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- Personal Development
CPAs and accounting professionals in business and industry.
As a CPA in business and industry, you have an important role in maintaining the financial health of your organization. Whether you work for a small, medium or large company, this new conference — designed by CPAs in business and industry — has you in mind, with hot topic tracks to position yourself and your organization for success.
John L. Daly
John L. Daly, MBA, CPA, CMA, CPIM, is a former CFO who has worked with manufacturing, health care, hospitality, wholesale and retail businesses, spending the longest part of his career as the CFO of a Tier 1 automotive parts supplier. He has lead continuing professional education seminars since 1995 and does costing and pricing consulting. John authored the book "Pricing for Profitability," published by Wiley & Sons, Inc. 
John H. Higgins
John Higgins is a strategic adviser to CPAs and the CPA profession in all aspects of leveraging technology. He has authored and presented CPE programs for thousands of CPAs over the past 25 years on technology and practice management issues. John is a pioneer in the development and delivery of web based CPE programs. He has presented “live” web CPE events for groups as large as 600+ participants, as well as many small groups. John assisted the Michigan Association of CPAs as an adviser in the development of their web based CPE model.
John’s primary qualification is his passion for helping CPAs achieve greater success by leveraging technology. He has extensive knowledge and experience working with CPAs throughout the country. John resides in Rochester, Michigan with his wife Karen and their two children.
Qualifications and Experience:
•Actively involved in working with local, regional and national CPA firms over the past 25 years. •Facilitated hundreds of planning sessions and retreats to develop strategic plans, technology plans, paperless work flow design, innovative client services and more. •Nationally recognized speaker and author on technology issues impacting the CPA profession. •Monthly host of Document Management to Go (DMS2Go) pod cast sponsored by CPA Technology magazine. •Former national consulting partner with a top 10 CPA firm. •Former CEO of technology training & consulting firm. •Member of the AICPA Business & Industry Hall of Fame. •Past Chair of the Michigan Association of CPAs. •Past member of the AICPA Council and CPE Advisory Committee. •MACPA Innovative User of Technology award.
David A. Nelson
Dave is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) with 20 years of experience and a Fellow with the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA). He has led technology organizations in both the public and private sector. Prior to founding Pratum, he most recently was the chief information security officer for a leading health informatics company. He also managed an information security group for a top 5 U.S. banking organization, was the CIO for a higher education institution and served as the information security officer for one of the largest municipal governments on the east coast. Dave received his bachelor of science degree with a major in computer information systems from Excelsior College. He has also taught and developed information technology curriculum at the post-secondary level, is a published author and speaker at national conferences. He lives in the Des Moines, IA area with his wife and four children. 
Elizabeth P. Nead
A speaker, coach and television host, Liz Nead is an expert in bringing life back to everyday life. Her passion, Nead Inspiration is impacting the lives of thousands with life coaching, magazine articles, public speaking and life improvement television. She directs and hosts an Emmy nominated television show called Life Dare which aired on Fox five days a week. Life Dare is an “unscripted” show inviting people to learn from experts and take a “challenge” to bring the lesson to life. She has authored several best selling books, "The 100 Day Journey," "Curry Up," an ethnic cookbook, "The 180 Life," and "20 Beautiful Women." Her work has been featuredranked on Buzzfeed and reviewed by the Huffington Post. She blogs for Huffington Post and She Knows. Liz is a skilled story-teller and teacher, most recently climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro and competing in the Iowa Strongman Games. Whether she is climbing a mountain, flipping 300 pound tires, producing award winning television, or conducting experiences in her personal life, her audiences learn valuable lessons to build an influential life. 
Larry Zimpleman has over 40 years of experience in the financial services industry, including all aspects of financial and operations management and more than 15 years of global business development. Larry, former chairman and CEO of Principal Financial Group (PFG), was responsible for overall management of the company, including strategy, merger and acquisition activities, international development and human resources planning. This includes oversight of more than $519 billion in assets under management and over 14,000 employees worldwide. Larry also played a critical role in launching the company's IPO in 2001, but perhaps most noteworthy was his leadership through the great recession.
Zimpleman joined PFG in 1971 as an actuarial intern. From 1976 to 2006 he served in various management and leadership positions at the officer level, mostly in the U.S. retirement business sector. He was named president and chief operating officer in 2006; president and chief executive officer in 2008; and president, chairman and CEO until Jan. 2016.
Originally from Iowa, he received his B.S. degree (graduating Summa Cum Laude) and his MBA from Drake University in Des Moines. Mr. Zimpleman has been a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries since 1976 and is an Enrolled Actuary. He has also been a member of the American Academy of Actuaries since 1977. He is accomplished in quantitative thinking and research, financial analysis and management and capital strategies and management. 
Regina Hepp is principal-in-charge at Hepp Learning and founding partner at The REJUVI Venture. Widely seen as a creative, results-oriented strategist, she easily leads large-scale, enterprise-wide initiatives and strategies. Regina has completed both undergraduate and graduate degrees in business administration, marketing and organization development. She has had the opportunity to be of service as both an internal and external consultant to Fortune 500 organizations with deliverables reaching four continents. She has held—and has been of service to—executive positions. Regina has deep expertise in financial services, healthcare and medical device industries with supporting expertise in logistics, technology and expert services; e.g. engineering. 
Rob is Senior Vice President at ITA Group, a global engagement agency focused on creating brand advocates. ITA Group ignites the passion in people and connects it to your results. Rob is committed to helping individuals to achieve higher levels of performance through motivation, engagement and recognition. Rob has leveraged his 25 year background in technology and sales management to bring real-world performance improvement solutions to hundreds of large companies.
He has been an employee-owner at ITA Group since 2008 and has served as Director of Technology, Vice President of Sales and now serves as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Prior to ITA Group Rob held several sales and senior leadership positions where he has been responsible for sales strategy, structure, recruiting, compensation, marketing, product development and company acquisitions. He prides himself on staying on the front lines of performance improvement technology and innovation. Rob holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from LaSalle University.