Kent State University hosts 40th annual Meonske Accounting Conference April 24-25

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The Ohio Council of the Institute of Management Accountants will host its 40th annual Meonske Accounting Professional Development Conference and Seminar on April 24-25 at Kent State University.

"This conference is recognized as one of the top five accounting conferences in the country," says Norman Meonske, Ph.D., professor emeritus at Kent State's College of Business Administration and national online instructor for the Becker CPA Review Course. "We are going to have two days packed full of high-quality practical training for members of the accounting and financial community. We encourage registrants to take advantage of the early and group discounts because we expect a sellout of 600 people."

The conference chairman is Nicholas Sucic, Vice President and Controller for the Davey Tree Expert Company in Kent.

The Friday morning (April 25) 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, author, adventurer, world-record holder, inspirational speaker, and inventor.

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 April 24 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, National Director and Editor in Chief, Becker Professional Review.

The two concurrent Thursday afternoon tracks include "Conflict Management: Using Conflict to Your Advantage" by Timothy F. Gearty, Partner, Gearty & McIntyre, LLP, National Director and Editor in Chief, Becker Professional Review. 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 Dr. Norman R. Meonske, Professor Emeritus, Kent State University and National Online Instructor - Becker CPA review Course.

Attendees for both days will earn 16 hours of CPE. April 25 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 Kent State University Conference Bureau at 330-672-3161 or go to www.ohio.imanet.org.

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