February 5, 2021 8:00am – 4:30pm Map & Directions 602-431-0001

Governmental Accounting Conference

Description

Hear the latest on GASB, fraud and cybersecurity at the 2021 ASCPA Governmental Accounting Conference on Friday Feb. 5,2021 at the Desert Willow Conference Center. Your favorite speakers, including David Cotton, Marianne Jennings and David Bean are back, along with other local and national experts to assist you in discovering insights and understanding on new developments in governmental accounting and auditing.

Register on-line or by phone at 602-252-4144.


We will send a survey one week prior to the conference, so you may select your breakout sessions.

Location

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

Registration Time

7:30am

Fees

Member:
$275
Non-CPA Staff:
$375
Non-CPA Staff (100% club):
$275
Non-CPA Staff (sole proprietor):
$275
Non-Member:
$375
Phoenix
Specialized Knowledge
8

Agenda

Conference Agenda Coming Spring of 2020!

Sponsors

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor

Henry+Horne


Gold Sponsors

Heinfeld Meech & Co., P.C.


Sponsorship opportunities are available. For details, contact Heidi Frei, MBA, ABC, Senior Director of Marketing & Membership at (602) 324-4743 or at hfrei@ascpa.com

Designed For

This conference is designed for CPAs, auditors and accountants in federal, state, local and Tribal governments and will provide insights and understanding on new developments in government accounting and auditing.

Event Leaders

Jennings, Marianne M.

Rating: 4.86


Professor Marianne Jennings is a professor emeritus of legal and ethical studies in business in the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. She served as director of the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics from 1995-1999.

Professor Jennings has hundreds of articles in academic, professional and trade journals. In 2006, Emerald Management Review named her article, “Ethics and Investment Management,” one of the top 50 articles in 2005. She was named a Top 100 Thought Leader by Trust Across America and one of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics by Ethisphere.

She has six textbooks and monographs in circulation. The ninth edition of her Business Ethics was published in 2017. Her Seven Signs of Ethical Collapse is used as an audit tool and a primer on corporate culture.

Her columns have been syndicated, and her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, and Washington Post.
Professor Marianne Jennings is a professor of legal and ethical studies in business in the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. She served as director of the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics from 1995-1999.

Professor Jennings has hundreds of articles in academic, professional and trade journals. In 2006, Emerald Management Review named her article, “Ethics and Investment Management,” one of the top 50 articles in 2005. She was named a Top 100 Thought Leader by Trust Across America and one of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics by Ethisphere.

She has six textbooks and monographs in circulation. The ninth edition of her Business Ethics was published in 2017. Her Seven Signs of Ethical Collapse is used as an audit tool and a primer on corporate culture.

Her columns have been syndicated, and her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, and Washington Post.


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Cotton, David L.

Rating: 4.80


Dave Cotton is chairman of Cotton & Company LLP, Certified Public Accountants, headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia. The firm was founded in 1981 and has a practice concentration in assisting federal and state government agencies, inspectors general and government grantees and contractors with a variety of government program related assurance and advisory services. Cotton & Company has performed grant and contract, indirect cost rate, financial statement, financial related and performance audits for more than two dozen federal inspectors general as well as numerous other federal and state agencies and programs.

Cotton & Company’s Federal agency audit clients have included the U.S. Government Accountability Office, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Transportation Command, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Capitol Police, U.S. Small Business Administration, U.S. Bureau of Prisons, Millennium Challenge Corporation, U.S. Marshals Service and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Cotton & Company also assists numerous federal agencies in preparing financial statements and improving financial management, accounting and internal control systems.

Cotton received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering (1971) and an MBA in management science and labor relations (1972) from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. He also pursued graduate studies in accounting and auditing at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business (1977 to 1978). He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Virginia and North Carolina, Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM).

Cotton served on the Advisory Council on Government Auditing Standards (the Council advises the United States Comptroller General on promulgation of Government Auditing Standards — GAO’s yellow book) from 2006 to 2009. He served on the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) Anti-Fraud Programs and Controls Task Force and co-authored Managing the Business Risk of Fraud: A Practical Guide. He served on the American Institute of CPAs Anti-Fraud Task Force and co-authored Management Override: The Achilles Heel of Fraud Prevention. Cotton is the past-chair of the AICPA Federal Accounting and Auditing Subcommittee and has served on the AICPA Governmental Accounting and Auditing Committee and the Government Technical Standards Subcommittee of the AICPA Professional Ethics Executive Committee. Cotton chaired the Fraud Risk Management Task Force, sponsored by COSO and ACFE and is a principal author of the COSO-ACFE Fraud Risk Management Guide.

Cotton was the recipient of the ACFE 2018 Certified Fraud Examiner of the Year Award (“presented to a CFE who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in the field of fraud examination … based on their contributions to the ACFE, to the profession, and to the community”); AGA’s 2012 Educator Award (“to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the education and training of government financial managers”); and AGA’s 2006 Barr Award (“to recognize the cumulative achievements of private sector individuals who throughout their careers have served as a role model for others and who have consistently exhibited the highest personal and professional standards”).


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Bean, David R.

Rating: 4.77


David R. Bean is the director of research and technical activities for the Governmental Accounting Standards Board. He assigns and provides oversight to the GASB’s research, technical, and administrative activities.

Prior to joining the GASB in 1990, David worked in public accounting and government. He also has served as Deputy Chairman of the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB). He was the lead author on the 1988 Governmental Accounting, Auditing and Financial Reporting and was the founder of the GAAFR Review. He was the last director of the National Council on Governmental Accounting before the formation of the GASB in 1984.

David is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association, the Connecticut and Illinois Government Finance Officers Associations, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Illinois CPA Society, the Association of Government Accountants, the National Federation of Municipal Analysts, and the Municipal Analysts Group of New York.


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Williams, Brittney

Rating: 4.30


Brittney Williams, CPA, CGFM is a Partner for the public accounting firm HeinfeldMeech where she is involved with developing and monitoring the Quality Control policies and procedures for the firm. She currently manages audit services for municipalities, school districts, transportation authorities and non-profits out of their Phoenix office.
Williams speaks frequently for HeinfeldMeech, several State CPA societies and AICPA Conferences on topics including GASB pronouncements, auditing standards, Government Auditing Standards and Single Audits. She has worked in the single audit environment for 16 years and has assisted clients and other professionals with single audit implementation matters.

Williams is also a peer reviewer of firms enrolled in the AICPA Peer Review Program and is currently serving on the AGA Financial Management Standards Board and the AICPA Technical Issues Committee.


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Rounds, Jim

Rating: 4.67


Jim Rounds is President of Rounds Consulting Group. The firm specializes in economic development and tax policy analysis; education research; transportation economics; fiscal planning including revenue forecasting and budget development; strategic planning and marketing; impact and market studies; and litigation support.

Mr. Rounds regularly provides advice to policymakers at the State Capitol, mayors throughout the state as well as city council members, county board members, and other public and private sector leaders in the community. He has delivered hundreds of economic presentations throughout Arizona and is quoted weekly on television, radio, and in printed media.

Mr. Rounds specializes in using proper analysis and communication to bridge political gaps. For example, Jim is a Senior Fellow at the Goldwater Institute; a board member of the Maricopa County IDA and Valley Partnership; and advisor to education focused groups including the Helios Education Foundation, Achieve 60 AZ, the Rodel Foundation, the Arizona Board of Regents, and the various state universities, among others. Jim is also the lead economist for multiple rural and urban area healthcare and hospital associations.

Other areas of recent study include advanced workforce analysis; minimum wage impact analysis; State Trust Land finance; public employee pension reform; utility infrastructure investment; and state and local area tourism planning.

Mr. Rounds began his career as a Senior Economist and Senior Budget Analyst with the Arizona Joint Legislative Budget Committee, and has been engaged in policy related economics for more than two decades. Jim has a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in Economics from Arizona State University.


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Stelpstra, Michael G.

Rating: 0.00


Michael Stelpstra, CPA, is a financial audit technical manager with the Arizona Auditor General’s Office. His responsibilities include providing technical research and assistance, assisting with accounting and auditing standards implementation, and performing quality assurance reviews of financial audit reports and other publications.


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Cocanower, Michael

Rating: 4.78


Michael Cocanower is the founder and president of itSynergy based in Phoenix, Arizona for over 20 years. itSynergy focuses exclusively on providing strategic technology management for small and midsized organizations on a fixed monthly fee.

Cocanower has received numerous awards and widespread industry recognition throughout his career. Most recently Cocanower received his Certified Ethical Hacker certification which he utilizes daily to counsel customers on the world of cybersecurity and risk management. In the past, he was recognized by Arizona State University in the inaugural class of Sun Devil Select to recognize successful alumni entrepreneurs. He was named by the Arizona Republic as one of Arizona’s Top 35 Entrepreneurs Under 35. Cocanower’s services have been retained by both Microsoft and Cisco as a subject matter expert in the use and implementation of Microsoft technologies in small and medium businesses. Cocanower has also served on numerous boards and advisory councils including both the United States and International Board of Directors of the International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners as well as the Arizona chapter of Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO) where he is currently the President.

Cocanower is a Phoenix native and has lived in Arizona his entire life. He graduated from Arizona State University with bachelor’s degrees in both Finance and Computer Information Systems.


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Notes

Committee Chair: Levi D. Gibson, CPA, MAcc, Pinal County Finance and Purchasing Administration


Conference Committee Members:
Michael D. Baumert, CPA, Arizona State University
Vanessa Burke, CPA CPFO, The Pun Group, LLP
Elisa K. Gin, CPA, City of Mesa Transportation Department
Michael W. Hawthorne, CPA, Michael Hawthorne CPA
Gary Heinfeld, CPA, CCIM, CGFM, Heinfeld, Meech & Co., P.C.
Brian J. Hemmerle CPA, CFE, Henry+Horne
(Ben) Hyungju Hur, CPA, Fester & Chapman, PLLC
Keith J. Orr, CPA
Jennifer L. Shields, CPA, CGFM, Heinfeld, Meech & Co., P.C.
Gerald E. Snyder, CPA, CGMA, Retired    
Jaimie L. Soulvie, CPA, CGMA, Retired                           
Cheryl Toone, CPA, ARM, Arizona Department of Risk Management

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