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2017 Ohio Midyear Meeting

Speakers

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


Anne L. Christensen

Anne L. Christensen, professor of accounting, earned a MBA and a Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Utah. She also holds a B.S. in psychology and a M.Ed. in counseling from Brigham Young University. Prior to joining Montana State University's Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship (JJCBE) faculty in 2002, she taught at Portland State University for 13 years.

Christensen teaches undergraduate and graduate tax courses in the accounting option. She is the director of the Master of Professional Accountancy Program. She is also the director of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at MSU where she trains and supervises students in the preparation of tax returns for low income individuals. She is the past president of the American Taxation Association, a group of approximately 800 tax professors and professionals from throughout the world dedicated to improving tax education and fostering tax research. Her research has been published in journals such as The Journal of the American Taxation Association, Issues in Accounting Education, and The Tax Adviser. She is the President-Elect (2016-2017) of the American Accounting Association.


Scott D. Wiley

As the energetic and results-oriented chief executive of The Ohio Society of CPAs, Scott Wiley calls on his clear vision and can-do passion to lead one of the top state accounting associations in the country to expanded growth and influence.

Wiley drives strategic initiatives that help over 21,000 CPAs and accounting professionals meet the rigorous demands of a changing business environment. He sets the association's bold annual advocacy agenda, collaborating with government and CPA leaders to drive tax and regulatory changes that benefit Ohio's economy and improve its business environment.

Influencing the national policy agenda for the accounting profession is a top priority for Wiley, who represents The Ohio Society of CPAs and the national association community on Capitol Hill. He does this through his active participation with the CPA Society State Executives Association and as a board member for the American Society of Association Executives in Washington, D.C.

The Ohio Society of CPAs is recognized as a key leader in evolving CPA continuing education. Ohio was the first state CPA association to launch a successful online learning platform. In 2014, Scott worked with the Accountancy Board of Ohio to adopt new rules making Ohio the first state in the nation to approve CPA continuing education credit for micro learning. This strategic move recognizes that learning formats must be flexible and evolve to meet the needs of a new generation of professionals. Wiley's efforts earned him a place on The American Institute of CPAs Future of Learning Task Force in 2013.

Mindful of changing demographics in America, Wiley is making a diverse and inclusive CPA talent pool a top priority in Ohio. He serves on The American Institute of CPAs National Commission on Diversity and Inclusion and has increased funding for diversity recruitment initiatives through The Ohio CPA Foundation where he is also president. The Foundation funds programs that grow a strong and vital CPA talent pool in Ohio.


Yvonne Hinson

Yvonne Hinson is currently the Academic in Residence, responsible for enhancing relations with accounting academics and addressing issues in accounting education. She began her accounting career with Arthur Andersen in Charlotte, NC. After returning to the University of Tennessee to pursue her Ph.D. she accepted a position with Wake Forest University. During her 18.5 year career at WFU she served as a faculty member, Director of Graduate Studies, Director of Accountancy and Dean of Charlotte Programs. Yvonne has served as President of the Federation of Schools of Accountancy, Chair of the AAA Membership Advisory Committee and served on the AICPA National Business Valuation Committee and Conference Committee. She has served on numerous nonprofit boards and is currently Chair of the Carolina Raptor Center Board. She earned her undergraduate degree in accounting and MBA from UNC Charlotte.


Russell J. Meyer
Chief Financial Officer, Vice President, and Treasurer for White Castle System, Inc.
 
Russ Meyer has been Chief Financial Officer for White Castle System, Inc. since 2006. White Castle is a Columbus Ohio-based $700 million+ privately held Company with 10,000 team members, approximately 380 quick service restaurants, eight food processing plants, and Frozen Food sales across the Country.  In 2016, the Company served over 630 million “sliders” to customers in its restaurants in a dozen states as well as to grocery customers across the country and internationally.

Russ has been at White Castle for thirty-two years and has developed a strong knowledge base in corporate financing, active tax planning for Company and shareholder entities alike, cost management, and wealth transfer with generational management transitions. He is a Trustee for multiple employee benefit plans with over $400 million in actively managed assets and serves as manager for a number of related shareholder entities.  

Russ is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Management Accountant, and long-time member of the American Institute of CPA’s, the Ohio Society of CPA’s, and Financial Executives Institute. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University and his MBA from the University of Dayton. Prior to coming to White Castle he worked at Ernst & Young in Columbus.

Russ’s Board activities include:

  1. Ohio CPA Foundation, the charitable arm of the Ohio Society of CPA’s (OSCPA) for the last eight years.  Russ has been the Treasurer for the last six years and has been involved in the Finance and Investment Committees.
  2. OSCPA Executive Board – since 2015 Russ has also been on this Board for the 20,000+ members in the state of Ohio. He serves on the Audit, Investment, Pension, and Finance Committees.
  3. Common Cider Company – this is a small startup company based in California and Nevada in the growing hard cider business.  Russ came onto its Board in early 2016.
  4. Columbus Speech and Hearing – Russ joined this Columbus non-profit Board in early 2017.

Russ has been a speaker for the Cullman Executive MBA Series at Ohio State University and at the Financial Executive International’s Private Company Conference.

On the personal level, Russ is married with three adult children.  

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