Risk, Cost, and Cash Management for Controllers and Financial Managers

Description

When an organization fails, it is usually due to several factors. These often result from a number of undetected, poor practices that infect and grow throughout the entire organization. They can include a lack of understanding of costs, poor asset allocation, systems that support the status quo, failure to identify risk, tunnel vision by management, and so on. Often, management will repeat poor practices across the enterprise. For example, do you think a so-called "budgeting crisis" is normally due to the budget, or actually hidden, existing problems that were uncovered due to the budgeting process* This course demonstrates the use of practices and techniques specifically designed to assist CPAs and other financial professionals in adding value to their company through improved decision-making, cost management, understanding business cycles, managing continuous improvements, cash management, and risk management. Examples of actions by both successful and failed organizations are used throughout the session.

Highlights

  • Techniques and ideas to establish and maintain an effective organization
  • Examples of successful and failed companies as a source of learning
  • Identification of broad measures that provide insights into the direction of the economy
  • Practical ideas to improve forecasting
  • Framework and methods to uncover and manage risk

Objectives

  • Identify and correct practices that can negatively impact an organization.
  • Determine and measure cost drivers and trends.
  • Recall how to navigate an organization through the business cycle.
  • Apply and manage a variety of improvement programs.
  • Apply cash management activities and consolidate them into an organization's plans.
  • Identify and identify how to manage risk throughout the enterprise.

Designed For

Owners, controllers, treasurers, financial officers, and other financial managers in organizations with less than $250 million in sales



Leaders

Bruce Shepard

Bruce Shepard was most recently an assistant professor of accounting at George Fox University and an adjunct professor of accounting at the University of Oregon, prior to becoming an instructor for the AICPA in 2012. From 2006-2010, Mr. Shepard was the Chief Financial Officer of Las Vegas Gaming, Inc. in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he had full management responsibility for all financial affairs, daily business operations, administration and human resources. From 1985-2006, Mr. Shepard was in charge of the Middle Market Practice for PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP in Portland, Oregon, where he served as an Assurance Partner from 1989-2006 focusing on providing proactive business advisory services to fast-growing companies. Bruce has many years of governmental experience around Portland, Oregon where he practiced for 3 years. In addition, Bruce has taught all of the governmental accounting and auditing classes for the AICPA for the last four years including being the lead instructor on GASB 68. Presently, Bruce is the author of the AICPA course, Audits of Banks and Other Financial Institutions.

At PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, Mr. Shepard spearheaded over 100 acquisitions and divestitures by leading in the financial structuring of the transactions. He worked with clients to develop strategic plans for short-term and long-term growth. He assisted both start-up companies and beyond start-up companies with attaining their needed growth capital. Mr. Shepard wrote an article, Financing Entrepreneurs, in 1999 for the Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Shepard was awarded “Beta Alpha Psi Professional of the Year” in 2006 for sustained involvement with the University of Oregon.