Instructor Biography

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Daniel J. O'Keefe, CPA, CFE, MBA

Dan O’Keefe heads up the Firm’s Governmental Practice Group. He also serves on the Board of Directors, is the Corporate Secretary for the Firm, and is the Dean of MSL University. He has 35 years of public accounting, governmental, and not-for-profit experience. He has provided services to numerous municipalities, counties, and other governmental entities, and is a nationally recognized expert in the area of governmental auditing. He is one of the most sought-after public sector instructors in the state.

Dan has extensive experience auditing governmental and nonprofit agency financial operations, including services provided to over 50 municipalities, 14 counties, four state agencies, and numerous special districts and authorities. In addition, he provides consulting services in the areas of internal control assessments, litigation support, fraud remediation, and performance reviews.

He provides Continuing Professional Education (“CPE”) services to clients, peers, and governmental agencies nationwide. He has authored numerous CPE courses on governmental accounting and auditing, delivered CPE sponsored by the American Institute of CPAs and the Florida Institute of CPAs, and previously served a four-year term on the Florida Board of Accountancy CPE Committee.

Education and Certifications

  • M.B.A. Degree in Accounting, Florida State University
  • B.S. Degree in Accounting, Canisius College in Buffalo, New York
  • C.P.A., Certified Public Accountant, licensed in Florida
  • C.F.E., Certified Fraud Examiner, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • Member of the International Honor Society of Beta Gamma Sigma Awards and Honors

Dan is a three-time recipient of the FICPA Outstanding Seminar Leader Award and a two-time recipient of the AICPA Outstanding Instructor Award.

Publications and Speaking Engagements

Dan is the co-author of A State Lottery: A Challenge for Auditors, co-author of Auditing Budget Requirements for Florida’s Local Governments, and author of the 1996 Single Audit Requirements. In addition, Dan authored The Florida Single Audit Act.

Affiliations and Community Involvement

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Government Finance Officers Association
  • Member of the AICPA State and Local Government Conference Committee
  • Served on the AICPA State and Local Government Expert Panel
  • Served on the Florida Government Finance Officers Association, Technical Review Committee
  • Served on the FICPA Governance Task Force
  • Member of the University of Central Florida Accounting Advisory Board
  • Former Vice Chairman of the Osceola County School District Audit Committee
  • Adjunct Professor with the University of West Florida
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce
  • Chairman of the Board for Seminole Community College Foundation
  • Served on the Board of Governors of the Florida Chamber
  • Former Chairman of the FICPA State Legislative Policy, CPE, and State and Local Government Policy Committees
  • FICPA Board of Governors, former member
  • FICPA Volusia County Chapter, former President
  • FICPA Standards Review Committee, former member
  • FICPA Education Foundation, former member
  • FGFOA Legislative Conference Host, Technical Resource, and Legislative Policy Committees, former member
  • Served on the Government Finance Officers Association Special Review Committee for 15 years

On the Personal Side

Dan lives in Winter Park, Florida and is an avid wine connoisseur. For relaxation, he has a home in Park City, Utah, where the family spends several relaxing weeks during the holidays, skiing, hiking, and enjoying the outdoors.