TU to Host 70th annual Conference of Accountants May 23-24

The University of Tulsa Collins College of Business School of Accounting and Management Information Systems will hold its annual Conference of Accountants May 23-24, 2016. The 70th annual conference will be held at the Lorton Performance Center, 550 S. Gary Place.

Attendees can expect discussions from notable speakers representing corporations and organizations across the nation. Topics cover all functional areas of accounting within a broad business context, including financial, managerial, systems, auditing and tax areas. More than 400 accounting professionals and educators are expected to attend the conference.

Session topics and speakers include:

  • “Retaining and Developing Women Leaders in Accounting,” Mary L. Bennett, owner, MLBennett Consulting, Lake Lure, NC
  • “Simplifying the Audit Through Innovation,” Bill Brennan, managing partner, assurance transformation, PwC U.S., New York
  • “FASB Activities,” Daryl Buck, board member, FASB, Norwalk, Conn.
  • “What is new in Oilfield Fraud,” Scott A. Carter, certified fraud examiner, Cimarex Energy Company, Denver, Colo.
  • “The Psychology and Science of Ethics,” Toby Groves, independent researcher, Groves Research and Consulting, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • “Economic and Market Outlook,” Jim Huntzinger, executive vice president and chief investment officer, BOK Financial, Tulsa
  • “Leveraging Your Leadership Through Innovation,” Peter A. Margaritis, CPA, chief edutainment officer, The Accidental Accountant, Westerville, Ohio
  • “Current Accounting Developments at the SEC,” Jenifer Minke-Girard, assistant deputy chief accountant, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Washington, D.C.
  • “UBS Economic Viewpoint,” Brian Nick, CAIA, executive director, head of Tactical Asset Allocation, UBS Financial Services, Inc., Plano, Texas
  • “QuikTrip – A Value Driven Company,” Stuart Sullivan, chief financial officer, QuikTrip, Tulsa
  • “Tax Policy and the 2016 Elections: Candidate Platforms and Congressional Tax Reform Prospects,” Jeff Kummer, director of tax policy, Deloitte Tax LLP, Washington, D.C.
  • “Leases Pieces – New Lease Standards,” James Bowie, senior manager, oil and gas sector resident, Ernst & Young LLP, New York
  • “Buy-Side and Sell-Side Success Strategies,” Wyatt B. Jenkins, vice president, BKD Corporate Finance, LLC, Springfield, Mo., and Matt Klauser, director, BKD, LLP, Kansas City, Mo.
  • “Cloud Collaboration for Finance and Accounting,” Matthew Armstrong, account executive and Alex Rountree, solutions architect, Dropbox, Austin, Texas

“Through the efforts of the Conference of Accountants planning committee and supporters of our educational mission, we are pleased to offer an exciting group of speakers to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the conference,” said Karen Cravens, Chapman Professor of Accounting and director of TU’s School of Accounting and Management Information Systems. “Drawing on the expertise of local professionals and speakers from across the country, this year’s conference addresses the most timely topics for accounting and business professionals.”

The Conference of Accountants evolved from a series of annual meetings initiated in 1947 by Professor Emeritus Paul J. Graber. Funds allocated from the net proceeds of each year’s conference provide awards and educational support for undergraduate and graduate accounting students at TU. Cosponsoring organizations include the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners; Financial Executives Institute; The Institute of Internal Auditors; Beta Alpha Psi, Eta Rho Chapter; Institute of Management Accountants; Tax Executives Institute; and Tulsa Chapter, Oklahoma Society of CPAs.

Attendees can earn up to 15.5 hours of CPE for CPA or other certification continuing education requirements. For more information or to register, go to www.utulsa.edu/coa, or contact Jennie Dugger at 918-631-3194.