Presenter Profiles

sarah_dobekSarah Johnson Dobek is the President and Founder of Inovautus Consulting. Sarah’s unique background in marketing and digital media allow her to deliver insightful, practical advice that guide organizations down the right path for achieving the growth they desire. She is a sought-after speaker in the accounting profession and a regular contributor for Accounting Tomorrow and has authored or contributed to articles appearing in Accounting Today, CPA Society publications and Practical Accountant.

deborah_curryDeborah Curry is President/CEO of the Florida Institute of CPAs. She is the FICPA’s fourth President/CEO in the organization’s history. Curry is a Certified Public Accountant in Florida, Georgia and Texas. She worked with the Georgia Society of CPAs for six years, serving first as CFO, then as COO. A graduate of Texas A&M University, Curry’s previous experience includes finance positions with Turner Broadcasting System, Time Warner, and Pacific USA Holdings Corporation.

raju_vegesnaRaju Vegesna is an evangelist for Zoho Inc. (formally AdventNet) and holds a key responsibility for developing the company’s strategic direction. He is one of the foremost thought leaders in the Office 2.0 revolution and an avid blogger. Prior to joining AdventNet, Raju earned a degree in Computer Science and co-founded an Internet services company serving the educational market.

angie_grissomAngie Grissom serves as President of The Rainmaker Companies and previously served as the Director of Consulting for The Rainmaker Companies for several years. Angie is renowned for her influence in and passion for the industry. Angie is a frequent presenter at national conferences and is consistently named by Accounting Today Magazine as “one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting” and listed as a 40 Under 40 in the Accounting Industry by CPA Practice Advisor.

sally_massageeAn enthusiastic certified public accountant, Sally Massagee has practiced accounting since 1983. She has a passion for helping small businesses fulfill their vision. Her expertise is centered on tax planning, business valuation, and business advisory work. Once facing an “un-diagnosable” life-threatening circumstance, her inspiring personal story has appeared on CNN’s Anderson Cooper, 60 Minutes, and Nature.

monique_honaman Monique Honaman is the CEO of ISHR Group. Her expertise includes global executive assessment, leadership development, organization design, and performance management. Monique earned her certification as a Six Sigma Quality Program Black Belt and is a certified practitioner of the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI) and the Birkman Profile. Monique earned her J.D. in employment law from Albany Law School and is also a published author.

kate_freemanKate Freeman’s life is dedicated to helping others find the truth of their own freedom, their Essence. Kate has spent many years with enlightened teachers, including Lester Levenson, the founder of the Sedona Method. Her depth of understanding and clarity has been enhanced by different teachings that have helped her to bring a broader wealth of unique assistance to her students. Kate’s greatest joy is helping people get past what is blocking them, holding them back or hiding their Essence.


Dr. Romie Mushtaq is a traditionally trained neurologist and an expert in the field of mind-body medicine – a branch of medicine that promotes the science behind mindfulness based techniques. She is a national mindful living expert and a certified yoga and meditation teacher. She helps clients cope with stress by teaching the medicine behind mindfulness. She is a highly sought after professional speaker, corporate consultant, and an expert contributor for the Huffington Post. Dr. Romie now travels around the country teaching about mindful living in a thoughtful and accessible way. She sees clients as a personal health and wellness life coach at The Natural and Integrative Medicine Center in Orlando, Florida.


tomhoodTom Hood is consistently named as one of the most influential leaders in the CPA Profession in Accounting Today’s list of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting. He is a nationally recognized author, speaker, and consultant. Tom has been featured in the Journal of Accountancy, Accounting Today magazine, and AccountingWeb. He is also considered as a thought leader in the Association Community speaking at the DigitalNow Conference and the ASAE. Accounting Today described Tom as, “The relentlessly forward-thinking Hood is a constant force dragging the profession (yes, with some kicking and screaming) into the future.”

JasonBlumer1 Jason Blumer is the Founder of the Thriveal CPA Network and Chief Innovation Officer of his own firm, Blumer CPAs. Jason is well known for his signature Transformational Retreats he performs for creative business owners all over the universe. As a speaker, writer and podcaster, Jason desires to be out front shaking up the public profession of accounting with new ways to do things, and a renewed focus on the customer.

jodythompson Jody Thompson is the Co-Founder of CultureRx. She is the co-author of Why Work Sucks and How to Fix It and Why Managing Sucks and How to Fix It. She is committed to employees being vested in the “big picture” through a new lifestyle; a new way of thinking; a method of engagement and a new yardstick of their commitment to the workplace and their performance.

ricpayne Ric Payne is the co-founder and CEO of Principa, a company dedicated to helping Accountants and Business Advisors enhance the performance of their own business and those of clients through the use of a robust suite of tools, methodologies and support processes. He blends his practical experience with his research and teaching background to articulate complex concepts in a coherent and entertaining manner.

randyjohnstonRandy Johnston is the President of Network Management Group Inc. His personal mission is direct: To help as many people as possible use technology in the way that benefits them the most. Randy is an accomplished speaker and sought-after thought leader on today’s technology for professional service firms.  He provides expert consulting on networks, accounting software and document management with specialized expertise in CPA Firms, Healthcare and Financial Services including Community Banking and Credit Unions.

SteveGivens2 Steve Givens is the Managing Partner at Ryun, Givens & Co. He is committed to helping others consider new possibilities in their businesses and their lives. Steve provides auditing, tax, consulting, and Medicaid and Medicare cost reporting services to nursing facilities (including skilled), intermediate care facilities, and continuing care retirement communities. He is a frequent speaker and presenter and has authored six lectures directly aimed at those in the long term care industry.

srikumarraoDr. Srikumar Rao is the CEO of the Rao Institute.  He is the author of Happiness at Work and Are Your Ready to Succeed?. He has done pioneering work in motivation and helps senior executives become more engaged in work and discover deep meaning in it. He also works with teams and groups and has been extraordinarily successful in using group dynamics to foster lasting personal change. Dr. Rao is a contributing editor for Forbes and writes regularly on management practices, leadership and about the impact of technology on business processes. He also writes for other national magazines such as Inc., Business 2.0, Hemispheres, and was a contributing editor for both Financial World and Success.

ricksolomonRick Solomon is the founder and facilitator of the Masters Program, a two-year program that empowers accountants to manifest their dream practices and lives.  As a trainer and consultant, Rick has helped thousands of accountants in seven countries, adding millions of dollars in profitable new business to their practices. He has a special interest in small to mid-sized firms and sole practitioners, and he enjoys applying his extensive hands-on knowledge of what makes firms thrive to help thousands enjoy greater income and lifestyles.

JimMetzlerJames C. Metzler is Vice President of Small Firm Interests at the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). His efforts on behalf of small firms and his activities with the AICPA have gained him recognition throughout the profession. He has frequently been named as one of the The Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting. Jim received the U.S. Small Business Administration’s New York District Office 2007 Financial Services Champion of the Year Award. He is a frequent lecturer and is the author of How to Build a Million Dollar Technology Consulting Practice and of numerous articles on practice management issues.

ianvacinIan Vacin is the Vice President of Marketing & Product for Xero. He has helped companies ranging from Fortune 500 (Intuit, Intel, IBM, and Oracle) to early stage startups develop and deploy accounting, CRM, procurement, and software integration solutions. Ian received both a Master of Business Administration (Kellogg School of Management) and a Master of Engineering Management from Northwestern University.

symposium_scottzarretScott Zarret, CPA is the president of With more than 15 years of experience in the accounting industry, Scott is committed to educating on the topic of cost segregation, research and development tax credits and green build tax incentives through seminars and in-house presentations. He is an alumnus of University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Colorado Society of CPAs.

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