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 2015

  • January 8, 2015

    Ed Salek, Paul Droubie, Jennie Muniz and Chelsey Dukes
    Dixon Hughes Goodman
    6:15 - 8:15 PM, Gerson 126
    Topic: Public Accounting – An Inside Look
    About the Speakers:

    Ed Salek

    Ed Salek is an audit partner with DHG with 18 years of public accounting experience. He serves a variety of companies including many with multi-state and international operations. He regularly works with clients to successfully navigate complex accounting and business matters. Ed had the honor of being selected as one of Northeast Florida’s ’40 under 40’ by the Jacksonville Business Journal and is a graduate of the University of Florida’s Fisher School of Accounting.

    Paul Droubie

    Paul Droubie is a tax partner with DHG with 20 years of experience in public accounting with a Big Four firm. He has worked with a variety of public and private clients in the real estate, insurance and consumer markets industries providing tax consulting and compliance services, with deep experience providing services to clients in the real estate industry. Paul had the honor of being selected as one of Northeast Florida’s ’40 under 40’ by the Jacksonville Business Journal and is a graduate of the University of Florida’s Fisher School of Accounting.

    Jennie Muniz

    Jennie Muniz is an audit senior manager with 8 years of public accounting experience including service with a Big Four firm prior to joining DHG. Her experience includes serving a variety of private and public companies with deep experience in employee benefit plan audits. Jennie is a graduate of the University of Maine and had the honor of being selected as one of Northeast Florida’s ’40 under 40’ by the Jacksonville Business Journal as well as one of the top 26 CPAs under 36 in Florida by the FICPA in 2013.

    Chelsey Dukes

    Chelsey Dukes is an audit associate with DHG. She completed internships with DHG and a Big Four firm prior to joining DHG full time in 2013. Chelsey graduated from the University of Florida where she was actively involved in the Fisher School of Accounting and other campus organizations including service as Vice President of the Florida Business Leadership Society.

  • January 29, 2015

    Phillip Fretwell
    Protiviti
    6:15 - 8:15 PM, Gerson 126
    Topic: TBA
    About the Speaker:

    Phillip Z. Fretwell

    Phil is a Managing Director with Protiviti and is responsible for Protiviti’s operations in Florida and Latin America. He has over 30 years of accounting, auditing and consulting experience, including 19 years in public accounting and 8 years as an audit partner. He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Florida.

    Phil received a Bachelor’s degree in accounting with a minor in computer science from Florida State University in 1982. He received a Master of Business Administration degree from Florida State University in 1983. He is a member of the American and Florida Institutes of Certified Public Accountants and the Institute of Internal Auditors. He has served as the Chairman of the Board of Junior Achievement of Central Florida and the President of the University of Central Florida Accounting Advisory Board. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Heart of Florida United Way as a member of the Executive Committee and the Chairman of the Finance Committee. Phil is also currently on the Florida State University Professional Advisory Board and is a frequent speaker on a variety of financial topics.

  • February 5, 2015

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

  • February 12, 2015

    Mike Balter
    Marcum LLP
    6:15 - 8:15 PM, Gerson 126
    Topic: Effective strategies for success and growth in public accounting
    About the Speaker:

    Mike Balter

    As Partner-in-Charge of Marcum’s Florida Region, Mr. Balter oversees Firm services to all Marcum clients and is also responsible for operations in all of the Firm's Florida offices. Additionally, he is Partner-in-Charge of Florida Assurance Services and is a member of Marcum's Executive Committee. Mr. Balter joined Marcum in 2014 with over 25 years of client service experience in the construction, manufacturing, distribution and service industries.

    Mr. Balter holds an MBA from Florida Atlantic University and a BS in Accounting from the University of Florida, where he serves on the Accounting Advisory Board. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA), and the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) – South Florida. He is also a Board member and Past President of the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) and is a committee member of the FICPA Construction Conference.

    Mr. Balter authored the Financial Management section of The Contractors Manual for Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and recently completed his term as Financial Counsel for the South Florida Chapter of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America. He also is a regular contributor to industry journals including Construction Focus, Construction Ink, and Building Florida.

  • February 19, 2015

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

  • February 26, 2015

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

  • March 19, 2015

    Speaker TBA
    SunTrust Robinson Humphrey
    6:15 - 8:15 PM, Gerson 126
    Topic: TBA


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