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Whether you are "the boss" or you just have one - this conference is for you.

This event is designed for accounting professionals (not only CPAs) who work within business and industry.  We've made some exciting changes to the conference including some shorter sessions and more keynote speakers.  Prepare to be inspired!  Begin with a janitor who made it big and end with a 35 year-old MLB rookie who inspired a Disney movie.  In between, choose from 30 sessions in the areas of financial management, general management, ethics, technology, tax, accounting, human resources and personal development.

Introducing our keynote speakers . . .

Richard MontaƱez

Flamin' Hot Cheetos Inventor, VP of Multicultural Sales at PepsiCo, Author of  A Boy, A Burrito, and A Cookie.

Jim "The Rookie" Morris

Inspiration behind the Walt Disney film, "The Rookie", School Teacher, Storyteller

Dr. Christopher Kuehl

Chief Economist, Managing Director of Armada Corporate Intelligence, Chief Editor for Business Intelligence Briefs

Holly Hoffman

Season 21 "Survivor Nicaragua" Finalist, Author of Your Winner Within, South Dakota native.


Monday, May 21

7:00 am - 8:00 am
Registration / Exhibits / Breakfast Buffet

8:00 am - 9:30 am

A. One Revelation Leads to a Revolution


9:50 am - 11:30 am

B1. Excel's Best New Features
B2. Tax Reform: What Your Business Needs to Know
B3. Staff Retention: Attract and Keep the Best People
B4. Current Issues in Business Ethics
B5. Mental Conditioning Methods and Strategies for Executive Excellence

11:30 - 12:20 Lunch

12:20 pm – 2:00 pm

C1. Big Data: Tools and How to Analyze
C2. The Case for Women's Leadership Programs
C3. Lean Accounting: Doing More with Less
C4. Ethical Leadership
C5. Social Media Influence on Decision Making and Time Management

2:05 pm - 3:20 pm

D1. Cybersecurity: How to Protect Your Valuable Data
D2. Revenue Recognition Rules
D3. Driving Performance with Metrics
D4. Winning at Leadership
D5. Master Coach and Mentor - Valuing your Emotional Intelligence

3:40 pm – 4:30 pm

E. Never Give Up - The Survivor Way

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Reception - Join us for a short reception on Monday following the conference sessions.  Take this chance to relax, make dinner plans and network with other attendees and speakers.  The first drink is on us!

Tuesday, May 22

7:00 am - 8:00 am
Registration / Exhibits / Breakfast Buffet

8:00 am – 9:15 am

F. Economic Forecast: What's on the Radar

9:35 am – 11:15 am

G1. Excel Tables - Database Functionality
G2. 360-Degree Leadership: Leading in All Directions
G3.  Measuring and Managing Customer Profitability
G4. Retiring on Your Terms
G5. Assertive not Aggressive

11:15 - 12:05 Lunch

12:05 pm – 1:20 pm

H1. Blockchain and Other Emerging Technologies
H2. CFO, Controller, or Both: How to Wear Multiple Hats and Deliver Exceptional Value
H3. Integrating Strategy with Driver-based Budgeting and Rolling Financial Forecasts
H4. What's Hot in Sales Tax
H5. Managing Change

1:25 pm – 2:40 pm

I1. Data Analysis with Power Pivot
I2. Multiply Your Value with Strategic Thinking Skills
I3. Business Analytics and the Digital Revolution
I4. Small Business Retirement Plans
I5. Building Teamwork

3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

J. Dream Makers

4:15 pm - 4:30 pm
Door Prize Drawings


CPE: 16 hours available

Add $50 after May 7
$375 Society member ($425 Nonmember)
$325 One Day Member ($375 Nonmember)
Groups of 10 or more, contact the Society for pricing
webinar options

Fees include: electronic handouts, breakfasts, lunches and afternoon refreshments

Group Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more from the same company.

Comfortable Attire: Business casual is typical.  For your comfort, please dress in layers to accommodate typical variations in meeting room temperatures. 

Hotel information:
Holiday Inn
3803 13th Avenue South
Fargo ND 58103
(701) 282-2700
Toll Free Reservations: 877-282-2700
Online Reservations

Room Reservations: Please make your room reservations by April 28, to ensure availability.  Mention the conference for a discounted rate of $116/standard room. 

Cancellation and Refunds: Full refund if received 10 working days prior to conference.  A $50 administrative fee is charged if canceling less than 10 working days before conference.  No refunds after May 18.  Exceptions considered on a case by case basis.

Thank You to the Members in Industry Committee:

  • Janet Kubisiak, Basin Electric Power Coop, Bismarck (Chair)
  • James Carroll, Kadrmas, Lee & Jackson Inc, Bismarck
  • Barry Chouinard, Fargo
  • Dee Ann Ellingson, UND Dept of Accounting, Grand Forks
  • Marci Erbele, Doosan Infracore Construction, West Fargo
  • KrisCinda Erickson, Minn-Dak Farmers Coop, Wahpeton
  • Jackie Gapp, Fargo Public Schools, Fargo
  • Marie Hestdalen, Cognizant Technology Solutions, Fargo
  • Jason Hulstein, Microsoft, Fargo
  • Sheldon Kauk, Eide Ford M-L, Inc, Bismarck
  • Chris Kildahl, Choice Financial Group, Fargo
  • Mark Klimpel, Puklich Chevrolet, Bismarck
  • Andrew Lerud, Bell Bank, Fargo
  • David Manning, Concordia College, Moorhead
  • Barry Maring, Sonmar Management, Fargo
  • Brittany Meissner, Noridian Mutual Insurance Co, Fargo
  • Kim Nelson, Microsoft, Fargo
  • Jean Ostrom-Blonigen, NDSU EPSCoR, Fargo
  • Justin Paulson, Moore Engineering Inc, West Fargo
  • Carol Rogne, DFC Consultants, LTD., Fargo
  • Cindy Rott, NDSU Budget Office, Fargo
  • Jodi Satkunam, Bank of the West, Fargo
  • Michelle Schumacher, Microsoft, Fargo (Board Liaison)
  • Tamara Sprynczynatyk, American Crystal Sugar, Moorhead

Visit Us:

3325 S Washington Street
Suite B2
Grand Forks, ND 58201

Contact Us: 

 (701) 775-7111
or (877) 637-2727

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