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2020 Joint Midyear Meeting of the AIS, SET and International Sections

Speakers

Joni Wilson Ferguson, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts
Plenary Presentation

Saturday, January 25, 2020, 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Joni is a 20 year business veteran with nearly 15 years at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts delivering organizational value by leveraging financial know-how, forward thinking, problem solving, and business savvy in a variety of segments including hospitality, convention and leisure travel, entertainment, sports, consumer direct, and business to business.  Her ability to communicate business stories using data, research, and detailed analysis has helped her teams contribute value year over year. Having earned undergraduate degrees in Accounting and Finance from Florida State University, and an MBA from Rollins College, Joni has further trained with Women Unlimited as well as The Medici Group and served as one of the first ambassadors of intersectional thinking at Disney Parks. Her clients and speaking audiences have included professional organizations and student member organizations, grade schools, and universities. She is Senior Manager of Sales Analytics and Consumer Insights at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL and Senior Managing Director of Leaders Amplify.


John Madonna, Darden Restaurants 
Lunch and Panel Presentation on Automation and Blockchain
Friday, January 24, 2020

John Madonna has served as Darden’s Corporate Controller since January 2016. He is responsible for managing Darden’s accounting functions, including financial reporting, corporate tax, corporate accounting and operations information accounting. John is an experienced accounting and finance leader who began his career with Darden in 2005 as Manager, Corporate Reporting. He joined the LongHorn team in 2009 as Manager, Financial Planning & Analysis before holding a series of roles with increasing responsibility within Darden’s Corporate Reporting function. Before joining Darden, John began his career with Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young’s audit practices. John holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Florida State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

 

Michael (Mike) Reavis, KPMG LLP
Saturday Lunch

Saturday, January 25, 2020, 12:20 pm – 1:50 pm

Mike Reavis is the Executive Director of KPMG Business School – Audit, responsible for the curriculum and learning strategy for KPMG’s audit practice, based in Montvale, NJ.  Mike is also the Audit Learning Leader for KPMG’s Americas region, coordinating learning strategy and supporting consistency across the region. For the past 7 years, Mike has also served as co-chair of the Educational Management Exchange (EDMAX) subcommittee of the AICPA that advises the Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Executive Committee on needs assessment, curriculum, standards, and other CPE-related matters.

Mike has been with KPMG Business School - Audit for 17 years. Most recently Mike led several initiatives supporting the opening of Lakehouse, including the development of a new instructional design framework to create a differentiated learning experience for KPMG professionals. Mike held a variety of roles before his current position as Executive Director, including leading the portfolio management team responsible for planning, directing, and evaluating KPMG’s audit training curriculum and learning strategy, curriculum development for audit partners and managers, and designing and developing, and instructing learning and development courses.

Before joining KPMG Business School – Audit, Mike worked in the field as an audit manager in KPMG’s Greensboro, North Carolina office, where he began his career servicing clients in the higher education, nonprofit, manufacturing, and financial services industries.

Mike holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration (accounting) and a Master of Science degree in accounting from Appalachian State University in North Carolina. He is a licensed certified public accountant in the states of New Jersey and North Carolina.


Lou Trebino, KPMG LLP
How Globalization and Technology Developments Are Shaping the Future of Auditing

Friday, January 24, 2020, 8:30 am – 9:30 am

1.08: Plenary Panel Discussion and Case Studies
Friday, January 24, 2020, 9:55 am – 11:25 am

Lou Trebino is a Principal in KPMG LLP’s Audit practice where he leads the Technology Delivery Organization and is responsible for delivering innovative and enabling technology solutions to our audit teams and clients. Additionally, Lou is a founding leader of KPMG Ignition, a network of collaborative advanced technology ideation and solution development centers. As a member of the KPMG Ignition Executive Steering Committee, Lou is helping to set the direction for the continued expansion of Ignition. Prior to his Audit role, Lou was an Advisory Principal with extensive experience leading successful technology and business innovation and transformation solutions for clients across various industries. He served as the Advisory Office Leader for the Denver market for the past 5 years and helped to double the size of Denver Advisory over the past 5 years. Lou is also a frequent instructor at KPMG.

Prior to joining KPMG, Lou was Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President – Client Services for The Harry Fox Agency, the largest U.S. mechanical music rights organization. In this role, Lou led the business technology transformation of the organization. He was instrumental in incubating a new line of business and led HFA to be ranked in the top 200 of Information Week’s Top 500 Relentless Innovators list for four consecutive years. Additionally he was featured in two Gartner case studies on successfully addressing business technology challenges, and was featured in a case study for the IBM Center for CIO Leadership.

Lou holds a Business Administration and Accounting degree from Montclair State University, is a member of the Mile High United Way Tocqueville Society, serves on the Boards of Directors for Warren Village and Big Brothers Big Sisters Colorado.


Ian Wildenborg, KPMG LLP
How Globalization and Technology Developments Are Shaping the Future of Auditing

Friday, January 24, 2020, 8:30 am – 9:30 am

1.08: Plenary Panel Discussion and Case Studies
Friday, January 24, 2020, 9:55 am – 11:25 am

Ian Wildenborg is an experienced Audit professional, with over 14 years’ experience in the Big Four. As a Partner in KPMG LLP’s Department of Professional Practice, he manages the development of audit methodology for Data & Analytics, Emerging Technologies including Robotic Process Automation and Artificial Intelligence, and Cryptocurrency, Initial Coin Offerings, and Block-chain. In addition, Ian has responsibility for developing and implementing strategies to enhance audit quality across the Audit practice and advises audit engagement teams with complex financial reporting and audit related matters. He has also contributed to a number of firm and professional initiatives, including efforts related to the implementation of the new auditing standards, and as KPMG’s representative on the AICPA’s Digital Assets taskforce and the Center for Audit Quality Data and Analytics taskforce.

In his previous years with KPMG, Ian held several roles within the Audit practice, where he provided professional audit services to small, mid-sized companies, and large multi-national companies in Minneapolis and Sydney, Australia. He also serves as an instructor for national training programs, where he supports curriculum on audit, accounting, financial reporting, and consumer markets industry-specific topics including the integration and use of enabling technologies and data and analytics.

Ian holds a degrees in accounting and business administration from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. He is a certified public accountant in New York and Minnesota.


Tom Young, KPMG LLP
How Globalization and Technology Developments Are Shaping the Future of Auditing

Friday, January 24, 2020, 8:30 am – 9:30 am

1.08: Plenary Panel Discussion and Case Studies
Friday, January 24, 2020, 9:55 am – 11:25 am

Tom Young is an accomplished leader with over twenty eight years of experience in the practice of public accounting with KPMG LLP. Throughout his career, he has worked with U.S. listed and private companies across a variety of industries and markets He currently serves in KPMG’s U.S. Department of Professional Practice where he consults with KPMG global network firms on the application of U.S. auditing standards. He also serves as a foreign filing review partner for filings with the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) by foreign private issuers headquartered throughout Europe, Asia-Pacific and Latin America, as well as a SEC Reviewing Partner and a IFRS Reviewing Partner, which are technical partner roles of distinction within KPMG.

Tom served for over ten years in a variety of global lead engagement partner roles, responsible for the delivery of assurance services to publicly listed and private companies, including audits of financial statements and internal controls over financial reporting in accordance with the auditing standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB-U.S.). He also serves from time to time as a KPMG instructor regarding the application of U.S. GAAP and PCAOB auditing standards, and has lectured on IFRS topics as a guest speaker at the University level in the U.S.

Tom is certified public accountant in Missouri and New York, a graduate of the University of Delaware (bachelors of science, accounting), and a graduate of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Executive Program. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the American Accounting Association – International Accounting Section, for which he currently serves as Vice President - Practice.

 

Chen Zur, EY
Lunch and Panel Presentation on Automation and Blockchain

Friday, January 24, 2020

Chen is a CPA, MBA and a principal in EY’s Advisory, Connected Growth Platform.
He leads EY’s US Blockchain practice, working together with clients and industry leaders on the development and adoption of practical Blockchain-based innovative business solutions. Chen is a strong believer in Blockchain’s potential to revolutionize the way we do business, interact safely with each other and create a better working world for all of us.
In the past, Chen’s held a number of leadership positions in the areas of management consulting, IT Strategy, Robotics Process Automation (RPA), ERP system integration and development, multi-national corporate business process integration, Inter-company and back-office Digital Transformation; working with multiple industries including Consumer products, Pharmaceutical, Chemicals, Insurance, Defense, Technology and more.  He’s worked at Arthur Andersen, SAP and EY.

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