Conference of Accountants

Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 12:00 AM to Wednesday 14, 12:00 AM

TU to Host Annual Conference of Accountants May 13-14, 2014

TU to Host Annual Conference of Accountants May 13-14, 2014

Speakers from corporations and organizations across the nation will address current and emerging issues impacting the accounting profession.

The University of Tulsa Collins College of Business School of Accounting and Management Information Systems will hold its annual Conference of Accountants May 13-14. The 68th annual conference will be held at the Lorton Performance Center, 550 S. Gary Place.

Attendees can expect discussions from notable speakers representing corporations and organizations across the nation. Topics cover all functional areas of accounting within a broad business context, including financial, managerial, systems, auditing and tax areas. More than 400 accounting professionals and educators are expected to attend the conference. 

Session topics and speakers include:

·         “Politics, the Economy, Budget and Taxes,” Pam Olson, U.S. deputy tax leader and WNTS leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Washington, D.C.

·         “FASB Activities and Outlook,” Daryl Buck, board member, FASB, Norwalk, Conn.

·         “Megatrends,” Patrick Pugh, U.S. software and Internet advisory leader and principal, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Seattle

·         “In our Lifetime – Technology,” Taylor Hawes, GM of corporate finance and services, Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, Wash.

·         “Ethics in Social Media,” Dara Wanzer, labor and employment attorney, INTEGRIS Health, Oklahoma City

·         “Trust, Gullibility and Greed: From Ponzi to Madoff,” Allan Bachman, education manager, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Austin, Texas

·         “Panel—Spinoffs: Breaking up is Hard to Do,” moderated by Todd Miller, partner, Ernst & Young LLP, Minneapolis. Participants: Kevin Vann, senior vice president and chief financial officer, WPX Energy, Tulsa; Jeff Husen, controller, ONE Gas, Tulsa; J. Scott Pruitt, assistant controller, Phillips 66, Houston.

·         “U.S. and Regional Economic Update,” Chad R. Wilkerson, vice president and branch executive, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, OKC Branch

·         “Conflict Minerals Audits – Reflections on Year One,” Dorsey L. Baskin Jr., managing partner, assurance services development, Grant Thornton LLP, Dallas

·         “State and Local Government Pension Accounting Changes,” Frank Crawford, president, Crawford & Associates, Oklahoma City

·         “The Dodd-Frank Act: Extra Innings,” Jeff Harjo, partner, HoganTaylor LLP, Tulsa

“Through the continued support of the Tulsa professional community and the Conference of Accountants Planning Committee, we are pleased to be able to attract such well-known speakers to Tulsa,” said Karen Cravens, Chapman Professor of Accounting and director of TU’s School of Accounting and Management Information Systems. “This conference provides expert knowledge on emerging issues in accounting while our students benefit directly from the proceeds of the conference.” 

The Conference of Accountants evolved from a series of annual meetings initiated in 1947 by Professor Emeritus Paul J. Graber. Funds allocated from the net proceeds of each year’s conference provide awards and educational support for undergraduate and graduate accounting students at TU. Cosponsoring organizations include the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners; Financial Executives Institute; The Institute of Internal Auditors; American Woman’s Society of CPAs; Beta Alpha Psi, Eta Rho Chapter; Institute of Management Accountants; Tax Executives Institute; and Tulsa Chapter, Oklahoma Society of CPAs.

Attendees can earn up to 14 hours of CPE for CPA or other certification continuing education requirements. For more information or to register, go to, or contact Jennie Dugger at 918-631-3194.

Contact: Amber Remke


Amber Remke