Conversations

Glen Christopher

GLEN CHRISTOPHERChristopher & Associates, LtdGlen Christopher is a professional speaker, consultant and Internet trainer.Glen's presentations help businesses focus on the benefits of technology, including:Explaining the benefits and uses of the Internet and its importance in a clear, easy-to-understand and entertaining wayLinking the mystique of the Internet to real business issues to save money and solve problems,

Susan Ireland

SUSAN IRELAND,Susan Ireland's Resume ServiceAs owner of "Susan Ireland's Resume Service" in San Francisco and Berkeley, Susan supervises a team of writers who work with job seekers from all occupations and levels of employment.

Karen Bergh

KAREN BERGH,RainMaker Pro Training & ConsultingKaren Bergh trains and coaches professionals who want to sell more. Early in her career, her creative copy for ad agencies appeared in national campaigns, and helped sell products ranging from gas grills to banking services.

David Maister

DAVID MAISTER,Maister Associates, Inc.David Maister is widely acknowledged as the world's leading authority on the management of professional service firms. For 17 years he has advised firms in a broad spectrum of professions, covering all strategic and managerial issues.

Spotlight on Frank Minter

AccountingWEB ProfileFrank Minter, CPAPresident, IMAExecutive in Residence, Samford UniversityAn Issues-Oriented Approach Leads to Industrious Plans for the IMAFrank Minter does not mince words, and he doesn't pause to choose the words when it comes to dealing with tough issues – topics that can literally make or break the Institute of Management Accountants during his

Spotlight on Andy Armanino, CPA

AccountingWeb ProfileAndy Armanino, CPAPartnerArmanino McKenna LLPRetention Methods are the Name of the Game at this San Francisco FirmArmanino McKenna has a simple, yet rock-solid firm philosophy: recruit good people and treat them well. End of statement.

August Aquila, V.P.-Mergers & Acquisitions, American Express Tax and Business Services Inc.

Since 1994 August Aquila has held leadership roles in the accounting consolidation movement in the United States. August is Vice President-Mergers & Acquisitions for American Express Tax and Business Services Inc. (TBS), a Division of the American Express Company. He is responsible for sourcing, negotiating and closing major acquisitions throughout the country.

Jack Fox, M.B.A., Author, speaker, comedian

Jack Fox is an unforgettable speaker, retreat facilitator, practice development consultant, master of ceremonies and accomplished professional stand-up comedian. Knowing that business is not a laughing matter, this results-producing author/consultant/seminar leader has assisted accountants and consultants in starting and building their very own successful businesses for more than twenty years.

Ronald Baker, Author, Speaker, Consultant, Trainer

Ronald J. Baker started his accounting career in 1984 with KPMG Peat Marwick’s Private Business Advisory Services in San Francisco. Today, he is a partner in Baker & Barnett, CPAs, located in Corte Madera, California–the firm he co-founded in 1988.As a frequent speaker at CPA events and conferences, and a consultant to CPA firms on implementing Total Quality Service and Value Pricing, his work takes him around the world.

Michelle Golden, founder, Golden Marketing Resources

Michelle Golden, FounderGolden Marketing ResourcesMichelle Golden founded Golden Marketing Resources to implement business development and management solutions within small to mid-sized professional service firms. Michelle Golden (formerly Gable) enjoyed several years as the marketing director for Williams-Keepers LLP, a mid-sized regional CPA firm.

Steven E. Abraham, J.D., Ph.D.

Steven E. Abraham, J.D., Ph.D.Associate ProfessorSchool of BusinessState University of N Y at OswegoOswego, NY 13126315/341-3307 (o)315/341-5440 (fax)Dr. Steven E. Abraham holds a B.S. from Cornell University (1980), a J.D. degree from New York University School of Law (1983) and Ph.D. degree in Industrial Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1992).

Erin P. Mackler, CPA

SysTrust Team LeaderAmerican Institute of Certified Public AccountantErin P. Mackler, CPA, joined the AICPA’s Assurance Services Team in October 1998 as the SysTrust Team Leader. Ms. Mackler is responsible for overseeing the AICPA’s Systems Reliability Task Force in the development and implementation of the CPA SysTrust service. She works with the Task Force in crafting the SysTrust Principles and Criteria for Systems Reliability, which serves as the foundation for the SysTrust service. Ms.

Bruce VanHorn

Bruce VanHornBruce@vanhorn-cpa.comCountthebeans.com212-924-6146As a CPA I have been very successful in incubating a number of Technology/Internet companies through my own client base. Port.ru, a Russian internet portal which I helped start has become the largest email service in Russia with over 2m registered users and a market valuation of 80m.

Lee Walthall, Chairman & CEO, Nationtax Online

Lee Walthall is the Chairman and CEO for Birmingham, Alabama-based Nationtax Online, the only company currently offering a completely Web-based solution for business tax preparation, filing and payment in multiple local, state and federal tax jurisdictions. Nationtax holds the distinction of currently being the only private company approved by the IRS to process a federal business tax form, Form 941 (Employers Quarterly Withholding) completely over the Web.

Stephanie Leon

Stephanie LeonSales & Support ManagerResults Accountants' SystemsI'm another East Coast transplant, born and raised in northern New Jersey. After completing my MBA at Seton Hall University I packed my bags and moved to the West Coast. At this time I thought long and hard about what I really wanted to do with my professional life.

Rex P. Gatto, Ph.D.

Dr. Gatto is the founder and president of Gatto Training Associates (GTA). Dr. Gatto's practice has been dedicated to helping people in the workplace to enhance productivity through a better understanding of themselves. He has done extensive research in the area of individual working, thinking, personality, leadership, teamwork and communication styles and their impact on the working environment. As a behavioral scientist and counselor he has devoted his energies to helping all levels of business people: CEO's, vice presidents, managers and professionals to have an enriched worklife. Dr.

Gregory S. Price, CPA, CISA, CFE

Gregory S. Price is a highly experienced information technology professional with significant profit and loss responsibility for two consulting functions at worldwide accounting firms. He has an outstanding record of improving profits by increasing revenues, extending market penetration, developing new services and managing cost containment.

Jim Kaplan

Jim Kaplan, CIA CFE CSMWebmasterAuditNetJIM KAPLAN, the Webmaster for AuditNet, is the Internal Auditor for Fairfax County Public Schools, the 12th largest school district in the United States. He has a Master of Science in Accounting from The American University in Washington, D.C. He is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) the National Association of Local Government Auditors (NALGA) and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Eva Rosenberg - a.k.a. The Tax Mama

Eva Rosenberg, MBA, EAemail: taxmama@taxmama.comwww.taxmama.comAffectionately known as TaxMama to her clients and her audience.Our TaxMama has decades of tax and business experience, across a surprising spectrum of industries. Combining formal training at national CPA firms and years in the trenches with her warm, homey style, she does her best to protect her brood from the ravages of the U.S.

Tina Kersen Ferguson

Tina KersenPresidentthe one80 groupTina Kersen loves the dynamics of today's evolving business workplace. A former marketing director for the 10th largest accounting firm in Dallas, Tina brings a unique perspective to AccountingWEB. Her view of the accounting industry comes from both a marketing and human resource slant. She has published articles about outsourcing, employee retention, employee morale, and financial strategies.

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