FEATURED MAIN STAGE PRESENTERS

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KIM PERELL

Kim Perell is an award-winning entrepreneur, investor, and global CEO with a passion for people, positivity, technology, and progress. Kim Perell is one of the most significant examples of a resilient rise from failure to success. In 2001, Kim went from being laid off at 23 to becoming a multi-millionaire by the time she

was 30 years old and selling her last company for $235 million in 2014. She is currently CEO of Amobee, a global marketing technology company serving the world’s leading brands and agencies.

Kim is also an investor in over 70 companies, 14 of which have successfully been acquired by some of the largest Fortune 500 companies including a billion-dollar IPO.


 
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JOE WOODARD

As an author, consultant, and national speaker, Joe has trained over 150,000 accounting professionals in areas of small business coaching, practice development, changing technology trends, and how to maximize the use of technology in their practices. Joe regularly publishes articles for AccountingWEB and Insightful Accountant, and Joe has been featured repeatedly in Accounting Today in articles, podcast/video interviews.

Joe is the CEO of Woodard Events, LLC. In 2012, and 2014-2018, Joe was recognized by Accounting Today as one of the Top 100 Influencers within the Accounting Profession.

Catalyst, Advisor Empowerment at WoodardTM
Twitter: @joewoodard
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/quickbooksadvisor
Website: www.woodard.com


 

BREAKOUT PRESENTERS

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IRA BEDENBAUGH

Ira has more than 10 years of experience providing consulting services to physician practices, hospitals and other healthcare entities, specializing in strategic planning, physician compensation, practice operations, analytics and HIPAA.Ira offers his clients a breadth of technical knowledge and experience in the areas of physician compensation, practice operations and analytics. Related to physician compensation,

Ira regularly works with clients in the development of compensation formulas, addressing STARK concerns within compensation formulas, fair market valuations and works with his team to provide clients with compensation calculations services.

Ira supports clients with HIPAA compliance services related to HIPAA’s Security Rule in performing security rule assessments and assisting entities with operational implementation of HIPAA’s Privacy and Security Rules.

Prior to joining Elliott Davis in 2006, Ira served as the practice administrator for a multi-physician primary care practice in S.C., where he successfully integrated an electronic health record system in 2001. The practice was named a Better Performing Practice by Medical Group Management Association in both 2000 and 2005 for physician productivity and cost containment. Ira’s current physician practice clients benefit from the insights he brings to bear from his experience as a practice administrator and his unique understanding of the regulatory and operational pressures physician practices face.

Education, Credentials and Special Training
* M.B.A, Clemson University
* B.S., Financial Management, Clemson University

Professional Affiliations
* Member, Medical Group Managers Association (MGMA)
* Board of Directors, The South Carolina Baptist Ministry of Aging

Thought Leadership Numerous professional speaking engagements to audiences including the South Carolina Medical Association, South Carolina Healthcare Managers Association, Allscripts and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Topics have focused on:

* Regaining Control of Your Practice
* Benchmarking Your Billing Department
* Operational Budgeting
* Staff Hiring and Evaluation Issues
* Managing Change in a Medical Practice
* Dealing with Stress in Medical Practices
* Development of Financial Projections for Governmental Guaranteed Loans

 

 
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BRITTANY BROWN

Brittany Brown is the Founder and CEO of LedgerGurus, a company providing outsourced accounting services to other companies and specializing in the ecommerce space. She is a CPA and QuickBooks Pro Advisor certified in QuickBooks Online Advanced. She is the driving force behind her firm’s rapid growth and innovation, growing from 2 to over 40 employees in 4 years and establishing LedgerGurus as an industry leader in the ecommerce space. Her entire

work force is home based, operating entirely within the cloud, built on QuickBooks Online ecosystem.

 

 
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CARLA CALDWELL

CEO, Caldwell Consulting & TrainingCarla Caldwell is the owner of Caldwell Consulting & Training. She works with business owners., primarily non-profits, to bridge the gap between growing business and specific accounting solutions. In addition, Carla helps accounting and bookkeeping firms implement the tools that help them be more successful – from value pricing and process development to the apps that support their systems.

Visit, Caldwell Consulting & Training website, to learn why companies are using Caldwell Consulting & Training to get better organized, more efficient systems, and stronger results.

 

 
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ERNEST COOK

Ernest Cook, principal of Better Idea Group aka the Analytical Accountant (http://analyticalaccountant.info ) has been data wrangling and reporting with the most innovative individuals and businesses in Silicon Valley and beyond for over 30 years. Thru his long-term membership in both the Intuit and the Microsoft Partner programs, he created deep knowledge of both QuickBooks data architecture and SQL which is now aimed at helping clients gain knowledge about

their companies that will allow them to be successful.
Ernest’ technical knowledge is highlighted by the many certifications he holds and has come from decades of using QuickBooks, Microsoft SQL Server and other databases, accounting applications and reporting tools.
Ernest’s first opportunity to educate accountants was over 25 years ago when he presented award-winning classes inside Chevron on financial reporting. Since then he has presented sessions for the SBDC (small business development center), Microsoft and many others.

 

 
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INGRID EDSTROM

Ingrid Edstrom is the Priestess of Profits at the award winning bookkeeping firm, Polymath LLC. She is recognized as one of the accounting profession’s Top 40 Under 40, Most Powerful Women in Accounting, a Top 100 ProAdvisor, and the 2017 Top “Up-N-Comer” ProAdvisor. She is a certified FICB (Fellow member – Institute for Certified Bookkeepers), and she has been instrumental in establishing the ICB in

the United States. Ingrid is the creator the AskABookkeeper.com online education series, a member of the Intuit Trainer/Writer Network, and leader of the Southern Oregon Woodard Group. When Ingrid is not teaching or playing her favorite video game (QuickBooks!), she is usually playing Irish music or frolicking with her goats.

 

 
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LOREN FOGELMAN

Loren has delivered talks across the United States at major conferences such as Inbound as well as many industry conferences. In 2018 she was recognized by HubSpot in its annual list of the world’s top 22 business coaches.Loren is an expert in pricing strategy and sales. She coaches accounting professionals to shift away from

the “dollars-per-hour” business model to a value-based model that reduces workload by as much as 50% while doubling revenues.

 

 
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KATHY GROSSKURTH

Join Kathy Grosskurth as she shares what Networking is, what Networking is not, and some key concepts to consider when it comes to the fine art of meeting people to foster relationships and to grow your business. Kathy’s many years of helping job seekers achieve their fullest potential has helped many small businesse owners and accounting professionals alike achieve their goals to strengthen and expand their reach in

their local and global communities. A member of the Intuit Trainer / Writer Network, Kathy has written a handful of articles for the Firm of the Future blog on topics ranging from setting boundaries, goal-setting, and marketing oneself at trade shows and events. Kathy is an Advanced Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor in both Desktop and Online platforms as well as a long-time volunteer at Sweetwater Misison where she’s heads up the Career Connections ministry for the last 4 years. In 2018, Kathy also helped establish the West Metro Atlanta Woodard Group which meets monthly in downtown Austell, Georgia. Kathy is married with two grown kids (one an Eagle Scout) and lives in Austell, Georgia.

 

 
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CARRIE KAHN

Carrie Kahn, the founder and CEO of Complete Business Group, and the 2017 Top Social Media Resources ProAdvisor, is a seasoned Intuit Reseller behind the innovative Complete Business Partner Program. This program was designed to coach ProAdvisors to select the right QuickBooks products at the best price. We bridge the gap by bringing experts together in our program. We have created a positive community where partners collaborate and support each other. Learn more by

visiting completebusinesspartner.com

 

 
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DEBRA KILSHEIMER

Debra Kilsheimer is a partner with her husband, Harold Hickey in Behind the Scenes Financials, Inc based In Port Orange; FL. Debbie is an Advanced Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor in both Desktop and Online. She’s been a Top 100 QB ProAdvisor since the program’s inception. In 2015, she was honored as a Top 10 ProAdvisor. Debbie is also a member of the Intuit Trainer/Writer network. Debbie has also

attended every Scaling New Heights! She’s thrilled to be teaching this year.
Debbie’s been in accounting her entire life. Upon graduating from the University of Central Florida, she when to work in a CPA firm – and hated it. There had to be a better way then hourly billing, time tracking and only talking with clients about what DID happen v what COULD happen. Consequently, she left the profession for 20 years. When the technology caught up to her vision, she went back into accounting and now runs her accounting firm as she wants!
Debbie is excited to share with you how you too can have the firm of your dreams.

 

 
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GALE KIRSOPP

Working exclusively with Law firms since 2009, Gale has extensive experiences and expertise working at the intersection of outsourced accounting services and bar compliance. Using cloud-based applications and technologies, Gale and the 4700Group team, provide attorneys with ongoing monthly services and training to be bar compliant and more efficiently manage their firms.

For over nine (9) years Gale Kirsopp had been both a national and international speaker and trainer, including both (CLE) training for attorneys and (CPE) training for CPAs. Gale holds an undergraduate degree and two advanced degrees. Gale has been Advanced QuickBooks Certified since 2007 and is QBO certified. 4700Group is a Gold Certified Clio Consulting Firm.

 

 
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ANGELA MEHARG

Angela Meharg is the founder of Datisfy Inc. For the past 20 years Angela has been a highly ambitious business owner & consultant. Affectionately known as The Crystal Reports Goddess, she has worked in five countries with hundreds of companies including AOL Canada, Oracle, and Adobe.

Angela simply loves teaching and training. For nine years she was a program leader for an international personal development organization. Her love of computing had her deliver many beginner and advanced courses in Crystal Reports, CRM software, and fundraising software – even writing her own training manuals, always customized with the client’s data. In addition, she has been certified to teach softball, snowboarding, mountain biking, and yoga.

When she was asked to build a custom report for QuickBooks in 2013 – a split commission calculator – she learned first-hand how difficult it is to get data out of QuickBooks. Months later another customer suggested having a look at QQube by Clearify; she saw an opportunity to specialize in one single thing – building amazing custom reports for business owners who use QuickBooks, leaving them totally Datisfied.

Since entering the world of QuickBooks, Angela has been fortunate to cross-refer and work with Top 100 ProAdvisor Award Winners like Leslie Capachietti and Esther Friedberg Karp where the outcomes are always a success for their mutual clients.

Datisfy is based in Canada, but 98% of its customers are in the United States. Datisfy has the “blessing” of Chuck Vigeant, owner of Clearify and maker of QQube for QuickBooks, to handle all returning and new custom report customers. Angela’s expertise and focus has enabled Chuck to focus exclusively on further development of QQube. While she doesn’t want to be a QuickBooks expert, her next goal is to pass the ProAdvisor Certification Test!

 

 
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MIKE MILAN

Mike Milan is Finagraph’s Vice President, Customer Success with over 20 years of sales and entrepreneurship experience. He teaches at the most prestigious graduate schools of banking in America and is a sought after speaker on the topic of small business.He has translated innovative ideas into multi-million dollar businesses. Prior to joining

Finagraph Mike built several successful ventures from the ground up. He built and sold Blazing Star Staffing, a Midwest regional hotel staffing company and Bottoms Up Brewhouse. He also owned two service businesses in the St. Louis area.

Mike is a former Missouri State Trooper. He earned his MBA from Baylor University.

 

 
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VANESSA OCAMPO

Founder of QuickBooksEnEspanol.comVanessa has educated the Latin community for over 10 years in QuickBooks and how to utilize this accounting tool to work less and gain better results. Vanessa is a Certified ProAdvisor in both QuickBooks Desktop and QuickBooks Online, a MBA Alumni, and has written and published the first and only training manual in Spanish for QuickBooks Online.

She has created numerous QuickBooks courses for Spanish speakers, in addition to a course on how to start your taxes with QuickBooks. Vanessa trains all over Latin America and Spain on topics relating to sales tax and government compliance, as well as inventory and cost efficiency with QuickBooks as an application.

 

 
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LAURA REDMOND

CEO, Redmond Accounting Inc. Laura founded Redmond Accounting Inc., a boutique cloud accounting and consulting firm selected by Intuit as a Top 20 Firm of the Future. Their service delivery is centered solely on QuickBooks Online and its eco-system of apps. Laura co-created the AERO Workflow app used

by accounting firms to manage their knowledge capital and service delivery. The Aero Library includes step-by-step instructions and procedures for many of today’s most popular apps in the QuickBooks Online eco-system. Laura is also co-author of Intuit’s QuickBooks Online certification program for accounting professionals and teaches these courses at national events throughout the year.

 

 
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HEATHER SATTERLEY

Heather is co-author of the QuickBooks Online Core and Advanced Certification Training materials. She is also founder and sole owner of Satterley Training & Consulting, LLC – a consulting firm focused on helping accounting professionals learn and master the QuickBooks ecosystem. A QuickBooks user since 1997 and ProAdvisor since the inception of the program, Heather has trained and supported hundreds of accountants, bookkeepers and small business users over the past 19 years.

In addition to owning her own firm, Heather spent many years working with CPA firms, as principal consultant, tax professional and technologist. She is passionate about sharing her love of accounting technology, process efficiency and insatiable curiosity about all things “account-techy” with others. She is an active member of the Intuit Trainer/Writer Network and was named a Top 100 ProAdvisor in 2014, 2015 & 2016 by Insightful Accountant.

 

 
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CAREN SCHWARTZ

Caren Schwartz founded Time & Cents Consultants, LLC to help legal and other service professionals select, install and get the most out of their practice management, billing, accounting, and other firm specific technologies. She works to allow companies to better manage their time, money and information through the practical and efficient use of their software. She is an expert in billing, legal accounting and practice management systems and does extensive work integrating

solutions with QuickBooks. Caren extends her reach as a member of 35*45 Consulting – Global, a national firm providing comprehensive information technology services.

Caren is an Advanced Certified Pro Advisor for QuickBooks® and QuickBooks Online and a Certified Consultant for Tabs3 and PracticeMaster, Timeslips® by Sage, Sage 50® (formerly Peachtree), CosmoLex. Clio, Timesolv, Amicus Attorney® and Amicus Cloud, and Xero. Caren is also a Certified Independent Consultant for Time Matters®, Billing Matters™ and PCLaw®. She is a member of the Intuit Accounting Professionals Trainer and Writers Network and has created courses for Solo Practice University. Caren is the author of QuickBooks for Law Firms. Caren has recognized as a Top 100 Pro Advisor for three years and was a Top 10 for Niche Practice in 2014. Caren co-chairs the Greater Fairifeld County Connecticut Chapter of Woodard Groups.

 

 
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ROB SMITH

Rob is the owner of OneNoteForAll.com. After seeing the transformative power of using OneNote at his prior CPA firm and clients’ businesses, he formed OneNoteForAll.com to provide a platform to help teach other professionals the power of OneNote. Prior, he was a partner at the accounting firm of Gordon, Stockman & Waugh in Peoria, IL. He has taught at numerous industry conventions, state CPA conventions, SCORE, and Small Business Development Center seminars. He has

taught a college level QuickBooks class at Illinois Central College. He also earned the Elijah Watt Sells Award with High Distinction upon passing the CPA examination.

 

 
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TOMMY STEPHENS, CPA.CITP, CGMA

Thomas G. Stephens, Jr., received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree (Major in Accounting) from Auburn University in 1985. Upon graduation, Mr. Stephens began working for an Atlanta-based public accounting firm. After earning his designation as a Certified Public Accountant, Mr. Stephens worked for BellSouth Corporation in Atlanta as an Internal Auditor. After two years as an auditor, he was promoted to Staff Manager and then Operations Manager of

the Internal Audit Group. In 1991, he transferred to the Comptrollers’ department of BellSouth and served as Manager of the Cost Accounting organization. While working full-time at BellSouth Corporation, Mr. Stephens also attended graduate school, earning a Masters of Science (Major in Finance) from Georgia State University in 1992.

Mr. Stephens left BellSouth in 1994 and opened his public accounting practice in the metropolitan Atlanta area. In his practice, Mr. Stephens provided accounting, tax, and consulting services to individuals and a wide variety of small and emerging businesses. As part of his practice, he developed a successful consulting practice providing installation and support services of small business accounting software. Additionally, he began authoring and presenting continuing professional education courses to accounting and finance professionals. In 2003, Mr. Stephens affiliated with K2 Enterprises and in 2007 he joined the firm as a partner. To date, he has lectured nationally on subjects such as internal controls for small businesses, technology strategies, computer hardware and software applications, tax strategies and compliance, and financial accounting standards and applications. Over the past seventeen years, Mr. Stephens has presented in excess of 1,350 educational sessions to over 40,000 participants nationwide.

Presently, Mr. Stephens resides in Woodstock, Georgia where, in addition to his association with K2 Enterprises, he provides consulting services to small businesses and CPA firms. In addition to an active professional career, Mr. Stephens enjoys an active personal life as well. He and Michelle — his wife of twenty-six years — have two children. His hobbies include snow skiing, fishing, and running. Additionally, Mr. Stephens maintains professional memberships with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants and is a past member of the Institute of Internal Auditors.

 

 
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VERONICA WASEK

Veronica Wasek is the CEO/Founder of VM Wasek CPA, an award-winning modern online accounting and bookkeeping firm. She is passionate about helping bookkeepers and accountants to confidently grow their businesses.She is the founder of the 5 Minute Bookkeeping blog and the 5MB Academy for bookkeepers. She also

runs the Facebook group “5 Minute Bookkeeping with QuickBooks Online” with over 3000 members.

She is a Top 10 ProAdvisor, member of Intuit’s Trainer Writer Network, and has been named a Top Accounting Influencer. Veronica is a certified Advanced QuickBooks Online ProAdvisor and a CPA. She has built a successful cloud accounting business primarily using social media.