2019 Decision Makers Conference - Both Days (13005)

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - Thursday, April 25, 2019 / Atlanta, GA

Ongoing changes require you to have the most up-to-the-minute knowledge. Designed for top-level business and industry CPAs, the 2019 Decision Makers Conference brings local and national experts to you, diving into critical issues corporate finance professionals are tackling.


The Decision Makers Conference is also available through live stream. Attend the conference from your home, office, or anywhere you can access the internet.

Decision Makers Live Stream Both Days - LS13005

Alternate Attendance Options
Decision Makers Conference Wednesday Only - 13006
Decision Makers Live Stream Wednesday Only - LS13006

Decision Makers Conference Thursday Only - 13007
Decision Makers Live Stream Thursday Only - LS13007

 

Event Status: OPEN

Event ID: #13005

CPE: 16.0 credits

Total Price: $430.00

Other Attendance Options

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Objective
Over the course of two days, immerse yourself in discussions covering a multitude of topics, including SOC 2 audits, international tax, sales and use tax, cryptocurrency, and blockchain.


Materials
This conference is a paperless conference and all materials will be available electronically as PDFs. Materials will be available to download in advance and participants will receive an email when they are available. For more information on eMaterials visit ematerials.gscpa.org.
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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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 - How an Industry Member Rose to the Top Credits: 1.5 GN

Ellison-Taylor N. Kimberly

Take a journey with one of the top industry leaders as she details her rise through the ranks of the profession with an intense focus on technology transforming the business world. Kimberly leads by focusing on the people who are critical to ensuring CPAs and CGMA designation holders maintain their high profile in the business environment. Discussion will emphasize how important it is that more people are entering and remaining in the profession than exiting the profession.

9:20 am-9:35 am
Break

9:35 am-10:25am
B- The Quest for the Right Hiring Match Credits: 1.0 GN

Gregory S. Kordecki, CPA, CGMA,MPA,MD
Associate Professor Emeritus / Clayton State University College of Business Administration , Morrow, GA

Address the changing demographics of the recent accounting graduate’s suitability as a new hire. What is the optimal balance between technical skills and soft skills? Are outcome frameworks prepared by the AICPA and IMA appropriate for the needs of today’s work force? Are colleges and universities doing the right things? Discussion will answer and elaborate on these questions.

10:25am-10:35am
Break

10:35am-11:50am
C- Tax Update for Business and Industry Credits: 1.5 GN

Edward Zollars
Nichols Patrick CPE, Inc. , Hubbard, OH

Look at recent key developments in federal taxes and the continuing questions regarding the reach of states' tax authority over out-of-state entities. Review recent legislation, cases, regulations and rulings in taxation.

11:50am-12:50pm
Lunch

12:50pm-2:05 pm
D1- HR: Your Organization’s North Star Credits: 1.5 GN

Tom Darrow, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
Talent Connections , Atlanta, GA

It’s all about talent! The best places to work and the most profitable companies are all at the top because of their talent, however, the human resources department is often the step child of the organizational function. Do you see HR as a cost or investment? Review key human resources best practices that will help your organization turn your talent into your competitive advantage.

12:50pm-2:05 pm
D2- Selling Your Business in a Hot M&A Market (A&A) Credits: 1.5 AA

Donald H. Bravaldo III, CPA
President / Bravaldo Capital Advisors, Inc, , Atlanta, GA

Through a case study of the anatomy of a highly successful private company sale, examine the M&A market and what advisors should be doing. Discussion will revolve around preparing your business for sale and how long the process takes, as well as how to properly prepare, what potential buyers are looking for, the value of your business, avoiding transactional pitfalls, maximizing valuation with your advisory team, and preparing for a successful M&A exit.

2:05 pm-2:15 pm
Break

2:15 pm-3:05 pm
E1 - Who Needs a SOC2Audit and How it Can Be a Competitive Advantage for Your Business (A&A) Credits: 1.0 AA

Altan Tanju, CPA, CISA
Auditor / Windham Brannon, PC , Atlanta, GA

Learn about the uses and benefits of the various types of SOC reports, discuss who needs a SOC report, and how having a SOC report can provide a competitive edge for your business. More specifically, study the differences between the SOC 1, SOC 2, SOC 3, and the new SOC for Cybersecurity reports.

2:15 pm-3:05 pm
E2- Section 199A: 20% Deduction and Choice of Entity Credits: 1.0 GN

Edward Zollars
Nichols Patrick CPE, Inc. , Hubbard, OH

The introduction of the §199A deduction is one of the most significant changes in business taxation in decades. Look at how that deduction works now that final regulations are out, as well as the impact of all the TCJA changes on our analysis of the proper choice of entity for a business.

3:05 pm-3:10 pm
Break

3:10 pm-4:25 pm
F1 – Leases for Private Companies: ASC 842 Overview and Implementation Best Practices (A&A) Credits: 1.5 AA

Jeff Duncan, CPA
Aprio , Atlanta, GA

On February 25, 2016, the FASB released ASU 2016-02, Leases, completing its decades long project to overhaul lease accounting. ASC 842 is one of the biggest changes in recent accounting guidance. Since convergence with IFRS was not achieved as originally intended, ASC 842 is significantly different from both international and legacy U.S. GAAP lease accounting standards under ASC 840. Discuss the application of this new model for lease accounting.

3:10 pm-4:25 pm
F2- Sales and Use Tax, 1099 Credits: 1.5 GN

Kristen Bland, CPA, CFST
Hancock Askew & Co LLP , Tampa, FL

The U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair reversing Quill's physical presence requirement. This decision is already having a sweeping impact on both businesses that sell to out-of-state customers and on CPA consulting and compliance practices that will try to help clients navigate the impact of this decision. Review practical approaches to help clients assess how the Wayfair decision will affect their multistate tax compliance processes. 

Thursday, April 25, 2019

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

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

8:05 am-9:20 am
G – Economic Update Credits: 1.5 GN

Dr. Keivan Deravi
Auburn University at Montgomery , Montgomery, AL

Discuss the economic outlook for both the region and the nation.

9:20 am-9:35 am
Break

9:35 am-10:25am
H – Advanced Communication Skills Masterclass for CPAs Credits: 1.0 GN

Toby Groves
Groves Research and Consulting , Cincinnati, OH

Learn advanced communication, the psychological science behind crafting powerful messages, communicating with clarity, and the finer points of delivery. Take a deep dive into public speaking, negotiation, interviewing, leadership, improvisation, team collaboration, and high stakes problem-solving.

10:25am-10:35am
Break

10:35am-11:50am
I – FASB for Industry Update (A&A) Credits: 1.5 GN

Michael K. Cheng, CPA
Supervising Project Manager / Financial Accounting Standards Board , Norwalk, CT

Receive an update on key ongoing projects of the FASB, including a focus on private company standards setting and recent activities of the Private Company Council.

11:50am-12:50pm
Lunch

12:50pm-2:05 pm
J1- Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Credits: 1.5 GN

Michael Blake, CFA, ASA, ABAR, BCA
Arpeggio Advisors , Atlanta, GA

How does the blockchain technology impact our CPA profession? Explore blockchain and the current state of regulations, the differences between cryptocurrency and tokens, and challenges the industry is facing today in adopting the technology.

12:50pm-2:05 pm
J2- Revenue Recognition for Private Companies (A&A) Credits: 1.5 AA

Michael K. Cheng, CPA
Supervising Project Manager / Financial Accounting Standards Board , Norwalk, CT

Review the five-step process of revenue recognition and with added emphasis on the affect this will have on the revenue reported under this new standard. Discuss the steps that need to be taken to ensure the standard is implemented and take a brief look at a few industries and the new standard.

2:05 pm-2:20 pm
Break

2:15 pm-3:05 pm
K1- Metathinking for CPAs Credits: 1.0 GN

Toby Groves
Groves Research and Consulting , Cincinnati, OH

Metathinking is a game-changing approach to critical thinking for all internal auditors. The Metathinking approach developed by Dr. Groves spurs a dynamic analysis of our own reasoning processes, exposing hidden factors that influence our thinking, boosting the quality of higher-order thinking and problem solving for individuals and teams. Learn to recognize assumptions that corrupt reasoning processes, and methods to unveil subconscious associations that shape interpretations.

2:15 pm-3:05 pm
K2- Executive Financial Planning for a Lifetime Credits: 1.0 GN

James L. Underwood, CPA, PFS,CFP, AEP
Managing Member / Underwood Advisors, LLC , Atlanta, GA

Financial planning issues evolve and are different at various stages in your life. Review helpful tips and tricks to consider now and in the future. Learn about tax considerations and their impact on your real investment return, as well as an overall approach to planning that makes long term success much more likely.

3:05 pm-3:10 pm
Break Credits: 1.5 GN

3:15 pm-4:30 pm
L1- International Tax Policy Credits: 1.5 GN

Simone Alting
Schwartz International , Atlanta, GA

Despite budget constraints and key vacancies, the IRS continues to target international issues and assert large penalties. Review the latest international issues, cases, and rulings to stay updated on this ever-changing area. Areas of focus include FBAR violations, expanded foreign asset reporting duties, taxpayers who ceased participation in voluntary disclosure programs, implementation of FATCA weapons, deprivation of passports for tax debtors, automatic penalties for late information returns, compliance initiatives targeting foreign investors in U.S. rental property, foreign trusts, gifts to U.S. persons by expatriates, and the new repatriation tax.

3:15 pm-4:25 pm
L2 - Big Data, Business Intelligence and the Data-Driven Age Credits: 1.5 GN

Marc Hamilton, CPA, CGMA
CDG Engineers & Associates, Inc. , Andalusia, AL

Business management is facing a unique technology era. Developments offer faster ways to access data and attract talent and customers while providing evolving ways to access new products, information, and services. Responding to the digital revolution will allow for informed decision making and the establishment of competitive, strategic advantages, perhaps even survival for many businesses. 

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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

$430 GSCPA Members, $530 Non-Members (by 4/3/2019)

 

Standard Registration

$490 GSCPA Members, $590 Non-Members

 

Late Registration

$530 GSCPA Members, $630 Non-Members (after 4/21/2019)