2019 Decision Makers Conference - Thursday (13007)

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 Thursday Only - LS13007

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

Decision Makers Conference Wednesday Only - 13006
Decision Makers Live Stream Wednesday Only - LS13006


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: #13007

CPE: 8.0 credits

Total Price: $330.00

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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Thursday, April 25, 2019

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

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

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.


I - FASB for Industry Update (A&A) Credits: 1.5 AA

Michael K. Cheng, CPA
Supervising Project Manager / Frazier & Deeter Foundation , Atlanta, GA

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.


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.

J2 - Revenue Recognition for Private Companies (A&A) Credits: 1.5 AA

Michael K. Cheng, CPA
Supervising Project Manager / Frazier & Deeter Foundation , Atlanta, GA

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.


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.

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

James K. Underwood, CPA, CFP
Financial Advisor / Nova Wealth Management Group , 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

3:10 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.

3:10 pm-4:25 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.


Conference Site

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



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Late Registration

$370 GSCPA Members, $470 Non-Members (after 4/21/2019)