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ASCPA Annual Conference - Day 1

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Day 1 - November 9, 2021 - In-Person

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Desert Willow Conference Center
4340 E Cotton Center Blvd Ste 100
Phoenix, AZ 85040-8908

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Yeanoplos, Kevin R.

Rating: 4.65

Kevin R. Yeanoplos, CPA/ABV/CFF, ASA is a shareholder and the Director of Valuation Services for Brueggeman and Johnson Yeanoplos, P.C., a firm with offices in Seattle, Phoenix, and Tucson that specializes in the areas of business and intellectual property valuation, financial analysis and litigation support. He is also one of the founders of YS Advisory Services, utilizing his extensive experience over the last 30 plus years in advising professional service providers and their clients on strategic planning and management issues.

Over the last three decades, Yeanoplos has assisted clients around the country with the valuation of a diverse array of intangibles including patents, trademarks and song catalogs to name a few, whether it be for divorce or other litigation, financial reporting, gift and estate taxes, mergers and acquisitions or ESOP’s, among others. The diversity extends to his extensive business valuation experience, with a partial client roster that includes high tech companies, aircraft parts manufacturers, biomedical companies, construction companies, professional practices and automobile dealerships. As both an expert witness and court appointed neutral in state and Federal courts across the country, Yeanoplos has assisted triers of fact in understanding a variety of complex valuation, financial analysis and damages issues.

A popular and experienced presenter, he frequently lectures throughout the United States on the topics of valuation, applied finance and financial analysis, including presentations to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the American Society of Appraisers (ASA), the State Bars of Arizona and Utah, and many other professional organizations. He has been a faculty member for the AICPA’s National Business Valuation School for close to 20 years and is currently on the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.

An accomplished author, Yeanoplos has contributed to Valuing Professional Practices & Licenses, Forensic Accounting in Matrimonial Divorce, Financial Valuation: Application and Models, Guide to Personal v. Enterprise Goodwill, and Reasonable Compensation: Application and Analysis for Appraisal, Tax and Management Purposes, among many others. He is currently lending his editorial skills to the Business Valuation Update and the AICPA’s Journal of Accountancy as a member of their respective editorial boards.

Throughout his professional career, Yeanoplos has volunteered his time and talents to give back to the public and his profession, including prior service as a Commissioner on the AICPA’s National Accreditation Commission, Chair of the AICPA’s ABV Credential Committee, Board Member of the Arizona Society of CPAs and Chair of the Arizona Board of Appraisal among others. The AICPA honored his contributions by naming him their 2006 Business Valuation Volunteer of the Year and inducting him into the AICPA Business Valuation Hall of Fame in 2010, recognizing fewer than 30 individuals whose lifetime achievements and contributions have significantly advanced the valuation discipline and have enhanced the valuation profession for CPAs.

The 1983 Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Utah is a Certified Public Accountant Accredited in Business Valuation and Certified in Financial Forensics (CPA/ABV/CFF) and was in the charter class of those earning the ABV credential and the CFF credential. In addition, he is an Accredited Senior Appraiser in the Business Valuation discipline for the American Society of Appraisers.

When he’s not chasing down the value of the invaluable, you can find Yeanoplos lending his talents and insights to the Fox Theatre Tucson Board, volunteering for the Special Olympics, advocating for royalty reform as a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences or interviewing the likes of Roger Daltrey and Brian Wilson as a National Beat Writer for AXS Entertainment.

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Etienne, Jina

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Jina Etienne is a Principal Consultant with Etienne Partners, a boutique consulting firm in Silver Spring, MD. More recently, she was President & CEO of the National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. (NABA) where she was responsible for strategic direction, stakeholder relationships and organizational priorities, including the execution of Vision2020, NABA’s 3-year strategic plan, strengthening existing and building new relationships with outside stakeholders and corporate partners, and managing the day-to-day operation of the Association and its staff.

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Minniti, Robert K.

Rating: 4.72

Dr. Robert K. Minniti, is the President and Owner of Minniti CPA, LLC. Dr. Minniti is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Forensic Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Valuation Analyst, Certified in Financial Forensics, Master Analyst in Financial Forensics, Chartered Global Management Accountant, and is a licensed private investigator in the state of Arizona. Dr. Minniti received his doctoral degree in business administration from Walden University, received his MBA degree and Graduate Certificate in Accounting from DeVry University’s Keller Graduate School of Management, and received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix. Dr. Minniti taught graduate and undergraduate courses in forensic accounting at DeVry University, Grand Canyon University, Kaplan University, Northwestern University, and the University of Phoenix. He designed graduate and undergraduate courses for Grand Canyon University, Northwestern University, and Anthem College. He is a writer and public speaker. He has experience in forensic accounting, fraud examinations, financial audits, internal audits, compliance audits, real estate valuations, business valuations, internal control development, business continuation planning, risk management, cyber security, privacy laws, data security, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance work and business consulting. In addition to his practice Dr. Minniti is an instructor teaching continuing professional education classes for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Compliance Online, Wolters Kluwer CPE Link/CCH, AccountingEd, Global Compliance Panel, Clear Law Institute, CPE Solutions, Canopy CPE, BankersWeb, Global CPE, The Institute of Management Accountants, the National Association of Valuators and Analysts, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the Institute of Internal Auditors, various state CPA Societies, and corporate CPE training. Dr. Minniti is currently serving as a board member on the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts' (NACVA) Litigation Forensics Board (LFB) and as a committee member on the Arizona State Board of Accountancy's Law Review Advisory Committee.

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Giordano, Josephine

Rating: 4.55

Josephine Giordano is a Director in the Financial Forensics and Valuation Services Group at BeachFleischman PC. Ms. Giordano’s extensive experience includes the areas of internal audit, banking, regulatory compliance, fraud investigation, forensic accounting, public accounting/tax, business valuations, bankruptcy & restructuring, turnaround management, court-appointed receiverships, and special master and compliance monitoring appointments.

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Simmons, Yesenia Barraza

Rating: 4.38

Yesenia Barraza currently holds a Certified Public Accountant license from the State of Illinois and works assisting business owners and individuals with their tax, accounting and consulting needs. Yesenia was a recipient of the “40 Hispanic Leaders Under 40 Award” by the AZ Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, received the Student Hall of Fame Award from the WP Carey School of Business and was a featured member in ALPFA's 2009 Winter Issue of "La Cuenta". Ms. Barraza is a graduate of Barrett the Honor’s College and the WP Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. She has a passion to increase financial knowledge in the community and is a frequent speaker at various organizations. Yesenia will graduate with a Masters of Taxation from Arizona State University in May 2013. She is on the board of the ASU Young Alumni Council, the ASU Leadership Scholarship Program, and a member of the Arizona Society of CPAs.

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Waldrop, Stephanie

Rating: 4.46

Stephanie brings 20 years of insurance industry experience to her role.
As Principal of Employee Benefits INTERNATIONAL, Inc. (EBI), she
provides Employee Benefit consultative and brokerage services for mid to
large employers and oversees the operations for the Arizona office. Before
EBI, she held executive level positions with Humana, PacifiCare/United
Healthcare and Aetna focusing on all aspects of Employee Benefits for
mid to large size employer groups.
Stephanie offers extensive expertise in program design, market review,
renewal negotiation, financial budget projections, claims utilization
analysis, wellness programs, and compliance. Her strategic planning with
employers is aimed at long-term employee benefit solutions. She brings a
wealth of knowledge and consultative value to all aspects of Risk
Stephanie devotes her time to improving benefit programs for employers
and their employees. Her passion about controlling healthcare cost,
engaging employees to be healthier consumers and delivering creative
solutions led her to become part of the SIIA Alternative Risk Transfer
Committee in 2012.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and holds
an Arizona Life & Health Producer License. Stephanie is the endorsed
broker and maintains strategic partnerships with the Alliance of Arizona
Nonprofits and the Arizona Technology Council

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Klein, Ron

Rating: 0.00

Ron Klein JD, CFE is vice president-claims counsel with CAMICO Mutual Insurance Company. Ron is responsible for advising the claims department on high exposure claims and working on special projects as directed by the company. He has been with CAMICO since its inception in 1986, managed the claims department for 20 years and has seen over 4,000 professional liability claims during his tenure.

Educated as an accountant and attorney, Ron holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis, and a J.D. from Southwestern University in Los Angeles. He is a member of the California Society of CPAs’ committee on professional liability and is a frequent speaker for CAMICO as well as the California CPA Education Foundation. Ron is also the co-author of The CPA’s Guide to Effective Engagement Letters 6th Edition, the definitive work on engagement letters for CPAs, published by CCH.

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Carlin, Michael J.

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Michael Carlin is deeply passionate about the financial services industry and is known for helping his clients uncover and understand more about their financial situations than ever before, building meaningful relationships and helping them achieve their financial objectives.
Beyond running the company, Carlin handles a wide range of responsibilities including heading up the Henry+Horne Wealth Management investment committee, making strategic decisions on evolving client portfolios, working with the most difficult and complex financial situations while making sure the practice is compliant meeting its fiduciary responsibilities.

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Asay, Jared A.

Rating: 4.50

Jared Asay, CPA, CCIFP, is a financial partner and founder of Conover Asay CPAs, PLLC, a construction focused CPA firm in Phoenix, Arizona. Asay's passion for construction began in his early years as a professional framer for a custom home builder in Indiana. His transition in to consulting construction clients as a CPA was a natural one. Those experiences, including professional relationships he has built with bond agents, surety managers, and bankers have equipped him with valuable and extensive knowledge of the best practices to solve the challenges contractors face every day. An active member of CFMA's Valley of the Sun Chapter since 2007, Jared currently serves as the co-chair of the Executive of the Year committee.

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Tribe, Tim D.

Rating: 4.58

TIM TRIBE has been a practicing accountant for more than 17 years, spending more than half that time in forensics, examining allegations of fraud, analyzing accounting records, and assessing economic damages for matters involving litigation. He has provided litigation support in both criminal and civil proceedings, analyzing related financial information and developing expert testimony and materials on such topics as fraud patterns, sufficiency of accounting evidence, analysis of internal control, accountants' standard of care, economic damages, business interruption claims, and lost profits analyses. Tim has issued written opinions in over 40 cases and testified in arbitration, deposition and trial. He has also taught financial and forensic accounting, fraud examination, and auditing principles at the college level.

Tim holds a Masters of Accountancy from Brigham Young University and a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Arizona State University, and has pursued post-graduate studies in
Accounting at the University of Arizona. Tim is a CPA, Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), as well as a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and a Certified Internal Controls Auditor (CICA).

Tim is a frequent speaker at universities and professional seminars, and also has numerous publications in the field. Recent topics include:
• "Employee Theft – The Fraudsters Adapted, Did Your Controls?" – April 2015 CPE presentation, part of Blackline Systems Modern Finance Tour series; Houston, TX
• "Occupational Fraud in Casinos" – March 2015 CPE presentation at National Indian Gaming Association Annual Conference; San Diego, CA
• "Fires, Floods and Fraud: How People Game the Insurance Claim Process, and How They Get Caught Red-Handed" – January 2015 CPE presentation for Albuquerque Chapter of the Association of Certified
Fraud Examiners; Albuquerque, NM
• "Occupational Fraud: Types, Costs, Red Flags and Prevention" – general session at The 2014 REDW Tribal Finance & Leadership Conference

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James, David L.

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David James is former CFO for FNF Construction, Inc., a heavy highway contractor based in Tempe, Arizona. He brings over 45 years of financial and corporate experience in the construction industry, and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional (CCIFP).

James is the recipient of CFMA’s Debra Hahn and Joe Quigley Memorial Awards, and was presented the Valley of the Sun Presidents Award in 2015. In 2019, he received CFMA’s Danny Parish Outstanding Leadership Award.

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Bracy, James A.

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Jim Bracy, CPA, CCIFP, is a seasoned Construction and Surety professional who is responsible for managing and placing Surety Bonds for the Southwest Region of Willis Towers Watson and serving as a Surety Practice National Resource. He has broad experience across the construction risk management continuum, but his most extensive area of expertise is in finance and surety bonding. Bracy’s experience and understanding of the financial and operational side of the construction business has made him especially effective in structuring, negotiating, implementing, and managing any construction-related issues that might arise on a national and global level. Jim is a graduate from the Eller College of Management at The University of Arizona, a Certified Public Accountant (C.P.A.), a Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional (CCIFP), and a Licensed Arizona Insurance Agent. He is a Past President, board member and active member of CFMA as well as AGC, ABA and SAA.

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Young, Jared J.

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Jared Young is an Audit Manager at Heinfeld, Meech & Co., P.C. who specializes in audit services for local governments, school districts and non-profits.

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Hansberger, Micheal L.

Rating: 4.10

Micheal L. Hansberger, Jr., CPA, CCIFP, is the CFO of CSW Contractors, Inc. in Phoenix, AZ. CSW is a heavy civil contractor servicing the southwestern US. He has been with CSW for 9 years and previously was with McGladrey & Pullen for 13 years as an auditor, local controller, network administrator, and western region technology manager. Micheal is currently serving as the treasurer for the Phoenix Theatre and has been affiliated Arizona State University as a faculty associate.

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Seaver, Michael S

Rating: 4.50

Michael S. Seaver is an executive coach and leadership consultant who unlocks human potential by using business strategy, conscious capitalism, and positive psychology concepts to move leaders from success to significance. He is a Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst (CPBA), a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), and a Thunderbird School of Global Management MBA. Michael writes articles for Forbes, is a guest blogger for’s Delivering Happiness consulting division, and has been featured by NBC 12 News, the Arizona Republic, and the Phoenix Business Journal. In April 2016, Michael partnered with Financial Executives Research Foundation (FERF) and Robert Half to publish a white paper entitled "Creating a Leadership Pipeline: Developing the Millennial Generation into Finance Leaders".

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Lee, Jim

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Jim Lee practices in the areas of estate planning, business design and structuring, and commercial transactions, including tax planning, corporate, partnership, LLC, real estate, and international matters. He counsels clients on wealth transfer strategies, the use of trusts (including grantor trusts, such as GRATs and QPRTs), commercial business entities, family limited partnerships and LLCs, tax-free installment sales, and other sophisticated tax planning techniques. Lee works closely with individuals and families, developing long-term relationships to help ensure continuity from generation to generation.

As an adjunct to his estate planning practice, Lee advises clients on planned giving methods, and establishing charitable remainder and lead trusts, private foundations, public charities, and other tax-exempt organizations. He also advises trustees and executors on their fiduciary responsibilities and tax implications in the administration and distribution of trusts and probate estates.

Lee uses creative problem solving and strategic insight to achieve planning objectives appropriate for ultra high-net-worth individuals and families. In designing estate and business plans, he applies an integrated approach enabling his clients to reduce personal and business liability exposure, minimize tax consequences, and meet multi-generational family goals. Estate planning documents and business succession plans can be tailored to provide incentives to beneficiaries and successors (such as children and grandchildren) to become productive and contributing members of society. Incorporating each family’s unique dynamic into such planning is emphasized.

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Young, Kyle R.

Rating: 0.00

Kyle R. Young, CCSP joined MS Consultants in 2007 and works closely with both building owners and Certified Public Accountants to ensure the Cost Segregation, §179D Deduction, Historic Rehabilitation Certification, and other engineering-based study processes run proficiently through excellent communication, and high regard for client satisfaction. He has traveled to many areas of the country to meet with clients, prepare studies, and present to various organizations.

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Brnilovich, David

Rating: 4.59

Mr. Brnilovich established roots in the western part of the Phoenix metropolitan area (referred to as the “West Valley”) in 1979 and has been representing the area’s businesses and individuals for more than 30 years. He has substantial legal experience advising business clients in the areas of real estate, construction, corporate governance, small business formation, dissolution, purchases, and asset sales.

Mr. Brnilovich’s representation of individuals includes the drafting of wills and trusts, probate, trust administration, will contests, and trust litigation.

His clients range from large national companies to small start-ups in a wide range of industries, such as engineering, manufacturing, real estate brokerage, and healthcare. Mr. Brnilovich is a graduate of Leadership West Class VIII and a member of the Westmarc’s Economic Development Committee.

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Sumners, Colton

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Colton Sumners has been an information technology professional for more than 18 years, specializing in information security for the last eight. In his current position as director of IT for Romulus Restaurant Group, he is responsible for the company’s security and corporate technology infrastructure. Those duties include PCI auditing, firewall management, penetration testing/vulnerability assessment, incident response and disaster recovery. Sumners is a certified PCIP/ISA and has other industry recognized certifications in penetration testing and security auditing.

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Holden, Michael J.

Rating: 4.63

Mr. Holden is a member of the Phoenix law firm of Holden Willits PLC and has practiced construction law in Phoenix for 40 years. Mr. Holden is a frequent author and speaker on a wide range of construction issues. He was the founder and first chair of the Arizona State Bar Construction Law Section. He serves as general counsel for the Arizona Builders Alliance. For the past 15 years, he has been adjunct professor at the ASU School of Law teaching a course on construction law.

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Hetrick, Jordan

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Jordan Hetrick’s career has evolved from being the IT Manager of a CPA firm to a partner of an IT company spin-off, and now as the sole owner of that IT Company located in uptown Phoenix. Hetrick’s firm specializes in ongoing support, strategic planning, cloud, and cybersecurity for IT-dependent and regulated industries, specifically professional services and healthcare.

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Levy, Andrea Beth

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Andrea Levy oversees the financial leadership and management of the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC), including the planning and directing of accounting, financial controls, budgets, treasury and financial reporting.

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Derdenger, Patrick

Rating: 4.66

Pat Derdenger advises businesses across industry sectors on federal, state, and local tax law. With more than four decades of experience in tax law, Pat has been recognized as a certified tax law specialist by the Arizona State Bar, and in 2017 received the Arizona State Bar’s “Top Tax Attorney” award.

In his extensive state and local tax practice, Pat advises businesses on corporate and individual income, multistate sales and use, and property tax matters, and counsels them on the state and local tax implications of their business transactions. He also represents clients in related litigation matters, from audits and appeals through various administrative states, as well as in federal and state courts and courts of appeals, and the U.S. Tax Court. He has obtained private tax rulings for clients on state and local tax issues and helped draft state tax legislation for clients and industry groups. Pat also advises businesses on the tax implications of various economic incentives and benefits of relocating to and operating in Arizona. In addition, he frequently represents construction industry and homebuilder clients on tax issues related to maintenance, repair, replacement, alteration (MRRA) and modification projects in Arizona.

Pat also counsels clients on federal income and employment tax matters, independent contractor/employee tax issues, responsible officer penalties, information return filing penalties, and federal and state excise taxes, and represents them in related litigation matters. Clients also turn to him for advice on constitutional issues, including the federal commerce clause, due process clause, and equal protection clause.

Pat is a frequent lecturer on state and local tax subjects to various professional audiences and continuing education programs, and he leads Steptoe’s annual construction industry tax conference.

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