2013 Speaker Profiles - Under Construction
Concurrent Session Speakers - To Be Announced
|Brad Smith||Carla Caldwell|
|Randy Johnston||Seth David|
|Rick Richardson||Pat Hartley|
|Doug Sleeter||Mary Longacre|
Brad Smith was named Intuit’s president and chief executive officer in January 2008, culminating a five-year rise through the company where he successfully led several of its major businesses. Intuit simplifies the business of life for more than 60 million consumers, small businesses, financial institutions and accounting professionals around the world. Under Smith’s leadership, Intuit has maintained a startup mentality, despite being a 30-year-old Silicon Valley company. That mindset, combined with the ability to reinvent and transform itself along the way, helps establish Intuit as an innovative company with more than $4 billion in annual revenue and 8,500 employees around the world.
Facing the challenges of the Great Recession and dramatic technological changes, Smith pursued a three-point growth strategy to accelerate growth and transform Intuit to a connected services provider in an increasingly social, mobile and global world. Before being named CEO, Smith was senior vice president and general manager of Intuit's Small Business Division, which included the portfolio of QuickBooks, Quicken and Payroll products. Previously he led the company's Consumer Tax Group, which produces TurboTax, the nation's leading consumer tax preparation software.
Smith earned his master's degree in management from Aquinas College in Michigan and a bachelor's degree in business administration from Marshall University in West Virginia.
Randolph P. (Randy) Johnston, MCS has been a top rated speaker in the technology industry for over 30 years. He was inducted into the Accounting Hall of Fame in 2011, and was selected as a Top 25 Thought Leader in Accounting in 2011 and 2012. His influence throughout the accounting industry is highlighted once again this year by being a recipient of the 2011 Accounting Today Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting award for the 8th consecutive year. Among his many other awards, he holds the honor of being one of Nine Technology Stars in the U.S. by Accounting Technology Magazine. Randy 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.
Rick Richardson is managing partner of Richardson Media & Technologies LLC, a multi-media and strategic technology consulting company. Prior to forming his current company, he had a 28-year career in technology with Ernst & Young, the last twelve years of which he served as National Director of Technology. Rick has been named to the “Technology 100” - the annual honors list of the 100 key achievers in technology in America and honored by the American Institute of CPAs with two lifetime achievement awards for his contributions to the profession in the field of technology. He has been named as one of the “Top 100 Influential People in Accounting” by Accounting Today magazine. In 2012, he was inducted into the Accounting Hall of Fame by CPA Practice Advisor magazine. He is a sought-after speaker around the world, providing his annual forecast of future technology trends to thousands of business executives, professionals, community leaders, educators and students.
Doug Sleeter is Founder and President of The Sleeter Group, Inc. His Doug Sleeter’s in-depth knowledge of accounting software solutions and his "systems" approach to solving accounting problems for the SMB market have earned him the reputation of being one of the nation's leading small business accounting software experts. He has been named one of the "Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting" by Accounting Today magazine and he was recently recognized by The CPA Practice Advisor magazine as one of the accounting profession’s “Top 25 Thought Leaders.”
Pre-Conference Workshop Speakers
Carla Caldwell looks after US training for accounting professionals at Xero. She has been training accounting professionals and small business owners for over 10 years on multiple small business and mid-market accounting packages including Sage. As a former business owner and consultant, Carla brings real-world experience (and a little humor) to her training classes.
Seth David is owner of Nerd Enterprises, Inc., a successful business consulting and training company specializing in online software consulting and training. Seth makes extensive use of social networking tools, and Web videos to maximize the impact of his training. His unique style and personal touch has helped him develop a worldwide audience in excess of 10,000 people consisting of small business owners, consultants and technology enthusiasts. Seth graduated from Pace University in 1996 with a bachelor's degree in Accounting.
Pat Hartley, MBA, is owner of Accounting on the Go! Pat works with small business owners and managers to harness the power of their Accounting Software. She offers her knowledge and experience with management accounting controls to provide one-on-one training and hands-on classroom training for QuickBooks and Xero. Pat is an Advanced Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor, a Certified Xero Partner and Trainer, and an Accounting Advisory committee member at several colleges and universities. She is also a proud member of The Sleeter Group Consultants Network and the Intuit Trainer/Writer Network.
Mary Longacre is owner of Custom Accounting Solutions, LLC in Alexandria, Virginia. Since 1998, she has been helping people set up, customize and learn how to use every version of QuickBooks software. Mary currently provides QuickBooks add-ons, custom apps, conversion assistance, business process consulting, and support services to “make you the Quarterback for your business” in the Washington DC area and nationally. She has been a beta tester for Intuit and other software developers since 2005. Mary is a Method Certified Solution Provider, as well as an Advanced Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor, a certified QuickBooks Online Accountant Advisor, an Intuit Authorized Reseller, and an Agiliron Partner. She is a member of The Sleeter Group Consultants Network and a Chapter Leader for the National Advisor Network, as well as a member of the “Mentor Plus” Consulting Accountants Roundtable.
Raju Vegesna is the evangelist for Zoho. Raju is one of the key people responsible for developing the strategic direction of the Zoho Suite. Prior to joining Zoho Corp, Raju co-founded an Internet services company serving the educational market. He holds a Bachelors degree in Computer Science.
Amy Vetter, CPA.CITP is the CPA Programs Leader for Intacct Corporation responsible for leading the Intacct Accountant Program (IAP), collaborating with CPA2Biz and working with IAP CPA Firms to help them grow their Outsourced Accounting Services Practices. She is an Intacct Certified Services Provider, CGMA and Advanced Certified ProAdvisor. Prior to Intacct, she was an Intuit Key Account Manager responsible for Intuit's Major Accounts and Creator/Facilitator for the Intuit Practice Excellence Program (IPEP). Additionally she was a Partner in a South Florida CPA Firm; President of her own successful Outsourced Accounting Services practice in South Florida and is an accomplished author of accounting software reference materials. She has been a a national & local speaker for consultants & software application users at various accounting technology and user conferences throughout the United States. Amy has had the privilege of serving on the AICPA’s Journal of Accountancy Technology Advisory Panel since 2009, was recognized as “One To Watch” on Accounting Today’s Top 100 Most Influential People Listing for 2012, and selected as an outstanding 40 under 40 technology-based accountant in 2006 and 2009 by The CPA Technology Advisor. In 2007, she won the South Florida Business Journal’s Up & Comer award for her expertise in accounting and dedication to the community.