Summer Vacation Cluster

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Thursday, August 05, 2021 - Saturday, August 07, 2021
Disney's Yacht Club Resort - Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL 32830
8:30AM - 5:00PM (opens at 8:00AM) EST
Accounting and Auditing and Ethics and Technical Business

Registration is Closed

Online registration for this course is now closed. Please contact the Member Service Center at (800) 342-3197 if you wish to inquire about registering.

$199.00 per session
$125.00  Non-Member add on
Course Type: CPE Conferences
Course Code: 21/SVC
Level: Update
Vendor: Florida Institute of CPAs


The CPE Event with Vacation in the Name

Join us at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort on August 5-7, 2021 for quality CPE. Hear from nationally known subject matter experts. You can choose to attend 1 or up to 5 sessions for our annual Summer Vacation Cluster. Each session is 4 hours and full of great content as you take a deep dive in the latest hot topics! Major topics including the New Auditor's Report, Review & Compilation Requirements, Digital Transformation: Cloud, Cybersecurity, Blockchain, AI, Federal Income Taxes, Fraud Risks, Enterprise Risk Management, Sales Tax Rules and Florida Ethics (4980).

Delight in the formal grace of a grand New England-style yacht club at this lakeside hotel at the Walt Disney World property. Relax in the inviting elegance of a plush lobby replete with nautical touches, explore the whimsical Stormalong Bay and rent a variety of watercraft from Bayside Marina. Sharing many amenities with its pastel-toned sister, Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort is walking distance to Epcot and a convenient boat ride to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.This conference not only offers a vacation for you and the family, it also offers some of the best speakers and topics available. 


Conference Site
Disney's Yacht & Beach Club Resort
1700 Epcot Resorts Boulevard
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830



There are an abundance of wonderful accommodations in the Disney area with availability within walking distance. Our group reservations are now closed. For reservations at the Walt Disney World reservation office call (407) 939-4686.


Thursday, August 5, 2021

Registration and Breakfast

Time: Thursday 8:00am - 8:30am

Digital Transformation for Accounting Professionals: Cloud, Cybersecurity, Blockchain, Analytics and Artifical Intelligence

Time: Thursday 8:30am - 12:00pm Credits: 4 AA

Rob Valdez, CPA, CISA, CISM - Director - Cybersecurity & Automation - Kaufman Rossin

In response to an evolving landscape of technological disruption, new technologies and approaches require CPAs to understand and address a wide variety of aspects of information systems, including how to manage risk and provide assurance over those information systems.  This presentation provides an overview of concepts relating to disruptive technologies as well as considerations for providing assurance over information systems involving them.
Learning Objectives
After attending this presentation, participants will understand:
• Fundamental concepts relating to disruptive technologies
• Impacts and information risk caused by disruptive technologies
• Key aspects of attest engagements and reports involving disruptive technologies
• Considerations for preparing your clients for assurance relating to information systems


Asset Protection in 2021: LLC Structuring, Trusts and the Death Tax

Time: Thursday 8:30am - 12:00pm Credits: 4 TB

In this session we will discuss the practical aspects of the law of asset protection. Attendees will learn the most effective LLC Structuring implemented as a part of a comprehensive personal plan. The key insights into Domestic and International Trusts and the taxation of those trusts for will be covered. And we will cover the Death Tax in a Biden Administration and How to Plan.



Time: Thursday 1:00pm - 1:30pm

New Auditor's Report, New Review and Compilation Requirements, and Recent Independence Changes

Time: Thursday 1:30pm - 5:00pm Credits: 4 AA

Steven Morrison, CPA - Partner-in-charge Audit Quality Group Cohn Reznick, LLP

The auditor's report is changing for substantially all engagements. There are new requirements in performing reviews and compilations and independence requirements have been updated. In this up-tempo presentation, practitioners can understand these changes and ways to effectively and practically implement them.


All You Need to Know About Florida Sales and Use Tax

Time: Thursday 1:30pm - 5:00pm Credits: 4 TB

Florida sales and use tax is the most complicated and misunderstood tax in the state.  Most companies and their tax professional learn about the tax the hard way - during an audit. This session will help you learn about Florida sales and use tax from an attorney that does nothing but sales and use tax controversy. 


Friday, August 6, 2021

Registration and Breakfast

Time: Friday 8:00am - 8:30am

You Aren't As Ethical As You Believe . . And Why That Matters to Accounting Professionals

Time: Friday 8:30am - 12:00pm Credits: 4 AA

Michael Bret Hood -Director of 21st Century Learning & Consulting, LLC

Does simply being in the accounting profession affect your ethical decision-making processes? How much do your self-esteem and self-confidence affect your willingness to go along with or go against unethical acts? In this session, we will discuss remedies to how your brain alters, transforms, and completely ignores relevant facts so that you can do what you want instead of what you need to do. 


A CPA's Tax Knowledge Will Never Be Complete - The Federal Tax Update for 2021

Time: Friday 8:30am - 12:00pm Credits: 4 TB

Nathan Wadlinger, EA, CPA, JD, LLM - Lecturere In Taxation at FSU and Tax Servies at Thomas Howell Ferguson CPAs

Walt Disney said his parks will never be complete as long as there is imagination. Likewise, a CPA's tax knowledge will never be complete as long as we have the U.S. government! To develop your tax knowledge further we will revisit federal tax events over the last year and even look to the future where some wish for tax dreams to come true!



Time: Friday 1:00pm - 1:30pm

Fraud Risks and Maintaining Professional Skepticism

Time: Friday 1:30pm - 5:00pm Credits: 4 AA

Steven Morrison, CPA - Partner-in-charge, Audit Quality Group CohnReznick LL

A look at various frauds that may exist in real-world scenarios and the importance in audits of an attitude that includes a questioning mind.


How An "Enterprise Risk Management Program" Can Minimize the Risk of Loss and Help Mitigate Exposure for Your Entity, Large or Small!

Time: Friday 1:30pm - 5:00pm Credits: 4 AA

Steve Nouss, CPA - Director: Business Advisory Services - Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors & CPAs

Many Large Companies and Now Smaller Companies are Implementing an "Enterprise Risk Management Program" that fits the Company's Culture and Protects Major Assets both Tangible and Intangible.  Does this Element the Risk of Fraud?  A Real Life Example and the miner headaches.


Saturday, August 7, 2021

Ethics: Protecting the Integrity of Florida CPAs (4980)

Time: Saturday 8:30am - 12:00pm Credits: 4 ET



  • J. Stephen Nouss, CGMA, CPA

    Steve Nouss has more than 35 years of diverse business and public accounting experience with a global accounting firm and Partner for Consulting Services.  Nouss has served in various management positions including two Fortune 500 Companies and as a CFO for a Public Company.   Experience includes the establishment of international operations adapting to unique business environments, initiating and...

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  • James Holland Sutton Jr, CPA, Esq., LLM

    James Sutton is a CPA and Attorney with an almost exclusive focus on Florida sales and use tax controversy. His firm, Moffa, Sutton, & Donnini, PA handles audits, protest, litigation, consulting, collections, revocations, and criminal defense all revolving around sales tax matters. A graduate of Stetson (Bachelors and Juris Doctorate), Mr. Sutton is heavily involved with the FICPA and speaks at...

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  • Roberto Elias Valdez, CPA

    Roberto Valdez, CPA, CISA, is the Director of Cybersecurity & Automation Services for Kaufman Rossin.  He performs advisory and assurance engagements that include robotic process automation services, SOC 1, 2, and 3; IT risk assessments; phishing simulations; and engagements addressing compliance with requirements under HIPAA, FINRA, and SOX 404.  Engagements have included multiple industries...

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  • Gary A Fracassi, CGMA,CPA

    Gary Fracassi currently owns his own public practice in Orlando and has been at it for a “few” years.  He primarily focuses on tax and accounting/controller services for new and emerging small businesses, as well as several non-profit groups.  He started his career with a small local firm while still in school. He has worked in small firms, large regional firms, and in industry as controller for a...

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  • Steven E Morrison, CPA

    Steven Morrison is a partner in National Assurance – Audit Quality Group at CohnReznick, bringing experience as a client service partner, quality control reviewer, and as a standard setter. He has worked with entities in a variety of industries, including automotive dealerships, employee benefit plans, freight forwarding/mail courier, retail, and wholesale/distribution. His experience encompasses...

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  • Gary Forster, JD, LLM (Tax)

    Gary’s practice includes domestic and international corporate law, asset protection, tax, and estate planning. Gary handles a wide variety of corporate and personal planning matters.Gary spent the ?rst decade of his career structuring and closing some of the largest corporate transactions in the region.  The mergers and acquisitions Gary consummated range from the national consolidation of...

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  • Joseph Brian Page, JD, LLM (Tax)

    AttorneyForsterBoughmanBrian Page practices in the areas of domestic and international estate planning, domestic and international tax planning, federal and state tax controversy, and probate and trust administration.Brian has extensive experience developing sophisticated estate plans for wealthy individuals and families.  These plans are designed to reduce potential tax burdens within the context...

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  • Michael Bret Hood

    After serving 25 years as a Special Agent in the FBI, Michael “Bret” Hood became the director of 21st Century Learning & Consulting, LLC upon his retirement in 2016.  During his tenure with the FBI, Bret worked many complex financial crime, money laundering, corruption and major cases such as the 9/11 terrorist attack, the HealthSouth fraud and the Maricopa Investments case.  Since 2000, Bret has...

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  • Nathan Leon Wadlinger, CPA, JD, LLM

    Nate Wadlinger, CPA, JD, LLM  Tax is a Lecturer at Florida State University where he teaches tax courses in the Bachelors and Masters of Accountancy programs. He also works part-time in the tax services group of Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A. CPAs in Tallahassee, Florida. Further, he teaches as an adjunct at Florida State University College of Law and Boston University School of Law. He also is the...

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  • David Christie, CPA, CGMA, CITP

    David joined the UF Foundation in 2007, and has served in roles of Staff Accountant, Assistant Controller, Associate Controller, Sr. Associate Controller, Controller, CFO, and Assistant Vice President & CFO. He currently provides leadership to the finance, technology and risk management teams. Prior to joining UF, David worked as an auditor and bookkeeper, and served four years in the US Army...

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Major Topics:

Digital Transformation



Artificial Intelligence

Federal Taxes

New Auditor's Report

New Review and Compilation Requirements

Independence Changes

Sales Tax

Ethical Behavior

Fraud Risks and Maintaining Professional Skepticism

Enterprise Risk Management

Florida Ethics (4980)

Designed For:

CPAs and accounting professionals.