SpeakersBruce K. Behn
President - Elect of the American Accounting Association
Bruce K. Behn, Ph.D., CPA is the President - Elect of the American Accounting Association, Associate Dean for Graduate and Executive Education and Deloitte LLP Professor at The University of Tennessee (UT). He joined the Department of Accounting and Information Management in 1994 after completing his doctorate at Arizona State University and served in a number of capacities over the years within the department (including Department Head) and the college. Dr. Behn has a MBA from Arizona State University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to obtaining his Ph.D., he worked for Rockwell International in Uithoorn, The Netherlands as the international financial coordinator for Allen-Bradley Europa B.V., Allen-Bradley Company as controller and financial analyst, and KPMG Peat Marwick as senior auditor. He has published articles in The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, Contemporary Accounting Research, Accounting Horizons, Journal of Accounting, Auditing, and Finance and a number of other journals and has served as the co-editor for the Journal of International Accounting Research and the associate editor of Issues in Accounting Education. Dr. Behn recently chaired the Pathways Commission and is a past Vice-President of the American Accounting Association (AAA), past President of the International Accounting Section (AAA) and the Federation of Schools of Accountancy (FSA) and past chair of the AICPA's Pre-certification Education Executive Committee. He has also been the recipient of a number of teaching awards including the AAA's Innovation in Accounting Education award, UT's Alumni Outstanding Teaching award, and the Tennessee Society of CPAs Outstanding Educator of the Year.
C. Brian Fox
CPA, President and Founder
C. Brian Fox is recognized as the creator of Electronic Confirmations and he received the first six patents granted on electronic audit confirmations. In addition to being the President and Founder for the company, Brian is also an Adjunct Professor at Vanderbilt University. He is a five-time winner of the accounting profession's "Top 40 Under 40 CPA in America" and was named as an "Entrepreneur of the Year." Prior to Capital Confirmation, Brian was in Dallas where he worked in audit for Ernst & Young LLP and in mergers and acquisitions for PriceWaterhouseCoopers.
Brian is a nationally recognized speaker on financial fraud and has appeared on Fox Business News, Business News Network and MarketsWiki TV. He has articles and quotes in the Financial Times, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, New York Times, Compliance Week, CNBC, The CPA Journal, The CPA Technology Advisor, AP Matters, The Auditor's Report, and many more. In addition to being on the Board and Advisory Board of several private companies, Brian is also on the Advisory Board for Southern Methodist University's Masters In Accountancy Program and the Alumni Council for Vanderbilt's Owen School of Business. He serves as a mentor in the Inc. 500 Military Entrepreneurs Mentor Program, the Jumpstart Foundry and the Nashville Entrepreneurship Center and is on the Advisory Board for the Nashville Capital Network. Brian is a member of the AICPA where he was a member of the Task Force for the Future and is a member of The Tennessee Society of CPA's.
Brian completed his MBA at Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management with a dual concentration in Finance and Electronic Commerce and received a BBA in Accounting from Southern Methodist University's Cox School of Business.
W. Steve Albrecht
W. Steve Albrecht is the Andersen Alumni Professor of Accountancy in the Marriott School of Management and a Wheatley Fellow at Brigham Young University. Dr. Albrecht, a certified public accountant (CPA), certified internal auditor (CIA), and certified fraud examiner (CFE), came to BYU in 1977 after teaching at Stanford and at the University of Illinois. Earlier, he worked as a staff accountant for Deloitte. Dr. Albrecht received a bachelor's degree in accounting from Brigham Young University and his MBA and PhD degrees from the University of Wisconsin.
Academic: Professor Albrecht has had many leadership positions in academia. Until July 1, 2008, he was the associate dean of the Marriott School, a position he held for 10 years. For the previous nine years, Dr. Albrecht was director of the School of Accountancy at BYU which rose to be one of the top three ranked accounting programs in the United States under his leadership. He has served as president of the American Accounting Association, Beta Alpha Psi, and the Accounting Program Leadership Group. He also chaired the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) Accounting Accreditation Committee from 2000-2003. From 2002-2004 he was chair of the AICPA's Pre-Certification Executive Education Committee. From 2004-2007, he served as the U.S. representative on the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) Education Committee. Dr. Albrecht has done extensive research on business fraud and ethics. His research has resulted in the publication of over one hundred articles in professional and academic journals. He is the author or co-author of over 20 books or monographs, several of which are on fraud, integrity and financial accounting. His financial and principles of accounting textbooks are in their 14th editions and his fraud text is in its 5th edition
Expert Witness, Professional Service & Consultant: Dr. Albrecht has consulted with numerous organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, major financial institutions, the United Nations, FBI, and other organizations, and has been an expert witness in over 35 major fraud cases. His work on Internal Controls and Fraud Prevention, Detection and Investigation has brought him wide acclaim. He was the first president of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, a fraud-fighting organization now with 70,000 members. He served on the task force of the American Institute of CPAs that wrote SAS 82, a fraud auditing standard, and on the FASAC, an advisory committee to the FASB. He was a member of the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations (COSO), the organization that wrote the internal control standards used by most corporations, from 1997-2000 and the AICPA Council from 2000-2003. From 2005-2009, he served as a trustee of the Financial Accounting Foundation that oversees the FASB and GASB. In 1998, he received the Cressey Award from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the highest award given for a lifetime of achievement in fraud detection and deterrence. In 2002, in honor of his contribution in fighting fraud, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners named one of its headquarter buildings in Austin, Texas after Dr. Albrecht.
Board of Directors Work: Dr. Albrecht has served on the boards of directors of four public companies (SkyWest Airlines, Cypress SemiConductor, RedHat, Inc., and SunPower Corporation) and three private companies (ICON Health & Fitness, Bonneville International and Sallie Mae Bank).
Personal: Dr. Albrecht is married to the former LeAnn Christiansen of Waukesha, Wisconsin and they have six children and twenty four grandchildren. Dr. Albrecht recently served for three years as president of the Japan Tokyo Mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (a volunteer position) and has held numerous leadership and volunteer positions in his church and the community.