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Continuing Professional Education Series

Three days of CPE!

October 28 – 30, 2015

The series provides an informal setting of high quality education, presenting those topics you have requested, by some of the best presenters.

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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"A&A Extravaganza" (8 hours A&A)
Wednesday, October 28

8:30 AM - 10:10 AM

Daryl Johnson, CPA
"SSARS Update including SSARS 21"

10:20 AM - 12:00 PM

Ed Trott
Former FASB member, "FASB Update including Accounting for Leases"

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM - 2:40 PM Dr. Steve Platau
"Engagement letters and Risk Management"
2:50 PM - 4:30 PM Dr. Lynda Dennis
"Revenue Recognition: An Overview"

"Income Taxation Extravaganza"
by Dr. Jim Hasselback (8 hours of TB)
Thursday, October 29

8:30 AM - 10:10 AM

Dr. Jim Hasselback
"Schedule C Hotspots"

10:20 AM - 12:00 PM

Dr. Jim Hasselback
"Owner Compensation for Passthrough Entities"

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM - 2:40 PM Dr. Jim Hasselback
"Real Estate Professionals"
2:50 PM - 4:30 PM Dr. Jim Hasselback
"Tax Research 101"

2015 Individual Income Tax Update
by Dr. Jim Hasselback (8 hours of TB)
Friday, October 30

8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Dr. Jim Hasselback
"Individual Income Tax Update"

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM Dr. Jim Hasselback
"Individual Income Tax Update"

Registration is closed

Not To Cancel

OCTOBER 28 – 30, 2015

Each course is attractively priced at:

  • $190 for the day (which includes buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, and afternoon refreshments), or
  • $95 for a half-day (which includes breakfast OR lunch).
  • $30 discount for 2 days
  • $90 discount for 3 days

Registration is closed

Questions? Contact:

Summer Kolad

Summer Kolad


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.

Daryl Johnson

Photo: Daryl JohnsonMr. Daryl Johnson is a licensed Florida certified public accountant with over thirty-five years of practical accounting experience. He is currently professionally engaged as a sole practitioner in Lakeland, Florida, where has lived and worked since 1982. He also is a Certified Management Accountant as well as a Certified Internal Auditor. Prior to moving to Lakeland, he lived and worked in the Tampa Bay area in public accounting.

Mr. Johnson opened his accounting office in Lakeland in 1984. The scope of his current practice encompasses attest and non-attest accounting services as well as income tax preparation and business consulting.

In addition to his accounting practice, he occasionally fills his spare time teaching accounting as an adjunct instructor. Most recently, he taught cost accounting at Florida Southern College.

A native of Indian Rocks Beach and a multi-generational Floridian, Mr. Johnson earned a BSBA in accounting from The University of Florida in 1976. He also holds an MBA degree from the University of South Florida.

Mr. Johnson is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Institute of Management Accountants and the Institute of Internal Auditors. He currently serves on the board of the Polk Chapter of the F.I.C.P.A.

In addition to his professional activities, he also participates is other church and community activities and currently serves on the Utility Committee for the City of Lakeland’s Lakeland Electric. Daryl and his wife, Kathy, have been happily married for over thirty-six years and are the proud parents of four sons ranging in age from thirty-one to twenty-two.

Edward W. Trott

Photo: Edward W. TrottEd Trott was a member of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) from October 1999 to June 2007. Prior to being appointed to the FASB, Ed was involved in accounting standard setting as a member of the FASB’s Emerging Issues Task Force (EITF) for 7 years and the AICPA’s Accounting Standards Executive Committee (AcSEC) for approximately 3 years.

Ed worked with KPMG for over 31 years. He started in the Greensboro, N.C. office in 1968 and was the head of the Firm’s Accounting Group in the national office from 1992-1999. He also worked in the Tampa, FL. office for 7 years and the national office from 1977-1982 and 1989-1992.

Ed earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina and an MBA from the University of Texas.

James R. Hasselback

Photo: Jim HasselbackJames R. Hasselback is on the faculty at Clarion University of Pennsylvania. He has also taught full-time at Eastern Michigan University, the University of Florida, and Texas A & M University, Florida State University and the University of West Florida. A member of the American Accounting Association and the American Taxation Association, he has published over 150 papers in professional and academic journals, including The Accounting Review, The Tax Advisor, Financial Management, Journal of Real Estate Taxation, and the American Business Law Journal.

Jim Hasselback has presented papers at numerous national and regional professional meetings, and served as chairman of tax sessions at professional conferences. He regularly presents continuing education seminars for Certified Public Accountants, Enrolled Agents, and Accountants.