22nd Annual North Alabama Decosimo Accounting Forum Set To Take Place July 18th In Rogersville

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Decosimo, a Top 100 accounting and business advisory firm, is providing thought leadership for the Annual North Alabama Decosimo Accounting Forum on Friday, July 18th.  Hosted by the University of North Alabama for the past 22 years, the accounting forum is scheduled to be a day-long event that will take place at the Joe Wheeler State Park Resort on McLean Drive in Rogersville, Al. The Decosimo firm -- which recently moved the firm’s Huntsville office to the Regions Center building on Clinton Ave. -- has served as the title sponsor of the accounting forum and has provided training at the event in four of the past five years.

The agenda for the seminar will include a review of new and pending changes in generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), reporting options for small- and medium-sized business not requiring an audit, accounting issues related to presentations in forecasts and the newly released standards for revenue recognition. The Decosimo Accounting Forum will also feature sessions on fraud and internal controls, the importance of internal preparations for benefit plan audits and a review of common areas of accounting which cause errors and issues.

The annual seminar offers an opportunity for the accounting community to gather and learn about trends and procedures, directly from leading subject matter experts. The presenters at the Decosimo Accounting Forum will include the following professionals.

  • Bill Acuff, CPA, CFF, CGMA, CFE, CIA, who serves as Decosimo’s director of Forensic and Internal Audit Services. Mr. Acuff has more than 30 years of experience in public accounting providing assurance services, conducting investigations, providing litigation support, performing forensic business analyses and audits, outsourcing of internal audit services, evaluating internal control systems and conducting fraud risks assessments and training.
  • Paul Beckmann, CPA, is an assurance supervisor with Decosimo who has specialized in providing audit and assurance services to not-for-profit organizations and clients in retail, food service, industrial recycling, construction, as well as the manufacturing and distribution industries.
  • Ken Conner, CPA, a Decosimo principal who serves as the firm’s Healthcare Practice leader. Mr. Conner has over 30 years of experience in the financial aspects of the healthcare industry, and he coordinates assurance, tax, due diligence compliance and valuation activities involving healthcare clients.
  • Derek Daniel, CPA, a Decosimo assurance manager who leads the firm’s Huntsville office. Mr. Daniel manages audit engagements for clients in various industries including government contractors, manufacturing, government, construction, wholesale, healthcare, telecommunications and Major League Baseball. He has experience in assisting clients to achieve compliance with the requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
  • Tom Eiseman, CPA, Decosimo’s Principal in Charge of Assurance. Mr. Eiseman works with clients in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, distribution, securities brokers and dealers, investment entities, oil and gas exploration, restaurants, broadcasting and not-for-profit entities. He has been involved with initial public offerings and periodic SEC filings for over 25 years.
  • Jennifer Goodman, CPA, CGMA, a Decosimo assurance principal who serves manufacturing and distribution clients with annual revenues approximating $1.8 billion. She contributes to the firm’s manufacturing and distribution team by providing compliance and regulatory expertise, insights into best practices and specialized advice regarding internal control issues for companies in the baked foods, industrial machinery and apparel industries.
  • Cindy Lusk, CPA, RPA, a Decosimo assurance manager who has specialized experience working on employee benefit plan audits. A significant portion of Ms. Lusk’s career has been dedicated to auditing plans ranging in size from 100 to 35,000 participants with assets up to $548 million.

The annual seminar from Decosimo has been approved by the Alabama State Board of Public Accountancy for eight hours of Accounting & Auditing continuing professional education credit. In addition to providing an excellent source of continuing education, a share of the proceeds generated by the Forum has been specifically designated for use in a University of North Alabama scholarship program. The Muscle Shoals Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants awards a scholarship annually to a deserving senior accounting student at the University of North Alabama.

The cost to attend the Decosimo Accounting Forum is $169. Discounts are available for currently enrolled accounting students. Registration is available online at www.decosimo.com/UNAforum. Those interested in attending may also register toll-free by phone at 800-825-5862, ext. 4862.


BlueCross Names Medalie Director Of Major Account Management

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has selected Jonathan Medalie as director of major account management.  In this role, Mr. Medalie will oversee major and corporate account management operations and develop and maintain regional broker relationships.  Mr. Medalie most recently served with BlueCross of Idaho, where he was director of sales and account management. ... (click for more)

TVA To Hold Public Meeting In Nashville On Draft Integrated Resource Plan

The Tennessee Valley Authority will host a public meeting in Nashville on Tuesday about the newly released draft of its 2015 Integrated Resource Plan, a guide to TVA’s energy planning decisions for the next 20 years. The meeting, the sixth of seven TVA will offer around the Valley, will be held at the Loew’s Vanderbilt Hotel, Kirkland/Calhoun Room, 2100 West End Ave.  The ... (click for more)

Prominent Business, Civic Leader, And Philanthropist Scotty Probasco Dies At 86

Prominent Chattanooga business, civic leader and philanthropist Scotty Probasco has died at the age of 86. Scotty, as he was affectionately greeted by most of Chattanooga, was known for his modesty, generosity, dependability, and unswerving loyalty. “Great work” was always on the tip of his tongue – a manifestation of his joyous humility. He was a man of high ideals, of kind ... (click for more)

Chemical Odor In Lookout Valley Traced To Chattanooga Tank Wash

Chattanooga firefighters in Lookout Valley were sent out Friday night to investigate reports of a strange odor in the area. The firefighters searched the area, but never found the source of the odor.  John Schultz, an investigator with the Air Pollution Control Bureau, was also out Friday night and eventually tracked the source of the odor to a business, the Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Proud Of Hometown Boy Turned Global Leader, Bob Corker

Time Magazine has it right.  Not only is Chattanooga’s own U.S. Senator Bob Corker one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World,” but he is probably now the most prominent leader in the history of our city.   At a time of extreme frustration with Washington and Congress in general, Bob continues to rise above the division and rancor to build consensus and solve ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Great Work, Ol’ Pro!

Years ago I was lucky enough to be the seatmate of Scotty Probasco on an airplane bound for somewhere and he taught me a word that has helped me be a much better person than I ever thought I could. We were already swell friends, since he’d watched me grow up at First Presbyterian Church every Sunday with his kids, and he liked some of the stuff I tried to write back then. So ... (click for more)