Join us and hear from some of the profession’s most prestigious leaders and speakers. Our speakers come from many different walks of life but all are experts in their field focusing on practice management, business growth and personal development issues.
Ronald J. Baker started his CPA career in 1984 with KPMG’s Private Business Advisory Services in San Francisco. Today, he is the founder of VeraSage Institute—the leading think tank dedicated to educating professionals internationally—and a radio talk-show host on the www.VoiceAmerica.com show: The Soul of Enterprise: Business in the Knowledge Economy. As a frequent speaker, writer, and educator, his work takes him around the world. He has been an instructor with the California CPA Education Foundation since 1995 and has authored fifteen courses as well as six books.
Michelle Golden is a growth and profitability strategist. She shows people how to think differently so they can solve really hard stuff. After a busy consulting practice working with more than 125 firms in 15 years, she became enchanted with a particularly visionary firm. She’s now a principal with that Top 100 firm—Kennedy and Coe—where she is part of the firm’s five-person leadership team. Knowing her enthusiasm can’t be contained, the firm encourages her to keep sharing her profession-advancing ideas outside the firm, too. Michelle is named multiple times among Accounting’s Most Powerful Women, Top 25 Thought Leaders, and 100 Most Influential People.
Melinda is the founder of Melinda Motivates, a leadership development and communication consulting firm based in New Mexico. Clients work with Melinda because of her practical approach to communication strategy, coaching, leadership program creation, and behavioral skills training. Using humor, directness, and clarity, Melinda shows people how to grow their leadership skills by learning to say what they mean and mean what they say.
Joining Caleb and Greg as a host for this year's event for the very first time, Richard is the Managing Editor of AccountingWEB.com and author of "Run It Like a Business" (Dearborn 2004), which provides advice on setting up and running a financial planning practice. He's also an award-winning magazine and online editor/writer specializing in business and finance.
Greg is a licensed CPA, a working standup comedian, a podcaster, and a blogger. As an accountant, he has worked in both public practice and in industry. As a comic he has performed throughout the U.S. and was recently featured in comedy festivals in Atlanta and New York City. He also regularly delivers "Comedy CPE" on the topics of ethics and fraud. In 2013 Greg was listed as one of Accounting Today’s Top 100 Most Influential People. As one of this year's hosts, Greg will, we're sure, entertain and inform you all at the same time.
Mark is acknowledged as a futurist who specialises in management planning and strategy for accounting firms. His programmes and consulting are based on over 25 years experience as a practitioner and consultant. He has worked with professional service firms in fifteen countries and has lectured throughout Europe, North America and Africa
Jim is vice president for Intuit’s Accountant and Advisor Group. Jim has led accountant teams since he joined Intuit in 2010 as vice president of marketing. His extensive marketing, general management and global experience will be invaluable as the Accountant and Advisor Group continues to serve as a center of excellence for Intuit’s worldwide efforts with accountants. Before Intuit, Jim was executive vice president and general manager of Activision’s $400M Licensed Products Division, where he was responsible for videogames associated with blockbuster movies franchises such as Shrek, Transformers, James Bond, and Spiderman.
Caleb joins Greg and Richard as a host for this year's AccountingWEB Live. You'll most likely know Caleb in his capacity as the Editor-in-Chief of Sift Media US, overseeing content for both AccountingWEB and Going Concern. Prior to falling into the media business, Caleb spent over five years working in public accounting, with more than three of those years at KPMG. Expect insight, thought provoking comment, questions (lots of questions) mixed in with a dash of irreverence and humor.
Scott is the Director of Government Affairs for Avalara, Inc. In his role, he leads Avalara’s effort to be the first name in sales tax automation. Prior to joining Avalara Scott was the first Executive Director of the Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board. For seven years he acted as the chief operating officer of an organization devoted to making sales tax simpler and more uniform for the benefit of business. Before joining Streamline Scott spent ten years as the Director of the South Dakota Sales Tax Division where he was responsible for state sales and use tax, the state’s contractor’s excise tax, the sales and use tax for over two hundred cities, and the sales and use tax for four tribal governments. Scott also spent twelve years providing research and legal writing for the South Dakota Legislature. Scott is a veteran of the U.S. Army and holds a master’s degree from the University of South Dakota.
David is the owner of Accounting Advisors, Inc., an Atlanta-based spreadsheet consulting firm that he started in 1991. He teaches dozens of webinars each year and speaks at conferences on Excel, along with writing freelance articles about spreadsheets that appear internationally.
As a former partner in a CPA firm, former two-time software company executive, and recent CMO of a tech startup, Geni has a passion for applying technology to solving business problems. She has been named a Top 100 Influencer by Accounting Today, one of 25 Thought Leaders in Accounting, and one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Accounting by CPA Practice Advisor. In 2012 Geni was invited to be one of the first 150 people blogging as LinkedIn Influencers. She is a member of the TEDxNapaValley organizing committee and spoke about basset hounds and Nuns at their first TEDx event in 2011.