2001 Western Regional Meeting
San Jose Hilton & Towers Hotel
TO THE MEMBERS OF THE AAA:
On behalf of all the presenters, manuscript reviewers, AAA Section representatives, and members of the WAAA Executive Committee, I would like to extend a personal invitation to you to attend the 2001 annual meeting scheduled to take place Thursday, May 3 through Saturday May 5 at the San Jose Hilton & Towers Hotel in San Jose California. San Jose is located about 50 miles south of San Francisco and is one of the largest cities in the U.S. and is in fact larger than San Francisco. While well known for as a high tech mecca, San Jose also boasts world-class cultural arts (musical and repertory theater, ballet, symphony, and museums). nightlife, professional sports, theme parks, wineries (nearly 50 in the area), shopping parks and gardens, and, of course, first-class restaurants. For a more detailed list of dining, downtown arts, nightlife & performing arts, points of interest, shopping & visitor services, sports and recreation, calendar of annual events, maps and points of interest beyond San Jose, refer to the Official Visitors Guide that I sent you last year with the Call for Papers. You may contact the San Jose Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-888-San-Jose or www.sanjose.org to request a new copy of the Guide and for an up date of events and activities. A copy of another helpful document entitled "Calendar of Events - May & June" (available the last week in April) and the new copy of the Official Visitors Guide will be included in the registration packet that you will be given when you register or pick up you name tag at the WAAA registration table in the hotel.
The theme of this year's meeting is fraud. PricewaterhouseCoopers has promised to provide the keynote speaker for the Friday luncheon and two panels, one dealing with financial statement fraud and the other with cyber crime. Another fraud panel is pending and a regular session dealing with fraud issues is in place. Including the aforementioned panels there should be at least twenty panels and special sessions in the program, most of them invited. Both the AAA Quality of Earnings report and the update of the Albrecht & Sack report will be presented along with follow-up question and answer sessions. Five very informative CPE workshops, all invited, are scheduled for Thursday.
The Research Forum, a program that I started as the Program Chair two years ago, will be used again. The Forum has proven to be very successful and allows the Region to include all accepted papers in the program. Before the Research Forum was utilized, many accepted papers were excluded from the program because of space limitations. We have provided space for the Research Forum and the unusually large number of panels and special sessions by eliminating the plenary session. The only difference between the treatment of the regular session and Research Forum papers is in the length of presentation time and size of audience. The regular session papers will be given between 15 - 20 minutes to present compared to 90 minutes for the Research Forum papers. Compared to the 30 - 40 member audiences for the regular sessions, the audience for the Research Forum papers will be smaller. These two differences should result in relatively more interaction between the presenters and small group audience in the Research Forum.
Please complete the registration form to register online or mail/fax the form to the AAA office in Sarasota. To register for your hotel room, PLEASE call the hotel directly and mention that you are with the WAAA. Please feel free to contact me by telephone at (509) 965-0369 or (509) 963-2144, or email at email@example.com if any corrections are needed to the program, or if you have any questions. Refer back to this web site for periodic updates.
San Jose is beautiful in May. We look forward to seeing you.