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Friday, October 22, 2021 @ 8:30am 4:30pm
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Description

This event is designed to approach critical topics from the perspective of a CFO, controller, manager or accountant from the inside of a business or industry position. Visit the website at www.ms-cpa.org for a complete agenda.

Credits

Category Amount
General 8.00

Sessions

Friday, October 22, 2021

8:30am - 9:20am
$0.00
Credits: General 1
9:20am - 10:10am
$0.00
Credits: General 1
10:20am - 11:10am
$0.00
Credits: General 1
11:10am - 12:00pm
$0.00
Credits: General 1
Leaders:
1:00pm - 3:40pm
$0.00
Credits: General 3
3:40pm - 4:30pm
$0.00
Credits: General 1
Leaders:

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.



Leaders

Conrad Bell

Conrad Bell has over 25 years of experience in Information Technology and Cybersecurity. Conrad’s current role at C Spire as the Chief Information Security Officer is to direct the Office of Cybersecurity’s cross functional teams in aiding each line of business in reducing cyber risk while delivering services. Conrad’s career experience spans across a variety of leadership positions at tactical, operational, and strategic levels of both government and private sectors. From his service to our country in the US Marine Corps and as a federal civilian employee, to his role as Systems Analyst at the University of North Texas and Sr. Network Security Architect with General Dynamics, Conrad is very experienced in developing policies and configurations and securing infrastructure. Conrad has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and a Master of Science degree in Information Assurance. He also holds several industry certifications, including Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM).

Michael T. Dawkins

Michael T. Dawkins

Michael Dawkins, J.D. is Shareholder at Baker Donelson in Jackson. Mr. Dawkins' white collar practice involves his defense of individuals and companies investigated or charged with various white collar crimes, including financial and tax fraud, economic espionage, theft of trade secrets, crimes against the environment and charges of mail fraud and wire fraud. With regard to investigations and lawsuits under the civil Federal False Claims Act he has decades of experience defending individuals and companies, including government contractors. He has nearly 30 years of experience in the defense of clients in administrative, civil and criminal investigations and enforcement matters involving environmental permitting, regulatory and statutory noncompliance. He frequently works with consulting engineers, toxicologists and other experts, including experts in the fields of the fate and transport of hazardous and toxic substances into the environment. In the area of internal investigations, most recently, he has conducted internal investigations of allegations of financial statement misstatements and insurance fraud. He often works on investigations with forensic accountants and financial statement auditors in the testing and investigation of fraud. He has several years of experience defending criminal federal income tax and state sales tax investigations and prosecutions. Due in large part to his experience in accounting, auditing and the performance of internal investigations, Mr. Dawkins conducts systems reviews for the purpose of monitoring compliance with requirements of federal and state statutes and regulations, as well as compliance with best practices procedures implemented for the purpose of systematizing and maintaining that compliance. He advises clients on changes to practices, policies and procedures in order to improve compliance and avoid violations of statute and regulation. Mr. Dawkins worked in public accounting for four years, principally in the areas of auditing and tax, and he has maintained his license as a certified public accountant since 1984. He has represented CPAs in professional liability cases, disciplinary proceedings and in civil and criminal matters involving allegations of violations of tax law.

Cecil (Bill) M. Felder

BILL FELDER, CPA, CISA, is a native of Long Beach, Mississippi, and received his Bachelors and Masters of Professional Accountancy from Mississippi State. He is a director in the auditing and consulting department of Harper, Rains, Knight & Company, P.A. where he is in charge of audit engagements to a variety of industries including government-assisted multi-family housing projects, hospitals, Federal government entities, employee benefit plans, workers’ compensation, financial services, medical services, wholesale supply, churches and non-profit organizations. Bill is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Central Mississippi Chapter of Certified Public Accountants where he served as a past-secretary. Bill has earned the designation of Certified Information Systems Auditor from the Information Systems Audit and Control Association and is a discussion leader for continuing professional education courses sponsored by the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Baxter Howell

Baxter is a senior audit associate II at BKD CPAs & Advisors. He has over 4 years of public accounting experience providing auditing and accounting services to governmental, commercial services and health care clients.

He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants and Mississippi chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Baxter is a graduate of Mississippi State University, Starkville, with a Bachelor of Accountancy degree and Master of Professional Accountancy.

Jason Marsh

Jason Marsh practices in the area of labor and employment law with an emphasis on representing public and private employers in defense of discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, hostile work environment and civil rights claims. He also handles EEOC charges and other administrative complaints through the administrative and judicial process.

Jason's practice covers an array of issues that arise in the employment context, including employer compliance with applicable federal and state employment laws, including Section 1981, Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Equal Pay Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act. He has litigated a variety of civil rights cases arising under the U.S. Constitution and has tried cases in state and federal courts in Mississippi.

Sean M. Sarsfield

Sean Sarsfield, is a Director with BKD’s Forensics & Valuation Services division and leads its Houston practice, providing forensic accounting, fraud investigation, business busines interruption and litigation support services. In addition to being a CPA, Sean has the following accreditations: CVA (Certified Valuation Analyst), CFF (Certified in Financial Forensics), and CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner).

For over twenty years Sean has provided advice to attorneys, executives, and shareholders to assist them throughout the dispute process. He has extensive experience guiding his clients through the duration of the legal process, from initial fact gathering and discovery through arbitration, mediation, and trail. This includes preparation for the deposition of fact and opposing expert witnesses, providing financial opinions through expert witness reports and testimony, and assistance with trial preparation.

Dudley D. Wooley

Dudley Wooley serves as CEO/COO at Ross &Yerger. He joined the firm in 1995 as an AccountExecutive and works with a wide array ofbusinesses, with particular emphases in thehealthcare and nonprofit industries.

Prior to joining Ross & Yerger, Dudley worked fiveyears as an analyst/account executive withMarketing Research Institute in Jackson and twoyears as a management information systemsconsultant with Andersen Consulting in Nashville,Chicago and Memphis. Dudley graduated in 1988 from VanderbiltUniversity, where he earned a Bachelor of Sciencedegree in Mathematics. In 1995, he completed theMasters of Business Administration program atMillsaps College, receiving the scholastic honor ofBeta Gamma Sigma. Dudley has achieved the Accredited Advisor inInsurance (AAI), Certified Insurance Counselor(CIC), Certified Risk Manager (CRM) and CharteredProperty Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designations. Dudley and his wife, Julie, have three children –Gates, Clay, and John - and are active members ofNorthminister Baptist Church in Jackson. CPCU, CRM, CIC "The Ross & Yergerapproach is honest andstraightforward. Ourgoal is to meet andexceed all our clients'risk-managementexpectations