Lynda M. Dennis
Lynda M. Dennis, CPA, PhD received her PhD in Public Affairs and her Masters in Public Administration from the University of Central Florida and her under graduate degree in accounting and finance from the University of West Florida. She is a Florida CPA and Certified Government Finance Officer. Lynda is a full-time Lecturer in the Kenneth Dixon School of Accounting at the University of Central Florida. Additionally, Lynda is a contract CPE discussion leader and course developer in the areas of accounting and reporting for governmental and not-for-profit organizations.
Her experience includes serving in a financial capacity, including chief financial officer, in governmental and not-for-profit organizations primarily in Florida. Her experience also includes working as an auditor for local and Big 4 firms with an emphasis in the insurance, government and not-for-profit sectors. Lynda also worked as the Special Projects Manager for the Dallas County Community College District and as a grader of CPA exams for the AICPA.
Lynda actively participates in committee and other volunteer work for the AICPA and FICPA and is a frequent speaker at governmental accounting conferences. She has previously published six CPE courses as well as a book on strategy implementation (both for governmental and not-for-profit organizations) for the AICPA and a public finance primer for the American Public Works Association. In addition, Lynda updated the AICPA State and Local Government Accounting and Audit Guide for the past four years and the AICPA State and Local Government Disclosure Checklist for the past three years.
Steven M. Platau, J.D., CPA, ABV
Steve Platau is a Professor of Accounting at the University of Tampa’s John H. Sykes College of Business where he has served on the faculty since 1984 including more than a decade as department chair. His teaching has been focused on tax, financial accounting and the legal aspects of financial transactions. He has been on the faculty of the National Judicial College teaching judges nationally since 1996. His teaching has been honored with multiple awards including Outstanding Discussion Leader and Outstanding Educator Awards from the Florida Institute of CPAs. He has presented more than 1,200 continuing education programs in 48 states and Puerto Rico. His service to the profession includes more than a decade on the Florida Institute’s Board of Governors and service on the AICPA’s Joint Trial Board. His clients include large financial services firms, trade associations and professional service firms nationally. He appears as a testifying expert and works as a consulting expert in large and complex litigation typically focused on financial issues. Steve began arbitrating cases for the American Arbitration Association in 1985 and has been a panel member on more than a hundred cases. He also arbitrates and mediates cases in state courts. These cases range in size from small consumer disputes to large and complex multimillion dollar international matters. He is a member of the Large and Complex Case and International Tribunal panels of the AAA and serves as a trainer for arbitrator training classes. CPA’s frequently call on Professor Platau to assist them with risk management issues ranging from engagement documentation and marketing materials to independence, ethics and firm policies. He is an Attorney-CPA with a career that includes two of the “Big Four” accounting firms featuring industry experience in natural resources and hospitality franchise accounting. He has published widely in journals including the Journal of Accountancy, The CPA Journal and Taxation. For more than two decades Mr. Platau has had a significant focus in the area of professional liability of accountants.