John C. Blackshire, Jr., CPA
is the CEO of The Accountware Group, Inc. (TAG). He has over 30 years of business management, internal control, software development and auditing experience. TAG helps companies improve their business processes, implement financial systems, and comply with the requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
During John's career, he has conducted internal control audits, designed business operations, implemented automated financial systems, and created quality control methodologies. He has written numerous articles, system user guides, presented continuing education seminars, and published booklets on best practices in accounting, finance and information technology management.
John started his professional career at KPMG as a financial auditor. His clients included insurance companies, banks, manufacturing firms and non-profits. A number of his clients were public companies. He spend several years in the financial software business designing, supporting and selling financial systems.
John received his undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of South Carolina. He is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and helped plan their International Conference, and is a member of the international business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi and the honorís accounting fraternity Beta Alpha Psi. John and David Marshall have been presenting informative and entertaining seminars on internal control, corporate governance and Sarbanes-Oxley Act compliance since 2003.
David S. Marshall, MBA, CISA, CFE is a Principal with Infotech Global, a provider of audit, compliance, IT and training services. With over 20 years of experience, he is an expert in internal control, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and information technology. He has assisted numerous companies, from startups to multinationals, improve their operations by strengthening their internal control programs and complying with Sarbanes-Oxley, as well as providing IT auditing, computer security and fraud prevention training.
During his career, Dave has performed financial, operational and IT audits, security assessments, fraud investigations, financial and manufacturing system implementations, and regulatory compliance assistance. He headed up the IT Audit Consulting group at one of the largest aerospace and defense contractors in the United States, where he conducted enterprise risk assessments, audits, network penetrations, program effectiveness studies, business continuity reviews, fraud examinations, and financial data analysis using IDEA software. Prior to that, he was a senior manager in the management consulting practice PWC, where he performed similar services to Fortune 500 companies, banks and agencies. Dave helped to develop the firms Audit methodology, participated in writing the Institute of Internal Auditorsí System Auditability and Control Guidelines, and conducted quality assurance reviews of internal and external audit groups.
He has an MBA degree, and is a Certified Information Systems Auditors (CISA) and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). He is a member and past board director of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and helped organize the IIA International Conference, and is the President of the Chicago Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). Mr. Marshall and Mr. Blackshire have been presenting informative and entertaining seminars on internal control, corporate governance and Sarbanes-Oxley Act compliance since 2004.
Sulaiman Afzal, FCA is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW) and a fellow of ICAP. He has over twenty years of international experience ranging from manufacturing industry (Visteon), public accounting (Ernst & Young & KPMG), Commercial and Investment Banking (The National Commercial Bank and Morgan Stanley). Mr. Afzal is currently based in the United States.
Mr. Afzal has been involved in US publically-owned corporations which are subject to the auditing and reporting requirements of the US Sarbanes Oxley Law, US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and Supply Chain risk management process.
Mr. Afzal's research has recognized that controls are designed to manage risks, detect and prevent errors, and ensure compliance. His research shows that the existing internal control systems are costly due to reliance on manual controls and nonstandard automated controls. Mr. Afzal focuses on helping multi-national corporations implement automated controls which are 24/7 for global anti-corruption and anti-bribery in supply chain management by applying Continuous Controls Monitoring (CCM). This eliminates "waste" and builds a "value-based" compliance framework.
Mr. Afzal has led a compliance workshop in China. This was held in Beijing, China from November 2011 and was attended by an international audience. In October, 2012, he led a workshop in Las Vegas on Use of Lean Six Sigma for Supply Chain Risk management.
C.S. Colvin founded CSC Captial Group in 1992, a Financial Advisory specializing in Restructuring & Turnarounds, M&A, and Debt and Equity Financiang. Over the past 20+ years he has restructured over 70 companies, many times as Interim CEO. His ability to turnaround distressed corporations, many times noted in trade and business magazines, is unique in that his restructuring process completely transforms the financial and organizational structures which exposes all problems and opportunities that may exist. His seminar navigates atteedees through a succesfull A through Z restructuring and turnaround program from intitial crisis back to profitablity, as well as laying out proven execution strategies.
Previously, he taught at American, Golden Gate, and Chapman Universities, and currently he is Adjunct Professor in Leadership at Concordia University's MBA program in Portland Oregon. He is a graduate of the University of Washington, Seattle University, a graduate from Oxford University's graduate business school, and is a graduate of the U.S. Naval War College. He also attended Harvard Business School's Corporate Restructuring and M&A Program. While in the U.S. Navy he served onboard a Nuclear Powered Submarine, and he was Honorably Discharged as a Lieutenant.
Evans Cottman is an key instructor at
Albion Associates, Inc. (Albion). Evans has over 30 years of business management, instruction development, training management and sales management experience. Albion provides training concerning human resource issues. Albion looks at human resource issues and helps its client to prevent legal violations from occurring and to provide effective solutions to situations when they do arise.
Evans has been provided instruction for national training firms including the American Management Association, Xerox Learning Systems, Learning International, and AchieveGlobal. He was a principle in the deliver of Seyfarth Shaw's workplace compliance programs.
Evans received his undergraduate degree in finance and accounting from the University of Akron.
Elliot A. Fisch, CPA, CIA, CFE, CFF, CGMA, CRMA, MBA has over 30 years experience in internal audit, corporate compliance, ethics, fraud reviews, and financial and project management in the corporate, government and consulting sectors. He has extensive experience in the compliance discipline, with significant responsibilities to oversee relations with various governmental authorities.
Elliot has directed internal audit departments in multi-billion dollar international organizations developing audit staff using a collaborative teamwork approach. He has also worked successfully with company executives and the Board of Directors.
Elliot has been a Compliance Monitor and has developed Corporate Ethics, Code of Conduct, Fraud Hotline, and Regulatory Compliance programs including training programs on these topics. He also has extensive experience with Sarbanes-Oxley Act requirements developing policies, procedures, testing and solutions to validate the organization's control framework and has conducted reviews to ensure the reliability and presentation of financial statement and contract data.
Elliot is a long time resident of southern Caliornia and has a degree in business administration from California State University - Northridge and an M.B.A. from National University.
Eric J. Hopkins, MBA, is the President of
IncFin, LLC, a provider of audit preparation, SEC reporting, Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404 compliance, and XBRL assistance.
Eric has been CFO or Controller of publicly held companies for much of his career. In 2002, he started EdgarEyes, LLC in order to assist public companies with their financial reporting.
Eric graduated from Kent State University with a BBA in Accounting, and from Pepperdine University with an MBA in Finance.
Greg Kocek is the Partner with Fortium Partnersof Dallas/Fort Worth.
Greg brings more than 35 years of experience in IT operations, strategy and organizational transformation management.
For nearly a decade, Kocek was the CIO for Texas Farm Bureau Insurance, the largest Texas-based insurance provider of property and casualty insurance, where he steered the firm to adapt new technologies like a modernized policy administration and billing system, a social media methodology to assess customer feedback, the company's first data warehouse and the first customer app on the iPhone. He also stabilized a $20 million IT budget and reduced the staff of 120 down by 25%. Most recently, Kocek served as CIO with Affirmative Insurance, where he reduced the technology budget by almost 50% through contract renegotiation and redundant hardware and software elimination.
Earlier in his career, Kocek served in multiple leadership and C-level technology roles with BDO Seidman, Arthur Andersen Worldwide and Andersen Consulting. Kocek holds a bachelor of science in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Louis Martin, J.D., is Founder and CEO of
Albion Associates, Inc. (Albion). Louis founded Albion to prevent human resource legal violations from occurring and to provide effective solutions to situations when they do arise.
For more than ten years, he served as the CEO of human rights agencies. This experiance in managing anti-discrimination enforcement, affirmative action and contract compliance caused him to recognize the critical need for human resource and legal training. In recent years, Albion expanded its scope to include facilitation, strategy development and other areas critical to strengthening organizations.
A skilled human resource development trainer and consultant, Louis is involved day-to-day as one of Albionís expert training team members.
He is also author of the Discrimination Complaint Investigation Skill Development, Equal Employment Opportunity Compliance , and Mediation Methodology training manuals. A graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law, Louis has served as a Reginald Heber Smith Community Fellow, a partner in the law firm of Mahon and Martin and administrative law judge.
Jay Roy, CMA, is Founder and CCO of
Strategic Compliance Group, Inc.
Jay Roy is a financial professional well versed in re-engineering initiatives as well as
SEC regulations, financial audits and compliance. With a background as an auditor in a
Big Four accounting firm, Jayís industry experience ranges from start-ups to Fortune 500
companies. His clients span industries including insurance, oil and gas, manufacturing, steel, automotive,
high tech and restaurant/retail.
Recently Jayís consulting focus has been assisting several insurance organizations with
NAIC Model Audit compliance. In the context of Sarbanes-Oxley compliance implementation projects,
he helps businesses identify risks and opportunities for improvement, and then to improve
their internal processes to be more cost-effective and customer focused in order to achieve
aggressive business goals.
Mr. Roy is a regular speaker and instructor at conferences and seminars.
Henry Schneider, is the Process and Product Quality Consulting's (PPQC) Senior Principal Consultant.
PPQC, a provider of CMMI centered education and services. PPQC's mission is to provide premier technology and process improvement consulting, appraisals, and training to help our customers advance their business processes thereby increasing their strategic competitive edge.
Henry provides the following consulting services to his clients:
. Data-Driven Analysis
. First Class Training
. Invaluable Business Insights & Productivity Enhancing Solutions
. Process Improvement & Systems Engineering
. Product & Service Quality Assurance
. Program Development & Project Management
Thomas N. Wickes, MBA, CISA, PMP, is Founder and CEO of Audit Practice, LLC (Audit Practice).
Thomas is a seasoned professional services, project management, audit and compliance professional with over 15 years of experience in manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, insurance and technology-based entities. He specializes in project management projects involving risk management, Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), strategic planning, compliance, security and risk assessment (including applications, network operating systems and security software packages) and business impact analysis and implementation engagements. In the past, he has held the titles of vice president of professional services, controller, vice president of finance, chief operating officer and vice president of sales.
Thomas is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University with an MBA in Finance.