Forecasting for Improved Profits, Working Capital & Decision Analysis

Wednesday, August 24 8:00am - 11:30am

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Hilton Garden Inn

2465 Grant Rd
Billings, MT 59102

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4.00 Credits

Member Price $138.00

Price will increase by $25 after 8/3

Non-Member Price $163.00

Price will increase by $25 after 8/3

Overview

All materials will be electronic only

A successful organization has a vision that describes the direction and overriding goal for an organization. The vision must be evaluated, critiqued and measured. Forecasting and projections will be an integral part of determining the viability of the vision. This course will provide tools and techniques for CPAs to learn and improve forecasting and projection methodologies to help their company reach its goals.

Highlights

  • Overview of the forecasting process
  • Driver based planning
  • Monte Carlo simulations
  • Integrating projections and performance management
  • Budgets, annual operating plans, rolling forecasts and zero based budgeting
  • The power of visual presentations

Prerequisites

Previous experience in financial forecasting.

Designed For

Financial professionals responsible for preparing financial forecasts, controllers and CFOs.

Objectives

When you complete this course you will be able to:

  • Recall the basics of planning and forecasting financial statements.
  • Recognize the key drivers of financial performance.
  • Apply scenario analysis to your planning.
  • Recognize how to analyze projected or forecasted financial statements.
  • Identify the best method to present and communicate business projections.

Preparation

None

Leader(s):

Leader Bios

Bruce Shepard

Bruce Shepard was most recently an assistant professor of accounting at George Fox University and an adjunct professor of accounting at the University of Oregon, prior to becoming an instructor for the AICPA in 2012. From 2006-2010, Mr. Shepard was the Chief Financial Officer of Las Vegas Gaming, Inc. in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he had full management responsibility for all financial affairs, daily business operations, administration and human resources. From 1985-2006, Mr. Shepard was in charge of the Middle Market Practice for PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP in Portland, Oregon, where he served as an Assurance Partner from 1989-2006 focusing on providing proactive business advisory services to fast-growing companies. Bruce has many years of trusted business advisor experience around Portland, Oregon where he practiced for 33 years. In addition, Bruce has taught all of the accounting and auditing classes, fraud and forensics, pension auditing, SAARS, COSO, and governmental accounting and auditing classes for the AICPA for the last five years including being the lead instructor on GASB 68. Presently, Bruce is the author of the AICPA course, Audits of Banks and Other Financial Institutions.

At PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, Mr. Shepard spearheaded over 100 acquisitions and divestitures by leading in the financial structuring of the transactions. He worked with clients to develop strategic plans for short-term and long-term growth. He assisted both start-up companies and beyond start-up companies with attaining their needed growth capital. Mr. Shepard wrote an article, Financing Entrepreneurs, in 1999 for the Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Shepard was awarded “Beta Alpha Psi Professional of the Year” in 2006 for sustained involvement with the University of Oregon.

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Non-Member Price $163.00

Member Price $138.00