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2017 Mid-Atlantic Region Meeting

Speakers


Mark C. Dawkins
AAA Council Chair, University of North Florida

Mark C. Dawkins is a Professor of Accounting in the Coggin College of Business at the University of North Florida. He holds a Ph.D. in Accounting from Florida State University (1994), MBA (1987) and Masters of Accounting (1988) degrees from the University of Florida, and a B.S. in Management (1985) from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
 
He joined UNF and the Coggin College of Business in June 2015 after serving 21 years on the faculty in the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia (UGA). From 2008-2014 he served as the Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the Terry College, and from 2004-2008 he served as the Director of Diversity Relations. He teaches undergraduate and graduate financial accounting classes, and has taught Intermediate Accounting, MBA Financial Accounting, and Intermediate Accounting for Non-Majors. He also has taught undergraduate and graduate accounting and college-level internship classes.
 
He has published in The Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial & Quantitative Analysis, the Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance, the Journal of Business, Finance & Accounting, the Journal of Banking and Finance, the Journal of Managerial Issues, Sociological Inquiry, the Academy of Accounting and Financial Studies Journal, Management Accounting Quarterly, and other journals or newsletters.
 
He was a co-recipient of the 2006 and 2003 Beta Alpha Psi Outstanding Teacher of the Year award at UGA, and received the 2006 and 2003 Alpha Kappa Psi Accounting Teacher of the Year Award.  He is a member of the American Accounting Association, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the National Association of Accountants, the Florida Society of CPAs, the PhD Project (www.phdproject.org), and the Accounting Doctoral Student Association. In August 2009, he was one of five recipients of the inaugural Ernst & Young Inclusive Excellence Award for Accounting and Business School Faculty. In January of 2014, he received the 2014 UGA President’s Fulfilling the Dream Award at the MLK Freedom Breakfast at UGA. He is the Council Chair (2016-2017) for the American Accounting Association.



Chuck Hooper
BIAlytics and Tableau Zen Master

Chuck brings 5 decades of business and IT experience with him.

From 1998-2008, he was an owner of Pro Relational Systems (“PRS”), a consulting and application development firm specializing in business intelligence. 

His experiences include the analysis, design, implementation, training and support of business intelligence, data warehouse and decision support system environments in a variety of engagements for clients including: Clorox, E.&J. Gallo Winery, PepsiCo, Information Resources, Inc. (IRI), Unilever, The Broad Institute, Zeltiq, Align Technology, Harte-Hanks, Accenture, PWC, Awarepoint, Deloitte, McKesson, UMass Medical, Irish Life, UC Irvine and many others. 

In 2005, PRS became Tableau’s first consulting partner.  In 2008, Chuck joined Tableau Software to start their Professional Services group.   In 2011, Chuck “retired”, back to the independent consulting world.

In addition to the current consulting offerings, Chuck does speaking engagements, and, conducts training sessions on the use of Tableau Software products, visual analytics, data warehouse design, and other business intelligence topics, at both the technical and the executive levels.

Chuck is honored as an officially designated “Tableau Zen Masters” in 2012, 2013, 2014.



Tom Hood
Maryland Association of CPAs

Tom is passionate about four areas, leadership, learning, technology and collaboration.

In 2016, Tom was once again ranked #2 on Accounting Today's Top 100 Most Influential People list (his twelfth time overall on the list). He was also named to the CPA Practice Advisor Accounting Hall of Fame in 2015.

"Hood's greatest attribute isn't that he consistently glimpses the future more quickly than the rest of us (though he does). It's that he's able to bring it back to the present and serve as its tireless, inspiring and effective champion." - Accounting Today 2015 Top 100 Most Influential People

Tom believes these four areas are critical ingredients to helping organizations “shape their future” and thrive in this period of rapid change and increasing complexity. He helps accounting and finance professionals be more 'future ready' through his work at the Maryland Association of CPAs and the Business Learning Institute, a center for the development of leadership, strategic thinking, and collaboration skills.
Tom's significant presence in social media prompted Linked-In to recruit him as one of their Top 150 Influencers, and he was named to the Top 25 Influencers in Learning by HR Examiner.

Tom and his team have run structured collaboration for the AICPA Major Firms Group (Top 100 CPA firms), the AICPA Leadership Academy and the Maryland Competitiveness Coalition. He has lead over 100 strategic planning sessions for the top CPA firms all over the US, along with corporations and non-profits.

Tom also co-authored BLI’s i2a - Insights to Action, a strategic thinking system that is used to cultivate leaders and a strategic planning process to help organizations navigate today’s permanent whitewater environment. The i2a process was customized for the national CPA Horizons 2025 project where Tom and his team ran thirty future forums that engaged thousands of participants in a conversation about the future, identifying the top trends facing the CPA profession.



Jana Hranaiova
Audit Risk Analytics for Assurance Services, EY

Jana Hranaiova, PhD, is an Executive Director in the Audit Risk Analytics for Assurance Services at EY. She leads the technical side of modeling for predictive and business analytics with the goal of providing quantitative analytical insights relating to the firm’s audit practice. Jana brought her experience in quantitative modeling in the audit industry from the PCAOB, where she served in a role of the Deputy Chief Economist. Prior to that Jana was a Senior Financial Economist at the CFTC and a Professor of Finance at the University of New Mexico. Jana earned her PhD in Applied Economics, Finance and Quantitative Methods from Cornell University and her M.Sc. from Penn State.  She received her B.S. and M.A. from Comenius University in Slovakia.



Judy A. Proctor
West Virginia Society of CPAs

Judy A. Proctor, CPA, CGMA is the Chief Executive Officer of the West Virginia Society of CPAs, a position she has held since March 2011. Judy had twenty-seven years of experience in accounting and financial positions prior to joining the WVSCPA.

Judy spent the early years of her career with energy corporations. She joined Columbia Gas Transmission Corporation, which was then part of the Columbia Gas System and is now part of TransCanada, immediately upon graduation from college. She spent 12 years there in various positions within the financial planning area of the Finance department. Judy then went to work at Eastern Associated Coal Corporation, a subsidiary of Peabody Coal, in 1996. During her time there, she was the Manager of Benefits/Cost Containment in their Finance department. Judy later became the first controller of the West Virginia Medical Institute, a Medicare quality improvement organization.

In 2000, Judy joined Suttle & Stalnaker, PLLC, a West Virginia Certified Public Accounting firm, as a Manager, primarily serving clients as a business consultant on special projects. Judy became the Firm Administrator of the firm in 2001 and was named the Director of Operations in 2004, with responsibility for human resources and the overall administration of the firm. She became the first female partner of the firm in 2006 and was there until she became CEO of the WV Society of CPAs in 2011.

Judy is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Charleston with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant.  Judy is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the West Virginia Society of Public Accountants and the Charleston Chapter of the West Virginia Society of CPAs.  She currently serves on the Accounting Advisory Council of the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics and the Advisory Board for Accounting and Finance at BridgeValley Community and Technical College. Judy and her husband, Jeff, are lifelong residents of West Virginia. They have two sons.  Jason is a graduate of West Virginia University and is an attorney with Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso, PLLC in Charleston, West Virginia. Jared is also a graduate of West Virginia University, a newly licensed CPA and a staff accountant at Suttle & Stalnaker, PLLC, in Charleston, West Virginia.  She recently became grandmother to Luke Proctor. Outside of work, Judy’s interests are her family, her church and music.



Michael D. Colgan
Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs

Mike is CEO and executive director of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA), a professional association of more than 22,000 CPAs in Pennsylvania.

Mike’s key goal is to enhance the PICPA’s already stellar reputation as the premiere CPA association in Pennsylvania. He accomplishes this by fostering communications and personal relationships with PICPA members and leaders in the accounting profession, legislative and regulatory agencies, and other related organization. He works closely with PICPA leadership to propose new and challenging programs to the state and chapter officers, and takes a lead role in developing strategic plans and objectives with the senior management team.

Mike is on the board of directors of the Certified Public Accountants Society Executives Association (CPA-SEA) and on the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Future of Learning Task Force. He also serves on the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) State Society Relation Committee, the Uniform Accountancy Committee, and on the Advisory Board of PA Forward, an initiative of the Pennsylvania Library Association. He is a past president of the Delaware Valley Society of Association Executives and has served as a member of the finance and administration section council of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).

Mike is a graduate of Drexel University, and received the certified association executive (CAE) designation from the ASAE in 1990. Mike is the former varsity girls basketball coach at Marple Newtown High School in Newtown Square, Pa. Mike joined the PICPA in 1979 as manager on the professional education team, assumed the role of COO in 1988, and was named CEO in 2012.



Ralph Albert Thomas
New Jersey Society of CPAs

Ralph Albert Thomas began his service as CEO and Executive Director of the New Jersey Society of CPAs in 1999. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and was appointed in October 2012 to the inaugural AICPA National Commission on Diversity and Inclusion and subsequently appointed to the AICPA Foundation Board. Mr. Thomas also has served on the following AICPA Boards and/or Committees: Pre-Certification Education Executive Committee, the Group of 100, Business and Industry Executive Committee, CPA Vision Project Team, Peer Review Executive Committee Board, Strategic Planning Committee and AICPA Council. Thomas is a former member of the CPA/SEA Board and has served on the State Society Network Inc. (SSNI) and Shared Services LLC, a joint venture of the AICPA and SSNI.

Mr. Thomas is a lifetime member and former national and chapter president of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA). He currently serves on NABA’s President’s Advisory Council, Finance Committee and Corporate Advisory Board.  He was the recipient of NABA’s 2010 National Achievement in NonProfit Award, the 2010 Presidential Service Award, NABA's Outstanding Member Award and was honored as a “NABA Legend” at the 2009 NABA Annual Convention.

Thomas is a member of Lehigh University’s Audit Committee, the Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion, the College of Business Board of Advisors and has been named a Lehigh University Trustee Emeritus. He is a past Chair of the Lehigh University Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion and a former member of Lehigh’s Board of Trustees and Finance, Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, and Campus Planning & Operations Committees.

Thomas is a member of the Accounting Advisory Boards of Lehigh, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Montclair State, Felician and Thomas Edison Universities, as well as Middlesex County College. He is a member of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Cornerstone Initiative and was appointed to the Chamber Board of Directors in 2015. Thomas is the Treasurer of Opportunity NJ, a newly formed grassroots organization whose mission is to increase awareness of the impact that policies and legislative action will have on the state’s economy and job growth for New Jersey citizens. Additionally, in 2015 Thomas was appointed Chair of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) State Society Relations Committee. He was selected for the last six years by Accounting Today as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting.”

Thomas earned a B.S. in business and economics and an M.B.A. from Lehigh University and resides in South Brunswick, NJ with his family.

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