Seminar Series
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Women In Business
Human Resources



29th Annual Intermountain Accounting Seminar
October 13, 2005

Speakers / Co-sponsors

Keynote Speakers

G. Michael Crooch
PhD, CPA, Board Member, Financial Accounting Standards Board

What’s Happening at the FASB and Why?

G. Michael Crooch was appointed to a five-year term with the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) in July 2000 and reappointed to an additional three-year term in July 2005. Prior to joining the Board, Mr. Crooch was a partner in Arthur Andersen where he was the Director of International Accounting Principles in the firm’s Professional Standard Group

Mr. Crooch was the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) representative to the International Accounting Standards Committee (IASC) and served on the IASC Executive Committee. He has served as a member and Chairman of the AICPA Accounting Standards Executive Committee (AcSec). He also is a former member of the American Accounting Association Financial Accounting Standards Committee.

Mr. Crooch earned a B.S. and M.S. in accounting from Oklahoma State University and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University. Before joining Arthur Andersen, Mr. Crooch was a Professor of Accounting at Oklahoma State University.

Mr. Crooch will review the current FASB agenda and discuss why the Board has chosen to address each topic.


Tracy Bean
CPA, CEBS, Managing Director, Compensation and Benefits, KPMG

Current Trends in Executive Compensation

Tracy Bean is the Managing Director of the PNW compensation and benefits group at KPMG. Tracy has worked extensively with top management and compensation committees to identify and implement strategic executive compensation and benefits programs designed to attract, retain and motivate key employees. She assists clients with the design, implementation, benchmarking and administration of compensation systems, incentive programs, retirement programs, and equity compensation. She is a frequent speaker on the topic of compensation including presentation to national groups such as World at Work and the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals. Tracy is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Employee Benefit Specialist.

This session will provide an overview of the changing environment of executive pay. Current hot topics will be covered such as the new rules for deferred compensation, stock option expensing and changes in equity compensation. Participants will receive information about how companies have responded to a variety of governance and regulatory pressures. The session will also discuss IRS activity in this area.

Chris Fawson
Ph.D., Department Head and Professor, Department of Economics, Utah State University
Economic Outlook for the Intermountain Region
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Chris Fawson is the Department Head for the Economics Department, former Vice Provost for Academic and International Affairs, and former Director for the Center for Rural Economic Development at USU. He speaks Mandarin Chinese and has traveled to many parts of Southeast Asia, the Mediterranean, and Africa on socioeconomic research projects for groups such as the World Bank, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the United Nations. Chris will present an economic outlook for the intermountain region with a special emphasis on emerging socioeconomic forces that are projected to change state and federal public finance policy over the next five years.

Tim Larsen
CPA, Managing Partner, Squire & Company, PC
360 Degrees of Financial Literacy

Tim Larsen began his career with Squire & Company, PC upon graduating with his Masters of Accountancy from Brigham Young University in April 1982. He has served as managing partner of the firm since July 2004. During his career he has worked in audit, tax, technology services, and consulting. Tim was the first individual in Utah to receive the Certified Information Technology Professional designation from the UACPA, receiving the 33rd certificate issued nationwide. He currently serves as a board member for the Risk Management Association. Tim will present on the 360 Degrees of Financial Literacy, the AICPA and CPA State Societies’ initiative to support financial literacy. This unique program encourages CPAs to take a broad leadership role in volunteering to educate the American public, from school children to retirees, on financial topics that apply to their particular stage of life.

Concurrent Speakers

E. Gail Anger

2005 Tax Update

Gail graduated from Utah State University in 1963 as the outstanding accounting and business student. He spent 26 years with the Internal Revenue Service; 3 years as a Revenue Agent and 23 years in Appeals work. Since 1989, he has worked with Tanner LC, a full service Tax, Assurance, and Consulting Firm. In 2000, he was chosen as the Outstanding CPA in Public Practice by the UACPA. In 2003, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the UACPA. He has served numerous times in leadership positions in the UACPA and ISPCPAs. He is a member of the UACPA, AICPA and ISPCPAs. He will discuss 2005 tax law changes, rulings and court cases.

The sheer hell of the tax code and why it is essential to keep current. Gail will review recent tax law changes, court cases and rulings. He will also discuss possible tax planning ideas.
He will try to guess where the new tax proposals will go.


Tracy Christman
CPA, Senior Manager, Ernst & Young LLP

Women in Public Accounting

Tracy has been with Ernst & Young for over 12 years, working in the Milwaukee, WI; Grand Rapids, MI; and Salt Lake City, UT offices. She has served clients in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, high technology and healthcare, many of which are SEC reporting companies. Her responsibilities include management and coordination of multiple audits and audit teams, assisting clients in researching and interpreting technical accounting matters, reviewing financial statements and SEC disclosures and filings. Tracy's presentation will include a discussion about challenges in the current public accounting environment, especially challenges facing women in the profession.


Mark W. Stevens
PhD, CPA, Audit Director, Deloitte.
AnnMarie Geddes
Audit Senior Manager, Deloitte.

Financial Update 2005
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Mark is a CPA and Audit Director in the Utah practice of Deloitte. Mark's expertise includes areas of small business, not-for-profit organizations, governmental units, retail, technology and manufacturing. He leads services to the public sector, higher education and insurance industry clients for the firm in Utah. During his 31 years with the firm, Mark has served many of the largest and most prestigious clients of the Utah practice. Mark is currently fulfilling his second five-year term on the Utah State Board of Accountancy. He is a past President, former board member and member of the Executive Committee of the UACPA. In 1999, he was awarded the UACPA’s highest honor as Outstanding CPA of the Year. He is a member and former council member of the AICPA. For over 15 years he has served on the Special Review Committee for the GFOA Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. Mark will discuss recent financial accounting decisions made by the FASB, SEC, AcSEC, and IASB.

AnnMarie serves as an Audit Senior Manager. She is a CPA with ten years of experience in public accounting, specializing in the public sector. She is a graduate of Utah State University with a Master’s Degree in Professional Accountancy. She is a member of the AICPA and the UACPA. Some of the clients that she has served are the include Altair Nanotechnologies Inc., United Carrier Network, Boart Longyear, America First Credit Union, Salt Lake City Corporation, Utah Retirement Systems, Utah State University, Dyno Nobel, and the Children’s Miracle Network.

Todd Rapier, President
797 East 5050 South
640 East Technology Avenue
Orem, UT 84059
Phone: (801) 722-7090
Email: [email protected]
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Idaho Society of Certified Public Accountants, Inc. (ISCPA)
Gwynne Lethcoe, Member Services
250 Bobwhite Court, Suite 240
Boise, Idaho 83706
Phone: (208) 344-6261
Email: [email protected]
Web site:


School of Accountancy, Utah State University
Dr. Richard L. Jenson, ATK Thiokol Professor and Department Head
3540 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-3540
Phone: (435)797-2330
Email: [email protected]
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Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants (UACPA)
Monica Yamasaki, Member Services Team
220 East Morris Avenue, Suite 320
Salt Lake City, Utah 84115-3283
Phone: (801) 466-8022
Email: [email protected]
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Money Concepts
Steve Beckstead
1708 N. St. Andrews Drive
Logan, UT 84322-3540
Phone: (801)305-1040
Email: [email protected]

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