2019 Decision Makers Conference - Thursday (LS13007)

Thursday, April 25, 2019 / Atlanta, GA

In-Person Attendance Option - Event Code 13007
The Decision Makers Conference also offers attendance in-person at the Cobb Galleria Centre.

Click here to register for the in-person option.

Alternate In-Person Attendance Options
Decision Makers Conference Both Days - 13005
Decision Makers Conference Wednesday Only - 13006


Event Status: OPEN

Event ID: #LS13007

CPE: 8.0 credits

Total Price: $270.00

Other Attendance Options

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Ongoing corporate changes require you to have the most up-to-the-minute knowledge. The 2019 Decision Makers Conference gives you two days immersed in discussions with local and national experts, allowing you to conquer critical challenges head-on. Industry leaders will discuss ongoing changes within the corporate side of the profession, including corporate tax,  human resources, mergers and acquisitions, and hiring best practices.

Alternate Attendance Options

Decision Makers Live Stream Both Days - LS13005
Decision Makers Live Stream Wednesday Only - LS13006

Thursday, April 25, 2019

7:30 am-
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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 Credits: 1.5 AA

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.


J2 - Revenue Recognition for Private Companies 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-2:15 pm

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.

3:05 pm-3:10 pm

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 Galleria Centre
2 Galleria Pkwy SE
Atlanta, GA 30339



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Early Bird Registration

$270 GSCPA Members, $370 Non-Members (by 4/3/2019)


Standard Registration

$330 GSCPA Members, $430 Non-Members


Late Registration

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