Management and Business Advisers Conference

C Sessions

Thursday, June 13,
10:45 a.m. - Noon

C1. Profit Improvement: Ten Tips
Room: M100D

Speaker(s): Don Minges
NASBA field of study: Business Management & Organization - Non-Technical (1.5)

In good times and in bad, asking the tough questions and ensuring efficiency are part of every financial manager’s job. And, when a company experiences poor performance, the finance team is often under the first and heaviest scrutiny. Being proactive can help prevent inefficiencies and the need to play catch-up, but what are some ways to do this? Develop a strategy to focus your organization’s resources, explore ten techniques to help improve your company’s bottom line and understand how to invest in your people.

Room: M100D, Mezzanine Level | View map

C2. Tax Update
Room: M100G

Speaker(s): Mark Sellner
NASBA field of study: Taxes - Technical (1.5)

What’s happening in the 2019 tax environment? The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) has been in place for more than a year and you have a much clearer picture of the changes and issues that emerged. Get up to date on federal and state tax issues affecting middle market, privately-held businesses and their owners and investors. Learn how to address potential real estate tax issues and how to properly account for business expense deductions. Plus, receive additional guidance on the TCJA and identifying planning opportunities and pitfalls.

Room: M100G, Mezzanine Level | View map

C3. Everything You Want to Know About SOC Reports
Room: M101

Speaker(s): Nick Fischenich, Thomas Mootz
NASBA field of study: Information Technology - Technical (1.5)

Whether you’re new to Service Organization Control (SOC) reporting or an existing issuer or recipient, bolster your understanding of SOC reports in this informative session. Review the different types of SOC reports and how they’re structured. Understand the value and purpose of different SOC reporting options. Get the latest associated guidance on recent changes to SOC reporting procedures. And, explore best practices for reviewing key components of SOC reports obtained from third-parties.

Room: M101, Mezzanine Level | View map

C4. Blockchain, Cryptocurrency and Their Impact
Room: M100B

Speaker(s): Thomas Stephens
NASBA field of study: Information Technology - Technical (1.5)

Blockchain and cryptocurrencies continue to be among today’s hottest technologies, but few accounting and finance professionals fully understand their impact. Make sure you understand these useful tools by learning about the foundations of blockchain and cryptocurrency, how they work and how they are currently being used in business. See the possible issues affecting these technologies, as well as their potential to revolutionize traditional processes. Come away with a greater understanding of how blockchain and cryptocurrencies differ, and which applications can best utilize them.

Room: M100B, Mezzanine Level | View map

C5. Smart Decision-Making
Room: L100E

Speaker(s): Dr. Michael Kiefer
NASBA field of study: Personal Development - Non-Technical (1.5)

We’re all faced with difficult or important decisions, but having the tools and skills to make smart ones can reduce the anxiety around decision-making. In this practical session, learn how to use a ranked grid system for analyzing and presenting multiple choice decisions to a group. Discover the power of using a decision-making checklist to keep emotions and egos in check and understand the importance of consensus decision-making. Apply your newly acquired skills both in the office and for personal decisions!

Room: L100E, Lower Level | View map

C6. Ethics: Conflicts of Interest in Accounting and Finance
Room: L100C

Speaker(s): David Schultz
NASBA field of study: Behavioral Ethics - Non-Technical (1.5)

Can you moonlight during off-work hours? Can you accept gifts from clients? What about writing that daring, tell-all book about your workplace? Conflicts of interest are a major issue in accounting and finance. Learn how to identify a conflict of interest, whether it be financial, personal or something broader. Hear how the meaning of this ethical concern is changing and develop strategies to avoid and eliminate potential conflicts.

Room: L100C, Lower Level | View map

Previous: B sessions

Next: D sessions

Full agenda

MBAC19 Sponsors

  • Opening Keynote

  • Bonus Session & Lanyards

  • Premiere Happy Hour

  • Happy Hour Food Station

    SharePoint Credit Union
  • Refreshment Break

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