November 9-12, 2014

Caesars Palace Las Vegas
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Keynote & Session Speakers

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Keynote Speakers

Randy Johnston

Randy  Johnston

Randy Johnston writes a monthly column for The CPA Practice Advisor, articles for the Journal of Accountancy, and pens articles for both accounting and technology publications, as well as being the author of numerous books. He has started and owns multiple businesses including K2 Enterprises in Hammond, Louisiana and Network Management Group, Inc. in Hutchinson, Kansas. In 2010, NMGI announced their national support of CPA firms. His wife and four children enjoy many experiences together including theatre, music, travel, golf, skiing, snorkeling and model trains. His experience as a college instructor, management and technology consultant, and advisor to the industry will be obvious to you in today's presentation.

 


Himanshu Palsule

Himanshu Palsule

Himanshu Palsule, Chief Technology Officer and Head of Product Strategy for Sage North America, is responsible for directing strategy and product development across the full range of Sage products for the North American market. In prior roles at Sage, Mr. Palsule has been the General Manager of Sage North America's ERP and CRM products. His passion is around finding ways to simplify and streamline solutions using Cloud and mobile technologies. Mr. Palsule has more than 25 years of experience in the accounting and financial industries and is a regular speaker at several industry events. He holds a degree in Computer Science from India and a degree in Software Engineering from Minnesota.


Leslie Shiner

Leslie Shiner

Leslie Shiner, author, speaker, and trainer, has more than twenty five years’ experience working as a financial and management consultant with a focus on the construction industry. As the owner of The ShinerGroup, she has helped both small and large businesses better understand their business practices and maximize their profits. Ms. Shiner is the author of A Simple Guide to Turning a Profit as a Contractor. Ms. Shiner is an engaging speaker with a long history of rave reviews. She continues to receive high praise for her ability to make finances interesting, understandable, and even entertaining. She was recently inducted as a CEDIA Fellow and named a CPA Practice Advisor 2014 Top 25 Thought Leader.

 


Doug Sleeter

Doug Sleeter

Doug Sleeter (@DougSleeter) is a passionate leader of innovation and change in the small business accounting technology world.  As a CPA firm veteran and former Apple Computer Evangelist, Doug has melded his two great passions (accounting and technology) to guide developers in the innovation of new products and to educate and lead accounting professionals who serve small businesses.

Doug is best known for his expertise in QuickBooks as well as driving the adoption of online accounting and small business process solutions. Doug serves on several advisory boards for technology companies and has consulted with numerous industry leaders including Intuit, Sage, Bill.com, Agiliron.com, and Xero.

Doug is the publisher of the ... Read More


Susan Solovic

Susan Solovic
Susan Wilson Solovic is an award-winning serial entrepreneur, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Amazon.com top 100 and USA Today bestselling author, media personality, sought-after keynote speaker, and attorney. An Internet pioneer, Solovic was the CEO and co-founder of SBTV.com -- small business television -- a company she grew from it’s infancy to a million dollar plus entity. In 2006, she accepted the Stevie Award (the Oscar’s of business) on behalf of SBTV for the Most Innovative Company under 100 employees; that same year the company was voted the Best Investment Opportunity at a Venture Forum in the Silicon Valley.

Solovic received the Institute for Women’s Entrepreneurship Leader of Distinction Award, and she was the first recipient of AT&T’s Innovator of the Year ... Read More

Jennifer Warawa

Jennifer Warawa Jennifer Warawa is Vice President and General Manager of Sage Accountant Solutions, leading the accountant business and strategy for Sage North America. Jennifer's passion is to partner with consultants, accountants and bookkeepers to provide products, services, tools, training and resources that make a difference in their business or firm, and support them in delivering an extraordinary experience to their clients. Prior to working with Sage, Jennifer owned her own business for 12 years providing accounting, bookkeeping, and consulting services, software training, and implementation as well as business/ financial planning and marketing. Jennifer made the Accounting Today Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 and was also recognized on The CPA Practice Advisor’s Top 40 Under 40 list in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.


Geni Whitehouse

Geni  Whitehouse

Geni Whitehouse divides her time between working as a winery consultant at Brotemarkle, Davis & Co in the Napa Valley and writing, speaking, and tweeting. She believes everyone has something interesting to say and wants to help them say it. She is regular speaker at CPA and Technology conferences around the country and has been named a Top 100 Influencer by Accounting Today, one of 25 Thought Leaders in Accounting, and one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Accounting by CPA Practice Advisor. But her favorite award was being listed as one of “10 Tweeters worth following” by an accounting publication.  She is a member of the TEDxNapaValley organizing committee and was the first speaker at their first event. 


Session Speakers

Laura Dorsey-Shaner

Laura Dorsey-Shaner, with 20+ years of experience at the Maryland Association of CPAs (MACPA), Laura is currently putting her extensive knowledge of the accounting profession to work as a Customized Learning Consultant / Firm Specialist and Certified i2a Facilitator for the Business Learning Institute (BLI) – the training affiliate of MACPA. BLI’s mission is to deliver competency-based courses, content and community that enhance learning and foster organizational and executive leadership. As a Customized Learning Consultant, Laura focuses on the needs of accounting firms, as she assists learning directors and teams in designing effective, comprehensive, relevant and timely curriculum plans that combine a variety of learning essentials, including ... Read More

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Ed Kless

Ed Kless Ed Kless is the senior director of partner development and strategy for Sage North America. He is a frequent contributor to industry publications, including the Journal of Accountancy and Harvard Business Review, and has spoken at many conferences worldwide on project management, pricing, and knowledge workers. A senior fellow at the VeraSage Institute, he lives north of Dallas with his wife and two children and ran for Texas State Senate in 2010 and 2012 and Lieutenant Governor in 2014.

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Michelle Long

Michelle Long Michelle L. Long, CPA, MBA is an international trainer, consultant and author.  She is the founder of Long for Success, LLC, and co-host of the Ultimate Accounting vCon. Her Linkedin group (Successful QuickBooks Consultants) has nearly 65,000 members. Michelle was named one of 10 Women who Inspire a Profession by Accounting Today, a Small Business Influencer Top 100 Champion and Community Choice Winner by Small Business Trends, and a Financial Services Champion of the Year by the Small Business Administration in recognition of her dedication to helping entrepreneurs and small business owners. Michelle’s blog was named 10 Accounting Blogs Worth Watching by Accounting Today (LongforSuccess.com/Blog). Michelle has created QuickBooks training seminars (videos/DVD) and a practice set available at LongforSuccess.com/Learn-QuickBooks. She is the author of Successful QuickBooks Consulting and How to Start a Home-Based Bookkeeping Business and numerous courses for Intuit Academy.

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Mario Nowogrodzki

Mario Nowogrodzki

Mario Nowogrodzki, CPA/CITP is a member of the Intuit Accounting Professionals Trainer/Writer Network and was named by Intuit to the list of “Most Prolific Trainers for 2013”. Selected as a charter member of the Intuit Reseller Partner program, he is the only individual selected to serve on every Intuit Solution Provider advisory council since inception. Mario is founder and principal of Mendelson Consulting. The firm has been recognized as a “Killer VAR” and “Technology Pacesetter” by Accounting Technology magazine and “VAR Stars” by Bob Scott’s Insights newsletter – prestigious distinctions acknowledging commitment and character as a value-added-reseller and for reputation among peers, participation on advisory boards and speaker panels at industry events. Mario is a 3-time winner of the Sleeter Group’s “Top Technologist’ award.

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Bruce Phillips

Bruce Phillips

Bruce Phillips is a seasoned CPA and a passionate advocate for cloud technology. Having served as a CFO and COO of tech start-ups, he was an early adopter of cloud technology for accounting and other businesses. A well-known name in the SaaS industry, Bruce has been a key beta tester for several cloud technologies and was profiled as early as 2010 by Bill.com and SmartVault. More recently he was featured by

Prior to co-founding his accounting firm, Harshman, Phillips & Company (HPC), Bruce spent seven years at Ernst & Young, including two years as Audit Manager. As he helped clients navigate the challenging tax and compliance environments in each role, he gained invaluable insight ... Read More

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MB Raimondi

MB  Raimondi MB (Mary Beth) Raimondi, CPA, CITP, MS Taxation is an Advanced QuickBooks Certified ProAdvisor as well as an Intuit Solution Provider.  She holds certifications in QuickBooks Online, Enterprise and POS and is a Sleeter Group Certified Consultant as well as a Chapter Co-Leader/Instructor for the National Advisor Network (NAN).  She is also a charter member of the Intuit Training/Writing Network.  She has used QuickBooks since the DOS version and has been teaching QuickBooks nationally to both end users and accountants/consultants since 1999.  The focus of her practice in Trumbull, CT has migrated from a full time tax and accounting practice to  mainly QuickBooks consulting and training, specializing in strategizing, researching and installing 3rd party add-ons and conversions to QuickBooks from other accounting software.  

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Scott Scharf

Scott Scharf

Scott Scharf is the owner of Catching Clouds LLC, a cloud accounting practice providing virtual controller and virtual bookkeeping services leveraging cloud technologies. Scott has been in IT for over 30 years providing consulting and solutions from global multinational businesses to small businesses and is an expert in Unified Communications and Collaboration, IT Security, and cloud technologies. Scott now focuses his attention on helping businesses succeed by provide cloud accounting solutions, virtual CIO/CTO services and cyber security/cyber liability solutions. Scott is passionate about leveraging technology in smart and new ways to improve business processes, productivity, and profitability. Scott collaborates with his wife, Patti Scharf, a CPA who provides the deep accounting expertise, builds our virtual controller and virtual bookkeeping programs, and is a technology power user herself. When not working in the business, Scott is a full time geek and spends time with their two amazing kids and enjoying life in Colorado.

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Amy Vetter

Amy  Vetter

Amy Vetter, CPA.CITP, CGMA, is the Global Vice President of Education & Enablement for Xero. She is accountable for developing and executing the global education and enablement strategy for accounting partners and SMBs, including the creation and management of educational programs through Xero U and Xero TV. Prior to Xero, she was the CPA Programs Leader for Intacct Corporation and worked at Intuit, Inc as an Intuit Key Account Manager and Creator/Facilitator for the Intuit Practice Excellence Program (IPEP).   Amy has also run successful client accounting services practices as a Partner in a CPA Firm and on her own as a local and national corporation.  She is an accomplished author of accounting technology reference materials, as well as a national & local speaker for ... Read More

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