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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.”  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cC3NsxddZg

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?  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzvsgRwqIFk

Jonathan W. Duersch, associate chief accountant, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, shared valuable insights on “IFRS Convergence and Accounting.”  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_G-oLeTTqg

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.”  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vONQ6yFWfA

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.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weyh1slhtww

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.”  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKNDAPcMi9c

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.”  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKVe-T-X5NM

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.”