An Invitation to Alumni and Friends

We would like to send all our alumni and friends an invite to our annual continuing professional education conference on October 10th. This year’s conference will be held in conjunction with the Institute of Management Accountants in hopes of bringing more Dragons back to campus to reconnect. In December of 2013, the department offered a two hour ethics presentation with Chris Cocozza, from Becker Professional Education. Chris led a great discussion on professional ethics, which included both Beta Alpha Psi students and professionals. We look forward to hosting this event again this year and encourage alums to come back and see the new building.

The highlight of the program will be Aaron Beam, former CFO of Health South, who will present two hours of our ethics session. Mr. Beam was the first CFO at HealthSouth Corporation, and as a co-founder witnessed first-hand the series of accounting, stock manipulation and leadership failures that led HealthSouth to the $2B securities fraud scandal and ultimate prosecution of Richard Scrushy. He relates to students and professionals the heights of success, followed by the unethical and illegal mistakes that led to his professional downfall. Serving three months in federal prison for his role in approving fraudulent quarterly numbers in 1996 and losing his CPA credentials led Mr. Beam to his current speaking career; trying to make a positive difference by educating others about the pitfalls of unethical business practices. Through his “Ethics First” message he identifies early warning signs, influences and the bad choices he and others made at HealthSouth, allowing the audience to apply what they learn to their business practices and the organization’s culture and environment. Check him out on YouTube!

We are also excited to have two of our own accounting department faculty members contribute to our program, Dr. Hubert Glover and Dr. Anthony Curatola. Dr. Glover will lead our discussion on the new revenue recognition standard while Dr. Curatola will provide an entertaining update on federal income taxes.

We look forward to seeing you! Register on the IMA Greater Philadelphia Website.