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.

Fall 2016

  • AUGUST 25, 2016

    PwC Speaker Panel
    6:15 - 8:15 PM, Gerson 126
    About the Speakers:

    • Tim O'Hara, Assurance PCS Partner, Fort Lauderdale
    • Mike Seelig, Assurance Partner, Charlotte
    • Sarah Anderson, Tax Partner, Atlanta
    • Alex Zierler, CMAAS Manager, Miami
    • Thabo Abbate, Risk Assurance Experienced Associate, Miami
  • SEPTEMBER 1, 2016 (Cancelled due to Hurricane, to be rescheduled)

    Jose R. Rodriguez
    6:15 - 8:15 PM, Gerson 126
    Topic: TBD
    About the Speaker:

    Jose R. Rodriguez

    Jose is an audit partner in the Greensboro, NC office and also serves as the Partner in Charge of KPMG LLP’s Audit Committee Institute. He also served as the Chief Operation Officer – Global Audit, Office Managing Partner for KPMG’s Global Services Center, SEC Reviewing Partner and a Foreign Filing Review Partner and was previously the Regional professional Practice Partner. Jose was admitted to the partnership in 1995, in the Miami office and has done a rotation in KPMG’s national office. Additionally, Jose was a member of KPMG’s U.S. and Americas Board of Directors from 2006 to 2011 and served as the Lead Director.

  • SEPTEMBER 8, 2016

    Brian Zophin & Jeff Palgon
    Crowe Horwath
    6:15 - 8:15 PM, Gerson 126
    Topic: Intro to Crowe Horwath LLP, and Evolving Risks In Cybersecurity and Data Analytics.
    About the Speakers:

  • SEPTEMBER 15, 2016

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

  • SEPTEMBER 22, 2016

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

  • SEPTEMBER 29, 2016

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

  • OCTOBER 6, 2016

    Martin Nash
    6:15 - 8:15 PM, Gerson 126
    Topic: Importance of Technology in Accounting
    About the Speaker:

    Martin Nash
    Managing Director, Protiviti, Tampa, FL

    Martin is a Managing Director in Protiviti’s IT Consulting practice with over 15 years of consulting experience in a variety of industries. Martin currently is one of the leaders in Protiviti’s ERP Solution practice and is the Firm’s PeopleSoft subject matter specialist for the US. Prior to joining Protiviti, Martin spent roughly five years within the PeopleSoft practice of another consulting company. There he participated in full life cycle implementations of PeopleSoft Financials and Human Capital Management at major Fortune 500 companies.

    At Protiviti, Martin is the PeopleSoft subject matter expert and focuses on services geared towards assessing IT related areas, such as Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, General Computer Controls, System Implementation Reviews, Application Security and Control Reviews, Segregation of Duty Assessments, GRC Implementations, Project Risk Management, and IT Audit.

  • OCTOBER 27, 2016

    Michael Kohner
    Andersen Tax
    6:15 - 8:15 PM, Gerson 126
    Topic: Tax Planning During Times of Uncertainty


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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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