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Accountant ImageWKU CPE Program for Accountants
Friday, October 27, 2017

Knicely Conference Center in Bowling Green, KY

This program provides 8 hours of CPE for accountants licensed in Kentucky and Tennessee. Accountants licensed through other states must confirm the training will meet the requirements for their own state. This seminar satisfies the Kentucky two-hour ethics requirement.


7:30 - 8:00 AM Registration, Networking, and Light Breakfast
8:00 - 8:05 AM Welcome by Dean Katz and Dr. Harold Little
8:05 - 8:55 AM Presentation #1, "Tax Update"
  Ann Puckett, Partner, BKD LLP
8:55 - 9:00 AM Break between speakers
9:00 - 9:50 AM Presentation #2, "What Accountants Should Know About Practical Computer Security"
  Dr. Mark Ciampa, WKU Computer Information Systems Department
9:50 - 10:05 AM Refreshment/Networking Break
10:05 - 10:55 AM Presentation #3, "2017 Legislative Update"
  Charles George, Government Affairs Director, KyCPA
10:55 - 11:00 AM Break between speakers
11:00 - 11:50 AM Presentation #4, IT Auditing 101
  Jeremy White, Senior Director of Assurance and IT Audit, LifePoint Health
11:50 AM - 12:20 PM Break and Lunch Buffet
12:20 - 1:10 PM Presentation #5, "Using Data Analytics to Prevent and Detect Fraud"
  Nick Lynch, Associate Director of Forensic Accounting and Litigation Support Services with Dean Dorton Allen Ford
1:10 - 1:15 PM Break between speakers
1:15 - 2:05 PM Presentation #6, "Ethical Decision Making"
  Dr. Shane Spiller, WKU Management Department
2:05 - 2:20 PM Networking Break
2:20 - 3:10 PM Presentation #6 continued
3:10 - 3:15 PM Break between speakers
3:15 - 4:05 PM Presentation #7, "Developing a Winning Culture"
  Dr. Eric Keeling, Principal, Warren County ATC and
  CEO/Founder of the Center for Innovation and Influence
4:05 - 4:10 PM Closing


Early Registration Rates Valid through October 12
  • $75 for morning session with lunch
  • $75 for afternoon session with lunch
  • $150 for entire day with lunch
  • $125 for educators and WKU Affiliates (alumni, faculty, staff, and students)

Registration Rates Beginning October 13

  • $85 for morning session with lunch
  • $85 for afternoon session with lunch
  • $160 for entire day with lunch* 
    *Educator/WKU discount only applied to Early Registration 


 Ann PuckettAnn Puckett, Tax Partner with BKD 
"Tax Update"

As a partner in the Bowling Green office of BKD, Ann Puckett coordinates the estate planning services and outsourcing services practice. She additionally serves as tax director for both the Bowling Green and Louisville offices. She has more than 25 years of experience, providing planning and compliance services to individual and business clients in the areas of transaction structuring, choice-of-entity planning and IRS representation.

She is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants and is member and past president of the Southern Kentucky Estate Planning Council. Ann serves on the board of directors of the Bowling Green Area Economic Development Authority, Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Western Kentucky University Finance Department Advisory Council and University of Kentucky School of Accountancy Advisory Council.

She also is a past chairman of the board of directors for United Way of Southern Kentucky and currently serves as Major Gifts Chairman. She is also a member of the Christ Episcopal Church finance committee. She is a 1988 graduate of the University of Kentucky, Lexington, with a in accounting.

* Services provided incidental to her practice as a CPA. All investment advisory services provided separately by BKD Wealth Advisors, LLC, an SEC-registered investment advisor.

Charlges GeorgeCharles George, Government Affairs Director, KyCPA 
"2017 Legislative Update"

Charles George serves as the Government Affairs Director at the Kentucky Society of CPAs, advocating for the CPA profession in the State Capitol and before various federal, state and local agencies. He leads the KyCPA’s advocacy efforts, serving as the chief policy advisor to the CEO, board of directors, and PAC. Additionally, he analyzes state and federal issues impacting CPAs, including licensure, tax compliance, and business-related matters and develops weekly legislative updates and other policy-related communications for over 5,000 members.  Charles serves as a key contact for Kentucky’s tax reform commission.  Prior to joining the Society in 2012, Charles worked in public affairs at the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, where he was responsible for tax, labor, legal and health care issues. He currently serves on the Chamber’s Public Pension Working Group, Competitiveness Council and Tax Committee; Board of Directors of the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy; and the Kentucky Small Business Caucus. Charles is also a member of the Kentucky Bar Association and the bar’s Tax Section. He holds a B.S. in Biology from Centre College and a J.D. from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law.

Eric KeelingDr. Eric Keeling, Principal, Warren County Area Technology Center (ATC) and CEO/Founder of the Center for Innovation and Influence 
"Developing a Winning Culture"

Dr. Eric Keeling has served as the principal of the Warren County Area Technology Center (ATC) since 2013. He previously served as the principal of the Russellville Area Technology Center and of the Butler County ATC. In addition to his work at the Warren County ATC, Dr. Keeling is the cofounder and CEO of the Center for Innovation and Influence (CI&I). The CI&I provides leadership training. Additionally, the CI&I performs consulting services to assist companies in developing a strong and productive workforce and workplace. Dr. Keeling’s presentation, “Developing a Winning Culture,” is a streamlined version of a July seminar at the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Keeling earned a Ph.D. in educational leadership at WKU.

Nick LynchNick Lynch, Associate Director of Forensic Accounting and Litigation Support Services with Dean Dorton Allen Ford

"Using Data Analytics to Prevent and Detect Fraud"

Nick specializes in fraud prevention, detection, and deterrence. He has performed a variety of forensic accounting, fraud investigation, and fraud prevention projects and speaks regularly on those topics.

In addition to being a CPA, Nick is Certified in Financial Forensics through the AICPA. He is also a Certified Fraud Examiner and a Fraud Committee Member with the KyCPA.

Nick received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Pikeville University in 2004 and his Master of Science in Accounting from Loyola University in 2005.

Prior to beginning with Dean Dorton in 2014, Nick was a manager with Grant Thornton in the area of Forensics, Investigations, and Disputes Services.

In the area of forensic accounting, Nick has managed a variety of investigations and forensic accounting assignments related to asset misappropriation, financial statement manipulation, Ponzi schemes, product diversion, shareholder dilution schemes, and corruption. Nick has provided forensic accounting services to clients in diverse industries including oil and gas, construction, real estate, manufacturing, nonprofit, retail, banking and other financial services.

Jeremy WhiteJeremy White, Senior Director of Assurance and IT Audit, LifePoint Health
(Presentation TBD)

Jeremy White has been involved in numerous facets of auditing over the past 16 years. A graduate of Tennessee Tech (TTU) in 2001, he began his professional career with Deloitte & Touche as an Enterprise Risk Services consultant in Nashville. After several years at Deloitte, Jeremy transitioned from public accounting into industry, focusing within the Healthcare space. He currently serves as Senior Director of Assurance and IT Audit within the Audit Services department at LifePoint Health. Jeremy has his CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor) designation. Outside of work, Jeremy serves on the Accounting and Advisory Board at TTU and on the Board of Directors for Center House, a non-profit organization located in Nashville. In addition, he is heavily involved in ministry at a national and local level within his church and its affiliated organization. 

Mark CiampaDr. Mark Ciampa, Associate Professor of Information Systems, WKU Gordon Ford College of Business 
"What Accountants Should Know About Practical Computer Security"

Prior to his current position, Dr. Ciampa was an Associate Professor and served as the Director of Academic Computing at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, Tennessee for 20 years. Mark has worked in the IT industry as a computer consultant for businesses, government agencies, and educational institutions. He has published over 20 articles in peer-reviewed journals and is also the author of over 25 technology textbooks, including Security+ Guide to Network Security Fundamentals 5ed, CWNA Guide to Wireless LANs 3ed, Guide to Wireless Communications, Security Awareness: Applying Practical Security In Your World 5ed, and Networking BASICS. Mark is the author of the upcoming Security+ Guide to Network Security Fundamentals 6e based on the new CompTIA SY0-501 Security+ exam. Dr. Ciampa holds a PhD in technology management with a specialization in digital communication systems from Indiana State University and also has certifications in Security+ and HIT.

Shane SpillerDr. Shane Spiller, Associate Professor of Management, WKU Gordon Ford College of Business 
"Ethical Decision Making"

Dr. Spiller is an Associate Professor in the WKU Department of Management.  His teaching areas span a wide array of leadership and management areas, most often extending to the area of critical thinking, strategic decision making and ethics.  He has won teaching awards at three universities, including WKU’s MBA teaching award and the Beta Gamma Sigma Professor of the Year.  Spiller’s research interests include motivation, leadership, and ethics with numerous articles published in a wide range of academic journals including the Journal of Business Ethics, and the Journal of Management Issues.  In addition to his teaching and research commitments, Spiller serves as the Chair of the AACSB Continuance of Accreditation Committee.  He earned his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior with a minor in statistics from the University of Alabama. Spiller has won numerous volunteer awards for his roles with non-profits in the youth sporting community.  

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