Speakers & Keynotes

The Digital CPA Community is eager and excited to share information to help propel the accounting profession forward.  Many of the instructors below have received multiple awards and recognition as leaders and influencers in the profession.  Don’t miss your chance to interact and learn with this distinguished group at DCPA16!   Although we are currently working on our agenda for 2016, please check out the quality speakers from DCPA15.

DCPA16 Keynote Speakers

Erik Asgeirsson

President and CEO, CPA.com
Erik Asgeirsson has more than 20 years of experience in leading technology organizations and driving business growth. Over the past ten years Erik has driven CPA.com's focus on cloud computing and... More

Robert Bunting

Career History 2005 - Present: Principal in R L Bunting Consulting which provides long term advisory services to the CEO’s of top 200 US accounting and wealth management firms in the areas of... More

Daniel Burrus

CEO, Burrus Research
Daniel Burrus is considered one of the World’s Leading Futurists on Global Trends and Innovation. The New York Times has referred to him as one of the top three business gurus in the highest demand... More

John Engels

Founder and President, Leadership Coaching, Inc
John Engels founded Leadership Coaching, Inc. in 1996, based on the integration of three cutting-edge research disciplines: neuroscience, Bowen Family Systems Theory, and the evolution of leadership... More

Neal Spencer

Founder and CEO, Thrive or Just Survive, LLC
Neal is the retired CEO of BKD, LLC, the 12th largest CPA and Advisory firm in the United States.  As CEO he: Expanded the firm’s presence with strategic acquisitions in Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas,... More

DCPA16 Speakers

Alan Anderson

CPA, owner, ACCOUNT-ability Plus
Al has over 25 years of experience in the accounting profession. After working primarily as a partner and National Director of Audit in the firm of McGladrey and Pullen, LLP and with the American... More

August J. Aquila

PhD, Aquila Global Advisors, LLC
August Aquila is the founder and CEO of AQUILA Global Advisors, LLC and is a key thought leader for professional service firms (PSFs). He has worked with various types of PSFs in the US, Canada,... More

David Barrett

Founder and CEO, Expensify
David Barrett started programming at the early age of 6 and has been aspiring to become an expense report magnate ever since. David attended the University of Michigan where he worked in the Virtual... More

Jim Bourke

Jim is a Partner, Member of the Board of Directors at Withum+, Red Bank, New Jersey and is Director of Firm Technology. Jim is past Chair the AICPA's CITP Credential Committee and is currently Chair... More

Bill Carlino

Managing Director- Consulting Services, Transition Advisors, LLC
Bill Carlino joined Transition Advisors as Managing Director of National Consulting Services in 2012 after serving for nearly 12 years as editor-in-chief and editorial director of Accounting Today... More

James Carpp

Current Position James is Rehmann’s chief information officer (CIO) and director of consulting. In his capacity as CIO, James sets the vision and direction for Rehmann, positioning the Firm for the... More

David Cieslak

CPA.CITP, GSEC, Principal, Arxis Technology, Inc
David Cieslak is a Principal with Arxis Technology, Inc., a computer consulting firm with offices in Southern California, Chicago and Phoenix. He specializes in cloud computing, mid-market ERP... More

Craig Cookle

CPA, Tax Partner, Wipfli LLP
Craig Cookle is part of Wipfli LLP’s state and local tax group and is the leader of the firm’s sales and use tax practice. He brings over 27 years of state and local tax experience to his clients.... More

John Donovan

Senior Project Manager, Information Services, Crowe Horwath LLP
John Donovan is currently a Senior Project Manager for the Information Services organization of Crowe Horwath LLP.  John has over 35 year’s project management experience in a variety of industries. ... More

Robert Durak

Director, Private Company Financial Reporting and the CPEA, AICPA
As Director of Private Company Financial Reporting and the CPEA, Bob is the AICPA’s lead staff person on accounting and attest matters affecting private companies. Bob led the AICPA's development of... More

Marianne Fisher

Marianne Fisher is an Inside Sales Account Manager at CPA.com with over 7 years of experience in the tax and accounting industry. Before CPA.com she spent 6 years as a senior sales representative at... More

George D. Forsythe

CPA, WellsColeman
George serves as the Managing Partner of WellsColeman as well as being the firm’s technology partner. As Managing Partner of the firm, George serves on the executive committee for the firm’s... More