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Grand Rapids Financial Executives Forum

May 23, 2018
8:00 AM to 12:15 PM EST

Cascade Hills Country Club
3725 Cascade Rd SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
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Ashley Potts
(616) 802-3410
  • Summary
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  • CPE Information
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BDO invites you to an exclusive, morning program featuring interactive and dynamic panic discussions. The Financial Executives Forum is a unique educational and networking opportunity that will highlight top-of-mind business issues facing financial executives and business leaders today.
Artificial Intelligence & Advanced Analytics
Artificial intelligence, robotics, predictive modeling…the world of technology has evolved and these are the buzz words we hear about all day long.  This panel will explore the opportunities and risks associated with these areas.  We will specifically focus on examples of where we’ve seen these technologies utilized in the real business world and the benefits to the companies making these investments.
Tax Reform – Current State and Real Life Impact to West Michigan Businesses
This panel will address the current state of tax reform, the impact of tax reform legislation on West Michigan businesses and how companies are handing the changes. Attendees will hear from a variety of BDO tax leaders as well as West Michigan CFO’s/tax executives, and have an opportunity to engage in interactive dialogue and have their burning questions answered.
Roundtable discussions will include:
ASC 606: Revenue Recognition
Tax Reform 
8:00 AM to 8:30 AM: Registration and Breakfast

8:30 AM to 8:45 AM: Opening Remarks

8:45 AM to 9:45 AM: Panel: Artificial Intelligence & Advanced Analytics

9:45 AM to 10:15 AM: Networking Break

10:15 AM to 11:15 AM: Panel: Tax Reform

11:15 AM to 12:15 PM: Roundtable Discussions
CPE Breakdown:
1.0 Taxes
1.0 Business Management & Organization
1.0 Optional credit in Accounting or Taxes

Event Learning Objectives:
  • Discuss revenue recognition changes and how it has directly impacted your business.
  • Discuss what the tax reform changes mean for you and your business and review what the changes will be for your specific industry and client base.
  • Discuss the opportunities or risks assocuated with artificial intelligence, robotics, and predictive modeling.
  • Examine the changes that companies have started to implement in response to tax reform.
  • Discuss the future/on-going impacts of tax reform on local businesses. 
Delivery: Group Live
Prerequisites: None
Advanced Prep: None
Credits: 3.0 CPE credits total
Program Level: Basic
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Panel: Artificial Intelligence & Advanced Analytics
Kirstie Tiernan, Managing Director, BDO Consulting

Len Dyer, Senior Vice President & Global Risk Advisor, USI Insurance Services LLC
Christopher Mandelaris, Vice President & Chief Information Security Officer, Chemical Bank
Scot Schwarting, Former Director of Risk Management, Whirlpool Corporation
Eric Vantongeren, Internal Audit Director, Meijer
Panel: Tax Reform
Rich Noreen, Tax Partner, BDO

Joseph Maier, Treasurer & Corporate Controller, Cascade Engineering Inc.
Rick McQuigg, Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Knape & Vogt
Colin Seegmiller, Vice President of Global Tax, Amway
Matt Becker, Regional Managing Partner, BDO