The Ohio Council of the Institute of Management Accountants will host its 40th annual Meonske Accounting Professional Development Conference and Seminar April 24-25 at Kent State University.
"This conference is recognized as one of the top five accounting conferences in the country," said Norman Meonske, Ph.D., professor emeritus at KSU's College of Business Administration and national online instructor for the Becker CPA Review Course. The event is named in his honor.
The conference chairman is Nicholas Sucic, vice president and controller for the Davey Tree Expert C. in Kent.
The Friday morning financial reporting panel features Dennis R. Beresford, executive in residence, J.M. Tull of Accounting, University of Georgia; Leslie F. Seidman, executive director, Center for Excellence in Financial Reporting, Pace University Lubin School of Business and former Chairman, FASB; Jay D. Hanson, board member, Public Company Accounting Oversite Board; James L. Kroeker, vice chairman, Financial Accounting Standards Board; and Daniel Murdock, deputy chief accountant, SEC's Office of the Chief Accountant.
The keynote luncheon address, "Achieving New Heights in Your Life," will be presented by Todd Huston, motivational speaker.
The first Friday afternoon session is "Quality Financial Reporting" by Accounting Today magazine's "Paul & Paul" featuring Dr. Paul B.W. Miller, professor of accounting, University of Colorado and Dr. Paul R. Bahnson, professor of accounting, Boise State University. The second afternoon session is "Accountants and Technology; Converging Trends + Technology = Opportunity" by Donald R. Tomoff, founder, Invenio Advisors, LLC.
The Thursday morning session includes a "COSO 2013 Internal Controls" panel featuring Robert B. Hirth, chair, COSO and senior managing director, Protiviti; Stephen E. Soske, partner, National Professional Services Group, PricewaterhouseCoopers; Jeffrey C. Thomson, president and CEO, Institute of Management Accountants; and Timothy F. Gearty, partner, Gearty & McIntyre, LLP, editor in chief, Becker Professional Review.
The two concurrent Thursday afternoon tracks include "Conflict Management: Using Conflict to Your Advantage" by Gearty. Also included in Track1 is "The Speed of Trust and Personal Leadership" by Gabe Zubizarreta, founding principal, Silicon Valley Accountants. Track 2 includes "SEC Enforcement" by Robert Burson, senior associate regional director, Chicago office, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and "Ohio Professional Standards and Ethics" presented by Meonske.
Attendees for both days will earn 16 hours of CPE. Friday attendees will receive a free deluxe executive computer/iPad backpack and the opportunity to win a new Apple iPad Air.
For more information or to register, contact the KSU Conference Bureau at 330-672-3161 or go to www.ohio.imanet.org.