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2018 Financial Accounting and Reporting Section Midyear Meeting


Markus Ahrens
Pathways to a Sustainable Future
Saturday, January 27, 2018, 11:45 am - 1:30 pm



Markus Ahrens joined the Accounting & Legal Studies Department at St. Louis Community College-Meramec in 2001 and currently serves as the department chair. Prior to his teaching career, he worked as an accountant for 15 years. He earned a Master in Business Administration from Saint Louis University and recently completed his PhD coursework at Saint Louis University. In addition, Markus is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant.

Markus is active in service learning and served as a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Site Coordinator for eight years. Furthermore, Markus has received national awards for his teaching and his innovation in the classroom, including most recently, the 2013 AICPA Bea Sanders Innovation Award in Teaching Introductory Accounting Courses. His primary research interests are experiential learning in accounting education and student engagement utilizing technology. In addition, Markus co-founded, a free website dedicated to providing educators with up-to-date teaching and learning resources “where technology connects with pedagogy to raise the learning bar.”

Currently, Markus serves as a Trustee for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Foundation Board, is a past President of the Two-Year Section of the American Accounting Association, and is the past-chair for the Conference on Teaching and Learning in Accounting. Furthermore, Markus serves on the AICPA Pre-Certification Education Executive Committee. In 2010, Markus served as president for the Missouri Association of Accounting Educators. In addition, Markus is a member of the Teachers of Accounting at Two-Year Colleges, Institute of Management Accountants, Missouri Society of CPA’s and the Association of Experiential Education organizations.  Markus is the current Council Chair for the American Accounting Association.

Marc A. Siegel
Interchange Between Academics and Practitioners: Perspectives from the FASB
Friday, January 26, 2018, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Marc A. Siegel was appointed to the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) in 2008, reappointed to a second five-year term in 2013. In this role, he brings an investor perspective to the Board that establishes U.S. generally accepted accounting standards for private-sector entities, including businesses and not-for-profit organizations.

A recognized expert in forensic accounting, Mr. Siegel has over 20 years of experience in diverse and global industries that include technology, media, telecommunications, healthcare, retail, and insurance. Prior to his appointment to the FASB, he led the Accounting Research and Analysis team at the RiskMetrics Group in Rockville, Maryland.

Previously, Mr. Siegel was the Director of Research at the Center for Financial Research & Analysis (CFRA), prior to the firm’s acquisition by RiskMetrics Group. In this capacity, he was responsible for CFRA’s proprietary research methodology for identifying hidden risks of business deterioration through forensic financial statement analysis, leading a team of twenty five analysts in North America and Europe. He joined CFRA in 2001, after spending ten years at Arthur Andersen LLP as both an auditor and a financial consultant focusing on litigation support.

Mr. Siegel is a member of the New York State Society of CPAs (NYSSCPA), and was on the faculty of the Washington, DC Bar Association/George Washington University Law School. Mr. Siegel also served on the FASB Investors Technical Advisory Committee (ITAC) from 2007-2008, and was a frequent guest on CNBC and other financial TV programs, speaking on various accounting issues in the news. He is the author of numerous articles on topics of interest in accounting.

Mr. Siegel graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Wharton School of Business with a B.S. in economics in 1991. His second term with the FASB extends until June 30, 2018.

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