• National Pilot Region Speaker

    Who is Accountable for the National Debt?

    The USA's National Debt has long been a matter of growing concern, but we will soon reach a point where government must stop playing political football with the issue, and take action to save our future.

    Paul Stebbins, former Chairman and CEO of a Fortune 500 company, and the Campaign to Fix the Debt, are working to inform and mobilize citizens to help effect change in Washington. Join Paul for a discussion about who is accountable for the National Debt...and how accounting can help us fix it.

  • Speakers

    Christine Botosan, AAA President
    Building a Bridge to Our Future

    Brad Sparks, Director with
    KPMG Global Corporate Citizenship: The Evolution of Corporate Reporting and where we are headed with Sustainability and Integrated Reporting

    Scott Showalter, North Carolina State University
    Integrating Professionally Oriented Faculty to Enhance an Institution's Mission: An Update from Pathways

  • Sharpen Your Teaching Skills

    Becoming a More Effective Classroom Teacher

    Building or Enhancing Your Teaching and Learning Accounting Toolbox – Part II

    Professor, What’s on the Exam?? Creating Independent Thinkers Through Self-Directed Learning

    Recent Events & Activities: Keeping Up-to Date and Keeping Accounting and Auditing Class Content Current and Relevant

    Issues in Accounting Education Focusing on Non-tenure Track Faculty

    Simple Ways to Leverage Technology

  • CTLA Sessions

    Accounting for the National Debt in the Classroom

    How to Flip Your Accounting Course

    How IT Fits? Information Technology in the Accounting Curriculum

    Raising the Bar on Student Learning

    Best Practices in Online and Hybrid Courses

    Getting the most out of internships - Building a portfolio

2015 Southeast Region Meeting


Paul H. Stebbins
Chairman Emeritus
World Fuel Services Corporation (NYSE:INT)

Paul H. StebbinsMr. Stebbins, a graduate of Georgetown University, served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of World Fuel Services Corporation (NYSE:INT) from July, 2002 to January 2012 and became Executive Chairman in January of 2012. In May of 2014, he retired as Chairman Emeritus and serves as a member of the board of directors. A life long entrepreneur, he and his partner, Mike Kasbar, founded Trans-Tec Services in New York, in 1985 and sold their company to World Fuel in 1995. Today World Fuel has 107 offices in 36 countries and was ranked 74 on the 2013 Fortune 500.

Mr. Stebbins also serves as a director of Phoenix, Arizona-based, First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSLR), the world’s leading manufacturer of thin film solar panels. He served for many years as a member of the Business Round Table, an influential association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies and currently serves on the Leadership Council of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget’s “Fix the Debt” campaign, the Energy Security Leadership Council of S.A.F.E. (Securing America’s Future Energy) and theFlorida Council of 100, a business leadership group focused on public policy to support long term sustainable growth in Florida. He is a member of the board of trustees of Amigos de las Americas, a youth leadership development program headquartered in Houston, Texas and theNew World Symphony, a world renowned orchestral academy based in Miami, Florida and founded / directed by Michael Tilson Thomas.

Mr. Stebbins has authored numerous industry articles and lectured frequently around the world on fuel procurement strategy, derivatives, fuel quality, entrepreneurship and general business. More recently he has given numerous talks around the country on the national debt and the challenges of political dysfunction. He was a participant in the Herbert A. Wertheim lecture series at Florida International University’s Graduate School of Business.


Christine Botosan
AAA President
University of Utah

Christine Botosan is the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Presidential Endowed Chair in Ethical Financial Reporting and Associate Dean of Graduate Affairs at the David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. She has published over 20 articles in peer reviewed journals, including The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, Contemporary Accounting ResearchReview of Accounting Studies, and Accounting Horizons. Christine is the recipient of several AAA awards for research excellence, including the Competitive Manuscript Award, the Notable Contributions to Accounting Literature Award and the Accounting Horizons Best Paper Award.

Christine is the current AAA President (2014-2015) and has served on the AAA Board as Director - Focusing on Intellectual Property (2011-13),the Chair of the Publications Committee,amember of the Intellectual Property Task Force II,and a member of theSharpening Our Vision Task Force. She has served as President and Treasurer of FARS, and has been a member of theAAA Governance Review Task Force(2009-11), the Finance Committee(2007-08), and served on the Financial Accounting Standards Committeeas a member(2002-04), as Chair (2004-05) and is currently the Board of Director Liaison. Christine has twenty-five years experience teaching financial accounting and has received five awards for teaching excellence.


Brad Sparks
Director with KPMG Global Corporate Citizenship
The Evolution of Corporate Reporting and where we are headed with Sustainability and Integrated Reporting

Brad Sparks is a Director with KPMG Global Corporate Citizenship. Brad focuses on integrating corporate responsibility across the KPMG global network - developing Corporate Citizenship strategies, representing KPMG at global sustainability events and reporting progress to KPMG leadership. Brad works closely with KPMG's Global Climate Change & Sustainability Services, which provides client services on a range of sustainability issues. Brad serves as KPMG's Liaison Delegate to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and also serves as the project manager for KPMG's involvement with the International Integrated Reporting Council's Business Network.

Previously, Brad as a Director with the Forensic practice of KPMG LLP, assisting clients with a variety of corporate responsibility initiatives such as internal investigations, sustainability reporting, fraud risk management and codes of conduct. Brad began his career with KPMG as a financial statement auditor. Other professional experiences include serving as a labor standards monitor in Bangkok, as a sustainability advisor with KPMG in South Africa, and as an internal auditor with Gateway computers.

Brad lives in El Segundo, CA with his wife, Maureen, and two children. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CA, NC) and a Certified Fraud Examiner. He received an MBA with a focus in Sustainable Enterprise from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as a Master of Science and BSBA in Accounting from Appalachian State University.


Professor of Practice, North Carolina State University.

Prior to joining NCSU, Scott was an audit partner with KPMG LLP where he completed his 33 year career in July 2008. Scott served in numerous leadership roles in KPMG including: Risk Management partner; Managing Partner Assurance & Advisory Services Center; Industry Sector Leader; National Partner-in-Charge Assurance-Based Advisory Services; Partner-in-Charge of Area Industry Practice; and Industry Professional Practice Partner. From an academic perspective, Scott was one of the founding co-editors of the Auditing Section’s online journal,Current Issues in Auditing. He served two terms as the Vice President-Practice for AAA’s Auditing Section and served on the AAA Executive Committee as Vice President - Professional Relations. Scott is the past-president of the AAA Auditing Section. He received the AAA Outstanding Service Award in 2009 and Distinguished Service Award in Auditing in 2014. In 2001, Scott was recognized by Accounting Today as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting.” Scott is a licensed CPA in North Carolina, member of the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board, member of the PCAOB Standing Advisory Group, a commissioner of the Pathways Commission and a member of the AICPA ASB and ASEC Sustainability task forces.

Scott received his B.S.B.A. degree from the University of Richmond, summa cum laude, in 1975.


Mark Higgins

Dean of the John Cook School of Business

Mark is currently the Dean of the John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University a position he assumed on January 1, 2015. From 2006 through 2014, he was the Dean and Alfred J. Verrecchia Hasbro Inc. Leadership Chair in Business at the University of Rhode Island.  Mark began his academic career at the University of Rhode Island as an Assistant Professor in 1988.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee and is a CPA (inactive).  Prior to his tenure at URI, he was a Tax Manager for Ernst and Young (formerly Arthur Young) in New York City.  He currently serves as co-Chair of The Implementation Phase of the Pathways Commission -- Charting a National Strategy for the Next Generation of Accountants a jointly sponsored effort of the American Accounting Association (AAA) and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Previously he served as a Supply Chain leader for the initial Pathways Commission. He has served as President of the American Taxation Association (2006-2007) and on the Executive Committee of the American Accounting Association as Vice President for Sections and Regions (2006-2008).  He has twice served as the Program Chair and as President for the Northeast Region. In 2006, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame for the Northeast Region of the American Accounting Association and in 2009 received the American Taxation Association Outstanding Service Award.  In 2011, he served at the request of the Rhode Island State Treasurer as part of a 12 member advisory group to offer recommendations on Rhode Island’s $7.5 billion dollar unfunded pension liability.  In 2008, he served on the Rhode Island Governors Tax Policy Workforce.  He was a member of the Board of Directors for Beta Alpha Psi from 2008-2011.  Since 2012 he has served on Accounting Accreditation Committee of the AACSB. Currently, he is a Trustee on the Providence Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on their Innovation Policy Council. He is a member of the Investment Committee for the University Rhode Island Foundation and is a member of the Audit and Finance Committee for South County Hospital. He also is a member of the governing council and audit chair for the Rhode Island Joint Reinsurance Association.  

He is the co-author with Kevin Murphy of Concepts in Taxation, which is in its 20th edition. His research has been published in the Journal of Accounting Education, Critical Perspectives in Accounting, The Accounting Historians Journal, The Tax Adviser, Journal of Legal Tax Research, and Tax Notes

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