits: 1.0 GN

Calvin J. Wong, CPA, CISSP
Director of IT / The Georgia Society of CPAs , Atlanta, GA

Explore a series of software overviews to popular software applications ranging from Microsoft Office 365 and its alternatives, mobile business apps and beneficial software subscriptions with a few tips and tricks throughout.

2:15 pm-3:05 pm
E2 - Lessons Learned: Valuable Lessons About Leadership, Communication, Customers and Strategy Credits: 1.0 GN

Robert G. Perkins, CPA
Managing Member / Robert Thomas & Associates LLC , Atlanta, GA

Collect a tool kit of ideas that will enhance your management skills based upon real life experiences gained by professionals that have owned, operated and advised companies under stress, whether it is operational, financial or strategic. Reap the benefits of lessons learned from both the successes and failures of other managers, owners and operators.

3:20 pm-4:35 pm
F –Mergers & Acquisitions (A&A) Credits: 1.5 AA

William Reyes, CVA, CVA, CFC
Transworld Business Advisors Of Savannah , Savannah, GA

Discuss the merger and acquisition process, a CPA’s responsibilities within it, best practices, potential pitfalls, and working with an M&A advisor or M&A lawyer. This talk will be tailored to the speaker’s real-world experience working with clients, CPAs and stories to keep the discussion grounded.

8:05 am-9:20 am
G - Revenue Recognition (A&A) Credits: 1.5 AA

Pamela Younker
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta , Kennesaw, GA

Provide background and theory on the new revenue recognition standard issued by FASB. Review key implementation issues and discuss the development of action items to ensure a smooth implementation for clients and stakeholders.

H - FASB Update (A&A) Credits: 1.5 AA

Melisa Galasso, CPA
Galasso Learning Solutions LLC , Charlotte, NC

Cover the ASUs issued during the year as well as those that will be effective in the near future. Take a deep dive into how to prepare for the leases, revenue recognition, and financial instruments standards. In addition, look at the impact of the Private Company Council on financial reporting for private companies. Close with a look at the new Not-For-Profit ASU.

I - Connecting the Dots: Lessons Learned from a "Dot Connector" Credits: 1.0 GN

Melisa Galasso, CPA
Galasso Learning Solutions LLC , Charlotte, NC

Connecting the Dots was fun as a child. Is it still? Should it be? Lessons learned from a “Dot Connector.”

J1 - How to Choose Technology Solutions Credits: 1.5 GN

Tate Henshaw
Polay + Clark , Atlanta, GA

Matthew May
AcuityCFO, LLC , Atlanta, GA

Jason Mullikin
Jones and Kolb, CPAs , Atlanta, GA

Steve Novak
Bill.com , Palo Alto, CA

Join a panel of experts to discuss a variety of technology solutions, including cloud-based technology; competitive trends; functionality; spending; integration; and virtualization.

J2 - Cryptocurrency - A Leapfrogging Opportunity Credits: 1.5 GN

Paul Musembwa

The blockchain and cryptocurrency were developed in "the West" but their influence is going to be felt most in developing countries. While most of the investment and "noise" is in rich countries, cryptocurrencies will be most useful in countries that have liquidity constraints. Interest rates don't lie; developed countries ALL have too much liquidity. Smart money should go where mobile money has succeeded because that is where cryptocurrency will succeed.

K1 - Retirement Plan Solutions for Small Business Owners Credits: 1.0 GN

Trent Doty
Edward Jones , Atlanta, GA

Review investment strategies and retirement planning for small business owners. One of the main takeaways will be how to simplify the retirement planning conversation with these business owners along with steps to determine the appropriate type of retirement plan for each situation. Focus on increasing the value a CPA can add by demonstrating techniques to help business owners decrease their taxes while increasing their savings, at times in a much more cost-effective manner than they originally thought was possible.

K2 - Fraud and the Situational Ethics Trap (A&A) Credits: 1.0 AA

Michael R. Wiggins, JD, MBA, CFE
Lecturer of Legal Studies and Fraud / Georgia Southern University Budgets, Grants & Payroll , Statesboro, GA

Sometimes good people do bad things. Fraud is a very real possibility for virtually anyone, it's never more than one rationalization away. This talk familiarizes the fraud professional and layman with warning signs for fraud and tips and tricks to avoid falling into the fraud trap.

3:15 pm-4:30 pm
L1 - Handling Harrassment Allegations in the #Metoo Era Credits: 1.5 GN

Greg Hare
Ogletree Deakins , Atlanta, GA

In the shadow of today’s heightened state of awareness, with many high-profile allegations of sexual misconduct in the workplace, in politics, in sports, and in the entertainment world, cultural awareness and prevention are more vital than ever. Prudent businesses must remain constantly vigilant and must

3:15 pm-4:30 pm
L2 – Contract Law and Contractual Risk Transfer Credits: 1.5 GN

Daniel Houston, D.Div., ARM
EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants , Duluth, GA

All businesses, organizations and individuals inherently deal with contracts. Since a contract is a legally binding agreement, and even an honest contractual mistake can cause serious problems, it is crucial that everyone have a basic understanding of contract law. Receive an overview of contract law as the framework within which parties may create their own rights and duties by agreement. Also look at the principles of contract law, indemnification clauses, hold-harmless, additional insured and insurance specifications, limits and pre-contract risk management.


Conference Site

Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy
Atlanta, GA 30339



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Late Registration

$530 GSCPA Members, $630 Non-Members (after 11/10/2018)