Decosimo Accounting Seminar Features New Business Leaders Track May 22

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Decosimo will host its annual Decosimo Accounting Seminar on Tuesday, May 22, at the Chattanooga Convention Center from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. This year’s seminar will comprise an accounting update presented by keynote speaker Richard Townsend in the morning and two tracks of breakout sessions in the afternoon. 

While the annual seminar was originally designed to offer accountants and finance professionals up to eight hours of their required accounting and auditing (A&A) continuing professional education, Decosimo has expanded its course offerings to include a new Decosimo Business Leaders Series learning track to appeal to a broader business management audience.

The 2012 Decosimo Business Leaders Series track will feature three afternoon courses including “Effective Leadership,” presented by Dr. Mark Mendenhall of UTC; “Current State of the Estate and Gift Tax,”  presented by Bob Wheat, a senior tax manager with Decosimo; and “Business Killers to Avoid,” presented by a panel of business executives including Bob Wheat, John Henegar, a tax principal with Decosimo, and Richard Thompson, the vice president of marketing for Benefit Compensation Group.

The A&A track also offers three afternoon breakout sessions including “Top 10 Accounting Issues Found in Audits,” presented by Jennifer Goodman and Renee Ford, assurance principals with Decosimo; “Goodwill Impairment Using the Step Zero Approach,” presented by Shannon Farr, a valuation manager with Decosimo Advisory Services; a panel discussion on “Due Diligence and Other Acquisition Issues” presented by Decosimo assurance principals Robert Belcher, Cole Powell and James Jackson plus Brent McDade, the managing director of Decosimo Advisory Services. 

The morning accounting update, presented by the associate professor of accounting and director of the Master of Accountancy program at University of Tennessee at Knoxville Richard L. Townsend, will cover recent financial accounting standards updates including Fair Value, Comprehensive Income, Goodwill Impairment, and Offsetting, as well as significant Exposure Drafts such as Revenue Recognition, Leases, and Financial Instruments.

Accountants and other business professionals may register for the Decosimo Accounting Seminar at and choose from courses offered in either breakout session track. The registration fee is $99 for the full-day seminar and includes breakfast and lunch. Seminar attendees may earn up to eight hours of continuing professional education. 

Those interested only in the half-day Decosimo Business Leaders Series may register separately at for $49 and can earn up to four hours of CPE. 

Decosimo has hosted annual accounting and tax seminars for more than 30 years in Chattanooga.  Founded in 1971, Decosimo is a Top 100 accounting and business advisory services firm with approximately 300 employees across offices in Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville; Atlanta and Dalton, Ga.; Huntsville, Ala.; Cincinnati, Ohio and the Cayman Islands.  Each of Decosimo's offices serves a diverse client base providing a full range of assurance and tax solutions, as well as estate and business advisory services including valuation, litigation support and transaction consulting.

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