UF Accounting Conference

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The FICPA University of Florida Accounting Conference was held November 3-4, 2011 in Gainesville, Florida. In keeping with its tradition, the conference provided quality education, delivered by expert presenters, many of whom were humorous and charismatic while delivering their topics!

The outstanding lineup of topics and speakers was developed by a dedicated group of volunteers comprised of CPAs from around the state of Florida. This group of CPAs is mostly UF alumni working in a variety of practice areas, from public accounting, industry, government, and education. This variety helps ensure there’s something for every CPA to take away!

If you weren’t there in person, check out what you missed!

  • Preparer Penalties and Tax Controversy Update - Jane Callahan – Dean, Mead, Egerton, Bloodworth, Capouano & Bozarth, PA
  • Real Estate Boom, Bust and New Boom - Dan Levine – High Road Management, LLC
  • Internal Auditing: Key to an Organization’s Internal Control Processes - Kevin Mayeux –The Institute of Internal Auditors
  • State Tax / Nexus - Ron Tambasco – TruePartners Consulting, LLC
  • Accounting From a Director’s Perspective - Cary McMillan – TruePartners Consulting, LLC
  • Taxes and Tidbits – Jack Winter – Berkowitz, Dick, Pollack & Brant CPAs & Consultants, LLP
  • Effects of European Regulation Developments on the Auditing Profession
    UF Students:
    Lauren Skillman
    Katie Mccann
    Samantha Simon
    Allen Zhao
    Dustin Breck
  • FASB Update - James Leisenring – Financial Accounting Standards Board
  • Present Auditing and AICPA Update: Executive Summary - Chuck Landes - AICPA
  • Professional Update - Stam Stathis – FICPA President – James F. Thielen, CPA, PA
  • Are You Smarter than a CPA Candidate? - Chris Falk – UF Fisher School of Accounting
  • International Tax Topic - What the CPA Needs to Know - Leslie Share – Packman, Neuwahl & Rosenberg, PA
  • Cloud Computing - Applying This and Other Technology to Your Practice - Doug Barbin – Bright Line CPAs & Associates, Inc.
  • Accounting for Sports Franchises - Justin Webster – Denver Broncos
  • Auditing for Fraud Detection - Pat Perzel – Perzel & Lara Forensic CPAs, PA


FICPA President Stam Stathis delivers a presentation on the current status of the CPA profession.

Several attendees enjoyed a great opportunity to visit with fellow UF alumni at the Thursday evening reception.  There were the traditional appearances by the UF Cheerleaders, and UF mascots Albert and Alberta, who led everyone in festive cheers in anticipation of the upcoming UF Gator Growl and homecoming football game.

UF Attendees enjoying a lively reception while mingling with Albert, Alberta and UF Cheerleaders.

Albert leads the UF Cheerleaders in a cheer.

Members of the North Central Florida Chapter also joined the conference Friday afternoon and attended the last sessions to be considered their chapter meeting for the month of November.

A special thank you goes to the 2010-2011 UF Committee members for all their hard work and dedication to making the UF Accounting Conference a continued success each year.  Led by Chairman David Barley, committee members include:

Gary A. McGill, Director, UF Fisher School of Accounting
Gerry Arsenault
Kim Autrey
Gene Bonham
Jesse Boyles
Steve Bunch
Joseph Cannella
Rich Franz
Irv Gleim
Sheryll Goedert
Brad Gould
Ken Hartwig
Chip Jackson
Daryl Johnson
Dan Levine
Gary Margolis
Rochelle Matza
Tony Medina
Steve Moses
Steve Nouss
Kristine Polo
Sheri Schultz
Debbie Zaller

To view all the pictures from the conference, please click here.

Thank you to everyone who attended this year’s conference!