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- You may also attend this program via live webcast from your own computer. Register for the live webcast option HERE.
- Reserved your overnight accommodations at the Sheraton West Des Moines by April 29 in order to receive the negotiated room rate of $125.
- Conference materials will be distributed electronically to all participants 5-7 days prior to the conference.
- Specialized Knowledge
CPAs and financial professionals working in or with the financial institutions profession
To provide the latest information on accounting and financial issues affecting financial institutions.
Conference sessions to be released soon!
Paul G. Cain
Paul Cain is a partner, tax services, for RSM US LLP in Des Moines. He provides tax and accounting services to clients in a range of industries, including financial institutions, wholesalers and construction/real estate companies. Paul also provides income and estate tax planning services to individual clients, particularly for business owners. He has practiced public accounting for more than 30 years.
In 2015, Paul added the role of tax corridor leader for RSM’s eight locations in Iowa and Nebraska to his responsibilities. As part of this work, he serves on the Central Region tax leadership team developing strategies to reach annual and long-term goals and insure consistent application of RSM’s client service philosophy.
Paul is a member of the Iowa Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs.
Rachel A. Scheve
Rachel Scheve is a senior manager, tax service, for RSM US LLP in Des Moines. She has over 14 years of public accounting experience. Rachel provides tax services to middle market clients in areas such as federal and state tax compliance, tax planning and research, FASB Accounting Standards Codification Topic 740 analysis, tax accounting method changes, tax reform implementation and other tax reporting. She works with clients primarily in the construction, financial services and retail industries, as well as with high-net-worth individuals.
Rachel is a member of the Iowa Society of CPAs, the American Institute of CPAs, the Construction Financial Management Association and the Financial Executive Women (FEW). She serves as secretary for the Waukee Betterment Foundation and participates in the Master Builders of Iowa, MB Eye On The Future leadership program.
Rachel has a Master of Accounting, Iowa State University and a Bachelor of Arts, accounting, Loras College.
Michael A. Kern
Michael Kern is a manager in the Des Moines office of KPMG LLP. He has been with the firm for over five years. During that time, Michael has specialized in providing financial statement audits, audits of internal control, financial statement reviews, and attestation services to community and commercial bank clients. His experiences include audits in accordance with PCOAB and AICPA requirements.
Michael is a graduate of Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa, with a B.A. degree in accounting. He also serves as a KPMG national instructor within KPMG’s business school.
John J. Hall is the founder and president of Hall Consulting, Inc. He has over 40 years of experience as a consultant, speaker, auditor and business owner. John has worked in senior leadership positions in large corporations and international public accounting firms. He is a member of the National Speakers Association, the American Institute of CPAs, and the Institute of Internal Auditors.
John specializes in skills training programs and conference presentations for CPAs, government and internal auditors, management groups, boards, and professional associations. He also coaches business and audit professionals in how to increase their effectiveness, clarify and meet their business and personal goals, and move their careers forward.
John is the author of “The Anti-Fraud Toolkit” and the award-winning book “Do What You Can! Simple Steps – Extraordinary Results.”
Kimberly K. Wernimont
Kimberly Wernimont is a manager, tax services, for RSM US LLP in Des Moines. She provides tax and accounting services to financial institution clients, primarily in retail and commercial banking and insurance. She is responsible for assisting clients with a variety of tax compliance, tax planning, and related services. Kimberly also provides tax compliance and planning services for trusts and high-net-worth individuals. She has over eight years of experience in public accounting working on financial institutions, with knowledge of various financial products and activities.
Kimberly is a member of the Iowa Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts, accounting, from Iowa State University.
Joe Brusuelas is chief economist for RSM US LLP. In this role, Joe provides macroeconomic perspective to help clients anticipate and address the unique issues and challenges facing their businesses and the industries in which they operate. He also produces monthly economic reports for the middle market and for key industries within that market.
Joe has over 20 years of experience in finance and economics. He specializes in analyzing U.S. monetary policy, labor markets, fiscal policy, economic indicators and the condition of the U.S. consumer. Prior to joining RSM in 2014, Joe spent four years as a senior economist at Bloomberg, LP and the Bloomberg Briefs newsletter group. As co-founder of the award-winning Bloomberg Economic Brief, Brusuelas was named as one of the 26 economists to follow by the Huffington Post. Earlier in his career, he was a director at Moody's Analytics where he covered the U.S. and global economies for the Dismal Scientist web-site. He also served as chief economist at Merk Investments L.L.C. and chief U.S. economist at IDEAglobal.
Joe regularly appears on Bloomberg Television, Bloomberg Radio and is frequently quoted by the financial press on the U.S. and global economies. He is the co-author of Forex Analysis and Trading: Effective Top-Down Strategies Combining Fundamental, Position, and Technical Analyses.
In addition to his many speaking engagements on behalf of RSM, Joe produces The Real Economy, a monthly publication focusing on economic trends affecting the middle market. He also produces the RSM US Middle-Market Business Index (MMBI), in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. MMBI, a report based on a quarterly survey of middle market executives, is designed to accurately reflect business conditions in the U.S. middle market. In addition, Joe co-hosts, in partnership with The CEO Forum Group, a radio show series entitled “The Middle Market Transformative CEO,” featuring interviews with innovative middle market CEOs.
Mike Burke is SHAZAM’S senior robbery and crisis management consultant. Mike started with SHAZAM in January 2016. He has over 30 years of experience in retail loss prevention, criminal justice education, law enforcement and homeland security.
During his law enforcement career as a detective, Mike was a case agent for financial institution robberies, drug investigations and homicides. He testified in state and federal court as an expert witness again drug trafficking organizations. Mike has been recognized by the U.S. Attorney Office for his meritorious acts in the investigation and prosecution of a methamphetamine trafficking organizations. As founding director of the Iowa Central Homeland Security Training Center, he was responsible for developing, implementing and instructing over 40,000 first responders in critical homeland security curriculum. Active shooter law enforcement response training and conducting threat assessments for government facilities were included in his responsibilities.
Since Mike’s arrival at SHAZAM, he has: •Developed, delivers and updates robbery and active shooter curriculum for SHAZAM clients. •Developed and conducts a physical threat assessment for SHAZAM clients. •As criminal threats evolve, Mike, along with other subject matter experts, develops and delivers skimming/card cloning curriculum for SHAZAM clients as well as law enforcement, merchants and card holders
Mike is currently developing, along with subject matter experts, a curriculum to address the issue of elderly fraud in financial institutions. He recently became a member of the Midwest Financial Fraud Investigators Association. Mike has been recognized as a master presenter by the National Institution for Staff and Organizational Development.
Baker Eddraa is an advisory services manager for Abrigo (formerly Sageworks). He specializes in providing financial institutions with consulting services related to CECL preparation, methodologies, and transition; purchased loan accounting; technical research; and strategic planning.
Prior to joining Abrigo’s Advisory Services, Baker was an accounting manager at a $34B financial institution, serving as the merger/acquisitions, allowance, and loss-share accounting lead. Baker began his career as a financial auditor at Grant Thornton LLP, where he led audit engagements for public and private companies across industries, including banking, manufacturing, telecom, software, technology, and retail.
Peter Kenow is an audit director at Wells Fargo. He is responsible for leading the Data Innovation & Analytics team which is responsible for driving audit transformation through innovation and optimization. The team brings advanced analytics solutions to all lines of business audit teams, remediation activity, and operational processes within Wells Fargo Audit & Security. The team is designed to drive audit toward being more continuous, complete, and leveraged in the way they execute audits and manage risk in the 3rd line of defense. Peter has been with Wells Fargo since 2012, moving from wholesale to shared services in August 2017.
Peter has 15 years of experience in audit, risk management, and data analytics roles in external and internal audit across the full spectrum of financial services. He spent 7 years with Ernst & Young in Minneapolis. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Peter served various financial servcies clients in the assurance practice at Ernst & Young.
Peter is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Minnesota, and a graduate of Bethel University, majoring in accounting in finance. Peter and his family (wife-Tracy, son-Jayden (11), and daughter-Gabrielle (9)) live in Minneapolis. He enjoys coaching his son’s basketball and baseball teams, dancing competitively with his daughter, taking vacations across the country, and playing golf.
Paresh Patel is a senior audit manager for Wells Fargo. He leads a team of data scientists and analysts as well as automation experts in internal audit specializing in Top of House reporting and Robotics Process Automation.
Paresh brings over 20 years of experience in data analytics, audit, risk management, reporting, IT and has served in various roles with Wells Fargo Audit Services since 2010. Paresh has also held various roles with other financial services institutions throughout his career, and is actively involved in public speaking on topics directly related to the data analytics profession.
His team partners with internal audit teams to explore and implement use cases using big data, and advanced tools and technologies to produce reporting and analytical solutions, increase process automation and develop continuous auditing programs.
Paresh earned his Accounting degree from Strathmore University and holds several industry recognized certifications such as CFE, CIA, CISA, CRISC, CRMA, is a Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant, UK (FCCA).