Accountex USA | September 6-8, 2017 | Hynes Convention Center | Boston, MA

Schedule

Conference Schedule by Day

Wednesday, September 6
Thursday, September 7
Friday, September 8
7:00 am - 8:00 am

Open Registration & Customer Service

Master the Flow: Leveraging Zapier to Automate Tasks with QuickBooks and Xero

Learn ten incredible strategies for integrating and automating tasks with Xero and QuickBooks Online by using Zapier. This is a great session for boutique firms who are on a mission...
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Mathew Heggem

Adding Advisory Services to a Compliance-Focused Firm

Adding advisory services to your firm does not mean that you have to abandon some of the more traditional services like bookkeeping, tax, and audit. In fact, “add-on” advisory services...
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Donny Shimamoto

The “Get & Transform” Tool in Excel: A Powerful Tool for Importing and Manipulating Data

The “Get & Transform” tool in Excel 2016 for Windows is a real game-changer. It enables data imports from a wide variety of systems and software – Access, ERP solutions,...
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Jeff Lenning, CPA

Inspector Gadget

Gizmos and gadgets have become an indispensable part of our digital lives – ever transforming the way we work, play and live. From cloud computing, mobile and hybrid devices to...
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David Cieslak, CPA, CITP, CGMA, GSEC

Stump the Chump: Questions Value Pricers Ask

Many questions still exist in the minds of accounting professionals who, while they have the desire to move to value pricing, are stuck in some way. In the first ten...
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Ed Kless

Accountants’ Essentials for 1099 and 1042-S Tax Compliance

High-profile 1099, 1042-S and withholding-at-source compliance requires your firm and your business clients to identify reportable payees before any reportable payments are made. In this session, tax information reporting and...
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Marianne Couch, JD

Pre-Audit Collaboration Tools: Streamline Your Process to Save Time and Money

There’s a better way of organizing and maintaining PBC (“provided by client”) lists. Discover powerful pre-audit and audit tools for online collaboration that will save time, money and confusion. Replace...
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Sara Laidlaw-Woodruff

Fraud in the Cloud: New Risks in a New Environment

Software-as-a-service (SaaS) has changed how we store and access information by enabling us to work in the Cloud instead of with locally installed software and databases. While Cloud solutions offer...
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Randy Johnston

Smart Back Office Update

Each year brings new and exciting technology solutions, but which ones are right for your business? This session will help you see both the forest and the trees – rather...
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Stephen King, CPA, CGMA

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Financials: A Powerful New Option

Late in 2016, Microsoft introduced a new financial software solution for small- to medium-enterprises, Dynamics 365 for Financials. Surprisingly powerful, and built on the same engine as its big brother...
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Mario Nowogrodzki, CPA, CITP

The Mindset Scorecard – A Key to Scaling Your Advisory Practice

The technology is available to grow your advisory practice, but do you have the right skillsets, mindsets and clients? Are you capable of playing above the compliance line? Learn how...
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Gary Boomer – CPA.CITP, CGMA
10:45 am - 11:15 am

Networking Break

Get Ready for Artificial Intelligence

Many clerical and administrative functions done now by accountants will be performed by machines in the future. As technology begins to replace some core functions of the accountant’s role, this...
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Dave Sackett

Trendjacking and Other Social Media Hacks

Every day a new hashtag, trend, or buzzword is born into the universe of content. The latest trend in social media marketing is trendjacking. Trendjacking, simply put, is the act...
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Kacee Johnson

7 Head-Scratcher Questions About Blockchain: What Happens When Tomorrow’s Technology Moves Into Today’s Conference Room

Blockchain has reached the absolute pinnacle of the “hype cycle,” which means you (and your clients) are aware and probably curious. It seems that everyone wants to teach you what...
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Greg LaFollette

Pricing Secrets: The Value Pricing Formula That Reveals How to Get a Better Price

Cloud accounting changes everything … your relationship with your client and the way you price. Firms that cling to the old-fashioned pricing models, in a world where technology is reducing...
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Mark Wickersham, FCA

Use Your Words! How to Talk to Customers When Converting to Value Pricing

Do you get tripped up when someone calls and asks for your hourly rate? What do you say when a potential customer asks for a discount? Do you struggle to...
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Marnie Stretch

Affordable Care Act Financial Implications

Even in 2017, seven years after being signed into law by President Obama, employers continue to struggle with the requirements and the financial impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)....
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12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Lunch

Taking a Consultative Approach to Your Clients’ Chronic Poverty Mindset

It’s easy to overlook our accounting clientele’s human issues, yet emotions like worry and fear can permeate their businesses, keeping them from focusing on the big picture and long term...
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Ingrid Edstrom

Keeping Up with QuickBooks Desktop – A Look Ahead

Discover the current developments in the desktop versions of QuickBooks with this in-depth look at the new features of QuickBooks Pro, Premier and Enterprise. If you work with QuickBooks in...
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Charlie Russell

The “Get & Transform” Tool in Excel: A Powerful Tool for Importing and Manipulating Data

The “Get & Transform” tool in Excel 2016 for Windows is a real game-changer. It enables data imports from a wide variety of systems and software – Access, ERP solutions,...
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Jeff Lenning, CPA

Take Control: Managing Difficult Client Relationships

We all want clients who value our expertise, pay their bills on time, and that we’re happy to talk to when the phone rings. But sometimes things go wrong and...
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Stacey L Byrne, CPA

Apps We Love

Your time is precious and your tasks are many. You’re juggling personal and work lives and they’re both colliding on your phone, your tablet, your laptop. When you leave this...
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Gail Perry

Identity Crisis: Redefining Yourself and Your Practice

Bookkeepers and accountants have never before been further apart on the innovation adoption curve. Where there used to be only one model for what a successful bookkeeping or accounting firm...
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Rachel Fisch

Sales Tax Nexus – What CPAs Need to Know

The complexity of sales and use tax, as well as the number of recent changes and news stories on the topic, have most CPAs wondering how all of this will...
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Diane Yetter, CPA, MST

Designing Your “Ultimate Lifestyle” Accounting Practice

Most CPAs start their practices to afford them the freedom to live the life they choose. Instead, they end up working long hours, babysitting their employees, and leading a life...
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Salim Omar

Overcoming Obstacles to Embracing Change

Why is it that some people can easily embrace change, while others will do everything in their power to prevent it? It all comes down to a matter of perception....
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Judie McCarthy

Reputation Risk Mitigation Through Corporate Accounting Stewardship

One of the fundamental challenges of our time is ethical leadership. The breach of trust brought about by Enron, Arthur Anderson, WorldCom, and others has exposed corporate accounting lapses and...
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Dr. Kasthuri Henry, PhD, MBA, CTP, Six Sigma Black Belt

The Largest Losses: Hiding Fraud in Financial Statements

In a “hidden-in-plain-sight” sense, financial statements have long been used to hide fraud. According to the 2016 ACFE Report to the Nations, financial statement fraud median loss is over $1,000,000...
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Allan Bachman, CFE
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Networking Break

Innovation That Complements Technology

Innovation goes beyond mere technological developments. While technology is important, it only represents one facet of innovation. In order to create fundamental change, we must examine other areas, including the...
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Ed Kless

Cloud Accounting Showdown: QuickBooks Online, Xero, and All the Rest

It’s safe to say that QuickBooks Online and Xero are currently the two most top-of-mind online software solutions for accounting professionals. This session will compare and contrast them—the feature sets...
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Greg Lam

The Best Tech Investment Bets

While the tech industry buzzes about the latest and greatest technologies, following the newest shiny object doesn’t always yield positive results. Often, the ROI proof points don’t exist yet either....
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Break the Mold! Build Your Brand with Video Marketing

With the number of accounting and bookkeeping-related practices on the rise, our industry is increasingly competitive. To succeed, you must break out of the mold of the traditional practice and...
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Joanne L. Delbalso, EA

Adding Advisory Services to a Compliance-Focused Firm

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Donny Shimamoto

Full Conference Pass Evening Reception

It’s the first night of Accountex USA – a time for mingling, networking and cocktails. Our opening reception is your chance to reconnect with colleagues and meet new industry peers....
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Staying Ahead of Change: The Coexistence of Accounting, Bookkeeping and Technology

Technology is continuing to drive rapid change in both the bookkeeping and accounting professions; in many cases this is leading to uncertainty, anxiety and inertia in how to respond to...
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Clayton Oates
7:30 am - 8:30 am

Open Registration & Customer Service

Marketing Essentials to Grow Your Business

We have seen a paradigm shift in the way that prospects are engaged and how they are best converted. In order to unlock massive growth, you must have key marketing...
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Kacee Johnson

Delivering Strategic Value from T&E Expense Automation

With companies budgeting as much as 12 percent of total annual revenues for travel and entertainment spending, there’s little question about the need for more strategic expense management oversight. For...
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Ernie Humphrey

Adventures in Inventory: Choosing the Right Solution

Whether your clients are in online sales, retail, wholesale, distribution or manufacturing, they need a solid inventory solution. In this session, we’ll identify basic inventory functionality and how software applications...
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Mario Nowogrodzki, CPA, CITP

Case Study: Technology-Leverage Analytics for Corporate Accounting

The future of accounting lies in the profession’s ability to effectively utilize Big Data for timely business decision support. Technologies such as predictive analytics and business intelligence enable modern day...
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Dr. Kasthuri Henry, PhD, MBA, CTP, Six Sigma Black Belt

Unraveling Innovation: How to Foster Creativity to Improve Your Firm’s Growth Strategy

The industry is undergoing a major sea change. We are being tossed about by technology, and there’s a need for a different kind of advisory talent to navigate through it...
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Mathew Heggem
9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Exhibit Hall Open

Demo Theater Open

Want to dig deeper and learn something more about the products that catch your eye? The live demo theater, located directly on the Expo Hall floor, provides a comprehensive overview...
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Employee Handbooks 101: A Risk Mitigation Tool for You and Your Clients

Accounting firms and their small business clients often ask whether they need an employee handbook. Although a handbook isn’t required, some laws instruct employers to communicate information to employees in...
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Aldor Delp

5 Ways to Build a Profitable Client Accounting Service Practice

Conventional wisdom about being profitable in client accounting services may tell you that it’s all about more sales. Not so. Instead, success comes from within your own organization. By creating...
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Stephen King, CPA, CGMA

The Best Tech Investment Bets

While the tech industry buzzes about the latest and greatest technologies, following the newest shiny object doesn’t always yield positive results. Often, the ROI proof points don’t exist yet either....
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Changing Clients’ Lives the Fast Way: the New Service Offering Every Firm of the Future Will Want to Offer

Mastering value pricing is the key to success for your accounting firm. In this advanced session, from the UK best-selling author Mark Wickersham, will show you how to become the...
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Mark Wickersham, FCA

Taking Your Documents to the Cloud

While documents used to live in simple filing cabinets, they are now all over the place, both in digital and carbon-based forms. To deal with the various types of documents...
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Greg Lam

Specialize! How to Identify and Develop a Successful Niche Practice

If you’ve ever considered finding a niche for your practice, or are not sure whether establishing a niche is even the right path for your firm, this session is for...
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Joanne L. Delbalso, EA
11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Peer-to-Peer Lunch & Learn

Demo Theater Open

Want to dig deeper and learn something more about the products that catch your eye? The live demo theater, located directly on the Expo Hall floor, provides a comprehensive overview...
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CPE Walking Tours

Enjoy a complimentary tour of the Expo Hall! Guided by an Accountex USA team member, walk the expo hall in a no-pressure, small group setting, allowing you to get an...
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KEYNOTE: From D.C. To Silicon Valley – Political, Economic and Tech Trends That Will Impact Your Firm Through 2019

Smart business owners and managers share one quality that makes them stand out among their peers: they are always looking ahead. Not just a few weeks or months. But years....
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Gene Marks

Demo Theater Open

Want to dig deeper and learn something more about the products that catch your eye? The live demo theater, located directly on the Expo Hall floor, provides a comprehensive overview...
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CPE Walking Tours

Enjoy a complimentary tour of the Expo Hall! Guided by an Accountex USA team member, walk the expo hall in a no-pressure, small group setting, allowing you to get an...
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4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Accountex USA Celebrates Boston Welcome Party

CPE Walking Tours

Enjoy a complimentary tour of the Expo Hall! Guided by an Accountex USA team member, walk the expo hall in a no-pressure, small group setting, allowing you to get an...
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8:00 am - 9:00 am

Open Registration & Customer Service

Demo Theater Open

Want to dig deeper and learn something more about the products that catch your eye? The live demo theater, located directly on the Expo Hall floor, provides a comprehensive overview...
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CPE Walking Tours

Enjoy a complimentary tour of the Expo Hall! Guided by an Accountex USA team member, walk the expo hall in a no-pressure, small group setting, allowing you to get an...
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9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Exhibit Hall Open

QuickBooks Online Certification Exam Prep Training

This course will cover all 12 training modules of content to prepare attendees for the QuickBooks Online Certification Exam’s 5 sections.  All lessons include the ability to ask questions and...
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Demo Theater Open

Want to dig deeper and learn something more about the products that catch your eye? The live demo theater, located directly on the Expo Hall floor, provides a comprehensive overview...
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CPE Walking Tours

Enjoy a complimentary tour of the Expo Hall! Guided by an Accountex USA team member, walk the expo hall in a no-pressure, small group setting, allowing you to get an...
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4:00 pm

Exhibit Hall Closes