The B&I Spy’s Investigative Report on the 2018 CFO/Controllers Conference

What have our Business and Industry CPAs have been up to? Our recent big, big, BIG B&I event was the annual CFO/Controllers Conference on Thursday, September 20, 2018. Did I say big? We had 160 attending – the most ever! By golly!!! The Secret Spy remembers when this drew less than 50 to the Chapter office.

Our seven sponsors, ADPBlackLine, Bridgepoint Consulting, an Addison Group Company, MyITpros, Pensionmark Austin, and TRI Solutions, Inc., provided yummy breakfast, lunch, desserts, snacks, beverages and door prizes. Even better, the sponsors helped keep the cost for each B&I member down to a rock-bottom bargain. Let’s show our Texas support back by looking at each website and if we can use their services, well give them a call.

The food was just fabulous and taking the time out of our busy schedules to share a smile with fellow CPAs is an opportunity to share and care the CPA way. Secret Spy believes when we share and care with our peers, wonderful ideas can come to light.

And what a lineup! We had eight wonderful speakers on a variety of topics all of whom kept the attention of the audience. Thank you to all the presenters who make this event bigger and better each and every year!

USING COOL DASHBOARDS TO DRIVE FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE
Philip Campbell, CPA

EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATE
Judy Osborn, Attorney at Law

THE TOP FIVE TAX ISSUES FACING CFOs & CONTROLLERS IN 2018 & BEYOND
Blaise C. Bender, CGMA, CPA, JD | Blaise C. Bender, PC

MANAGING ACROSS WORKPLACE GENERATIONS
Beth Celauro, Senior District Manager | ADP
Kara Stone, Totalsource District Manager | ADP

INTERNAL CONTROLS BEST PRACTICES TO MITIGATE CURRENT TRENDS IN FRAUD
Michele M. Heyman, CPA/CFF, CVA, CFE | Heyman & Associates, PLLC

BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE SECURITY PROGRAM
Tauseef Ghazi, Principal, Security & Privacy Services | RSM

RUN TO THE PAIN: TURNING PROBLEMS INTO OPPORTUNITIES & RIDING THE GROWTH WAVE
Phil Murray, CPA, MBA, Chief Financial & Administrative Officer | Camp Gladiator

ECONOMIC UPDATE: A PERSPECTIVE FROM THE FEDERAL RESERVE
Blake Hastings, Senior Vice President | San Antonio Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

And don’t forge the prizes. ADP raffled off a $150 gift card to Truluck’s won by Chapter member Pamela Ihlo-Herber. The winner of the 2019 CFO/Controllers Conference registration is Teresa Swann.

Just as a last note this Secret Spy came armed with my laptop (there’s power and WiFi for everyone at Norris!), I slipped quietly (you know Secret Spies do) into my spot, planning to read email, but soon came to my senses.  Sure, people will tell you to go to these things to score great CPE, but the networking is invaluable. I walked around the room, visiting with old friends and making new B&I kindred souls.

2018-11-06T12:39:58+00:00