Listed below are the events to be presented at Skoda Minotti's CPE Day:


This broad-based, educational program is designed for CPAs, CFOs, Controllers, business executives and other financial professionals and will address professional issues faced in public accounting and businesses today. 


State and Local Tax Update

Presentor: Mary Jo Dolson, CPA

Description: State and local tax update with primary focus on the state of Ohio.  This presentation will focus on Ohio's recently passed budget bill and the impact to taxpayers in Ohio. It will include a discussion of the various economic nexus standards that have been enacted by the different states relating to state income tax and state sales tax. Also discussed will be the status of federal legislation introduced during 2017 that could impact the states and their ability to force taxpayers to comply with their state laws. Finally, hot topics in the area of state and local taxation will be discussed.

Learning Objectives: 

  • An understanding of the Ohio budget bill and its impact on Ohio taxpayers.

  • An understanding of the impact of federal legislation concerning the mobile workforce and physical contact requirement for the states.

  • An understanding of the various economic nexus standards that have been adopted, and the ability to determine if one's business has responsibility for either reporting and/or filing with a state because of these standards.

  • An understanding of recent Ohio hot topics and court cases impacting businesses operating in Ohio.

Level of Knowledge: Basic

Length: 50 minutes – 1 credit hour

CPE Category: Tax


Generations in the Workplace

Presentor: Laura Rohde

Description: Today’s workplace consists of multiple generations—each with their own unique contributions. This session will describe the various generations, consider their similarities and differences and examine strategies to create multi-generational harmony in the workplace.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Describe the five generations in the workplace today

  • Analyze the similarities among the generations

  • Examine strategies for a multi-generational workforce

  • Explore ways to coach to each unique individual 

Level of Knowledge: Basic

Length: 50 minutes – 1 credit hour

CPE Category: Business Management and Organization


Value Acceleration/Exit Planning

Presentor: Michael Trabert, CPA, CVA, CMAP, CEPA, CM&AA

Description: This course will focus on the importance of building value in a business so that a business is always ready to transition.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Review historical transition success rates and glimpse into the future

  • Describe the Value Acceleration methodology

  • Identify the Five Stages of Value Maturity 

  • Discuss the four types of intellectual capital

Level of Knowledge: Basic

Length: 50 minutes – 1 credit hour

CPE Category: Specialized Knowledge


Internal Audit: How to Make your Company Stronger

Presentor: Chrissy Walters, CPA, MBA


As your business continues to evolve, it’s important to ensure that your existing internal controls continue to help you achieve your control objectives. In this session, Chrissy Walters, CPA, MBA, will discuss the importance of the Internal Audit (IA) function in verifying these controls. Additionally, control topics will be covered such as process documentation, identification and testing of controls, and remediation of control gaps. 

Learning Objectives: 

  • IA overview: risks/controls

  • What companies need IA

  • Discussion: Do you have an IA department and/or documented controls in place?

  • Types of process documentation (e.g., narratives, flowcharts)

  • Discussion: Your company’s state of process documentation

  • Control identification and improvement

  • Control and process recommendations

  • Testing the controls

  • Control deficiency remediation

  • How your company can become stronger (overview of the above)

Level of Knowledge: Basic

Length: 50 minutes – 1 credit hour

CPE Category: Auditing


The Expanding Role of the CFO

Presentor: Dave Mustin, MBA

Description: This course provides an overview of the changing demands on the CFO. With an eye on financials and an increasing focus on leadership, the CFO is uniquely positioned to be a critical leader to the organization beyond the finance departmenr. The CFO is frequently being asked to assume leadership for critical enterprise initiatives, M&A activity and even strategic planning. This increasing visibility manifests itself for the CFO in new and different ways across the organizations.

Learning Objectives:

Provide the participant with an understanding of:

  • The new roles and responsibilities that CFOs are assuming across the enterprise.

  • The CFO’s increasing need for the soft skills of leadership.

  • The critical threats and challenges that CFOs are encountering in their daily lives.

Level of Knowledge: Basic

Length: 50 minutes – 1 credit hour

CPE Category: Business Management & Organization


Trump's Tax Changes: How They Could Impact You and Your Business

Presentor:  Jim Forbes, CPA and Shawn Zalewski, CPA

Description: President Trump and Congress have provided an outline of proposed tax reform that will impact nearly every individual and business in the U.S. Learn how these proposed changes could impact you and your business, and how to effectively plan for the change.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Uncover tax techniques and strategies that can produce benefits for individuals and businesses
  • Learn about incentives that may be available for your business

Level of Knowledge: Basic

Length: 50 minutes – 1 credit hour

CPE Category: Taxes


2017 and 2018 Accounting Standards Update

Presentor: Jim Suttie, CPA

Description: An overview of changes in accounting standards effective for 2017, 2018 and beyond.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Describe newly issued accounting standards and their potential impact on financial statements.

  • Learn about proposed application guidance for prospective accounting standards.

Level of Knowledge: Update

Length: 50 minutes – 1 credit hour

CPE Category: Accounting and Auditing


Accounting: Ethics Overview

Presentor: Ryan Siebel, CPA

Description: An overview of your ethical responsibilities as a CPA and accounting professional.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Describe ethical responsibilities as CPAs.
  • Learn about changes in rules and regulations affecting CPAs in 2017.

Level of Knowledge: Basic

Length: 50 minutes – 1 credit hour

CPE Category: Regulatory Ethics


Fraud Prevention 

Presentor: Frank A. Suponcic, CPA, CFE, CFF

Description: Is your business embezzlement proof? If you answered yes, think again—most are not. This session will cover fraud prevention strategies that businesses large and small frequently overlook and should consider in order to minimize their company from being a victim of fraud and embezzlement.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Learn 12 often overlooked fraud prevention techniques

  • How to perform a quick forensic assessment to help you identify your company’s vulnerabilities and fraud risks

  • Preventative actions employers can consider to create an effective anti-fraud culture

  • Steps that your HR department can easily implement in order to obtain employee buy-in to fraud prevention measures

Level of Knowledge: Basic

Length: 50 minutes – 1 credit hour

CPE Category: Auditing


Business Valuation Basics

Presentor: Sean R. Saari, CPA/ABV, CVA, MBA

Description: This course will take participants through the process of a typical business valuation engagement, from scoping the work to ultimately arriving at a conclusion of value. Through a case study, we will address fundamental issues including valuation approaches (asset, income and market), normalizing analysis, and valuation discounts.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Understand the basic concepts that need to be addressed in scoping a valuation engagement

  • Recognize the methods typically utilized to value a business or ownership interest, and understand their basic application

  • Identify normalizing adjustments and assess their impact on value

  • Reconcile values derived from multiple valuation approaches

Level of Knowledge: Basic

Length: 50 minutes – 1 credit hour

CPE Category: Finance


Top 10 Technology Concerns

Presentor: Dave MacDonald

Description: Technology often-times can be the most misunderstood asset of an organization. A disconnect at the leadership level can create gaps between the value of technology and its relationship to fundamental business practices. The challenge for businesses is to identify them and then secure, manage and enable technology that facilitates best practices in support of business decisions. We will be examining the top 10 technology concerns for 2017 as a guide. 

Learning Objectives: 

When you complete this course, you will be able to:

  • Secure:
    • The IT environment
    • Privacy
    • Fraud – prevent and respond
  • Manage:
    • Vendors and service providers
    • IT risk/compliance
      • Systems implementation
  • Enable:
    • Decision and support analytics
    • Emerging technologies
    • IT investment and spending

Level of Knowledge: Basic

Length: 50 minutes – 1 credit hour

CPE Category: Information Technology


Risk Management to and Through Retirement

Presentor: Robert Coode

Description: Course Description: Individuals and families face a myriad of hurdles, choices and decisions as they relate to their financial wellness and retirement plans. This course is designed to address the risk management side of developing a sound financial plan to and through retirement. We will examine various risk management strategies and case studies related to life insurance, long-term care insurance and Medicare planning.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Distinguish between the various types of life insurance
  • Describe the purpose and principle of life insurance pre- and post-retirement
  • Understand the various provisions in life insurance contracts
  • Differentiate between the types of long-term care policies, the best time to buy and what’s covered
  • Understand the Medicare application process and when it begins
  • Differentiate the various Medicare parts, Medicgap plans and prescription drug coverage

Level of Knowledge: Basic

Length: 50 minutes – 1 credit hour

CPE Category: Finance

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