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 2019

Orson Lucas

Orson Lucas
6:15-8:15pm, Gerson 126

Topic: Information Security & Privacy

About the Speaker: Orson Lucas is a Managing Director with KPMG’s Cyber Services based in Tampa, focused on helping complex, global organizations to enhance the maturity of their security programs to protect their most sensitive information assets. He has spoken at over two dozen conferences on various technical topics, and has authored several papers and articles in leading publications such as Compliance Week and Bloomberg.

6:15-8:15pm, Gerson 126

Topic: A Career in Tax

Michael Safra

Michael Safra, Tax Partner

Michael is a tax partner in our Florida tax practice, Michael has over 15 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.

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.

BS in Accounting – University of Florida
Masters of Taxation – University of Florida

Ashley Graham

Ashley Graham, Tax Senior Manager

Ashley is a senior manager in Deloitte’s Florida tax practice. She has more than 8 years of experience consulting with both public and privately held companies in numerous industries, including real estate and manufacturing.

Her experience includes domestic, state and local, and international tax compliance and consulting services for corporate and flow-through entities, including accounting for income taxes (ASC 740), REIT and corporate transactions and restructuring, and audit controversy services.

BS in Accounting– University of Florida
Masters of Taxation – University of Central Florida

Alex Olcese
AllChem Industries
6:15-8:15pm, Gerson 126

Disney Internships
Disney Careers
6:15-8:15pm, Gerson 126

Eddie Fernandez

Eddie Fernandez

Eduardo (Eddie) Fernandez is a Fixed Assets Senior Manager for Disney Worldwide Shared Services (DWSS). He returned to Disney during 2011 with the Studio Segment and transitioned to DWSS during 2015. Eddie leads the capitalization, fixed asset sub-ledger maintenance and tax depreciation reporting & analysis enterprise wide for North America, Asia Pacific and Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) regions. Additional accomplishments include process automation, improved forecast accuracy and lead employee engagement initiatives. Eddie has over 22 years of experience as a financial professional. Prior to returning to Disney, Eddie held various management positions within entertainment, technology, commercial real estate & manufacturing industries. He is a CPA and holds an Economics BA and Business Administration minor from UC Berkeley.

Skye Archer

Skye Archer

Skye Archer is a Senior Accounting Associate for Disney Worldwide Shared Services. Skye is a member of the payroll tax team. In this role, she is responsible for filing and paying unemployment insurance and withholding tax returns. Other responsibilities include maintaining a personal interface with state and federal governments, performing forensic accounting to resolve inquiries, and improving tax processes.

Skye joined The Walt Disney Company as a College Program participant at the Magic Kingdom in 2013. She returned in 2015 as a Disney Professional Intern within Payroll. She converted to a full-time position in 2017 for the payroll tax team.

Skye holds a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Speaker TBD
6:15-8:15pm, Gerson 126

Andy Schrader

Andy Schrader
6:15-8:15pm, Gerson 126

Topic: Accounting Career Paths in Industry

About the Speaker: Andy has 25 years’ experience in accounting and finance in large, multinational companies. He has worked for IBM, Allied-Signal and for the last 20 years has worked for Siemens in a series of roles of increasing responsibility involving budgeting and planning, forecasting, general ledger accounting, subsidiary governance and quality management. He has worked in various business groups and done an international assignment. His current role is Director of Financial Statements and Audit Interface for the US Central Accounting group.

He is a graduate of the University of Florida, earning his bachelor’s and master’s degree in accounting. He has passed the CPA and CMA exams and also qualified in Six Sigma. He currently lives in Orlando, Florida with his wife and two children.

6:15-8:15pm, Gerson 126

Topic: Leading In The Digital World


Tim O'Hara

Tim O’Hara, PCS Audit Partner, Fort Lauderdale

Tim is an Audit Partner and has been with PwC for 30 years. He started with the firm in Philadelphia after graduating Drexel University. Over the past 30 years Tim has worked in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Essen Germany, and Fort Lauderdale Florida.

Tim made partner in 1999 and lives in Davie Florida with his wife and six children. Tim is currently enrolled in the UF EMBA 2020 program.

Jill Hanrahan

Jill Hanrahan, Digital Accelerator Senior Associate, Boston

Jill is a Digital Accelerator (DA) in the Tax Private Company Services (PCS) group in Boston, Massachusetts. She started with the Firm in October 2015 and became a DA in July 2018. While in PCS she worked on a large variety of clients: including large c-corps, consolidations, law firms, small partnerships, and individuals. Since becoming a DA, she has learned Alteryx and UiPath, led Process Improvement Session, and is helping build enterprise-wide and client specific solutions while upskilling her market.

Colby Marsh

Colby Marsh, PCS Tax Senior Associate, Tampa

Colby is a tax senior associate in the Private Company Services group in Tampa, Florida. Colby has been with the firm since July 2015, working with foreign inbound companies, private-equity portfolio companies, and closely held business across various industries.

James Moore
6:15-8:15pm, Gerson 126

Topic: Team Behind the Team

Brendan McKitrick

Brendan McKitrick, CPA, CISA

A manager with James Moore & Co.’s Audit & Assurance Team, Brendan has over 10 years of accounting experience, with a primary focus is on the higher education and government industries. As Certified Information Systems Auditor, he also puts his technical expertise to use on IT assessments and other aspects of client technology. Brendan received his Master of Science in Information Systems and Operations Management, and his Bachelor of Science in Accounting, from the University of Florida.

Shane Metzler

Shane Metzler

Shane is a senior accountant who serves nonprofit, higher education and government clients. At James Moore, he assists in audit planning, the performance of fieldwork, and the preparation of financial statements and reports. Shane earned a Master of Accountancy and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Florida.

Past Speakers