Paul D. Lapides is Co-founder and Director of the Corporate Governance Center in the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University, where he is a professor of management and entrepreneurship. His research and teaching interests include corporate governance, entrepreneurial finance, management, real estate, and venture creation.
A Research Fellow at the University of Tennessee’s Corporate Governance Center, Mr. Lapides has taught at Directors’ College at the University of Georgia, and was named an “ATDC Champion” for his work with entrepreneurs at the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC), a nationally recognized science and technology incubator, at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Mr. Lapides received the 2000 Kennesaw State University Distinguished Service Award; has been recognized as one of the leading academic authorities on corporate governance by Corporate Board Member; and is the author or coauthor of more than 100 articles and twelve books, including several best sellers. He is a Winner of the International Facility Management Association’s Distinguished Author Award for Facility Management.
A frequent speaker at business, professional and academic organizations, his opinions have appeared in literally thousands of publications and on national and local television and radio, including, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Forbes, USA Today, CNBC’s Morning Call, Bloomberg television and radio, NPR, London's Financial Times, Canada’s National Post, Associated Press, Dow Jones, Bloomberg, Reuters, CBSMarketWatch, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Deal, Director's Monthly, Corporate Board Member, Trustee, and Directors & Boards.
Mr. Lapides is co-author of “21st Century Governance and Financial Reporting Principles,” issued in March 2002 by the Corporate Governance Center at Kennesaw State University. The Governance Principles were endorsed by the Institute of Internal Auditors, presented to the New York Stock Exchange, and sent to members of Congress and the White House.
He was a member of the National Association of Corporate Director’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Audit Committees. The Commission developed recommendations for improving audit committee performance, and published, The Report of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Audit Committees: A Practical Guide (1999, 2004).
Mr. Lapides is a member of the board of directors of EasyLink Services International Corporation (NASDAQ: ESIC), a provider of business-to-business e-commerce solutions; Sun Communities, Inc. (NYSE: SUI), a real estate investment trust; The Board of Directors Network, Inc. (BDN), whose mission is to increase the number of women in executive leadership and on corporate boards; National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), Atlanta Chapter; and Precision DNA Testing LLC, a DNA testing laboratory. He also serves on the advisory boards of the Newman Real Estate Institute at Baruch College; NACD; and W. Ray Wallace & Associates, Inc., an Inc. 500 company providing training cost recovery services.
His business and consulting experience includes advising hundreds of start-up, growth and mid-market companies, as well as many of America’s Fortune 500 companies, managing a diversified $3 billion real estate portfolio, raising more than $1 billion in equity capital for start–up and growth companies, and providing expert witness and litigation services.
A CPA, Mr. Lapides earned a BS with honors in economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from New York University. Prior to joining the faculty at Kennesaw State University, he held faculty positions at New York University and Columbia University.
Mr. Jacobson is the Vice President of Internal Audit for Superior Essex, Inc.
Mr. Jacobson is a Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Public Accountant, and Certified Fraud Examiner. He has held leadership positions in audit, finance, accounting, information systems, and international human resources over his career. Mr. Jacobson has over 25 years of experience at Eastman Kodak, Southern Company, Mirant, and Superior Essex. He currently has the privilege of serving as a member of the local IIA chapter’s Executive Committee as the Vice President of Membership. He received his BS in Accounting and MBA in Finance from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Chris Ideker is a Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal's Global Forensic and Dispute Services in Atlanta, New York and Washington D.C., specializing in advising clients on complex matters involving compliance, investigations and disputes. For 25 years, he has been working with attorneys and management to provide accounting and financial guidance across the spectrum of conflict to organizations worldwide.
Mr. Ideker has worked on numerous matters involving investigations by the SEC, DOJ and OIG-HHS. His primary areas of concentration are Corporate compliance, health care fraud, independent review organizations and monitorships, audit committee investigations, bribery, corruption and kickbacks.
Mr. Ideker earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Tennessee. He is a certified public accountant, a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, an associate member of the ABA and a member of the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics.
Brian Lay is an Executive Director in the Advisory Services practice of Ernst & Young LLP. Brian has served as an auditor and business advisor throughout North America and globally with Ernst & Young for 19 years. While leading some of the firm's larger internal audit and governance/risk management engagements, he combines strategic solutions with actionable plans and “built in accountability” to address client needs and business risks. He has also led enterprise risk and process optimization engagements, with a focus on achieving sustainable results.
Brian also serves on the Executive Counsel of the Board of Governors for the Atlanta IIA Chapter, the Committee of Research and Education Advisers (CREA) of the global IIA, and as the Financial Officer on the Board of Live Thrive, Inc. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Georgia and Florida, holds a Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA), and is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA).
Bruno is a Senior Manager in the Advisory Service’s Information Technology Risk and Assurance practice in Atlanta, Georgia with Ernst & Young and has over sixteen years experience across Information Technology (IT) auditing, security and risk management, and management consulting.
Prior to joining Ernst & Young, Bruno served in the Arthur Andersen’s Business Consulting practice managing large-scale technology implementations and in the technology architecture group in Accenture where he had lead responsibilities in clients nationally.
Bruno is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). He has a B.S. in Business Computer Systems from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. Bruno is an active member of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc., (ISC) ², InfraGard, and former president and founder of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) Puerto Rico chapter.