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Thursday, May 7, 2015 Live

Audits of Employee Benefit Plans Conference (E1505260)

8:15 AM - 4:35 PM EDT

Registration: 7:45 AM EDT

Pines Manor

2085 State Highway 27
Edison , NJ 08817

1.0 CPE Credits in PE
7.0 CPE Credits in AA

OVERVIEW

At this special one-day conference for plan auditors, receive practical guidance on hot-topic issues and developments from national authorities and industry experts. Find out how to mitigate risk while remaining compliant with current standards.

BENEFITS

Can't attend this event in person? Earn 4 credits by registering for the half-day webcast 8:15am-12:05pm). To regiser for the webcast, click here.

HIGHLIGHTS

Agenda

Thursday, May 7, 2015

7:45-8:15am
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:15-8:30am
Opening Remarks
David R. Dacey, CPA – WithumSmith+Brown PC

8:30-9:20am
Avoiding Potential Auditor Nightmares and Other Audit Issues (AA)

Jodi M. Brown, CPA – SaxBST
Jennifer L. Moroz, CPA – SaxBST
In this session we will discuss the complications and problems we face with First Year Audits and Potential Compliance Issues. We will also dive into the analysis of Risk Assessment and everyone's friend - The SOC I Report.

9:20-10:35am
U.S. Department of Labor Update (AA)
Michael E. Auerbach, CPA – U.S. Department of Labor
The U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) is the principal federal agency responsible for oversight of employee benefit plan compliance. This session will provide you with a first-hand account of compliance issues the DOL is currently facing, and the steps they are taking to ensure adequate oversight of employee benefit plans.

10:35-10:50am
Morning Break

10:50am-12:05pm
Fiduciary Developments for 2015 Plan Audits (AA)
David R. Dacey, CPA – WithumSmith+Brown PC
David Hudak, QKA, QPFC – Portfolio Evaluations, Inc.

Understanding the latest developments affecting today's fiduciary is an important aspect for an auditor's understanding of the plan in performing an appropriate risk assessment. Please join our speakers as they discuss developments related to ERISA spending accounts, self-directed brokerage accounts, auto-enrollment and escalation and other issues.

12:05-1:00pm
Lunch

1:00-1:50pm
Professional Ethics Update (PE)
Lisa A. Snyder, CPA, CGMA – American Institute of CPAs
Get introduced to the new AICPA Code of Professional Conduct, which became effective December 15, 2014, and learn how its structure will help you to navigate ethical decisions. This session will also cover recently adopted ethics standards as well as upcoming changes to the Code.

1:50-2:40pm
Accounting & Auditing Update (AA)
Kriste Naples-DeAngelo, CPA, MBA, CGMA – EisnerAmper LLP
Each year we all benefit from a high level view of new Accounting and Auditing topics as well as a look back at prior year implementation and best practices. This session will provide information on new standards and will review existing requirements to provide attendees with useful information on common mishaps that occur in the implementation of previously implemented standards.

2:40-2:55pm
Refreshment Break

2:55-3:45pm
Common Plan Errors and Correction Programs to Fix Them (AA)
Elizabeth B. Harper, CPA – Sobel & Co. LLC
The program will address how to identify common plan errors, how to ensure you have a full listing of the errors and then the correction programs available to fix the errors. The program will go through details of the correction programs. In addition best practices on plan auditing will be reviewed and discussed.

3:45-4:35pm
What Would You Do? – Panel Discussion (AA)
Our team of panelists will discuss common, but often challenging practice issues affecting auditors in the conduct of their audits of employee benefit plans. This session provides an opportunity for audience participants to raise questions that they see as part of their audit engagements of these plans.

COURSE LEVEL

Basic

INSTRUCTORS

Michael Auerbach

Michael E. Auerbach, CPA

Chief Accountant, Division of Accounting Services

US Department of Labor

As the Chief Accountant, Employee Benefits Security Administration, Mr. Auerbach is responsible for managing the resources of the Office of the Chief Accountant and implementing various comprehensive, nationwide enforcement programs relating to certain provisions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). He also provides ERISA related accounting and auditing technical expertise within the Employee Benefits Security Administration and is the liaison with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and other professional organizations. Mr. Auerbach provides executive oversight and leadership for EBSA’s fiduciary oversight program for the federal government’s Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). The TSP is the largest defined contribution plan in the world, with assets of in excess of $500 billion and 5.0 million participants.

Mr. Auerbach is a certified public accountant and earned his B.S. in accounting, from the University of Maryland.

David Dacey

David R. Dacey, CPA

Partner

WithumSmith+Brown

David R. Dacey, CPA, is the partner in charge of Withum’s Technical Resources Group, the group which oversees A&A quality within the firm. Dave is based in the firm’s New Brunswick office and has over 30 years of professional accounting and auditing experience. Dave is a certified public accountant in the state of New Jersey. Dave also heads Withum’s accounting and auditing policy CPE committee and is responsible for researching and disseminating updates on technical accounting and auditing pronouncements to the Firm’s professional personnel. His experience spans many industries, including various aspects of manufacturing, wholesale and distribution, and service industries including the legal and medical professions, construction and retail.

Dave received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Rutgers University, Newark. Before joining Withum, Dave worked with a large regional firm, and with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). He is a member of the AICPA, where he has participated in various task forces of the SEC Practice Section Peer Review Committee. He is also a member of the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJCPA) and is a frequent presenter at various NJCPA educational seminars, including their annual ERISA conference for 2010 through 2017. Dave resides in Somerset County, NJ.

Kriste DeAngelo

Kriste DeAngelo, CPA

Partner

EisnerAmper LLP

Kriste Naples-DeAngelo is a Partner in the firm’s Pension Services Group. With more than 25 years in the public accounting profession, she is responsible for managing numerous employee benefit plan audits and consulting with plan sponsors. She is integral in the design of continuing education courses and the training of the firm’s staff on employee benefit plan audits. She is instrumental in the design and maintenance of the master engagement templates used firm-wide. She has extensive knowledge of accounting and technical reporting standards, and has assisted clients with their annual audit and reporting requirements for both defined benefit and defined contribution plans. Her management skills, coupled with her auditing and employee benefit plan experience, provide clients with superior service, organization and knowledge. She works with plans for both public and private company plan sponsors and assists public companies with all aspects of SEC reporting, compliance and filings, including 11-Ks.

She has gained a reputation as an expert speaker on employee benefits and frequently presents on national webcasts, regional teleconference calls and seminars, and Continuing Professional Education courses. In addition, she has written articles, blogs and presented to various professional groups on a variety of employee benefit plan topics.

She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and serves on their Employee Benefit Plan Expert Panel. In addition, she is a member of the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJCPA), American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries (ASPPA), the New Jersey Chapter of the Worldwide Employee Benefits Network (WEB Network) and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

Mrs. DeAngelo graduated from Kean University with a B.S. in Management Science and earned her M.B.A. from Centenary College. She has also been an instructor of financial services for the Small Business Development Center at Raritan Valley Community College, which is directed towards entrepreneurs, start-ups and established businesses, and has been an Adjunct Professor at Centenary College teaching undergraduate accounting courses.

Jodi Happe

Jodi M. Happe, CPA

Senior Manager

RSM US LLP

Jodi Brown is a Senior Manager with SaxBST. Since joining the firm in September 2005, she has been actively involved in the firm’s Employee Benefit Plans niche and the Manufacturing & Distribution service group. Ms. Brown has been instrumental in developing training programs for the firm’s Accounting and Auditing department. She also conducts technical as well as new processes training for all levels of employees at the firm. She is a Certified Public Accountant in New York. She graduated from the University of Richmond, where she earned a B.S. degree in Business with a concentration in Accounting and a minor in Chemistry. She was also a member of the university’s lacrosse team and was team captain her senior year.

Elizabeth Harper

Elizabeth B. Harper, CPA

Member of the Firm

SobelCo

Elizabeth Harper (Liz), Member of the Firm, joined SobelCo in the fall of 2009 to assume the role of Quality Control Senior Manager. In 2014 she was promoted to Director with responsibility for reviewing all of the financial statements and service organization control (SOC) reports issued by the firm along with client correspondences ensuring that the highest quality standards are met and that the reports are in accordance with the established authoritative standards. Liz is dedicated to ensuring that the firm complies with its internal quality standards. This includes involvement with the engagement teams during all phases of the work, personnel training and development, and monitoring of engagement quality. Liz is also responsible for client service of SOC, employment benefit plan (EBP) engagements and other audits.

In 2016 Liz was given the additional role as Director of the Employee Benefit Plan Audit Group and in 2017 was elected as a Member of the Firm. Liz brings insights gained based on her previous experiences at a "Big Four" firm and a local CPA firm to all of the roles she plays at SobelCo.

While at a local firm, Liz had a wide variety of responsibilities across a range of industries, which she draws on daily at SobelCo. From her years at KPMG, Liz is able to leverage the knowledge she gained managing financial and internal control audits, quarterly reviews and agreed upon procedures, with well-known clients ranging from Philips Lighting to Ricoh Corporation. This global exposure adds value to the current SobelCo regional environment and it will be a critical component of future growth as the firm continues to expand, serving national and international clients in the coming years. By combining her perspectives from private industry and public accounting, she can provide meaningful solutions to SobelCo's clients.

David Hudak

David Hudak, QKA, QPFC

Senior Consultant

Portfolio Evaluations Inc.

David Hudak serves as the lead consultant for clients nationwide.He works with defined contribution, defined benefit, endowment, and foundation clients. His primary responsibility is advising investment committees on all phases of their fiduciary duties. He has extensive experience with all aspects of fiduciary oversight including investment committee charters, investment policy statements, performance evaluation, investment manager due diligence, vendor selection, and fee benchmarking. Aside from his investment consulting duties, Mr. Hudak is a member of the senior management team which oversees the firm’s strategic initiatives. He has also been an integral part of PEI’s research efforts in areas such as target date funds, stable value, and fee analysis. Prior to joining the firm in 2006, Mr. Hudak was employed at ADP Retirement Services and American Express Financial Advisors. He has worked in the investment industry since 1999. He is an active member of the American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries (ASPPA) and holds the Qualified 401(k) Plan Administrator (QKA) and the Qualified Plan Financial Consultant (QPFC) designations. He was formerly a member of ASPPA’s GAC IRS Subcommittee and is currently serving on ASPPA’s GAC DOL Subcommittee. Mr. Hudak has also earned the RPA designation with the International Society of Employee Benefits and has completed the PSCA's ERISA Fiduciary Certification Program. Mr. Hudak is a summa cum laude graduate of Gettysburg College and earned an MBA from Seton Hall University.

Jennifer Moroz

Jennifer Moroz, CPA

Partner

SAX LLP

Jennifer Moroz joined SaxBST in 1997 and has more than 16 years of industry experience. She serves the firm’s manufacturing and distribution clients in addition to providing employee benefit plan audits. She began her career at SaxBST as a junior accountant and quickly rose through the company’s ranks as senior accountant, supervisor and manager before being named principal in 2013.

Lisa Snyder

Lisa A. Snyder, CPA

National Assurance Managing Partner - Independence

BDO USA, LLP

Lisa Snyder, CPA, M.B.A., is Director - Professional Ethics at the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Ms. Snyder oversees the activities of the Professional Ethics Division including its ethics enforcement and standard-setting. The Division is also responsible for interpreting the Institute’s Code of Professional Conduct and provides guidance to membership, state CPA societies, and other interested parties on ethics and independence issues (e.g., via the ethics hotline). She also serves as liaison to the Professional Ethics Executive Committee, the Independence/Behavioral Standards Subcommittee and the Technical Standards Subcommittee. Prior to joining the AICPA, Ms. Snyder was an Auditor Manager at Deloitte & Touche, LLP working primarily with manufacturing clients. She is a certified public accountant in the state of New Jersey and a member of the AICPA and New Jersey Society of CPAs, and has an M.B.A. in Professional Accounting from Rutgers Graduate School of Management, Newark, New Jersey.

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