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Nov 13, 2018​ Chapter meeting
Location: VisTa Tech in Livonia,
Registration begins at 4pm, meeting at 4:30pm

Michigan Industry Perspectives and Internal Audit Challenges

New business risks are emerging and companies are continuing to see a challenging economic landscape.  In addition to the business risks, internal audit departments are continuing to be pressed to provide more value added services to their organization.  In November, we are having a panel discussion to understand some of these emerging risks and how internal audit departments are addressing them.  We will also be discussing the challenges being faced by these internal audit departments and how they are being addressed.  Our panel will be made up of representatives from a variety of industries including Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Diamler, Ford Motor Company, the State of Michigan and Skyline Champion Corporation.  Please join us to getting a better understanding of the challenges facing the industries within Michigan and how internal audit departments are working through these challenges. ​


Representative Company and Panelist Bio

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan - Shannon Desjardins is the Director within the Corporate and IT Audit & Advisory Services department at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Shannon has over 17+ years of professional experience in the health insurance (payer), healthcare (provider), automotive, manufacturing and financial services industries. Shannon has significant experience providing risk management and controls (including information technology) guidance through program and project risk assessments, application security, IT general controls and system implementation reviews, business process risk assessment/(re)design and Service Organization and Control Reporting (SOCR) under the SSAE 18 Standard SOC1 and AT 101 SOC2.


Daimler - Hans Buehler is head of Daimler Corporate Audit North America, operating out of Mercedes-Benz Financial Services in Farmington Hills, Michigan. He has worked on innovation in audit and value-add initiatives, including signature audits, roadshows and advisory services. His North American region includes various Daimler entities, e.g. Daimler Trucks North America, Mercedes-Benz US International, Mercedes-Benz USA, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services and Mercedes-Benz Research and Development North America, as well as divisions in Canada and Mexico. His responsibility encompasses operations with more than 30,000 employees and approximately $45 billion in revenue. He earned his MBA in 1999 at the University of Stuttgart-Hohenheim, with concentrations in IT, Sales and Psychology. He has been an active member of the IIA for six years, and earned his CIA in 2013.

Ford Motor Company - Rick Hinston is an Internal Audit Manager at Ford Motor Company.  He has been part of Ford’s Internal Audit leadership team for 11 years, after rotating through a number of finance, strategy, and internal control positions during the first 20 years of his Ford career.  Rick’s professional certifications include CIA, CRMA, CISA, and Six Sigma Blackbelt.  He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with an MBA and dual bachelor degrees in business and information technology.

State of Michigan - Rick Lowe is the State of Michigan’s Chief Internal Auditor.  He is also a CPA, CISA and CIA.  Rick has nearly 30 years of experience in various leadership roles in the areas of audit, internal control and risk management.  He has worked with all State of Michigan executive branch departments to improve internal audit, risks management and internal control practices, all of these linking together to improve the State’s enterprise risk management (ERM) capabilities.  Rick’s team is currently working with State departments to implement changes to the State’s risk management and internal control program, allowing the State to further adopt principles in COSO’s recent issuance of the ERM framework. In his nearly 30 years of professional experience, Rick worked in public accounting before joining the Michigan Legislative Auditor General.  He then moved to the State’s executive branch into leadership roles in the State’s internal audit and internal control programs. 

Skyline Champion Corporation – Jeff Woodiwiss the Director of Internal Audit and is responsible for converting the audit department from a private company to a public company.  Jeff has 17 years of experience performing financial and operational audit activities and has held audit manager positions with Spectra Energy, Pulte Homes, Comerica Bank and has public accounting experience with BDO and KPMG.  Jeff is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Accountant and received his Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Windsor.  


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Dec 11, 2018 Chapter meeting
Location: VisTa Tech in Livonia,
Registration begins at 4pm, meeting at 4:30pm
Joint meeting with the IMA
Jan 2019 Chapter meeting
Breakfast meeting in Southfield. More Information coming soon
Feb 2019 Chapter meeting
Lunch meeting at the Ren Cen in Detroit. More Information coming soon
Mar 11-13 2019 Detroit IIA ISACA Spring Training
Location: Suburban Collection Showplace
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