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The NAPAA group is hosing the 2018 JOINT ACCOUNTING CONFERNCE, MAY 17 – MAY 18, 2018 AT THE
WESTIN IN HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA



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GENERAL INFORMATION

The Central District Power Accountants’ Association is hosting the Joint Meeting with the Western District this spring.  Please save the dates of May 10–12, 2017 and plan to join us in Huntsville, Alabama at the Westin.

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PRESENTATIONS

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CENTRAL/EASTERN/WESTERN DISTRICT TN, NORTH ALABAMA, AND NORTH MISSISSIPPI ACCOUNTING CONFERENCE MAY 25-27, 2016

MEETING OBJECTIVE

Instruct attendees on utility accounting practices and updates, team building, and customer service. Inform attendees about accounting and auditing matters, such as rates, FEMA/Mutual Aid, fraud, accounting to management from a financial perspective, pole attachments, rate trends, and Microsoft outlook tips and tricks. A special presentation, which will merit two (2) hours of General Ethics CPE, will be made by Winston Truett of Alexander, Thompson, and Arnold, CPA’s. Friday’s highlight is both an instructional and inspirational hour with Amanda Box to improve the success of your communication skills.

PREREQUISITES

General working knowledge of utility accounting.

COURSE LEVEL

Intermediate review of important topics.

RECOMMENDED CPE HOURS

A total of 11.0 CPE hours will be earned for attendance for this two-day meeting. 7 hours CPE in Accounting and Auditing (A&A), 2 hours CPE in General Ethics (Ethics), 1 hour CPE in Management Advisory Services (MAS), and 1 hour CPE in Personal Development (Other). CPE administration is in coordination with the TN State Board of Accountancy’s rules and regulations with each 50-minute interval qualifying as 1 CPE hour. Carolyn Boren Clemons, is our CPE coordinator, with Caney Fork Electric Cooperative, Inc. in McMinnville, TN and can be reached at 931-473-3116 x 1012, if you have any questions regarding CPE.

2016 CONFERENCE HOTEL INFORMATION AND PRE-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Crowne Plaza Memphis Downtown Hotel
300 N 2nd Street
Memphis, TN 38105

Reservations: 901-525-1800
Toll Free: 1-800-2CROWNE
* Deadline 4/25/16 *

Group Name: North MS Power Accountants Association
Rate: $106 @ night plus 15.95% tax
Valet Parking: $20 @ night
Self Parking: $17 @ night

Wednesday, May 25
2:00 – 3:30 Graceland Tour
4:30 – 6:00 Meet the Vendors/Pre-Registration - Crowne Plaza – Downtown Memphis
6:30 – 8:30 Dinner at Rendezvous

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

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Wednesday, May 25
2:00 – 3:30 Graceland Tour
4:30 – 6:00 Meet the Vendors/Pre-Registration Crowne Plaza – Downtown Memphis 6:30 – 8:30 Dinner at Rendezvous

Thursday, May 26
7:00 – 8:00 Breakfast/Meet the Vendors
7:30 – 8:00 Registration
8:00 – 8:10 Welcome, Sallye Bowlin (President of NMPPA)
8:10 – 9:00 TVA Update, Jennifer Brogdon (TVA)
9:00 – 9:50 Rates, Chris Mitchell (Chris Mitchell Management)
9:50 – 10:05 Morning Break/Meet the Vendors
10:05 – 10:55 FEMA/Mutual Aid, Gabrielle Benigni (Disaster Programs & Operations, Inc.)
10:55 – 11:45 Ethics, Winston Truett (Alexander Thompson Arnold)
11:45 – 1:45 Lunch on Your Own
1:45 – 2:35 Ethics, Winston Truett (Alexander Thompson Arnold)
2:35 – 2:50 Afternoon Break/Meet the Vendors
2:50 – 3:40 Fraud, Stephen Dyer (CSA)
3:40 – 4:30 Accounting to CEO-Cooperative Management from a Financial Perspective, Kevin Doddridge (CEO, Northcentral EPA)
Attendance Drawing & Adjourn

Friday, May 27
7:00 – 8:00 Breakfast/Meet the Vendors
8:00 – 8:05 Welcome, Sallye Bowlin
8:05 – 8:55 Pole Attachments, TVPPA
8:55 – 9:45 Rate Trends, Terry Mitchell (Jackson and Thornton)
9:45 – 10:00 Morning Break/Meet the Vendors
10:00 – 10:50 Microsoft Outlook Tips & Tricks, Greg Tinker (TSA)
10:50 – 11:40 Motivational Speaker, Amanda Box
11:40 – 11:55 Attendance Drawing & Farewell

Jennifer Brogdon
Director, Regulatory Assurance
Tennessee Valley Authority

Jennifer Brogdon is the Director of Regulatory Assurance at TVA. Jennifer assumed this role in December 2013 and is responsible for the TVA Board’s regulatory responsibilities and monitoring local power companies’ financial health to help keep retail rates as low as feasible.

Her entire career has been at TVA, with over 21 years’ experience. Previously, she was Senior Advisor to the Executive Vice Present of External Relations, Shared Services, and the Transmission organization. Before that, as Sr. Manager, Technology Partnerships, she managed TVA’s research partnerships with the Electric Power Research Institute, other utilities, universities, research consortiums, and federal labs. She also brings significant customer experience with TVPPA and Local Power Companies having managed TVA’s renewable energy programs and TVA’s Green Power Switch program.

Along with 16 years of technical experience as an Environmental Engineer at TVA, Jennifer holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Tennessee Technological University and participated in the Leadership and Management for Accelerated Performance program at Vanderbilt University.

Chris S. Mitchell
Owner of Chris Mitchell Management Consultants (CMMC)

Chris Mitchell worked twenty years for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), ending in 2009. The last six years he served as a Vice President and TVA’s Chief Risk Officer. He managed the Risk Management, Economic and Financial Analysis departments. His responsibilities included enterprise risk management, financial risk modeling analysis/reviews, commodity price risk & forecasting, risk control functions, corporate insurance, long-range business planning, valuation of assets/investments, and the development of pricing products.

He retired from TVA in February of 2009 to start his own consultant company focusing on supporting TVA electricity distributors with rate development, financial and risk analysis.

He earned a B.A. in Business and Economics (with emphasis in accounting) from Hendrix College in 1983 and an M.B.A. (Finance) from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga in 1994.

Gabrielle Benigni
President, Executive Director-Response and Recovery Programs
Disaster Program and Operations, Inc.

Ms. Benigni has more than 20 years of professional experience in Environmental Emergency/Disaster Response and Recovery services including infrastructure damage assessments, FEMA and Insurance disaster project claims and subsequent required audits per State, Federal (Office of Inspector (OIG), and FEMA) requirements. She is highly skilled with Debris Management Planning and Removal Operations, FEMA Public Assistance client representation and creating innovative methodologies for validating damages, tracking response and recovery costs while maintaining critical support documentation. As a degreed hydro-geologist she began her career directing Environmental Contamination Assessments, Remedial Installations, for private industrial facilities, pharmaceutical companies, Naval Facilities and US Army Depots and Air Force Bases, which evolved to Specialty demolition, Earthwork, and change orders claims analysis for national construction and environmental corporations.

She has leveraged her disaster claims, records reconnaissance and audit skillsets to aid many clients post disaster in making order out of disorder and obtaining federal disaster reimbursements, and ensuring business continuity during disasters.

As President of Disaster Program & Operations, Inc. (DP&O) 2015, she developed a process to track response and recovery costs using forensic accounting methodologies maintaining all FEMA required pre-disaster to post disaster/ recovery costs records and supporting submittals, aiding business continuity.

With DP&O she and her staff represent the Mississippi Utilities Managers association promoting a Regional Response and Recovery plan with Emergency Operation Procedures for Incident management, Response, Damage Assessments, Emergency Costs Documentation and Recovery.

She and her associate staff John Copenhaver (Former FEMA Region IV Director) have provided the following presentations:

  • TVPPA, "FEMA Requirements for Reimbursement, Specific for Utilities".
  • Edison Electric Institute, "Grid Resiliency and Business Continuity".

During 2013 Gabrielle as a State Consultant with NY DHSES, assisted the Liaison to the Chief of Public Assistance and Deputy Commissioner for Super Storm Sandy. Her tasks included critical applicants support for appeals justification and critical applicant status reports for the Governor’s office.

She has represented cities in Oklahoma, and assisted Oklahoma Office of Emergency Management by preparing FEMA appeals for projects which, after second appeals process, were each successfully awarded at 100% appealed amounts for 14 appeals.

J Winston Truett, CPA
Alexander Thompson Arnold
Member/Partner
Focus: Utility Systems

Experience
Winston is the leader of ATA’s Utility Systems Team. The team’s experience is unrivaled in the Tennessee Valley and is knowledgeable in electric, water, gas, wastewater, broadband, telecom & SSAE 16/SAS 70 audits. As a leader in this industry, Winston has been an expert presenter for the Power Accountants Association, Tennessee Valley Public Power Association and Utility Technology Association.

Professional Affiliations

  • Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Former Member of Board of Directors
  • Past President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer –West TN Chapter
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Tennessee Valley Public Power Association Associate Member
  • Kentucky Municipal Utilities Association Associate Member
  • Kentucky League of Cities Cornerstone Partner

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • Major: Accounting
  • Lambuth University, Jackson, Tennessee
  • Cum Laude

Areas of Specialization

  • Utility Systems
  • School Systems
  • Contractors
  • Tax

Community Recognition & Involvement

  • Boy Scouts of America – West Tennessee Area Council
  • Northside United Methodist Church
  • Chairperson of Committee on Finance, January 2006 - 2008
  • Miss Tennessee Scholarship Pageant Auditor / Vote Tabulator, 1977 – Present
  • Jackson Rotary Club
  • Paul Harris Fellow
  • Rotary Classic Committee
  • Relay for Life – Alexander Thompson Arnold PLLC Team

Steven Dyer
Chief Technology Officer
Central Service Association

Steven Dyer is the Chief Technology Officer at Central Service Association. He has 20 years’ experience in the technology, networking and security fields. Steven has acquired twelve professional certifications over the years. National Security Agency IAM & IEM, Cisco Certified Security Professional (CCSP), Cisco Certified Design Professional (CCDP), IBM Security Specialist and the list goes on. He was elected to the Board of Directors for the North Mississippi Chapter of Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) 2007-2009.

Steven was elected to the Board of Directors for Mississippi Infragard IMA in 2003 - 2004 and was named Chairman of the Board for 2005 - 2006 sessions. Infragard is an organization dedicated to continually enhance the security and protection of our Nation’s critical infrastructures. Steven is currently training on Cyber-Terrorism Defense to all levels of public service, including state and local government, law enforcement, public utilities, colleges and universities.

Steven works directly with the Department of Homeland Security as an intelligence advisor for the critical infrastructure sector. His skills have been put to the test 200 plus times by auditing security for banks, utilities, and government agencies.

Kevin Doddridge
CEO/General Manager
Northcentral Mississippi Electric Power Association

Kevin Doddridge was born and raised in Olive Branch, MS. A graduate of Olive Branch High School, Kevin continued his education at Ole Miss, where as a member of Sigma Nu fraternity graduated in 1987 with a BA in Finance. Kevin also studied accounting at Christian Brothers College in Memphis, TN. He came to work at Northcentral in June of 1987 in the accounting department and over the last 29 years has been Fixed Asset Accountant, Accounting Manager, Director of Finance and Administration, and is now the Associations CEO/General Manager. Kevin is a member of the Olive Branch Lions Club and Rotary Club.

He is currently Mississippi’s NRECA Board Member where he serves on the communication and marketing committee, board member of EPA of MS where he is past president and currently chairs the public relations, workers comp, and health insurance committees. He serves on the boards of Methodist Senior Services, Wesley Meadows retirement home, Northwest MS Community College Foundation, Community Foundation of Northwest MS, and DeSoto Economic Council where he has served as chair as well as its government relation committee. He is past chairman of the North MS Industrial Development Assn, North MS Public Power Assn, and Olive Branch YMCA.

Married to the former Leigh Ellen Robinson, Kevin has 2 daughters, Aggie and Anna Ruth. They attend Maples Memorial United Methodist Church where both he and his wife teach Sunday school classes.

Doug Peters
Director, Technical Services
Tennessee Valley Public Power Authority

Doug is a 30 plus year electric utility veteran with experience in a wide variety of generation, transmission and distribution related positions. Doug serves as the Director, Technical Services for the Tennessee Valley Public Power Association (TVPPA).

TVPPA provides a variety of services designed to meet the needs and interests of 154 municipal and cooperative distribution utilities that buy power from the Tennessee Valley Authority. Doug is currently deeply involved in several issues before the TVPPA membership including the recent regulatory developments regarding pole attachment rates; compliance with NERC Reliability Standards and developing aggregated demand response solutions.

Married to the former Leigh Ellen Robinson, Kevin has 2 daughters, Aggie and Anna Ruth. They attend Maples Memorial United Methodist Church where both he and his wife teach Sunday school classes.

Erin Bodien
Assistant Vice-President & Consultant
Cash Management and Digital Business Solutions CoBank

Erin Bodien has over ten years of financial banking experience, and has been with CoBank since 2010. She began her career at CoBank as a supervisor of the purchased participations and international loan accounting teams. In 2012, she joined the cash management team as an assistant vice president and cash management consultant, serving the cash management needs of both CoBank’s rural infrastructure, and agribusiness customers.

Ms. Bodien focuses primarily on creating customized cash management solutions that add value to a cooperative’s bottom line, and strategies to make their financial operations more efficient. Prior to her tenure with CoBank, she supported compliance, consumer lending, and the mortgage industry at Wells Fargo Financial as a senior credit manager, and assistant store manager.

Ms. Bodien received a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Colorado State University.

Greg Tinker
Chief Technology Officer
Technical & Scientific Application, Inc. (TSA)

Greg is a business development leader, corporate technology strategist, and widely sought-after trusted technology advisor and partner.

Since 2010, Greg has been a recognized powerhouse in the field of enterprise IT. His picture has graced the cover of CIO Magazine; he has written numerous publications including articles, blogs and white papers; he is a frequent speaker at international IT events; he has developed numerous products, for which there are several disclosures and or patents pending; and, he has regularly consulted with the CIOs and CTOs of Fortune 100 companies on how to leverage technology to address their most pressing business issues.

Today, Greg is the Chief Technology Officer for Technical & Scientific Application, Inc. (TSA).

As the company’s senior technology executive, he is responsible for developing the overall technical direction and corporate IT strategy that will support business operations, drive growth and enable customer success, with special focus on the Services business unit. In this role, Greg has the opportunity to leverage his years of experience and broad technical knowledge to bridge the gap between IT and the everyday realities of business.

Every day, Greg:

  • Solves business challenges through acquisition and adaptation of existing technologies
  • Oversees development of new technologies that will position his company – and his customers’ companies - for future progress
  • Formulates intellectual property (IP) strategies to exploit proprietary technologies that will drive business and customer success
  • Demonstrates an ability to influence client senior executives to consider new information or different technologies to accomplish their key business goals

Greg’s proven operational skills, keen sense of technology management, deep technical expertise, ability to lead a diverse team, and his commitment to customer success make him uniquely suited for this important role at TSA.

Amanda Box
Box Communication, Inc.

The success of your communication determines your success in every other aspect of your life. That philosophy is the foundation for Amanda Box while teaching and facilitating the fundamentals of communication. Her 20+ year career has been spent in a dual role of teaching on the college level and consulting with business and industry.

Specialty topics include: presentation skills, conflict management, communication through change, business writing and grammar, customer service, gender difference, media training, team building, interpersonal communication, and listening skills.

Amanda Box taught full time on the university level for 10 years and continues to serve as adjunct faculty while consulting with business and industry. She rounded out her professional skills while serving as the communication coordinator for four years for Mississippi Forestry Association where she was responsible for all internal and external communication including several publications, the web site, and media campaigns.

Amanda earned her undergraduate degree in communication from Freed-Hardeman University in 1991 and a master’s degree in communication from Mississippi College in 1993.


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SPONSOR / VENDOR REGISTRATION

The Joint Accounting Conference is an annual educational conference for TVA Distributor’s financial and accounting professionals. The attendees are responsible for accounting, billing, budgeting, financing, payroll, benefits, accounts payable, and financial reporting for electric systems in the communities across the TVA service area. We depend on our Vendor Sponsors to help support our conference and allow us to host an educational, enjoyable, and successful event. We greatly appreciate your consideration to be a sponsor!

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EASTERN DISTRICT, CENTRAL DISTRICT, WESTERN DISTRICT,
NORTH ALABAMA DISTRICT AND NORTH MISSISSIPPI DISTRICT
JOINT ACCOUNTING CONFERENCE
May 13-15, 2015

GENERAL INFORMATION

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Howdy Pardners! The 2015 Joint Accountants’ Conference is all set. The conference this year is co-hosted by the Western District Power Accountants Association (WDPAA) and the Central District Power Accountants Association (CDPAA). We hope everyone will join us for a time of learning and to connect with “old” (some of us are older than others!) acquaintances.

Due to the great response to the “theme” concept that the North Alabama group started last year, we are continuing that with the 2015 theme being Country & Western. So wear your boots and cowboy hats, and bring your six shooter. We are going to have some fun!

Also this year, due to the generous support of our sponsors, we have added a Wednesday afternoon sightseeing tour of Nashville, the Discover Nashville tour, provided by Gray Line Tours. This will be a fun time for us to get together and see some well-known sites in Nashville, including the Country Music Hall of Fame and the historic Ryman Auditorium. It’s sure to be a rootin’tootin’ good time!

The Discover Nashville Tour will depart from the hotel on Wednesday afternoon at 12:30 pm and return to the hotel around 5:00 pm. Please complete the separate Tour Registration Form and return it to us by April 10, 2015 to sign up for the tour.

Drury Plaza Hotel, Franklin, Tennessee

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As in years past, we will follow this up with a reception on Wednesday night. This year, we will take full advantage of the Drury Plaza’s “Kickback” reception from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. It’s a time to kick back, relax and enjoy Drury Plaza’s hot foods and cold beverages!

The hotel offers a daily “Hot Quickstart Breakfast” and lunch will be provided at the hotel on Thursday. There will be plenty of great door prizes, gifts, and a fun contest for a chance to win a Go-Pro Camera.

As always, we would like to thank our sponsors for their support. Without them, not only would we not be able to have these great conferences, but our jobs would be a lot harder also! They provide many worthwhile services that help us do our jobs better and make our lives easier. So, visit their booths when attending the conference.

Please plan to join us in Franklin on May 13, 14, and 15. We look forward to seeing you there!

JOINT ACCOUNTING CONFERENCE
PRE-CONFERENCE DISCOVER NASHVILLE BUS TOUR

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

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Join us for a private sightseeing tour of beautiful Nashville, Tennessee. An experienced tour guide will blow you away with incredible stories of Music City, which is rich with history in so many areas. Enjoy a driving tour of attractions such as Honky Tonk Row, the State Capitol, Bicentennial Mall and Farmers Market, The Parthenon, world famous Music Row, and Studio B, where Elvis recorded the majority of his hit records.

Then spend time inside the Historic Ryman Auditorium, considered the “Mother Church of Country Music” and one of the great music venues in the world, and visit The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, for a self-guided tour of this 37 million dollar interactive musical experience.

The bus will depart Drury Plaza Hotel at 12:30 pm and return at approximately 5:00 pm.

The Joint Accounting Conference has arranged a special rate of $30 per person and $12 per child (under 12 years old). To sign up, please complete the Bus Tour Registration Form and return it with your payment to Jenny Corbin at Trenton Light & Water Department.
Please sign up by April 10th.

We hope to see you there!

JOINT ACCOUNTING CONFERENCE
CONFERENCE REGISTRATION FORM
Drury Plaza Hotel
1874 West McEwen Dr.
Franklin, TN 37067

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We have reserved a block of rooms at $129 plus tax per night for both Double and King rooms. The Drury has set up a website for the JOINT registration. Attendees can access the site to learn more about the event and to book, modify, or cancel a reservation.

http://www.druryhotels.com/Reservations.aspx?groupno=2211325

If you are not staying at the ranch (Drury Hotel) and plan to attend the Wednesday reception, please let us know so we can provide a voucher for you.

Or you may call the following:
(Mention: Group # 2211325)
Drury Hotel – Reservations 1-800-325-0720
Drury Plaza Hotel – Direct: 615-771-6778
Drury’s cutoff for reserving rooms: April 10, 2015

Taylor Gunn is an economist in CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange research division, where his research is focused on the power, energy and water sectors. Prior to joining CoBank in 2013, Taylor held various engineering roles and provided consulting services to public water agencies and electric utilities.

Taylor holds a B.S in Civil Engineering from Texas Tech University and a Master’s degree in Mineral and Energy Economics from the Colorado School of Mines.
Larry L. Cash is a Member Miller & Martin, working primarily out of the Chattanooga and Nashville offices.. The emphasis of his practice is representing and defending both public bodies and private business. His experience includes the representation of corporate entities in defense of product liability claims, commercial litigation and related matters. He regularly represents utilities, housing agencies and related municipalities and cooperatives.

He has defended both public bodies and private business in a wide area of matters in the southeastern United States. Mr. Cash has counseled with and represented electric cooperatives, governmental agencies and public officials on a wide range of legal matters, including numerous public utilities on issues ranging from credit and collection issues, Open Records and Public Meetings issues, EEOC claims and general litigation matters.

He also represents a captive association insurance company which company provides all lines of insurance coverage for both municipal and cooperative utility companies in the southeastern United States.

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Major: Accounting Lambuth University, Jackson, Tennessee Cum Laude

Professional Organizations, Certifications & Special Recognitions Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants - Former Member of Board of Directors – Past President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer – West Tennessee Chapter American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Tennessee Valley Public Power Association Associate Member Kentucky Municipal Utilities Association Associate Member Kentucky League of Cities Cornerstone Partner

Community Involvement Boy Scouts of America – West Tennessee Area Council - Vice President of Finance, April 2006 – Present – Assistant Scout Master 1992 – 2004 – 1993 National Jamboree – Member of National Staff – 1994 Philmont Scout Ranch – Adult Leader Expedition Northside United Methodist Church - Chairperson of Committee on Finance, January 2006 – 2008 – Adult Sunday School Teacher, 1992 – Present Miss Tennessee Scholarship Pageant - Auditor / Vote Tabulator, 1977 – Present Jackson Rotary Club - Paul Harris Fellow – Rotary Classic Committee Relay for Life – Alexander Thompson Arnold PLLC Team Member

Scott Blassingame CPA, CPE
After 8 years in public accounting, Scott joined CSA as its Secretary – Treasurer and the Plan Administrator for the employee benefit programs offered to CSA Member utilities. The programs provide benefits to more than 1,500 participants at over 70 utilities and various affiliated groups such as TVPPA. The programs include a unique mix of Municipal and Cooperative utilities.

Scott has been blessed to be married to Amy for almost 25 years and they homeschool their 4 children on a small hobby farm near Tupelo, MS.

Laura J. Campbell [Download TVA Update]
Campbell has more than twenty years of experience in utility engineering, planning and customer service. She was named to her current position in October 2013 and is responsible for maintaining and enhancing the customer relationships with the 155 local power companies who purchase TVA power. Campbell is accountable for TVA’s Customer Service district offices and the delivery of TVA’s Energy Efficiency/Demand Response and renewables programs.

Prior to her current position, Campbell was General Manager of Customer Service in West Tennessee. Campbell was responsible for enhancing the relationship with the twenty-two local power companies in West Tennessee, including TVA’s largest customer, MLGW. In this role, Campbell established account management practices to improve customer service effectiveness.

Before joining TVA, Campbell was Assistant Manager of Energy Resources with Memphis Light, Gas and Water accountable for the purchase and hedging of MLGW’s natural gas portfolio totaling $300 million per year. In addition, she was responsible for the group that provides customer service to MLGW’s industrial key accounts.

Before joining MLGW, she worked for Allen & Hoshall as associate principal in the energy engineering practice. Campbell began her career at Southern Company as an analyst in System Planning, responsible for the analysis of Southern’s purchase power bids

Campbell is a registered professional engineer in Tennessee.

Shawn R. Lillie represents many of the nation's best known companies in the area of labor relations and employment law. Many of his clients are large national or international companies, and he works with these clients on a nation-wide basis. He also has represented numerous power distributors across Tennessee and Mississippi.

Mr. Lillie routinely practices before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the U.S. Department of Labor, and various other federal and state administrative agencies. He has been admitted to practice before the United States Courts of Appeals for the 5th, 6th and 7th Circuits, and various federal district courts around the nation.

Mr. Lillie is one of the founding partners of the law firm of Allen, Summers, Simpson, Lillie & Gresham, PLLC, and has served as the firm’s Managing Partner since 2005.

Michael Laffoon, CISA [Download Presentation]
Michael is the head of Alexander Thompson Arnold’s technology subsidiary, ATA Technologies. Michael began his career as a programmer analyst for a Fortune 500 company and has developed his skills through hands-on experience at all levels of information technology. That knowledge enables him to pinpoint areas of weakness in IT systems and make timely recommendations for improvement.

Professional Affiliations Information Systems Audit and Control Association Microsoft Partner Jackson Area Technology Group Utility Technology Association Jackson Rotary Club

Education Bachelor of Science in Computer Science Major: Computer Science, Minors: Business Administration & Mathematics Union University, Jackson, Tennessee

Areas of Specialization IT Audits SAS 70 Audits Network Management Security Disaster Recovery Solutions

Chris Mitchell worked twenty years for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), ending in 2009. The last six years he served as a Vice President and TVA’s Chief Risk Officer. He managed the Risk Management, Economic and Financial Analysis departments. His responsibilities included enterprise risk management, financial risk modeling analysis/reviews, commodity price risk & forecasting, risk control functions, corporate insurance, long-range business planning, valuation of assets/investments, and the development of pricing products.

He retired from TVA in February of 2009 to start his own consultant company focusing on supporting TVA electricity distributors with rate development, financial and risk analysis.

He earned a B.A. in Business and Economics (with emphasis in accounting) from Hendrix College in 1983 and an M.B.A. (Finance) from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga in 1994.

Jennifer Brogdon is the Director of Regulatory Assurance at TVA. Jennifer assumed this role in December 2013 and is responsible for the TVA Board’s regulatory responsibilities and monitoring local power companies’ financial health to help keep retail rates as low as feasible.

Her entire career has been at TVA, with over 21 years’ experience. Previously, she was Senior Advisor to the Executive Vice Present of External Relations, Shared Services, and the Transmission organization. Before that, as Sr. Manager, Technology Partnerships, she managed TVA’s research partnerships with the Electric Power Research Institute, other utilities, universities, research consortiums, and federal labs. She also brings significant customer experience with TVPPA and Local Power Companies having managed TVA’s renewable energy programs and TVA’s Green Power Switch program.

Along with 16 years of technical experience as an Environmental Engineer at TVA, Jennifer holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Tennessee Technological University and participated in the Leadership and Management for Accelerated Performance program at Vanderbilt University.

With over ten years diverse industry experience in public accounting, risk management, compliance and consulting, Jonathan Collins is currently Senior Manager for Distributor Compliance at TVA. He has been in the role since March 2014 and is responsible for assessing local power company compliance with TVA’s power contracts to help maintain low rates and ensure non-discrimination among customers of the same class. Distributor Compliance is also responsible for promoting heightened awareness of common compliance issues and working collaboratively with local power companies on remediation efforts.

Before assuming his role with Distributor Compliance, Jonathan served as Senior Program Manager for TVA’s SOX PMO for three years. The group is responsible for annual evaluations of internal controls over financial reporting (ICFR) in response to TVA’s SEC reporting requirements.

Prior to returning to his hometown of Knoxville in 2011, Jonathan was an Audit and Advisory Manager with Deloitte & Touche in Nashville, TN responsible for managing Fortune 500 and private company accounts in health care, automotive, industrial products, retail and publishing.

Jonathan earned a BS in Accounting from University of Tennessee and is a Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Dr. Perry Moore is Professor of Accounting and Director of Graduate Business Programs at Lipscomb University in Nashville. He is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Internal Auditor, and is Certified in Risk Management Assurance. A Nashville native, Perry graduated from Lipscomb with a degree in accounting and then completed his graduate studies at the University of Alabama and the University of Georgia.

Perry is a member of the Learning Solutions Committee for the Institute of Internal Auditors. He has served as chair of their Regional Conference Committee and is a past-President of their Nashville Chapter. Perry is President of Delta Mu Delta, an international honor society for business majors. For the Tennessee Society of CPA’s, he Chairs their Professional Ethics Committee and is a member of the Accounting Career Education Committee. Perry has also directed their “Accounting Academy”, a program designed to attract high school students to accounting careers.

Perry provides training for CPAs across the state of Tennessee on Professional Ethics. He serves as a member of the CPE Standards Working Group for the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA). He has received teaching awards from the Tennessee Society of CPAs, Lipscomb University, and the University of Georgia.

Lee Shelby is a Power Lineman from Tennessee and at the age of 28, lost both arms resulting from an occupational injury after he came in contact with more than 12,000 volts while working for a Utility Company. Lee returned to work in less than one year with the ambition to be an active part of society. Lee actively teaches and shares his story of “Triumph Over Tragedy” “Safety is Personal” with thousands across the United States in every industry.

Lee chooses to Educate, Motivate and Inspire audiences by sharing the story of his tragic occupational injury as well as the importance of making safety personal. His desire is for everyone to be responsible for their own safety and watch out for their co‐workers, take safety personal and to return home safe to their families.

Never backing down from a challenge Lee is a National Speaker and OSHA and NFPA trainer, Lee is currently working on his Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Safety and Health, he is an author, as well as a private pilot and enjoys skydiving as well coaching baseball, he is married with three children and one grandson, Lee is also a successful businessman owning his own corporation as well as consulting and training for multiple safety consulting firms.


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Tennessee Valley
Annual Joint Power Accountants Conference

Hosted by the Western District Power Accountants’ Association
Co-Hosted with the Central District Power Accountants’ Association

May 13 - 15, 2015
Drury Inn, Franklin, TN

The Joint Accounting Conference is an annual educational conference for TVA distributor financial and accounting professionals. The attendees are responsible for accounting, billing, budgeting, financing, payroll, benefits, accounts payable and financial reporting for electric systems in the communities across the TVA service area. We depend on our Vendor Sponsors to help support our conference and allow us to host an educational, enjoyable, and successful event. Listed below are the sponsor levels and associated benefits for the 2015 conference.

Event Sponsorship - $1,200

• Signage with Event Sponsor company logos acknowledging your support will be posted during all meeting breaks, lunch, reception, and during the group bus tour.
• Company exhibit during conference on display in pre-function area outside meeting room
• Includes one display table and two chairs
• Set up to begin on Wednesday prior to evening reception and end on Friday at conclusion of meeting.
• Networking opportunities during reception, breaks, and open and close of each day’s meeting
• Complimentary conference registrations for two (2) company representatives
• Additional reps may attend at $150 each
• Company name printed in conference program/agenda recognizing company as an Event Sponsor
• Company will be listed as Event Sponsor on conference web page with a hyperlink to your company’s web page
• Company will be shown on PowerPoint Presentation before sessions and during breaks
• Company may provide up to three (3) PowerPoint slides for display
• Attendee list with email addresses for your marketing purposes
• Opportunity to network and build awareness among electric utility decision makers

Exhibit Sponsorship - $600

• Company exhibit during conference on display in pre-function area outside meeting room
• Includes one display table and two chairs
• Set up to begin on Wednesday prior to evening reception and end on Friday at conclusion of meeting.
• Networking opportunities during reception, breaks, and open and closing of each day’s meeting
• Complimentary conference registration for one (1) company representative
• Additional reps may attend at $150 each
• Company name printed in conference program/agenda recognizing company as an Exhibit Sponsor
• Company will be listed as Exhibit Sponsor on conference web page with a hyperlink to your company’s web page
• Attendee list with email addresses for your marketing purposes
• Opportunity to network and build awareness among electric utility decision makers

Download the Sponsor Commitment & Registration Form For further information about the 2015 Joint Accounting Conference, please contact Scott Sims at (731) 585-0550 or ssims@stemc.com; or contact Richard BeDen at (731) 562-1110 or rbeden@gibsonemc.com.
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General Information Golf Game and Registration Conference Registration Packet Speaker Bios / Presentations Sponsors Sponsor / Vendor Registration Event Pictures

CENTRAL DISTRICT, EASTERN DISTRICT, WESTERN DISTRICT
NORTH ALABAMA DISTRICT AND NORTH MISSISSIPPI DISTRICT
JOINT ACCOUNTING CONFERENCE
May 14-16, 2014


Westin Hotel, Huntsville, Alabama
GENERAL INFORMATION


The 2014 JOINT Conference is co-hosted by the North Alabama Power Accountants Association (NAPAA) and the Central District Public Power Accountants Association (CDPPA).

Utility Power Accountants from all over the Tennessee Valley come together for an annual Joint Accounting Conference. The agenda ranges from accounting topics including, GASB, FASB updates, ethics, auditing, and internal controls to special topics from Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) rates and regulation and TVA Field Accountants. The agenda is approved for CPE hours. Well-chosen and qualified speakers have been scheduled to make this an informative and enjoyable conference.

Join us this year for a “NEW” event…. GOLF at Robert Trent Jones Golf – Hampton Cove on Wednesday, May 14th and win gifts and prizes.

The Welcome Reception on Wednesday night is featuring a very entertaining local pianist, Mr. Ray Baker, who has mastered the “Floyd Cramer Piano” style of music, which you will enjoy while munching on some light refreshments and visiting with friends and peers.

The 2014 Theme is “Graduation”. Remember your high school graduation, especially those graduation pictures. Well, we want to see them, too. You will want to share those “beautiful old hair styles” and possibly win a prize. Definitely will all be a lot of fun.

This year, The JOINT has gone “Hi-Tech”, you will have a chance to win a new Apple IPAD just for texting on your smart phone during the conference.

The JOINT Conference is made possible by our many Sponsors and Vendors and this year you are in store for a wide variety of sponsors. You will certainly want to stop by and visit their booth during the conference and register for lots of door prizes and gather information.

At the start of each day, breakfast is provided by the Sponsors and also throughout the conference break refreshments will be of great taste.

The 2014 Planning committee has put forth great effort to create a conference that you not only enjoy; but also receive valuable information on topics that you can carry back to your utility and use. So please joint us at the Westin in Huntsville, Alabama.

The Westin Huntsville
6800 Governors West Rd NW
Huntsville, AL 35806
(256) 428-2000
westinhuntsville.com


We have reserved a block of rooms at $139 plus tax per night for both Double and King rooms.

The Westin has set up a website for the JOINT registration. Attendees can access the site to learn more about the event and to book, modify, or cancel a reservation. Click here to make a reservation.

Or you may call the following:
(Mention: North Alabama Power Accountants Association)
WESTIN Hotel - Reservations: 888-627-8560
WESTIN Hotel Direct: 256-428-2000
Rooms / Revenue Manager: Melissa Bowling 256-428-5406 (M-F) Hours 8:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.
Email: mbowling@westinhuntsville.com WESTIN’s cutoff for reserving rooms: April 23, 2014

Alabama Power Accountants Association Hosts 2014 Annual Joint Accounting Conference Golf Game
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Tee Off Time: 11:00 a.m.
Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail
at Hampton Cove / Highland Course
450 Old Highway 431
Owens Cross Roads, Alabama 35763
(256) 551-1818
Green fees, cart, range balls cost $60 per participant.
This event is open to utility personnel, their families, utility friends, sponsors and vendors.
Please return your registration form no later than April 1, 2014.
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Program Sheet
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Registration Form
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Cove Brochure

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E-mail a scanned copy of your high school graduation picture.
Your picture could be the prize-winning photo.

Do you know any of the people???

E-email to: dcurtis@decaturutilities.com

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‘Lessons Learned’ from co-founding Healthsouth and the ultimate $2B Securities Fraud Trial

by AARON BEAM - Healthsouth CFO from 1984 Start-up until 1996

   Aaron Beam speaks at University, Association and Company engagements across the U.S. He, Richard Scrushy (CEO) and two others founded Healthsouth in 1984 and grew the company into a NYSE Fortune 500 company. Mr. Beam departed Healthsouth in 1996 because he and his accounting department were instructed to ‘fix the numbers’ to meet Wall Street expectations, and he approved it; ultimately costing him his wealth, career and a prison term.

   Audiences are intrigued by Aaron’s first-hand account of the nefarious CEO figure, Richard Scrushy, who built a healthcare juggernaut only to bring it to its knees. The talk follows his book, ‘The Wagon To Disaster’ to describe a corporate culture that ‘worked the system’ of stock analysts, auditors and Wall Street investment bankers to perpetuate a $2B securities fraud. Mr. Beam’s discussion includes how to identify ‘early on’, possible signs of an ethical collapse within key personalities and behaviors to beware of in any company.

KEY POINTS
  1. Co-founding Healthsouth - start-up of a great breakthrough
  2. Early Signs of Trouble, and Negative External Influence
  3. Slipping into the Abyss - Accounting gray areas, a ‘line in the sand’
  4. How the fraud was Initiated, Architected and Executed; a ‘point of no return’ -- Lack of Proper Internal Controls
  5. Yes Men + Weak Board = CEO Compensation & Fraud Run Amuck
  6. The Day the FBI Stormed the Building - Time to Lawyer up
  7. How to spot the signs that can lead to an ethical collapse in any company
  8. The Importance of Teaching Business Ethics in Schools, Universities and on the Job through continuing Education.
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John Powell

Scottsboro Electric Power Board

   John Powell is Finance Manager and HR Manager at the Scottsboro Electric Power Board (SEPB). SEPB provides electricity as well as telecomm services of Cable, Internet, and Telephone to the town of Scottsboro Alabama. John began working for SEPB in January 2010.Prior to joining SEPB, he served 17 years as the Controller and Vice-President of Finance for Diolen Industrial Fibers in their Scottsboro Alabama facility. At its peak, Diolen was a $150 mil international manufacturer of automotive yarn products including tires and air bags. Mr. Powell was born in Laurel MS and raised in Florence MS. He graduated from Ole Miss in 1983 with a Bachelor of Accountancy degree. He is married to Connie Warren from Woodville AL for 27 years and has 2 children. John is an Alabama CPA and an Investment Advisor Representative.

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Tom Dyer

GASB Update and Current Projects

Topics: Other Post-Employment Benefits, Accounting and Reporting Accounting for Leases, and Other GASB Projects

Tom Dyer is the Principal of Dyer & Smith, LLC CPA’s. Tom has been a CPA since 1983 and has practiced public sector auditing for 35 years while focusing on TVA distributors as well as water, sewer, and natural gas distributors throughout the southeastern United States. Tom has been a speaker and discussion leader for the AICPA, Alabama Society of CPA’s , and TVPPA for 20 years.

Mr. Dyer is licensed to practice in Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, Florida, and Oregon.

He is a former instructor of accountancy at the University of Alabama – Huntsville (UAH) for 10 years.

Mr. Dyer graduated from Huntsville High School in 1970, The University of Alaska in 1974 with a B.S. in Economics, and the University of Alabama in 1979 with a Masters in Accounting.

Tom currently lives in Huntsville AL and is married for 37 years to his wife Faye. He has 2 adult children Kathryn and Tyler.

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Scott Blassingame

Presentation title: UFOs, Greased Pigs, and Other Analogies to Accounting for Pensions

Objective: Provide an overview of the general dynamics of Pensions for utilities and practical illustrations of new rules that impact their financial statement presentation.

BIO:
Scott Blassingame, CPA, CPE
Secretary Treasurer
Central Service Association

   After eight years in public accounting, Scott joined Central Service Association in 1997 as its Secretary-Treasurer. In addition to reporting as Secretary to the CSA Board of Directors, he serves as CSA’s Chief Financial Officer. He also serves as the Plan Administrator for CSA’s employee benefit programs offered to CSA Members. These programs include: Governmental and Non-Governmental multiple-employer Defined Benefit Pension Plans (15+ utilities, 1,000+ participants, $190+ million in assets); 401k & 457 Defined Contribution Plans ( 35+ utilities, 1,200+ participants, $40+ million in assets); and Life, Dental, LTD, and Retiree Medical Insurance Programs (60+ utilities, 1500+ participants, $2+ million annual premiums).

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Archie Abrams

Presentation title: Affordable Care Act Update - Blue Cross Blue Shield

BIO:
Associate Counsel- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama

   Mr. Abrams currently serves as Associate Counsel at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama. As Associate Counsel, his duties include interpreting federal and state regulations to assess the impact to Blue Cross, contract negotiation and drafting and litigation management. Mr. Abrams has been with Blue Cross since June 2010.

   Prior to joining Blue Cross, Mr. Abrams served as Assistant District Attorney for the 24th Circuit of Alabama where he prosecuted felony and misdemeanor cases for a three county district. Additionally, Mr. Abrams represented the state in asset forfeiture cases resulting from criminal acts.

   Prior to attending law school, Mr. Abrams worked for seven years as a Management Consultant for Accenture where he advised clients on process improvement.

Mr. Abrams obtained his law degree from The University of Alabama and his undergraduate degree from Auburn University.

Mr. Abrams and his wife Shannon have two children.

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TERRY MITCHELL

PROFESSIONAL BIO

   W. Terry Mitchell, CPA, is the Principal responsible for establishing the Utilities Group for the firm of Jackson Thornton & Co., CPA’s in Montgomery, Alabama. He has been involved with auditing and consulting with the utilities industry for more than 39 years.

   After graduating from Auburn University in 1973 with a major in accounting and a minor in business management, he joined the Jackson Thornton & Co, CPA firm. Soon after joining the Firm he asked to be able to develop a specialization with utilities as his focus. Because of that focus the Utilities Group now serves more than 100 municipal and public utility clients in more than 10 states.

   Terry has participated in the Management Training Programs taught by APPA, NRECA and AWWA. He has led presentations for utility associations at the national and state levels. In the last 3 years he has attained more than 150 hours of utility-related continuing education credits and currently serves as General Editor for the Utility Cooperative Forum in The Cooperative Accountant, a quarterly Publication of the National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives. He also serves as a National Director on the Electric Cooperative division of the National Society of Cooperative Accountants.

JACKSON THORNTON UTILITIES CONSULTANTS

   Jackson Thornton Utilities Consultants is a division of Jackson Thornton & Co, P. C., CPA’s. It is one of the oldest and largest professional service firms in Alabama. It employees more than 180 professionals. It has four offices Alabama, one in Tennessee and one in Mississippi.

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Karen Eagle

TVA Cost of Service and Transmission Tariff

   Karen Eagle is a Senior Program Manager at TVA, responsible for analyzing TVA’s cost of service and for calculating TVA’s transmission and ancillary services tariffs. She has been involved with cost analysis and rate design for more than ten years.

   Karen joined TVA in 1986, shortly after graduating from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga as a William E. Brock Scholar. She obtained her CPA license in 1990. In addition to cost analysis, Karen was a manager in Revenue and Billing for ten years. She has also served as the Manager of Receivables and as a Senior Control Analyst in Control Evaluations.

   Karen was born in Chattanooga and was raised in Jasper, Tennessee. She worked one summer during college as a “gopher” at the Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative.

   She has lived in Norris, Tennessee, for over 25 years and is married to TVA retiree Bill Eagle. They are currently celebrating the recent graduations of daughter Karilena from UTC and son Thomas from UTK.

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Don Binns

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Senior Vice President

Global Products Fraud Executive

Don Binns is a Global Products Fraud Executive supporting Corporate, Commercial, and Treasury Management Clients at Bank of America. His responsibility includes fraud policies, fraud prevention solutions, and fraud initiatives in support of the bank’s domestic and international payment strategy.

Don joined Bank of America in January 1995 in Electronic Commerce. He held several leadership roles in Global Treasury Management, Product Development, Payment Strategy, Merchant Services, Debit Network Management, and Fraud Mitigation. He graduated with an MBA from Pace University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University.

Glenna Thompson

Bank of America

Vice President

Treasury Solutions Officer

   Glenna is a Vice President and Treasury Solutions Officer within the Public Sector Treasury Solutions Division of Bank of America. She has been with Bank of America for 30 years and a member of the Treasury Management team for 18 years. She is a proven treasury management leader with a strategic focus on complex state and municipal clients. She’s responsible for assisting municipal clients in the development of an efficient and cost effective end-to-end treasury workstation, while leveraging technology and integrating with existing infrastructure. She delivers the scope and strength of Bank of America’s enterprise to help meet her client’s specific objectives and achieve their goals. With Glenna’s vast experience in the government sector she covers the central Florida market, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi and Alabama. With her expanded knowledge and industry expertise, she understands the unique challenges government entities face in these unprecedented and challenging times and is able to share industry best practices with clients across the southeast region. Her main office is located in Tampa, Florida.

   Glenna has been a featured speaker and panelist on innovative comprehensive government and treasury management topics including Developing a Successful Request for Proposal, Comprehensive Payables, Check Conversion to Electronic Payments, and Payments Transformation at various industry venues including The Florida Government Finance Officers Association, The Florida School Financial Officers Association and The Florida Tax Collectors Conference. Glenna attended the University of Miami.

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