Business & Industry Fall Conference

Business & Industry Fall Conference

Business & Industry Fall Conference


Attend this year's Business & Industry Fall Conference for the latest updates and insights on timely issues impacting business and industry, such as economic updates, the supply chain, CPA ethics and resolving disputes, tax updates, accounting updates, the employee feedback loop, and more. 

CPAs, CFOs, CEOs, controllers, directors, managers, HR professionals and accounting staff will benefit greatly by attending. 

Please Note: The WICPA and the facility hosting this event respectfully request that if you are not fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, that you wear a mask during this event and maintain social distancing guidelines where possible. If you feel any physical symptoms associated with the COVID-19 virus or its variants prior to the event, please let us know and we will transfer you to any alternate options available.

To make your reservation in the room block, call 1-800-867-9453 and the WICPA Business & Industry Fall Conference or use code Leader #881938.

7.2 CPE Credits


Registration is open through 10/26. Register by 10/12 for Early Bird Pricing.

Member Price

$349 / $319 Early-Bird pricing ends on 10/12/2022.

Nonmember Price

$449 / $419 Early-Bird pricing ends on 10/12/2022.

Student Price


Wednesday, October 26

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

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Glacier Canyon Lodge

45 Hillman Rd
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

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Wednesday, Oct 26th

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

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

Steven Pullara, Tax Partner, BDO USA LLP

Carver Smith, Partner, Truity Partners

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

Clare Zempel, Principal, Zempel Strategic

Will inflation stay high and compel the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates so sharply to subdue it that a recession becomes inevitable? Or will inflation slow down, allow the Federal Reserve to raise rates less than feared and result in nothing worse than a "soft landing" for the economy? When could the next bull market in common stocks and an economic boom become serious possibilities? How will recent unprecedented federal deficits affect our living standards down the road? What other economic and financial risks and opportunities lie ahead? The focus of this session will be to share what the most reliable indicators point to and explain what that means for you in 2023 and beyond.

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

James Brandenburg, Tax Partner, Sikich LLP

After several years of significant tax legislation, 2022 has been relatively quiet as Congress focuses on several non-tax matters all with an eye on the upcoming midterm elections. Attend this session to learn what tax legislation we expect before 2022 comes to a close, which tax provisions are set to automatically expire and when, what new IRS guidance pronouncements and rulings may impact your tax liability and reporting, relevant tax cases handed down this year and various tax planning strategies to consider.

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10:55AM TO 11:55AM / General Session

Timothy Stewart, President & Managing Partner, DeWitt Ross & Stevens, S.C.

This session will go through the types of business owners who would likely be drawn to using an ESOP as a succession planning option as well as the pros and cons of this option.

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12:55PM TO 1:55PM / General Session

Brad Hermes, Partner, Sikich LLP

This presentation will provide information on relevant current and upcoming changes in generally accepted accounting principles, with a primary focus on the leasing standard. The session will also focus on key areas that attendees should be addressing as well as real-world practical examples and tips.

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2:15PM TO 3:15PM / General Session

Matthew Chadwick, Vice President, Cottingham & Butler

Michael Kelly, Vice President, HealthCheck360

These days, being a great place to work requires listening to our employees as often as we listen to our customers. We all need a better way to understand and learn from our employees in real time and at scale. The focus of this session will be to learn how to use a simple technology platform to better understand employee sentiment, management effectiveness and operational efficiencies. Rather than having to wait several months for the annual employee survey, managers receive real-time access to the daily feedback from their teams and use it to take action quickly and address concerns immediately. With science-based data collection and powerful technology, leaders at all levels of the organization will benefit from quick identification of highly relevant trends and opportunities.

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

Boz Bostrom, Associate Professor of Accounting & Finance, College of Saint Benedict & Saint John's University

In this engaging session, you will get the latest insights on business ethics issues, with a focus on learning from real-world ethical violations. This session will discuss the attitudes of others related to ethics, help you understand the laws and rules CPAs must follow as well as the consequences of not doing so and understand and learn from current violations.

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4:30PM TO 4:35PM / General Session


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