CPAs in Industry Spring Conference (Green Bay)

CPAs in Industry Spring Conference (Green Bay)

CPAs in Industry Spring Conference (Green Bay)


Attend the CPAs in Industry Spring Conference to receive insightful information and innovative tools that will allow you to think fast, respond quickly and be aware of the many changes that lie ahead. Whether you are new to the field or a seasoned professional, remaining current with the multitude of guidelines can make a difference in your work and your organization’s bottom line.

Session highlights: 

Hear about recent trends in the state economy and the forecast for 2019.

Learn the latest updates and how your business may be impacted.

Discover the 10 important key features in Excel every accountant should know. 

Find out what changed and what remains of the Affordable Care Act, and learn where legislation and regulation are headed.

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Registration is open through 04/24. Register by 03/07 for Early Bird Pricing.

Member Price

$379 / $349 Early-Bird pricing ends on 03/07/2019.

Nonmember Price

$429 / $399 Early-Bird pricing ends on 03/07/2019.

Student Price


Wednesday, April 24

8:00am to 4:30pm (Check-In 7:00am)

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Radisson Hotel & Conference Center

2040 Airport Dr
Green Bay, WI 54313

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Wednesday, Apr 24th

7:00AM TO 8:00AM / General Session

8:00AM TO 8:15AM / General Session

8:15AM TO 9:15AM / General Session

Robert Dye, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, Comerica Bank

The U.S. economic expansion is already the second longest ever and may soon set a new record. As 2019 unfolds, the forces that boosted growth in 2018 are dissipating, and economic headwinds are emerging. As risk factors accumulate, the probability that the next recession may soon be upon us is increasing. This session will review the prospects for ongoing growth and the factors that may contribute to the next recession in the U.S. economy.

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9:35AM TO 10:35AM / General Session

James Blinka, Central Tax Regional Managing Partner, BDO USA, LLP

Kory Stoehr, Tax Partner, BDO USA, LLP

Attend this session to hear about recent legislative and regulatory changes and their financial implications for businesses. This will include discussion of the impact on the form of business operation, capital investment, merger and acquisition strategies, international operations and issues for consolidated groups.

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10:55AM TO 11:55AM / Breakout Sessions

Jonathan Eiden, Attorney, von Briesen & Roper, s.c.

James Macy, Attorney, von Briesen & Roper, s.c.

Employment law is always changing. Stay up to speed on the latest changes as well as what is coming under state and federal employment law legislation. This session will inform attendees about what they can expect with a new Democratic-controlled Congress and a new Wisconsin governor. The session also will provide an update on latest court decisions. Be on the cutting edge as another challenging year in employment law begins.

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Craig Cookle, Partner in Charge of SALT Group, Wipfli LLP

Wayfair has opened the door for states to enact economic nexus, and companies may be incorrectly advised to register and file for sales tax without fully understanding any prior sales tax exposure. On top of that, there are other tax risks — including income tax, franchise tax and some types of gross receipts taxes — to which the company may be exposed. Learn the latest updates and how your business may be impacted by this decision.

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12:55PM TO 1:55PM / Breakout Sessions

Robert Lemke, Principal – HR and Compensation Consulting, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

This session will present different perspectives and approaches to adopting a strategy-oriented workforce investment portfolio that strengthens employment brand and maximizes the return on talent investments. Participants will be challenged to evaluate compensation, benefits and other HR programs with the competitive market, employee needs and preferences, future workforce plans and a distinctive employment value proposition. Join this engaging discussion to help build the financial case for HR and talent investments, and discover methods to measure and evaluate returns on an organization’s workforce investment portfolio.

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Val Steed, Shareholder, K2 Enterprises

Most accountants know enough about Excel to get work done, but is there a better way? There are 10 extremely important key features in Excel that every accountant should know. Truth is, most do not know more than a few. Some of these features are new, but most of them have been in Excel for years. This session will cover all 10 critical Excel hints and tips.

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Michael Goller, Tax Department Chair, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.

Attend this session to hear more about the Section 41 Research Tax Credit. Find out what the IRS is looking at, how to avoid an audit if possible and how to survive one if necessary. Stories and lessons from the trenches will also be shared.

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2:15PM TO 3:15PM / Breakout Sessions

Val Steed, Shareholder, K2 Enterprises

Google is one of the largest, most widely used and important technology companies on the planet. Its name has become synonymous with search, knowledge and cutting-edge technology. The company has developed and is responsible for a wide range of products that have changed the way we learn, find things in our community and communicate with the world.

G Suite brings together a wide range of communication and business tools under one roof that can be the backbone of an organization's technology infrastructure. Google's tools and services help power the world and can help an organization gain better effectiveness and efficiency over its operations. This session is going to look at Google’s most useful features, apps and services that could be better utilized by the busy working professional. The session will finish with a top five list of the best-hidden secrets and functionalities of Google's tools. Beginners to advanced users of Google products will leave this session with a much deeper understanding of Google’s services, time-saving tips to use the products more effectively, and practical advice on how to best leverage this incredible technology.

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Peter Frittitta, Director, Client Strategic Services, R&R Insurance Services

This session will provide participants with the latest perspective on health insurance based on recent legislative and regulatory updates. Hear about what has changed and what remains of the Affordable Care Act and where legislation and regulation are headed. Learn more about the health care and insurance industry trends that are driving all of this.

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Benjamin LaFrombois, Attorney, von Briesen & Roper, s.c.

This presentation will discuss real estate trends and updates that all CFOs need to know, such as government incentives that support growth and prevent jobs leaving the state — including tax credits, TIF incentives, the New Market Tax Credit program, Historic Tax Credit program, PACE loans, energy tax credits and municipal support. From there, discussion will turn to focusing on trends in personal property tax, real property tax, sale/leaseback and interest rates in construction financing.

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3:30PM TO 4:30PM / General Session

Michael Goller, Tax Department Chair, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.

Attend this session for a summary of IRS developments and their impact on industry practitioners. This session will also address “hot” and relevant tax ethics issues you won’t want to miss.

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4:30PM TO 4:45PM / General Session


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Note: An electronic copy of course materials is included for all registrants and can be accessed via the My WICPA section 7 days prior to the course date.

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