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.
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.
James Moore & Co.
6:15-7:30pm, Virtual Speaker: Kyle Paxton Topic: Surviving Politics and COVID-19
Kyle is a Tax Manager in James Moore’s Gainesville office and proud alumni of the Fisher School. Kyle manages and monitors tax projects for individuals and businesses and interacts closely with clients to provide innovative tax planning, consulting and compliance services. Meet Kyle
Alvarez & Marsal
6:15-7:30pm, Virtual Speakers: Richard Sober, Timbes Riley and Lawrence Watkins Topic: A&M Global Transaction Advisory Group – Introduction to Private Equity & Financial Due Diligence
Richard Sober is a Managing Director in Atlanta. He leads the Healthcare practice of A&M’s Transaction Advisory Group. He graduated from the UF’s Fisher School 3/2 Program in 1999. Prior to joining A&M, he spent over 8 years with Big Four firms.
Timbes Riley is a Director in Atlanta in A&M’s Transaction Advisory Group. He graduated from UF’s Fisher School 3/2 Program in 2011. Prior to joining A&M, he spent over 6 years with Big Four firms.
Lawrence Watkins in a Senior Associate in Atlanta in A&M’s Global Transaction Analytics Group. He graduated from Wake Forest University’s MAcc program. Prior to joining A&M, he spent 2 years with a Big Four firm.
6:15-7:30pm, Virtual Speaker: Michael Safra Topic: The Impacts of COVID-19 at Deloitte
Michael Safra is a Tax Partner at Deloitte, based out of the Miami office. He is a fellow Gator and has been with the firm for over 17 years. In his free time he loves running, golf, CrossFit, traveling, and of course spending time with his family.
6:15-7:30pm, Virtual Speaker:Kelly Stephenson Topic: Transformation Delivery @ KPMG: how we help our clients transform, and how we transform ourselves
Managing Director, Transformation Delivery
I partner with my clients in the Energy sector to develop and enable operations and technology strategies, and help them to lead complex transformation programs. I work with client executives and leaders to identify organizational, process, and technology solutions to address disruptive forces impacting companies across the energy value chain.
I am proud to be recognized as a leader, team builder, and problem solver by my clients and my KPMG colleagues. I am at my best when leading teams and people with diverse skill sets and capabilities to solve complex business challenges. I strive to bring lessons learned and insights from my experience to achieve business outcomes, reduce risk, and enact positive change for my client’s organizations.
In my 18+ years of advisory and industry experience, I have supported clients to define strategy and improve performance in key business line functions (such as customer experience, revenue cycle, energy retail operations, market settlement, transmission & distribution operations, and gas operations) as well as back-office functions (including ERP, finance & accounting, IT, HR, internal audit, and supply chain).
Berkowitz Pollack Brant
6:15-7:30pm, Virtual Speakers: Steve Messing, Ken Vitek, Richard Cabrera, Savannah Snow, Michael Hirsch Topic: Becoming a Trusted Advisor – Building your Career and Client Relationships
Senior Tax Director, UF Accounting grad class of 1974
Director of Tax, UF Accounting grad
Associate Director of Tax, UF Accounting grad
Manager of Tax Services, UF Accounting grad
Michael Hirsch (Tentative)
Senior Manager of Tax, UF grad (JD) / NYU grad (LLM Taxation)