November 8, 2013
The Villa Christina
11:00 – 12:00
Registration, lunch and networking
12:00 – 12:10
IIA Chapter Announcements – Connie Brown
12:10 – 1:00 PM
CAE Roundtable Discussion, “The Many Roles of the Chief Audit Executive”
Facilitator: Margaret H. Christ, Assistant Professor of Accounting, University of Georgia
The IIA Research Foundation has selected Frazier & Deeter, LLC and UGA’s Terry College of Business to conduct a research study on “The Many Roles of the Chief Audit Executive” to explore the current and evolving demands on internal audit leaders. This session will introduce the research team, its goals and research process, which relies heavily on input from IIA membership and CAEs from across the country. The roundtable will include a panel of CAEs from a variety of organizations who will discuss their evolving role within their respective industries, along with the benefits and risks related to their expanded responsibilities.
1:00 – 1:10PM
1:10 – 2:00PM
The Changing Profile of the Internal Audit Professional
Presenter: Tiffany N. Hoffine, CPA, Managing Partner, AquantUs, LLC
In this session, one of Atlanta’s most highly respected executive recruiters shares her insights on the skills and experiences of today’s successful internal audit professional. She will discuss how those have changed over time, as well as explore current and expected trends in the profile of internal audit leaders.
2:00 – 2:10PM
2:10 – 3:00PM
Technical Update: Managing Proposed Changes to U.S. GAAP
Speaker: Patrick Crouch, CPA, Manager, Frazier & Deeter, LLC
This session will address significant proposed changes coming to U.S. GAAP and their impact on the process, internal control and information system changes required to comply with the new accounting requirements. Patrick will specifically address the Lease Accounting Project, clarifying the proposed accounting for lease obligations. He will also discuss strategies for preparing an organization’s control environment for the implementation, including:
• Safeguarding of assets
• Process for reassessments
• Process for capturing, evaluating, recording and reporting leases
Speaker Bios –
Dr. Margaret H. Christ, PhD, CIA, CPIM, The University of Georgia
Dr. Margaret Christ is an Assistant Professor of Accounting in the J M Tull School of Accounting within the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia. She earned her PhD in Accounting at the University of Texas at Austin in 2008. Dr. Christ’s research focuses on the effects of control systems on employees, management and organizations. In particular, she uses experimental and archival methods to examine the performance and motivational effects of control systems (e.g., incentive compensation, internal controls, etc.), as well as the influence of control systems in strategic alliances. She also studies various aspects of the internal audit function within companies. Dr. Christ is the primary researcher leading the study on “The Many Roles of the Chief Audit Executive” exploring the current and evolving demands on today’s internal audit leaders.
Tiffany N. Hoffine, CPA, Managing Partner, AquantUs, LLC
Tiffany Hoffine is the Managing Partner of AquantUs, LLC, a rapidly growing, results-oriented executive recruiting and coaching firm. She focuses on providing services in the areas of accounting, audit, data analysis and big data, finance and strategy, financial reporting, financial systems, and tax. Her firm’s annual Salary Guide for Metro Atlanta also provides those industries’ employers and employees with valuable market and compensation information. Ms. Hoffine graduated with honors from Clemson University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. She began her career in public accounting with Deloitte & Touche, where she progressed to the Senior Manager level and obtained her CPA license.
Patrick M. Crouch, CPA, Audit Manager, Frazier & Deeter, LLC
Patrick Crouch is a member of the assurance and advisory services practice of Frazier & Deeter. He works primarily with large and middle-market utility and professional service companies under both US GAAP and IFRS. Patrick primarily assists with performing assurance functions including audits and reviews. His specialties include complex revenue recognition, equity transactions, and stock–based compensation. Patrick is also a member of the firm’s Accounting and Risk Advisory Services practice which specializes in assisting large and mid-sized public company clients with complex accounting and financial reporting issues. Patrick specializes in transaction advisory, and the preparation of MD&A and pro forma financial statements. Recent speaking engagements include the Georgia Society of CPA’s 2013 Accounting & Auditing Conference.