Annual Members Convention

Each year, MSCPA members and their families look forward to gathering at the annual convention to reacquaint with old friends and make new connections.  This year will be no exception.  Register today for the 2014 Annual Members Convention on June 5-6 at the Lake of the Ozarks!

This dynamic two-day event features:

  • Nine hours of comprehensive learning opportunities divided into three tracks—general, young professionals, and accounting educators
  • A relaxed atmosphere to expand your network and renew acquaintances
  • Entertaining Game On! Challenges among the three tracks; who will prevail?

Don’t miss this unique summer kick off!  Challenge yourself to learn and grow; challenge each other to advance through collaborative discussions. 



12:30 p.m. Registration

1 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
Don Danner, CPA, CGMA - MSCPA Chair, Assistant Accounting Professor, Aurora University
Jim O’Hallaron, CAE -
MSCPA President and CEO

• Game On! Challenge 

1:15-2:45 p.m. Latest Trends Impacting the Profession
Richard Caturano, CPA, CGMA - Immediate Past Chair, AICPA; Partner, McGladrey LLP, Boston 
Receive an update on new developments impacting the profession and ways you can manage these opportunities within your business.  In addition, glean insights into the AICPA’s diversity and inclusion initiative and determine strategies to incorporate into your own recruitment and retention efforts. 

3-4:15 p.m. Business Incentives in Missouri
Kit Bond - Former Missouri Governor and U.S. Senator; Senior Advisor, Alliantgroup, Houston
Learn the latest on Missouri legislation, what businesses need to be planning for this fiscal year, and forecasts of potential policy changes that may impact CPAs and their businesses.  Also, discover invaluable incentives that could help your company or firm potentially hire new employees, expand its reach, and revitalize its operations. 

Tracy Lustyan, managing partner of Alliantgroup, and Chuck Pierce, MSCPA government relations consultant, will provide follow-up commentary on how these issues impact you locally. 

 Game On! Challenge  

5-6:15 p.m. Members’ Reception
Reconnect with old friends and make new contacts, while enjoying the lake view, fresh air, drinks and appetizers.

6:30-8:30 p.m. Kick-Off Boat Cruise
Take in the evening sun and spring breeze on the upper deck or relax in the climate-controlled interior salon.

Evening - Chairman’s Hospitality Suite
Wrap up a rewarding day by relaxing with new and old friends.


7:30-8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

 Game On! Challenge

8:30-9:45 a.m. Remaining Relevant in the 21st Century
Hubert Glover, CPA, Ph.D. - Clinical Associate Professor, Drexel University
This dynamic session will discuss the rapid changes in the global economy and accounting profession and the importance of developing leaders who can effectively navigate an organization through the cycles of change and innovation, as well as the related challenges.

 Game On! Challenge 

10-11:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions

    • Educator Track
      The Pathways Commission: Sustaining the Profession’s Future
      Bill Ezzell, CPA - Co-Commissioner, Pathways Commission; Retired Deloitte Partner
      Receive an update on the initiatives being implemented from the Pathways Commission Report, including a joint effort by the AICPA and AAA to develop an advanced placement accounting course and to increase student interest in the profession at an earlier age.
    • Young Professionals Track
      Becoming a Leader in the 21st Century
      Hubert Glover, CPA, Ph.D. -
      Clinical Associate Professor, Drexel University
      Develop the appropriate communication, visionary, strategic and collaboration skills you need to ascend up your organizational ladder to a leadership position. This dynamic session will specifically leverage the six core concepts in the book, “Giraffes of Technology: The Making of the 21st Century Leader.”  All attendees will receive a copy of the book!
    • General Track
      Maneuvering Successfully through the Management Maze
      Sandra Crews, Ph.D. - Associate Teaching Professor, University of Missouri
      Most managers wrestle with similar people issues.  While individuals are different, the majority of human behavior is fairly predictable.  This session will remind you of the basic management principles needed to build an effective staff.  You’ll leave better equipped to make the right turns, and avoid the dead ends of management’s many mazes.

11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Leadership Recognition Luncheon and Annual Meeting of Members
Along with traditional society business, MSCPA Chair Don Danner and President Jim O’Hallaron present the society news, and Don passes the gavel to Incoming Chair Dave Myers.  Family and guests are welcome to participate!

• Game On! Challenge 

1:30-3 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

    • Educator Track
      Flipped, Hybrid, Online and "MOOCed"--Education on the Move
      Keith Miller, Ph.D. - Orthwein Endowed Professor for Lifelong Learning in the Sciences, University of Missouri-St. Louis
      Computer-mediated learning has already made a major impact on education at all levels, and more dramatic changes could be coming. This innovative workshop will feature mini-lectures, small group discussions, and designing activities that will challenge you to start building an effective online module. (You do not need a laptop/tablet to attend, but it might come in handy.)
    • Young Professionals Track
      Building Your Network for Personal Growth and Business Development
      Sue Hites - Director of Business Development, UHY LLP 
      Learn techniques for establishing effective business relationships on LinkedIn, as well as expanding your network “in person.”  You’ll receive tips on what to do and not to do, as well as conversation starters to help you break the ice at events.
    • General Track
      How to Become a Cyber CPA
      Audrey Katcher, CPA, CISA, CITP - Partner, RubinBrown LLP
      Randy Hahn, CPA - IT Consultant, RubinBrown LLP

      You are exposed to cyber risk on a daily basis.  Learn what you can do to protect and prepare your clients and your company in areas including: identifying what attackers are looking for; mitigating mobile attacks; determining considerations for cloud computing; preparing for breaches; and selecting the right security framework.

 Game On! Challenge 

3:15-4:30 p.m. Year of the Horse—Winner’s Circle or the Glue Factory?
Chris Kuehl, Ph.D. - Managing Director, Armada Corporate Intelligence 
Now that you have managed to survive the Polar Vortex, come hear what impact it had on the economy in the first half—just in time to determine which delights you can anticipate in the second half. Inflation? Job growth? Return to recession? More muddling through? Take a guess!

 Game On! Challenge 

4:30-6 p.m. Social Hour
Before you hit the road home or launch your weekend at the lake, enjoy a final wrap up with your peers, and make plans to meet back next year!

Enjoy special MSCPA room rates starting at $144.  Call (888) 265-5500 and reference the group, “Missouri Society of CPAs,” or click here to book online. Reservations must be made by May 11 to ensure price and availability.

MSCPA recommends business casual or resort attire for all events at convention.

Registration Fees

  • Member fee: $340 (includes nine hours of CPE, two evening receptions/social hour, boat cruise, continental breakfast, luncheon, snack breaks)
  • Friday only: $240 (includes six hours of CPE, evening social hour, continental breakfast, luncheon, snack break)
  • Guest fee: $140 (includes two evening receptions/social hour, boat cruise, continental breakfast, luncheon, snack breaks)

Register Now!

  • MSCPA members: click here to register yourself for the two-day convention.
  • Members with guest(s): click here to register yourself and guests. (Please call the society office to provide payment, or you may opt to wait for an invoice.)
  • Download the complete PDF agenda and registration form: click here.
  • For questions or to register over the phone: please call the society office at (800) 264-7966.