Instructor Biography

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William Blend, CPA, CFE

Bill Blend is a Shareholder at MSL and a member of the Firm’s Governmental Practice Group. Bill has over 19 years of public accounting, governmental and not-for-profit experience. He has provided services to numerous municipalities, counties, and other governmental entities. Professional Experience Bill has extensive experience in the auditing of governmental financial operations of municipalities, counties, special districts and authorities. He also provides consulting services in the area of internal control assessments, ligation support, fraud remediation, and performance reviews. He has authored numerous CPE courses on governmental accounting and auditing, instructed CPE sponsored by the FGFOA and the FICPA. Bill is one of only a few CPAs in the state qualified by the FICPA to teach their government ethics class, and he is often sought out as a speaker around the state. He is a two time recipient of the FICPA Outstanding Discussion Leader Award. Bill is a Certified Fraud Examiner and is trained in the use of the “IDEA” data mining software. Education, Certifications and Licenses ? B.S. Degree in Accounting, Long Island University ? C.P.A., Certified Public Accountant – Florida ? C.F.E., Certified Fraud Examiner Affiliations and Community Involvement ? Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) ? Member of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA) ? FICPA Technical Committee ? Instructor for the FGFOA and develops and teaches Firm auditing classes ? FICPA Discussion Leader – Ethics for Governmental CPAs in Florida ? Member of the Florida Government Finance Officers Association (FGFOA) ? FGFOA Conference Committee ? FGFOA Technical Committee ? Member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners ? Seminole County Chamber of Commerce – Government Relations Committee