Schedule, Topics, and Speakers

The following is the schedule for REST 2017. The topics and speakers for each section are listed. To learn more about our speakers, please read their biographies.


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

6:30 PM To 8:00 PM:  Early Registration & Socializing, The Hospitality Suite – Room 1524

Thursday, February 9, 2017

7:30 AM To 8:00 AM:  Registration & Hot Breakfast, Paradise B & C Ballrooms

8:00 AM To 11:40 AM:  

Track A – Accounting & Auditing: Michael McLean (bio), Paradise C Ballroom

GAAP Updates & Other Pronouncements 2017

  • Current issues facing us all – From FASB and more.
  • ASC Topic 842 Leases (Seems we still don’t have this right, and there were substantial updates this year).
  • Snippets from all the areas we are noticing you should know about.

Track B – Management & Leadership: Todd Williams (bio)Paradise B Ballroom

Strategic Finance in Action

  • Establishing a common understanding of strategy development and metrics throughout your organization.
  • Keeping activities and projects aligned with strategic goals.
  • Providing tools to improve managers’ leadership capability.
  • Communicating effectively with executives by using their vernacular.
  • Clearly communicating business strategy throughout the organization.

11:45 AM To 1:15 PM:  Hot Lunch Buffet with Thomas Harris (bio) Current Economic Trends for Northern NV and Western USA, Paradise D Ballroom

1:20 PM to 5:00 PM:

Track A – Accounting & Auditing: Drummond Kahn (bio)Paradise C Ballroom

Risk, Audits, and Assurance Services                                                                                                                                                                 

  • Enterprise risk and new risk frameworks.
  • Auditing what’s important (what’s risky!) in your organization.
  • Broadening the focus from just the financials to how well the organization achieves its goals.

Track B – Management & Leadership: My-Ngoc Nguyen (bio)Paradise B Ballroom

Foundational Elements of Cyber Security:  Fundamental Concepts for an Evolving Threat Landscape*

  • Gain foundational and essential knowledge about cyber security.  Everything you may not want to know, but need to know.
  • Understand latest cyber security issues and concerns for business and individuals.
  • Learn to balance the concerns you had and gained from this session, and compliance needs, with the recommendations provided.
  • Learn foundational approach to risk management.

*To get the most out of this session, please bring a laptop, tablet or iPad

5:30 PM To 8:00 PM:  Socializing in The Hospitality Suite – Room 1524

Friday, February 10, 2017

7:30 AM To 8:00 AM:  Registration & Hot Buffet Breakfast, Paradise B & C Ballrooms

8:00 AM To 11:40 AM:

Track A – Accounting & Auditing: David Osburn (bio)Paradise C Ballroom

Financial Statement Analysis using Key Ratios*

  • Learn the five-step key ratio analysis model.
  • Explore in-depth cash flow analysis applications.
  • Understand industry comparisons and software applications.
  • Review the Z-score bankruptcy predictor and sustainable growth models.
  • Calculate the “lendable” real estate equity model.

*Please bring a calculator or a laptop (with Excel) for use in the seminar.

Track B – Management & Leadership: Richard Seaman (bio)Paradise B Ballroom

Leading Performance and Change

  • What is the manager’s role in an organization?
  • Baby boomer versus millennial.
  • How to keep up with what is changing at your place.
  • Be intentional.  Lift someone daily.
Track C – Auditing: Michael McLean (bio), Executive Board Room                      

Performance Audit of The Atlantis Casino – P1

  • Actually using performance audit techniques.
  • Looking way beyond the numbers.
  • Direct observations of Atlantis operations.

*You must attend P1 to attend P2

11:45 AM To 1:15 PM:  Hot Lunch Buffet with Matthew Rutledge (bio)Genetic Testing to Predict Sensitivity to Medications:  Impact on People and Healthcare System, Paradise D Ballroom

1:20 PM To 5:00 PM:

Track A – Accounting & Auditing: Mark Cousineau (bio), Paradise C Ballroom

Fraud Awareness for Financial Statement Audits

  • Define the fraud triangle and diamond.
  • Fraud perpetrator profile.
  • Understand the red flags.
  • What to do if you suspect fraud.
Track B – Management & Leadership: Spencer Horn (bio), Paradise B Ballroom

Communication with Impact*

  • Identify your behavioral and communication patterns and preferences.
  • Understand the behavioral and communication preferences of others.
  • Gain skills necessary to communicate with the diverse behavioral and communication styles of others.
  • Identify blocks to effective leadership and communication and what to do about them.

*As part of the class, a very powerful leadership and communication assessment from a survey is being provided. You can participate in the survey here.  The survey only takes 5-10 minutes to complete. The results will be discussed as part of this session. Please answer “REST” when asked for how you heard about the survey.

Track C – Auditing: Michael McLean (bio)Executive Board Room

Performance Audit of The Atlantis Casino – P2

  • Drafting a comprehensive observational audit report for Atlantis senior management.
  • Presentation of your audit observations to senior management and staff.
  • Management responses and actions to past audit observations.

5:30 PM To 8:00 PM:  Socializing in The Hospitality Suite – Room 1524

Saturday, February 11, 2017

7:30 AM To 8:00 AM:  Registration & Hot Buffet Breakfast, Paradise B & C Ballrooms

8:00 AM To 11:40 AM:

Professional Ethics in Action: Jeanne Yamamura (bio)Paradise B & C Ballrooms

  • Focus on practical application, not just a dry recitation of the rules.
  • Update for CMAs and CPAs on regulatory changes.
  • Review of common ethical problem areas.
  • Test your knowledge of common ethical requirements.

Qualifies for CMA’s annual ethics requirement and may meet part or all of the ethics renewal requirements for licensed CPAs.  Please review your own state’s requirements.

Atlantis 2nd Floor Plan color

We reserve the right to change speakers when necessary and to cancel the program as appropriate with a minimum of one-week advance notice to registrants. Should cancellation occur, all registration fees will be refunded in full.