2017 REST Speakers


This year, we have a great line up of speakers at REST: Reno Education Seminar & Training.  These REST speakers have proven their worth in their professional lives and want to share their knowledge with you. These biographies show that these REST speakers have worked hard for their success and gained extensive knowledge through their experiences.

REST SpeakersREST Speaker: Mark Cousineau, CPA, CIA, CGMA, CFE, CGFM, CITP, CGAP, CIRMA – Course info

Mark Cousineau has over 25 years of high-level organizational management and leadership experience. His expertise is in state and local government which includes the areas of internal controls, internal audit, enterprise and internal-service fund accounting, federal cost principles, and fraud hotline oversight. Mark has served as the Chief Deputy Auditor and Chief Deputy Controller for the County of San Bernardino Auditor-Controller/Treasurer/ Tax Collector and as a Chief Accountant for the Riverside County Auditor-Controller’s Office. He serves on governing boards such as the California Housing Foundation and Institute of Internal Auditors, Inland Empire Chapter. He also is a member of numerous national and state associations. In his role, Mark works directly with clients as a technical resource and project director.

REST Speakers REST Speaker: Thomas Harris, Ph.D. – Course info

Dr. Thomas Harris is a Foundation Professor in the Department of Economics in the College of Business, has a research appointment in Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station in the College Agriculture, Biotechnology, and Natural Resources; State Extension Specialists in Community and Economic Development in the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension; and the Director of the University Center for Economic Development at the University of Nevada, Reno. Thomas has been at UNR since 1981 and his primary areas of teaching, research and extension are rural economic development, economic impact modeling, and local government finance. Thomas’ research covers the economic and fiscal impacts of changes in public land grazing policies and surface water reallocations. Tom was co-editor of a published book titled Targeted Regional Economic Development, and, recently, worked on the Stronger Economies Together Project covering the Western Nevada Development District. Also, Thomas is a Fellow with the Western Rural Development Center.

REST SpeakersREST Speaker: Spencer Horn – Course info

With passion and enthusiasm, Spencer Horn delivers powerful presentations on topics including Dynamic Leadership, Communicate with Impact, Power in Responsibility, Creating Culture, and Hiring and Retaining the Best Talent. Spencer also develops custom presentations for corporate events. In addition to running a successful leadership development company, Spencer is in demand as a speaker and trainer. Businesses across the country look to Spencer as an enthusiastic, insightful source for counsel and advice on developing productive and focused corporate cultures. Spencer is able to draw upon his 23 years of executive experience to reenergize seasoned and emerging professionals and increase organizational effectiveness. He inspires change, to develop: a powerful culture, effective communication, high functioning teams and engagement. Spencer is currently the President of Spencer Horn Solutions. He has previously been CEO of leadership development company and Vice President of a NASDAQ company which developed IMAX theaters in tourist destinations. There he worked with major organizations such as IMAX Corp., National Geographic Television, Radio City Productions, Disney Films and Larry Miller Theater’s, Inc. Additionally he worked with a performance training company and his clients included the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation, Sodexho, Dunkin’ Brands, Wendy’s International and Brinker International. He is a co-author of the “Speakers on Life” anthology “The Power of the Platform” along with Jack Canfield, Les Brown, Brian Tracy and more. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in economics from the University of Utah. Spencer has been married to his amazing wife, Jana, for more than 30 years. Together they have five beautiful children and three grandchildren.

REST Speakers REST Speaker: Drummond Kahn, MS, CIA, CGFM, CGAP – Course info

Drummond Kahn has served as Director of Audit Services in the Portland City Auditor’s Office since 2005. Drummond joined the auditing profession in 1990. His auditing roles include Chief of Audit Services for the Oregon Department of Transportation and State Audit Administrator for the Oregon Secretary of State Audits Division. Drummond began his career in the U.S. Government Accountability Office. He served as President of the Association of Local Government Auditors (2012-13), received AGA’s Frank Greathouse Distinguished Leadership Award (2013) and is a member of the Comptroller General’s Advisory Council on Government Auditing Standards (2009-2016). In 2014, the IIA’s American Center for Government Auditing recognized Drummond as one of the 15 Most Influential Professionals in Government Auditing. Drummond holds a Master’s degree from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor’s degree from Whitman College. He is pleased to return to the IMA-REST Conference!

REST SpeakersREST Speaker: Michael McLean, CMA, CPA, CFE, CGFM – Course info

Mike McLean is a financial professional with over 25 years of diverse senior-level management experience across a wide range of industries including manufacturing, healthcare, retail, IPO, and transportation. He first taught for Willamette University in 1978 and the Atkinson School in 1979. Currently Mike is at two start-ups in the Bay Area, both selling to big-box retailers. He served as CFO of Pandigital, a pre-IPO organization in California and manufacturer of digital frames, bleeding edge electronics, a zero ink printer and three new e-readers. Prior to his work at Pandigital, Mike was CFO of Foxhunt Staffing, an IT executive search firm in California, and Hope Community Resources in Anchorage, Alaska. Mike also ran his own CPA firm in Oregon and Washington for nearly twenty years, a practice of over 350 tax, audit and review clients. Mike is an expert in the financial and economic impact of business valuation issues, missing record reconstruction, forensic accounting processes and alleged fraud cases. He has taught courses in subjects including FASB updates, Fraud, budgeting.

REST SpeakersREST Speaker: My-Ngoc Nguyen, GPEN, GCIH, GSEC, CISSP – Course info

My-Ngoc Nguyen (pronounced Mee-Nop Wynn) is the CEO/Principal Consultant for Secured IT Solutions. She brings 20 years of experience in information systems and technology, with the past 15 years being focused on cyber security and information assurance for both the government and commercial sectors. My-Ngoc is highly experienced in IT security and risk methodologies, and legal and compliance programs. She led a cyber security program under a federal agency for a highly-regulated, first-of-a-kind project of national importance. With that experience, she has been assisting client organizations in both public and private sectors to implement secure and compliant business processes and IT solutions using defense-in-depth and risk-based approaches. Along with a Master’s degree in Management Information Systems, she is a former QSA. She is an active member of the FBI’s InfraGard, the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), and International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, (ISC). My-Ngoc co-founded the non-profit, public services to raise security awareness to Nevada residents called CyberSafeNV and is presently the chairman.

REST Speakers REST Speaker: David L. Osburn, MBA, CCRA – Course info

David L. Osburn is the founder of Osburn & Associates, LLC, a Business Training and Contract CFO Firm that provides seminars, webinars, and keynote speeches for bankers, CPAs, attorneys, credit managers, and business owners on topics such as Banking/Finance/Credit, Negotiation Skills, Marketing, and Management Issues. David’s contract CFO clients include medical practitioners, financial institutions, law firms, CPA firms, architects, real estate developers, and contractors. His extensive professional background of over 30 years includes 16 years as a Business Trainer/ Contract CFO and 16 years as a bank commercial lender including the position of Vice President/Senior Banking Officer. His banking credentials include loan underwriting, loan “work-out”, management, and business development. David has been an adjunct college professor (MBA and undergraduate courses) for over 30 years including Regis University and the College of Southern Nevada.  He holds an MBA from Utah State University, a BS in Finance from Brigham Young University, and is a graduate of the ABA National Commercial Lending School held at the University of Oklahoma.  Additionally, David holds the professional designation of Certified Credit & Risk Analyst (CCRA) as granted by the National Association of Credit Management (NACM).

REST Speakers REST Speaker: Matthew Rutledge – Course info

Matthew Rutledge is the president and co-founder of MD Labs clinical laboratories in Reno, NV. He has a BA in Chemistry, and a Minor in Philosophy from Arizona State University with a premedical emphasis. Matthew founded MD Labs with Mr. Denis Grizelj in 2011 and began offering clinical pharmacogenetics testing in 2013. Drawing upon the latest technology and research in the field of pharmacogenetics, MD Labs has created the RxIGHT (pronounced like “right”) pharmacogenetics program and is launching it into the world of pharmacy and medication management. Different people respond differently to medications; based in large part on their genetics. Genetics can affect both a person’s ability to respond to the intended effect of a medication as well as their ability to metabolize and clear the medication from their body. The RxIGHT program incorporates genetic information on patient responses to over 200 prescription and OTC medications and provides every patient with a detailed Personalized Medication Review with recommendations for prescribing providers, which can help them optimize medication therapies and reduce adverse affects.

REST Speakers REST Speaker: Richard D. Seaman,  – Course info

Richard Seaman retired from the Federal Aviation Administration as Director of Leadership and Professional Development in 2012. After retirement, he stood up Beacon Leadership Development and has assessed, coached, trained and evaluated for clients like BMW, Apple, SGE, FAA, DOE, DOD and several large and small counties, states and businesses. Richard is considered an expert in Leadership, Management, Customer Service, and Adult Education. Other than training and coaching, Richard’s passions include sports, church and community service, and positively influencing youth. He enjoys spending time with his 6 grandchildren, 3 children, and bride of 35 years. His zest for life and positivity is naturally inspirational but also makes him an asset to any team. Favorite Quotes: “If you inspire someone to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.”-John Quincy Adams and “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”-Winston Churchill. Favorite Speech Topics: “Be Intentional”, “Lift someone Daily”, and “Generational Differences”.

REST Speakers REST Speaker: Todd Williams – Course info

Todd Williams is a professional member of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), Project Management Institute, and the Society for Information Management (SIM). He has been chosen to speak to numerous companies and professional organizations, including NASA, BEA Systems, Houghton-Mifflin-Harcourt, Portland General Electric, and Bonneville Power Administration. Experience in business and technology uniquely qualify him to help define and implement the best operational structures based on the company’s goals. Utilizing 25 years of experience he helps companies ranging from start-ups to multi-billion dollar corporations achieve their goals. Qualifications in executive consulting, project rescue, failure prevention, and engaging people in the solution, allow him to help bring strategy to life. His team at eCameron, whose mantra is “Strategy, People, Process, and then Technology,” specializes in rescuing projects and helping organizations drive business value from their strategy. As an expert witness, Todd has used his skills to assist companies that have fallen prey to unqualified third party integrators that were not focused on the correct methodology or delivering an end result that provided a usable solution. In his book, Rescue the Problem Project: A Complete Guide to Identifying, Preventing, and Recovering from Project Failure (AMACOM), he defines a project audit and recovery process for rescuing red projects that focuses on root cause correction and prevention. He is also a writer for The CEO Magazine, American Management Association, his own Back From Red blog, and contributes to numerous other publications, including Fortune/CNN Money, CIO Update, ZDNet, Enterprising CIO, and IT Business Edge.

REST Speakers REST Speaker: Jeanne Yamamura, CPA, CGMA, MIM, Ph.D. – Course info

Jeanne Yamamura is a Professor of Accounting Emerita at the University of Nevada, Reno College of Business. Jeanne brings a wealth of professional accounting and academic experience along with a healthy dose of humor to her presentations and workshops. Licensed as a CPA in Nevada and California, she has worked in public, private, and governmental accounting and auditing in the United States and internationally. She is currently serving as a mentor and coach for candidates studying for the CPA exam via CPAexcel. She also provides training for governmental accountants and auditors in Micronesia, Polynesia, and the Caribbean and U.S. CPAs. She holds a doctoral degree in business administration from Washington State University-Pullman, a master’s degree in international management from Thunderbird School of Global Management, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.