2019 Accounting & Auditing Conference (13035)

Thursday, October 24, 2019 / Atlanta, GA

The auditing and accounting landscape is changing. From lease accounting to fraud, to peer review and cybersecurity – CPAs need to stay sharp and get the most eminent updates possible. Thought leaders and experts will provide thorough updates on current issues and developing trends.

Live Stream Attendance Option: LS13035
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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: #13035

CPE: 8.0 credits

Total Price: $340.00

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Discuss how critical changes pertaining to recent standards updates, audit quality, FASB, and leases while networking and engaging with peers.

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, October 24, 2019

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

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

8:05 am-9:45 am
A - Accounting and Auditing Update Credits: 2.0 AA

Karl Egnatoff
Phoenix Beach , Goodyear, AZ

Cover updates affecting professionals in public accounting as well as those working in business and industry. Review recent FASB and ASB activities, look at Accounting and Review Services Committee pronouncements and review the last update to the COSO Enterprise Risk Management Framework. Accountants needing to stay abreast of authoritative pronouncements relating to accounting and auditing will benefit from this session.

9:45 am-9:55 am

9:55 am-10:45am
B - AICPA Enhancing Audit Quality Update: Continuing the Journey to Excellence Credits: 1.0 AA

James W. Brackens Jr, CPA, CGMA
AICPA , Durham, NC

Four years ago, the AICPA launched its Enhancing Audit Quality Initiative, a holistic solution for improving audit quality in an increasingly complex business environment. Receive an update on the AICPA’s data-driven approach to enhancing audit quality; progress made in combatting the most significant audit issues, including resources the AICPA has developed for auditors, audit engagement teams, and auditees.


C - Fraud: A Life Cycle Approach for Accountants and Auditors Credits: 1.5 AA

Victor E. Hartman, CPA
The Hartman Firm, LLC , Atlanta, GA

Vic Hartman is a former FBI agent, attorney, and CPA with expertise in handling fraud-related issues. Vic will discuss the various issues around the fraud life cycle, including prevention, detection, investigation, mitigation, and remediation, including the current fraud threat picture with ideas on mitigating them.


1:00 pm-2:15 pm
D1 - What is Analytics and How Can It Be Used at Your Company? Credits: 1.5 AA

Rachel Wiseley
Slalom Consulting , Atlanta, GA

Discuss the evolution and meaning of “buzz words” like big data, analytics, and machine learning. Look at how companies use data analytics to make decisions every day, as well as at the ethical limitations and concerns around this topic.

1:00 pm-2:15 pm
D2 - Peer Review Update for Practitioners Credits: 1.5 AA

Christopher Rouse, CPA
Windham Brannon, PC , Atlanta, GA

Peer review keeps getting more stringent and more robust. Hear this experienced practitioner and peer reviewer and take away what you need to know to get tougher yourself. It’s not just about the things peer reviewers are finding; it’s about how to use those findings to add value to your practice.  Bring your tough questions and receive real-world answers.

2:15 pm-2:30 pm

2:30 pm-3:20 pm
E1 - ASC 842, Leases: Implementation, Considerations and Lessons Learned Credits: 1.0 AA

Lauren Bisanz, CPA
PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP , Atlanta, GA

Beatriz Iglesias, CPA
PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP , Atlanta, GA

Receive an overview of implementation challenges, key judgment areas and lessons learned concerning the adoption of ASC 842, Leases pursuant U.S. GAAP.

2:30 pm-3:20 pm
E2 - Does the Next Generation Understand Ethics? Credits: 1.0 AA

William H. Black, CPA
Asst Professor-Accounting / University of North Georgia , Oakwood, GA

Brandi O. Steinberg, CPA
Forensic Accountant / IAG Forensics & Valuation , Marietta, GA

Ethics are essential in accounting, but does the next generation see ethics the same way as current management? Simply assuming we all see ethics, in the same way, can lead to trouble. Discuss indications from recent hiring experiences where there are areas for improvement, and present findings from current research contrasting student ethical perceptions with experienced practitioners. 

3:20 pm-3:30 pm

3:30 pm-4:20 pm
F1 - Mergers and Acquisitions Overview: Preparing to Sell Your Business Credits: 1.0 AA

Kyle Schickner
Croft and Bender , Atlanta, GA

Review how business owners can prepare to sell their business; detailed overview of a typical M&A process; common pitfalls of an M&A process; methods to mitigate these concerns/risks; and an overview of strategic alternatives available, including debt recapitalization, minority recapitalization/capital raise, majority recapitalization, and strategic sale.

3:30 pm-4:20 pm
F2 - Cybersecurity for Smaller Firms Credits: 1.0 AA

Brandon R. Smith, CPA
Mauldin & Jenkins CPAs LLC , Atlanta, GA

Jameson A. Miller, CPA, CISA
Mauldin & Jenkins CPAs LLC , Chattanooga, TN

The rise of cybersecurity risk is an irreversible trend becoming more pervasive every day. Ransomware attacks are on the rise, cybercriminals are exploiting office and word processing files, and hackers are looking to emerging technologies for advanced attacks. The changing environment has created new threats and opportunities for the accounting profession. See how CPAs are leading the way in helping enterprises assess cybersecurity risks and in providing services for risk programs.


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

GSCPA Learning Center
6 Concourse Pkwy Ste 800
Atlanta, GA 30328



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Late Registration

$380 GSCPA Members, $480 Non-Members (after 10/21/2019)