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CFO Roundtable

March 21, 2018
8:00 AM to 10:00 AM PST

Silicon Valley Capital Club
50 West San Fernando Street
San Jose, CA 95113
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Natasha Morales
(408) 352-3576
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Tax Reform - Are you up to speed?

We would like to invite you to attend our exclusive CFO Roundtable. This quarterly series presented by BDO USA, LLP features an intimate group format providing a platform for Bay Area CFOs to discuss hot topics currently impacting public companies.
With tax reform signed into law, businesses need to be aware of the broad implications – both on businesses and the people behind them. From lowering the corporate and individual income rates and eliminating numerous deductions, to new rules for pass-through entities, the elimination of the AMT for corporations, and the shift to a territorial tax system, the $1.5 trillion sweeping legislation represents the biggest change to the tax code in a generation. Our impressive panel, Denise Bode, Judy Bruner, and Chip Morgan, will discuss these legislative changes and the potential impacts to the companies you serve.
We hope you will join your fellow CFOs to engage with our panelists and each other. Our objective is to arm you with a few questions you should be able to respond to, regarding tax reform and its impact to corporate strategy.
8:00 AM to 8:30 AM - Registration

8:30 AM to 10:00 AM - Roundtable Discussion

Denise Bode
leads the federal practice at Michael Best Strategies. Her practice focuses on energy and environment, food policy, regulated utility and tax policy counsel, particularly coalition management and development, and implementation of public policy strategies at the state and federal level. She has testified before Congress, and has extensive public speaking experience including numerous appearances on network and cable television. Recently, she represented a number of clients from energy, manufacturing, real estate, financial services, non-profit entities, agriculture, packaging, and other industry sectors during the tax reform debate in Congress.

Denise has over 30 years of public policy arena and diverse experience, including serving as Principal of Cornerstone Government Affairs, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association, CEO of the American Clean Skies Foundation, and Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner. She also served as President of the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA), Tax Counsel to Gold and Liebengood, Tax Counsel to U.S. Senator David Boren, and Energy and Natural Resources Assistant to Governor David L. Boren.

Denise holds a BA from the University of Oklahoma, a Juris Doctorate from the George Mason School of Law, and a Masters of Law in Taxation from Georgetown University School of Law. She has received numerous awards including, Hearst Newspaper’s Award for Public Service and Women’s Council for Energy and the Environment “Woman of the Year” to name a few.

Judy Bruner has over 35 years of financial management experience in the high technology industry and deep experience with compliance and enterprise risk management. Ms. Bruner is a member of the board of directors of Seagate technology, Applied Materials, Inc., Varian Medical Systems, Inc., and Rapid7, Inc. and is a member of the board of trustees of the Computer History Museum. Ms. Bruner has also served on the board of directors of Brocade Communications Systems and SanDisk Corporation.

Most recently, she served as Executive Vice President of Administration and Chief Financial Officer of SanDisk Corporation, a supplier of flash storage products, from June 2004 until May 2016. Previously she was Senior Vice President and CFO of Palm, Inc. from September 1999 to June 2004.

She holds a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles and an MBA from Santa Clara University Leavey School of Business.
Chip Morgan has been centered on international tax for over 31 years. Chip is Head of International Tax in the West region at BDO. He is a unique tax professional who has a true appreciation of his clients’ environments having gained valuable industry experience as VP of Tax for a semiconductor manufacturer and a software company where he implemented and defended international tax structures aligned with the underlying business operations as they evolved over time. 

Chip has also served as an International Tax partner with two of the Big 4 firms, where he advised clients across a broad range of industries, geographies, and transactions. He has worked in New York, Brussels, San Jose, and Los Angeles assisting companies ranging from startups to very large, mature enterprises. Chip has deep technical knowledge, combined with practical hands on experience.

Chip holds a BA in accounting from the University of North Carolina, and a Juris Doctorate from Columbia Law School.

Hitesh Shah has more than 25 years of experience spanning startup through venture financing and eventual M&A exits in multiple high technology companies. He has in-depth experience in people management, finance, venture capital, business development, product management, business planning and customer service. Hitesh has raised over $100M in venture capital for four different startups.

Prior to joining BDO, Hitesh has served in multiple executive roles as CFO, COO, and CEO.  He was the Chief Operating Officer at Solum, an Andreessen Horowitz, Khosla Ventures, and Google Ventures funded company which was acquired by Monsanto. Hitesh also served as CEO and COO at Fat Spaniel Technologies which was acquired by Power-One, and CFO at iPolicy Networks which was acquired by Tech Mahindra in India.

Hitesh serves as the chairman of the board of Parents Helping Parents (PHP), an organization whose mission is to empower families to build bright futures for children with special needs. He also serves as a board director of Human Needs Project (HNP), an organization focused on alleviating poverty.

Hitesh holds a BSc in Industrial Engineering from Western Michigan University and an MBA from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.