Professional Speaker Series

Offered Fall and Spring semesters, the Professional Speaker Series (ACG3802) is designed to expose students to technical topics and emerging issues in accounting, business, and in related professions such as law. Guest speakers will provide a practicing professional's insights regarding technical issues and concerns affecting the accounting profession. Some sessions will relate to professional career planning, and the speakers will discuss various specialty areas, unusual occupations, unique firm practice structures, or non-traditional career opportunities. Presentations are followed by a reception during which time students can interact one-on-one with the speaker and his or her associates.

Attendance is limited to those students who have registered for the course or have advanced approval from the course coordinator. The course may not be repeated.

Spring 2018

  • JANUARY 11, 2018

    Michael Balter, Sara Sethi, Danielle Igoe, Oliver Almonte
    6:15 - 8:15 PM, Gerson 126
    Topic: Marcum LLP and the business of public accounting

  • JANUARY 18, 2018

    Jefferson Johnson
    6:15 - 8:15 PM, Gerson 126
    Topic: Building your personal brand
    About the Speaker:

    Jefferson Johnson Jefferson Johnson

    Jefferson began his career working at a staffing firm in Salt Lake City and after 3 years he and his wife relocated with the same employer to Florida. After their move, he left staffing to work with an environmental consulting firm as their east region recruiter. During his time with this firm, he had the responsibility of hiring 450 contract employees over a span of 5 months in response to the BP Oil Spill crisis. In 2011, he accepted a job opportunity with EY to work in campus recruiting. During his time at EY, he has earned two promotions and now acts as an Assistant Director of Campus Recruiting for the state of Florida. He is responsible for the oversight of all entry-level hiring in the 5 Florida offices.

  • JANUARY 25, 2018

    Robert Tache and Michael Safra
    6:15 - 8:15 PM, Gerson 126
    Topic: Path to Partner and a Career in Tax
    About the Speakers:

    Robert Tache Robert Tache

    Robert is the Florida/San Juan Office Tax Managing Partner and an international tax partner based in our Miami office with over twenty-seven years of experience. Robert has deep experience delivering tax consulting, compliance and attest services to large, multinational public and private companies. Robert leads our Financial Reporting of Taxes – International Tax/Transfer Pricing team.

    Robert is a Florida CPA who graduated from the University of Florida with a Master of Science in Accounting, with specialization in Taxation, and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting (with Honors).

    Robert is a member of both the American and Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

    Robert sits on the University of Florida’s Fisher School of Accounting Advisory Board.

    Michael Safra Michael Safra

    Michael is a tax partner in our Florida tax practice, Michael has over 14 years of public accounting experience and serves as the lead tax partner for many US corporations, REITs and partnerships specifically focused on serving private equity firms and portfolio companies in the Real Estate Sector.

    Michael is a Florida CPA who graduated from the University of Florida with a Masters of Taxation and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.

    His experience in partnerships, and REITs have enabled him to add value to his clients in many ways, including LP/LLC agreement review, entity and transaction structuring, investor relations guidance, technology driven solutions to his clients and assistance with tax due diligence on transactions.

    Michael is a member of both the American and Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

  • FEBRUARY 1, 2018

    Speaker TBA
    6:15 - 8:15 PM, Gerson 126
    Topic: TBD

  • FEBRUARY 22, 2018

    Speaker TBA
    6:15 - 8:15 PM, Gerson 126
    Topic: TBD

  • APRIL 5, 2018

    Speaker TBA
    James Moore
    6:15 - 8:15 PM, Gerson 126
    Topic: TBD


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Warrington College of Business
BRY 100
PO Box 117150
Gainesville, FL 32611-7150
Phone: 352.392.2397
Fax: 352.392.2086

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