Instructor Biography

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Steven M. Platau, CPA,Esq.,MAcc

Steve Platau is Professor of Accounting where he has served in the faculty since 1984. His works have been published in the Journal of Accountancy, Practical Accountant, CPA Journal, Real Estate Review, The Practicing CPA, Employee Benefits Journal and Florida CPA Today among others. Steve is a principal consultant to the CNA Insurance Companies providing loss control programs to CPA firms nationally. His professional involvement includes service as a member of the Florida Institute of CPA's Board of Governors and on various FICPA and AICPA committees including an award as Outstanding Committee Chairman for his work in chairing the FICPA's Professional Liability Committee. Mr. Platau's business experience includes time with two of the "Big 5" international accounting firms, private law practice and industry accounting along with financial interests in several hospitality businesses. He has been an arbitrator serving on the American Arbitration Association's National Panel of Arbitrators since 1985, he began training arbitrators in 1995. His mediation experience includes certification by the Florida Supreme Court as a Circuit Court Mediator since 1991. He has been honored as an Outstanding Discussion Leader and has been on the faculty of the National Judicial College since 1996. Steve has given more than 1,200 presentations since 1991. Dual training in both accounting and law provide Mr. Platau with a unique and varied perspective on issues facing the accounting profession.