2019 Decision Makers Conference - Wednesday (13006)

Wednesday, April 24, 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 Wednesday Only - LS13006

Alternate Attendance Options
Decision Makers Conference Both Days - 13005
Decision Makers Live Stream Both Days - LS13005

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


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

Event ID: #13006

CPE: 8.0 credits

Total Price: $490.00

Other Attendance Options

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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.

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

Continental Breakfast/Registration

Welcome and Announcements

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.

Networking Break

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.

Networking Break

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.


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.

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.

Networking 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
Networking 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 Brand, Partner, CPA, CFST
Hancock Askew & Co LLP , Tampa, FL

Brandon McCafferty, CPA
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. 


Conference Site

Cobb-Marietta Coliseum & Exhibit
2 Galleria Pkwy SE
Atlanta, GA 30339



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Late Registration

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