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Watch Some of the Excellent Presentations from the 36th Annual Accounting Conference - November 2012

The 36th Annual Accounting Accounting Conference was an outstanding success thanks to a blockbuster lineup of presenters that included:

Denny Beran, Chairman of the Board, Institute of Internal Auditors, and senior VP of audit, JC Penney Corporation, who spoke about “Enhancing the Value of Internal Auditing.”

Lynn Turner, former Chief Accountant at the SEC, presented on “An Investors Perspective on the Role of Auditors in the Future—Will Audits be Needed in 20 Years?

Jonathan W. Duersch, associate chief accountant, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, shared valuable insights on “IFRS Convergence and Accounting.”

James Leisenring, former member of the FASB and the IASB, and currently serving as senior advisor to the FASB, provided information on “Conceptual Framework Issues.”

Weston Smith, former CFO of Health South, spoke about his direct involvement in one of the largest frauds ever.  His topic was “Crossing the Line: An Insider’s Story of HealthSouth Fraud.”

Jason Collins, managing partner of Reid Collins & Tsai LLP, offered advice on “Accounting Liability—Current Issues and Trends.”

Bill Ezell, a member of The Pathways Commission, presented “Charting a National Higher Education Strategy for the Next Generation of Accountants—A Report from the Pathways Commission.”

Paula Eldredge, audit manager, Zions Bankcorporation and president, Salt Lake Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors, taught attendees how to be a team player within an organization in “Using the Same Playbook.”

Anthony Berrett, partner, KPMG LLP provided the “Accounting & Financial Reporting Update.”

Garrett Koerner, tax senior manager, Ernst & Young, presented “The Fiscal Cliff: Critical Tax Policy Decision Ahead.”