Seminar Series
Financial Services &


Customer Service
& Marketing
Women In Business
Human Resources


30th Annual

October 19, 2006

Keynote Speakers - Click name to see the full bio

Larry E. Rittenberg, PhD, CIA, CPA,
Ernst & Young Professor of Accounting & Information Systems at the University of Wisconsin

We Need Effective Internal Controls

Professor Rittenberg became the chair of COSO (Committee of Sponsoring Organizations) of the Treadway Commission in January 2005.  The COSO Integrated Internal Control Framework is broadly looked at as the model for evaluating and reporting on internal control under Section 404 of the Sarbanes – Oxley Act.  Under his leadership, COSO recently issued guidance on implementing internal control over financial reporting for smaller public companies.  The presentation will focus on the newly issued COSO guidance for smaller public companies and will discuss the need for effective internal control.


Tom Allen
CPA, Chairman, GASB

Your Share of the Federal Deficit-Does It Really Matter

Tom was first elected as Utah State Auditor in 1984 and served as the State Auditor of Utah until he resigned to chair the GASB.  He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants where he served from 1987 to 1990 as Chairman of the AICPA Members in Government Committee.  Tom is currently serving on the accounting department faculty at Weber State University.  Tom, the newly appointed chairman of the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board will discuss the boards role in improving federal accounting and reporting.


Kelly K. Matthews, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President and Economist
Wells Fargo & Company

Economic Outlook for Utah and the United States

Dr. Kelly Matthews is responsible for local, regional and national economic analysis and forecasting.  He is also the Wells Fargo government affairs officer in Utah.  His research and opinions are widely read by the financial and business community, and he is regularly quoted in newspapers, radio and television news coverage.  He will be discussing growth vs. inflation, monetary policy and interest rates.  Dr. Matthews will also address how Utah’s economy will look in 2007. 


Manny Espinoza

Building Diversity

Manny Espinoza completed his first term as ALPFA National President in 2002. During his first term in office, he effectively guided the Association in a new and bold direction with inspiration, leadership and vision. Manny now serves as CEO of ALPFA.  Manny has proven his commitment to diversity by serving as a member of the PricewaterhouseCoopers Diversity Champion Task Group from 1992-2001.  He will be speaking on strategies for building diversity in the profession and engaging the Hispanic community in the educational process. 


Concurrent Speakers

Robert Wadley
CPA, Senior Manager, Ernst & Young

Accounting & Auditing Developments in 2006

Robert is an audit senior manager in Ernst & Young’s Banking practice located in Salt Lake City. He has served a broad client base throughout his career at Ernst & Young, including financial services, energy, and manufacturing. Robert’s focus for the past four years has been solely in banking, serving several Top 50 U.S. bank holding companies.  His presentation will highlight new standards and proposals affecting financial accounting and reporting issued during 2006. 

Scott W. Pickett, CPA
Tax Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC


Stanley D. VanderToolen, CPA
Tax Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC

Scott has over 26 years of experience in public accounting all with the firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers.  He is a tax partner as well as the office managing partner of the Salt Lake City office.  Scott has received numerous community awards most recently being named the 2006 United Way Volunteer of the Year for Salt Lake, Summit and Tooele counties.  In addition, Scott is an adjunct professor at the University of Utah teaching in the school’s Master of Accounting program.

Stan joined PricewaterhouseCoopers upon graduation.  He has over 15 years of public accounting experience with PwC.  Currently, Stan is a tax director in the Salt Lake City office.  Stan is recognized as an expert in the real estate area having served a wide variety of significant real estate clients within the Salt Lake market.  He is a frequent speaker regarding real estate issues primarily to various real estate trade associations.  Stan is actively involved in the community having served on several boards including Ballet West and the Utah Arts Festival.

Val D. Steed
Chief Executive Officer, K2 Enterprises

Technology Update & Information Security Update for CPAs

Val D. Steed graduated from Utah State University where he received his Bachelors of Science (BS) in Accounting and his Masters of Accounting (MA).  Val was with Hansen, Steed, Bradshaw & Malmrose P.C. for eleven years before leaving to start K2 Enterprises.    He has eleven years experience in public practice and has been involved with information systems and the technology industry for over twenty one years.  Val will examine some tools and techniques accountants can use to insure the confidentiality and integrity of business information they manage and he will discuss new hardware. 


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