The FICPA’s Mega CPE Conference was Back in Black for 2014 and brought fun, learning and choices to over 600 attendees from across Florida and beyond.
Rewind to the highlights on this page and then save the date for the 2015 event!
FICPA Outgoing Chair Ken Strauss, Women's Leadership Committee and the FICPA presented awards to outstanding individuals for their contributions. Honorees include:
Special Chair Award,
LGBT Task Force Chair
Donna M. Son
Special Chair Award,
Extraordinary Institute Service
Allison Harrell, CPA
FICPA 2014 Women
to Watch: Emerging Leader
Sheri Schultz, CPA
FICPA 2014 Woman
to Watch: Experienced Leader
F. Gordon Spoor, CPA
George A. Gulisano
Special Chair Award,
FICPA Board of Governors' Outgoing Member Service Recognition
Outstanding Committee Chairs
- Lawrence J. Chastang, International Taxation
- Joe Handy, Florida State Tax Section
- Common Interest Realty Associations; Lena Combs, Chair
- International Taxation Committee; Lawrence Chastang, Chair
Visit the 2014 MEGA CPE Conference Facebook album, tag yourself and friends at the 2014 conference!
This year's Mega CPE Conference offered insight and practical knowledge flowing from all directions. Here are excerpts from key thought leaders Tom Hood, Michelle Golden and Dan Griffiths.
Keynote Presentation – How Technology Affects the Future of Learning for CPAs
Tom shared insights on the shift change in accounting. The winners will be those individuals andorganizations who can keep their L>C2 (squared).
Tom recommends "End of Competitive Advantage" by Rita McGrath as a good summer read.
Keynote Presentation – Get Better Results: Improve Outcomes with The Result Triangle
Michelle shared how to use The Result Triangle to solve problems. Michelle says that Goal, Fear and Care are three corners of great communications – addressing fears is key to marketing positioning.
Women's Leadership Summit
More than 100 professional women joined together for a full day of
education, inspiration, leadership training, mentoring and a little fashion sense too!
ACCEL 2014 | Dan Griffiths
Accel Leadership Forum Coach, Dan Griffiths, CPA, CGMA led attendees through intensive leadership training, teaching Young CPAs (YCPAs) to leverage their strengths in charting a career course. Dan addressed the importance of strategic thinking in YCPAs' quest to become future leaders in the CPA profession.
He shared that, in a recent study of 60,000 leaders, a strategic approach to leadership was, on average, 10 times more important to the perception of effectiveness than other behaviors studied.
Sponsors, Exhibitors and the Mega Marketplace
Accounting technology and service providers filled the Mega Marketplace to the rafters. For two days, attendees explored a myriad of business solutions and innovations.
The Marketplace was the perfect backdrop for unwinding at the popular vendor reception. Congratulations to Ana Riddell, CPA at Prestige Properties in Tampa. Ana won the $50 American Express gift-card drawing for exhibitors!
Thank you Platinum Sponsors! AON and CNA Insurance; MemberBenefits, Inc.
Also thanks to our Event Sponsors: ADP, Amzur, CPA Practice Advisor, Liberty Mutual and TriNet
YCPAs joined with accounting service in a community service project. The group prepared care packages to be shipped to soldiers in combat. (Photos in Community Service photo folder)
Women’s Leadership Summit and Mega Conference attendees also filled the rack with gently used
professional apparel. All the donations were given to Dress For Success Greater Orlando to help empower area women to achieve self-sufficiency.
Attendees and exhibitors downloaded the 2014 Mega app and used it to track schedules, plan their time and post to social media. If you weren't following #MegaCPE, here's what you missed:
The room magically transformed into a wine cellar where more than 150 attendees enjoyed an evening of celebration, friendship and tradition. FICPA members and spouses honored the Institute's outgoing Chair Ken Strauss and welcomed Jeff Barbacci as 2014-15 Chair. The evening included a celebration of exceptional volunteer service, the presentation of the past-chair ribbon, the passing of the gavel and other time-honored FICPA traditions.
The evening was capped off in true Walt Disney style with the Wishes™ nighttime spectacular fireworks display.
Mega CPE Conference 2015: New Location!
© Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin
June 10-13, 2015
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort
Save the date now to be in the heart of the Walt Disney World® Resort, the award-winning Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin is your gateway to Orlando's greatest theme parks and attractions. The Swan and Dolphin hotel is conveniently located in between Epcot® and Disney's Hollywood Studios™, and nearby many other popular Orlando attractions so you can stay close to the action.
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Mega attendees, sponsors and exhibitors get the last word about the 2014 Mega CPE Conference. Here's what they said: