Young CPA Conference

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Friday, April 26, 2019 @ 8:30am 4:30pm
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This Mississippi Young CPA Network event is for young and aspiring CPAs looking to build success skills to get ahead.





Category Amount
Accounting&Auditing 3.00
General 1.00
Personal Development 4.00


Friday, April 26, 2019

8:30am - 9:20am

9:20am - 10:10am

10:20am - 11:10am
11:10am - 12:00pm
12:00pm - 12:50pm
12:50pm - 1:40pm

1:45pm - 2:35pm
2:45pm - 3:35pm

3:35pm - 4:25pm

Course Materials

Links to the e-materials will be listed with your course registration in your account on the MSCPA website seven calendar days before the course. You will receive an e-mail when the materials are available.

The option to request printed materials is only available up to 5 business days prior to the course date. Walk-in registrants and those registering between 1 and 5 days before the course will be sent an electronic link to the e-materials by default. “Extra” printed course materials will not be available on site. Printed materials are not available for conferences.


Jan M. Craig

Jan Craig serves as the Associate Commissioner for Income and Property Taxes for the Mississippi Department of Revenue in Jackson. She has held this position since 2011. As the Associate Commissioner, Ms. Craig oversees the Income Taxes which include Individual Income Tax, Corporate Income and Franchise Tax, Withholding, Miscellaneous Taxes, the Customer Service area for the Department, and the Property Tax area which includes the Motor Vehicle Registration and Title. Ms. Craig has been with the Department for 22 years and has served in the Income Tax Bureau and Miscellaneous Tax Bureau. Ms. Craig holds an MBA from Delta State University and a Bachelor of Accountancy from the University of Mississippi. She is also a CPA.

Derrick J. Garner

Derrick earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Mississippi College December of 2002, and a Masters of Business Administration from Delta State University December of 2011. He started his governmental career as an Accounting Auditor at MS Gaming Commission from July 2003 to July 2013. While working as an Auditor at the MS Gaming Commission he earned the following licenses; Certified Public Manager and Certified Public Accountant, and Certified Fraud Examiner July 2013. He moved to the Office of the State Auditor in September 2013 as a Field Auditor with the Performance Audit Division. He then transferred to the Investigation Division Section in January 2014 where he worked white collar crime in State and Local Government. In 2016 he transferred to Agency Audit Division, and in 2018 Derrick Garner was named Director of the Compliance Section of the Financial and Compliance Audit Division. His is a member of MS CPA Society and sits on the committee of NSAA concerning Performance Audits.

David McClendon

David McClendon is a Data Analyst in HORNE LLP’s Ridgeland, Mississippi office where he is a member of the Healthcare Services team. He is responsible for maintaining and developing numerous database and reporting services projects as well as data analytics services. He is also a developer for workflow and business intelligence tools within the firm. David has a degree in database administration and started work at HORNE LLP in 2006. He has numerous Microsoft Office certifications and enjoys sharing what he has learned with others.

Danny L. Miller

Danny L. Miller is the United States Bankruptcy Clerk for the Southern District of Mississippi. Danny was appointed Clerk of Court on January 3, 2008. As Clerk, he oversees a staff of twenty-seven and manages the administrative operations of the court for two federal judges. The Southern District covers the lower 45 counties of the state and has a current caseload of approximately 12,000 active cases. Danny practiced public accounting for six years before entering government service with the State of Mississippi in 1987. After six years as an auditor/analyst/investigator for the Mississippi Legislature, Danny served in administrative roles for a two large State agencies over a thirteen year period, including eight years as Financial Management Director of a large state agency with 3,500 employees and an annual budget of $900 million. Interestingly, during his professional career, Danny has worked in all three branches of government (executive, legislative and judicial) as well as all three levels of government (local, state, and federal). Danny also serves as an adjunct professor of business, accounting, and law for Belhaven University. He is a licensed CPA and a licensed attorney. He has a BBA from the University of Mississippi, an MBA from Mississippi College, and a JD from the Mississippi College School of Law. He and wife Tracy are the proud parents of Reed, Kendall, Jack, and Kate.

Joseph Rugger

Joseph Rugger, CPA, CGMA, currently serves as the Account Manager for DentistMetrics in Little Rock, Arkansas. He has been a discussion leader for the Arkansas Society of CPAs and the AICPA and has been a guest speaker at numerous organizations talking on the topic of personal finance, time management, negotiations & body language. Joseph serves as a past chair of the Emerging CPAs Committee for the State of Arkansas. He has also served as secretary for the Board of Directors for the Arkansas Society of CPAs. Joseph was named the 2011 Outstanding Emerging CPA by the Arkansas Society of CPAs. He has been a member of the AICPA’s EDGE Experience & Young Member Initiatives Committee. Joseph is a 2013 graduate of the AICPA’s Leadership Academy. He speaks on industry and personal development topics throughout the Midwest and Southern United States teaching Continuing Education for the AICPA. He is passionate about helping CPAs become better CPAs.

Shad White

Shad White, 32, who has been Mississippi Justice Institute director since December, was recently appointed as Mississippi’s new state auditor by Governor Phil Bryant. White will serve the rest of the current four-year auditor's term, which ends in January 2020. White succeeds Republican Stacey Pickering, a former state senator from Jones County who has been auditor since 2008. White earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Mississippi, and was then a Rhodes Scholar, earning a master's degree in economic history from Oxford University. He later earned a law degree from Harvard. He also holds a certificate in forensic accounting, which is used to detect fraud, from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. White and his wife, Rina, live in Rankin County.