Schedule of Events

Monday, May 22

7:00 - 8:15
Registration / Exhibits / Continental Breakfast

8:15 - 10:00 am

A. Opening Keynote


10:20 – 12:00 pm

B1. Create Stunning Dashboards with Power BI Desktop
B2. Tax Issues in the North Dakota LLC Statute
B3. Five Business Books in 100 Minutes
B4. Overloaded, Overwhelmed and Over it! Strategies to Reduce Stress
B5. Workplace Violence Awareness

1:00 pm – 2:40 pm

C1. A New Day, A New Technology Way
C2. Making a Tax Efficient Business Transfer to the Next Generation
C3. Introvert Power: Why Quiet Leaders are Successful
C4. Survival Skills for Managers, Supervisors and Other Leaders
C5. Better Business Writing

3:00 pm – 3:50 pm

D1. Securing the Perimeter – A Management View
D2. The President's Tax Agenda
D3. Profit Improvement: Ten Tips
D4. How to Be an Effective Board Member
D5. Optimizing Your Organization with the Right ERP Strategy

3:55 pm – 4:45 pm

E1. PivotTable Refresher
E2. Positioning Your Company for a Tax Efficient Sale
E3. Leaders Eat Last
E4. Data Analytics: Discover the Value of Data in your Business Systems
E5. Beyond Bookkeeping: Utilizing Your Data to Become More Strategic

4:45 - 5:30
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 23

8:00 – 9:40 am

F1. Excel Tips & Tools for Better Budgets & Forecasts
F2. Lease Accounting: a Whole New Ballgame
F3. Ethics for the Industry Accountant
F4. HR Compliance Update
F5. How to WOW Leadership

10:00 am – 11:45 am

G1. Working Effectively From Anywhere
G2. Key challenges of ASC 606- Revenue from Contracts with Customers
G3. Enterprise Risk Management and Forecasting
G4. Recruitment and Retention in a Tight Labor Market
G5. How to WOW Service Excellence

12:45 pm – 2:25 pm

H1. Hot Tech Tools, Apps & Services
H2. What Has The FASB Been Up To Lately?
H3. Critical Performance Measures - Useful Tools for Gauging Success
H4. Aligning Compensation with Workplace Strategy
H5. How to WOW Leadership (repeat)

2:45 – 4:20 pm

I. Learning to Fly: Lessons from the Air

4:20 - 4:30
Door Prize Drawings

Current Exhibitors:

PRO Resources
DFC Consultants

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 Accountancy, Grand Forks
  • Cindy Feist, Basin Electric Power Coop, Bismarck
  • Theresa Fischer, Fargo
  • Jennifer Grove, Information Technology Dept, Bismarck
  • Marie Hestdalen, Pepsi Co, Fargo
  • Yvonne Holm-Pederson, Dakota Specialty Milling, Fargo
  • Jason Hulstein, Microsoft, Fargo
  • Talia Jensen, Grand Forks
  • Sheldon Kauk, Eide Ford M-L, Inc, Bismarck
  • Chris Kildahl, Choice Financial Group, Fargo
  • Andrew Lerud, Bank of the West, Fargo
  • David Maring, Concordia College, Moorhead
  • Barry Maring, Sonmar Management, Fargo
  • Brittany Meissner, Noridian Mutual Insurance Co, Fargo
  • Kim Nelson, Microsoft, Fargo
  • Jean Ostrom-Blonigen, NDSU, 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)
  • Isaac Schwehr, ND Safety Council, Bismarck
  • Tamara Sprynczynatyk, American Crystal Sugar, Moorhead


CPE: 16 hours available

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

Does this qualify for CPE in MN? Yes, although NDCPAS is not a member of the NASBA Registry, we fall under the “professional organization recognized by the board as a report acceptance body” exception.

Comfortable Attire: Business casual is recommended.  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

Room Reservations: Please make your room reservations by April 25, to ensure availability.  Mention the conference for a discounted rate of $112/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 19.  Exceptions considered on a case by case basis.

North Dakota CPA Society
2701 South Columbia Road, Ste D
Grand Forks, ND 58201

Phone: (701) 775-7100 or (877) 637-2727

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