PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE
May 5 – 7, 2003
Earn up to 17 CPE Credits Register Now See Details Inside
Atlantis Resort and Casino
3800 South Virginia Street
Reno, Nevada 89502
WEDNESDAY – MAY 7
About Your Sponsor Continental Breakfast 7:30 – 8:30 am
Agenda e-Commerce 8:30 – 10:00 am Wells Fargo Bank SUNDAY – MAY 4 Break 10:00 – 10:15 am The APPFA
Professional Reception 6:00 – 8:00 pm Development Keirsey-Bates 10:15 – 11:30 am Conference is Temperaments MONDAY – MAY 5 designed to further enhance participants’ Continental Breakfast 7:30 – 8:30 am auditing skills and provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and concepts. At the Introduction & 8:30 – 8:45 am conference, the participants will attain an Session Descriptions and Logistics overview of the topic areas. Attendees Presenters should have a basic knowledge of accounting and auditing procedures, Welcome to Nevada 8:45 – 9:15 am practices and theory. There is no George Pyne, Executive Director, NV experience requirement and no advance PERS DROP Plans preparation is needed. Participants attending this seminar will receive an DROP Plans 9:15 – 10:15 am attendance certificate following the The State of Nevada has recently completion of this program. Auditing and completed a study of DROP Plans the Break 10:15 – 10:30 am accounting professionals may qualify for pros and cons. George Pyne and Dana 17 hours of Continuing Professional Bilyeu will present an overview of lump-Education (CPE) by attending this sum optional retirement programs to Strategic Planning 10:30 – 11:30 am conference, which is designed to comply include DROPS, PLOPS, and BackDrops. with the AICPA’s Statement on CPE They will review the findings of the Lunch 11:30 – 1:00 pm Standards. Nevada PERS 2002 Study and the benefits and disadvantages of each program from Benefits Risk Document 1:00 – 2:15 pm both the employee and employer APPFA is perspectives. registered with Break 2:15 – 2:30 pm the National Presenter: George Pyne Association of Roll Call of the 2:30 – 4:45 pm State Boards of States George is the Executive Officer of the Accountancy Public Employees’ Retirement System of (NASBA), as a Nevada. He has been with the System Cinco de Mayo Dinner 6:00 – 8:00 pm sponsor of since 1977 and has held positions in continuing Benefits, Membership and Data professional education on the National TUESDAY – MAY 6 Processing. George became the System’s Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards Operations Officer in 1989 and Executive Continental Breakfast 7:30 – 8:30 am of accountancy have final authority on the Officer in 1995. He received his degree acceptance of individual courses for CPE in political science from Santa Clara credit. Complaints regarding registered Investments – FAQ’s 8:30 – 10:00 am University in 1974. sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Break 10:00 – 10:15 am Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, Presenter: Dana Bilyeu TN 37219-2417, (615) 880-4200, Web e-Clarety 10:15 – 12:00 am site:www.nasba.org. COVANSYS Mrs. Bilyeu has been with the Retirement System as the Operations Officer since
Lunch 12:00 – 1:30 pm January 1995. Prior to her service with
PERS she worked as the System’s general counsel in the Attorney General’s Office. I/A Charters 1:30 – 2:45 pm Her responsibilities include oversight of Audit Committees the 5 operational divisions within the agency ( Membership, Benefits, Break 2:45 – 3:00 pm Information Technology, Accounting and Support Services). With these Website Audit 3:00 – 4:45 pm responsibilities comes oversight for the budgeting process, long range & Security Downtown Reno operational planning, system publications and PERS’ technology replacement project. Mrs. Bilyeu maintains law
licenses in California and Nevada. She Benefits Risk Document: participates in continuing legal education In this session, a representative from “Public Pension Systems, regarding pension and fiduciary each participating organization will speak administration. She graduated with a BA Operational Risks of Defined to the group about current audit areas, from the University of Arizona and ongoing projects and recent legislation Benefit and Related Plans received her juris doctor from California Roll Call of the States affecting their pension fund. They will and Controls to mitigate Western School of Law. Mrs. Bilyeu is a discuss how they accomplished the former member of the Northern Nevada those Risks.” results and how they overcame hurdles. Board of Directors of the Literacy Council, This session facilitates networking and is a non-profit corporation providing literacy extremely beneficial in locating peers that programs for adults in Northern Nevada. are working on similar projects and facing similar challenges. Presenters: Richard Bendall, Vicki Wickliffe, Bob Benson Moderator: Marci Sundbeck Strategic Planning for Public Retirement Systems Richard Bendall joined LACERA in 1995 and has performed or supervised audits in ? Understanding your just about all areas of the retirement fund.
He has participated in the development of environment a successful risk based audit approach ? Risk-based approach to within the organization. Prior to joining
LACERA Richard spent two years with strategy NEC Packard Bell in their Internal Audit ? Strategy as a process and Consulting Division. He began his ? Implementing your career with the LA County Controller’s
Office after graduating from San Diego strategy State University with a B.S. in Accounting ? Refining the strategic in 1987. Richard is a CPA, CISA, and a Certified Government Financial Manager. process He is a member of the IIA, and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), the California
Society of CPA’s and the American Mackay Mansion Institute of Certified Public Accountants
(AICPA). Presenter: David F. Maurek Investments – FAQ’s David F. Maurek, CPA, is responsible for Vicki Wickliffe has been with the the coordination of strategic planning Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust This module has been scheduled to efforts at the Public Employees’ Funds for over 25 years, with a specialty encourage public pension fund auditors to Retirement Association of Colorado in benefit audits. Vicki recently led ETF address any concerns or questions with (CoPERA) and also acts as the focal point Internal Audit efforts to assist the regard to pension fund investment for all special projects. He previously department in improving the integrity and administration. Questions and or topics directed the Internal Audit function at accuracy of electronic records. Prior to have been collected in advance for Colorado PERA for 15 years, and worked joining Internal Audit, Vicki had extensive discussion. in audit-related positions with ARCO Oil experience in the Department’s benefits’ and Gas Company for seven years and the area as a retirement counselor, supervisor, Presenters: Laura Wallace, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and section chief. Vicki recently served as Kenneth Lambert for over four years. David has a Bachelor a mentor to a college student from So. of Science degree in Accounting and a Korea in the Summer Affirmative Action Masters degree in Business Administration. Internship Program and previously served He is a licensed CPA in Colorado and Laura Wallace has been with Nevada as a mentor to a department employee in Pennsylvania. David was one of the PERS since 1981 and has served as the the Career Development Program. Vicki original founders of the APPFA. He Investment Officer since 1985. She is a received a BA in German from the served as President, Vice President and member and has served as chairman of University of Wisconsin and an MS in on the Board of Directors. He is a the National Association of State College Student Personnel Administration member of the AICPA, the Colorado Investment Officers, and is an outside from Indiana University. In her spare Society of CPAs, GFOA and the IIA. He director of NYSE traded Glenborough time she enjoys biking, hiking, and has served on the Board of Governors of Realty Corporation. Laura has served as traveling with her family. the Denver Chapter of the IIA and worked executive board member of NCPERS, and with their Speaker’s Bureau. board member for Nevada’s Retired Senior Volunteer Program. She is a guest lecturer for the University of Nevada, and Hugh O’Brian Youth Foundation.
Ken Lambert joined Nevada PERS as an Business Consulting financial information reporting; external Analyst in 1995 and was promoted to Clarety Offerings audits (auditing and consulting roles); Assistant Investment Officer in 2001. He Custom Development audits performed by outside government served on the Board of Directors of Document Management agencies; hiring outside consultants and Pension Fund Data Exchange Inc., a non-Customer Relationship counsel, and a whistleblower profit investment performance Management communication channel. The effect of the measurement corporation. He has served Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002 on audit as an editorial board member for the committee best practices will be Tony Mandator is a Senior Project Institutional Real Estate Letter and as Vice discussed. The charter for the internal Manager for Convansys. He has 9 years Chairman of Nevada’s Retired Senior audit division will be discussed with of experience in IT consulting, including 8 Volunteer Program Advisory Council. Ken respect to the need for passages parallel years in the public retirement industry. is a member of the National Association to the audit committee charter. He was part of the first management of State Investment Officers, and is a team in India to initiate the Public guest lecturer for the University of Nevada, Sector’s offshore development program, Reno and the Hugh O’Brian Youth which helps bring high-quality, affordable Foundation. He holds a degree in finance IT solutions to the public retirement Presenters: Bob Benson, and and economics from the University of market. Nevada, Reno and is a Chartered Jeanette Eckert As the Business Transition Manager on 2 Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder. large IT system replacements, Mr. Mandator focused on solving business Bob has been an internal auditor at challenges with technology, organization CalPERS for over nine years. During that
of people, and prioritization of goals. Mr. time Bob has participated in audits of the
Mandator has been a team member on 7 benefits programs, investment operations, Web Enabled Retirement different Statewide Retirement systems real estate investment unit, and the Solutions – eC*A*R*S*O*N projects; most recently, spearheading accounting systems. Bob has also
efforts at 2 Clarety customers to participated in many special projects, implement web-based retirement services. including the new investment accounting eC*A*R*S*O*N is the self-service Mr. Mandator earned a B.S. in Business system, the new financial accounting enhancement to the C*A*R*S*ON project Administration – Management Information system, the new headquarters building, completed in 2001. The system brought Systems, from the Fisher College of major revision of the financial statements many changes to the organization, Business at The Ohio State University. and responses to GASB and SEC exposure including new methods to manage the drafts. Bob is the contract manager for workload, new tools for the staff, the annual financial audit and for the integrated accounting, and office audits of real estate advisors and automation. properties. Bob has a varied background, which Web Functionality and Benefits: includes a B.A. in botany-biology from ? Less manual data entry Pomona College and a Ph.D. in ? Highly responsive customer service entomology and biochemistry from the ? Ability to provide immediate University of Illinois. Bob taught information/answers to member entomology at Washington State inquiries via the web University for six years, and he taught ? Shared business logic/services for biochemistry at the University of California employers at Davis for four years. Following this, ? Secure solution that enables Bob retooled into accounting and taught complete transactions over the web accountancy at California State University without any paperwork at Sacramento for eleven years. Bob Alpine Meadows ? Integrated solution so that all taught classes in financial, intermediate transactions are visible and auditable and advanced accounting; managerial internally and cost accounting; auditing; and CPA Panel/Audience Discussion on Exam review. Bob also coached the Best Practices for Audit varsity punters and place-kickers at Cal Committee Charters State Sacramento.
Presenter: COVANSYS, INC. – Tony Mandator Jeanette is the Audit Manager of the Louisiana State Employees’ Retirement Persons attending this session will attain Covansys has a coast-to-coast legacy of System (LASERS) in Baton Rouge, an appreciation of the components of an success and customer satisfaction Louisiana. She started this audit division audit committee charter. The discussion because it understands the dynamics of in 1994. In this capacity she is will cover the authority, roles, the public sector and the technology responsible for directing all internal responsibilities and relationships of the needs of public retirement systems. control reviews and special projects in the audit committee. The following topics Covansys is a highly knowledgeable and financial, compliance, operational and will be discussed: independence, risk and experienced partner that will work with information systems areas for LASERS. internal controls; assuring compliance you and your systems to help solve Ms. Eckert is the coordinator of LASERS’ with pertinent laws, regulations and problems from the inside out. Convansys external audit. Prior to joining LASERS in Board policies; financial reporting public retirement service offerings: May 1994, Ms. Eckert was a state expertise; financial statement and other
financial institution auditor for 5 years, a to others. Whether the payments are to total of 16 different classes. Many of state budget analyst for 8 years and an other consumers or businesses, we have these are in the new communication accountant for the state prison system for Approximately 5,000 employees no second thoughts about the daily series.3 years. receive training throughout Nevada each process. Maybe we should. Cash will not
Ms. Eckert has an undergraduate degree year. disappear in our lifetime but many other
in Business Education from the University payment types and conversions of of Southwestern Louisiana in 1972 and an payment types will begin to impact our MBA from Louisiana State University and a daily lives. This presentation will reveal
Masters in Information Systems Decision immediate and very near term changes to Science. the payments world. It will address Hotel Information She is a CIA and a CPA. She has served payment issues like authentication,
as a local chapter officer of the IIA for 3 security, consumer rights, business
years including one year as the chapter’s The Atlantis Resort and Casino is offering payment practices, the Internet, and the
president. She is currently a member of conference rates as follows: changes that will occur in payment
the IIA’s Educational Products Committee. Single (1 person, 1 or 2 beds) $65.00 systems.
She is an APPFA member and heads the Double (2 people, 2 beds) $65.00 Best Practices Committee. She conducts Presenter: Craig Staples peer reviews and has conducted peer Pre-conference arrivals (i.e., reviews for the Texas Teachers Saturday) will be subject to the same
Mr. Staples is a Senior Treasury Retirement System, State Universities rate of $65.00 per room, per night
Management Sales Officer with Wells Retirement System of Illinois, and the and the post conference rate will be
Fargo Bank’s Payment and Internet Missouri State Employees’ Retirement $65.00 per room, per night for thSolutions Sales (IS2) Team. This team System. She has taught part-time at two Wednesday night May 7, following the
provides a specialized consultative sales vocation technical colleges and at a group conference dates as listed above.
capacity in partnership with Wholesale business college. She has been an These rooms are subject to a 12%
Treasury Management Sales, Wholesale adjunct professor at Baton Rouge Nevada State occupancy tax.
Treasury Services, and Wholesale Internet Community College for the past year and The cut off date for reservations is
Solutions. Craig is responsible for a half teaching Access and Excel. Thursday April 17, 2003
consulting with Wells Fargo corporate and commercial banking customers to develop and implement emerging financial
transaction and information delivery Website Audit and Security solutions. He has enjoyed a variety of Registration Information positions within the banking and This session will cover a security audit of corporate treasury management Internet facing web servers. The actual communities over the past 22 years. He The registration fee of $200.00 must be audit is based on the Microsoft platform is a frequent speaker at AFP, NACHA, and received by April 4, 2003 to reserve your running both Web and FTP protocols. a broad range of financial services events. place at the conference. See registration However, much of the information is He joined Wells Fargo in 1993. Before form for details. cross-platform applicable. joining Wells Fargo, his experiences The registration fee includes all materials, include large corporate cash management continental breakfasts, lunches, breaks sales, relationship management, product and dinner on Monday. Refunds are
management, and corporate treasury available if written cancellation notice is Presenter: Larry Ciacio practice. He worked with First Interstate received 10 days before the conference. Bank, Texas Commerce Bank, Mbank, Refunds will not be issued after that date. Larry is currently the Technical Auditor Mellon Bank, and Texas Eastern Business casual attire is appropriate. for the Colorado Public Employees’ Corporation. Retirement Association. Prior to this, Larry worked over 15 years in Systems/Network management positions Keirsey Temperament Sorter as well as Senior Programmer/Analyst II positions for the Public Pension and the
oil and gas industries.
Larry received his undergraduate degree We all have different communication in Computer and Management Science in styles that affect our interaction with 1987 and has received certified training in others. During this class you will discover: system management, networking, your personal style of communication, database administration and application how to interpret your style in various development. forms of communication, and how to capitalize on your personal communication style. Emerging Payment Types Virginia City Impacting Consumers and Moderator: Kris Friberg Businesses
Ms. Friberg has been a Training Officer Most of us in the United States never with the State of Nevada, Department of think twice about the payments we make Personnel since 1998. She teaches a