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Continuing Professional Education Series


Make it three days of CPE!

This year the CPE Series takes place adjacent to the Institute of Accounting Excellence's Fraud Conference. Attend the Fraud Conference and then take advantage of two more days of expert learning tracks at Florida Southern College.

Guaranteed Not To Cancel - May 12 – 13, 2016

Each day long track is attractively priced at:

  • $350 for two days
  • $190 for a single day
  • $95 for a half-day (includes breakfast or lunch)

Each day includes a buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, and afternoon refreshments.

Fraud Conference
May 11

The first annual Fraud Conference put on by the Institute of Accounting Excellence will feature four guest lecturers including keynote speaker, Frank Casey.

Learn More about the Fraud Conference

Purchase and registration is separate.

CPE Series
May 12 – 13

The CPE Series provides an informal setting of high quality education, presenting those topics you have requested, by some of the best presenters. See schedule for more information.

On-site Registration Available

 Download Mail-in Registration Form

New location this year in the brand new Becker Business Building!

Parking is available in Lot VT near the Becker building except on the yellow curb or in spaces marked for faculty and admissions. You can also park in spaces found on Callahan Court.

Additional parking is available in the empty lot on Hollingsworth Road. There will be a sign and a safety officer directing traffic and a shuttle provided to the Becker Building. Overflow parking is available after 8:10 AM in the Roberts Academy at the corner of Frank Lloyd Wright Way and Hollingsworth Road. A shuttle will be transporting participants to the Becker Building.

Lectures are from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
with lunch from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

For GPS, use address:
130 Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland, Florida 33801
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First Annual Fraud Conference - Wednesday, May 11

CPE Credit (8 hours A&A)

Fraud Conference
Location: George Jenkins Field House

Governmental and Not-for-Profit Update - Thursday, May 12

CPE Credit (8 hours A&A)

Presented by Dr. Lynda Dennis
Location: Becker Business Building Room 112


Quality Matters – The Importance of Quality in the Practice of Public Accounting - Friday, May 13

CPE Credit (8 hours A&A)

Presented by Dr. Steve Platau
Location: Becker Business Building Room 112


Meet Our Speakers

Lynda M. Dennis

Photo: Lynda M. DennisLynda 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

Photo: Steven M. PlatauSteve 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.