Speakers' Bureau

To schedule a speaking engagement on one of the following topics, contact the Sales and Marketing Specialist in the BKD office nearest you or the person listed at the end of each topics section below.

Business Exit Strategies, Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Overview of the merger and acquisition market
  • Succession and exit planning for business owners:  The inside story of selling a private company

    Contact , president, BKD Corporate Finance, LLC

Construction & Real Estate

  • Accounting issues for contractors and real estate investors/developers
  • Developing international markets
  • Business transitions for contractors and real estate investors/developers
  • Organizational fraud
  • Selecting the right ERP system
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Improving internal controls and performance measurements
  • Tax issues for contractors and real estate investors/developers

    Contact , national industry partner

Financial Services

  • A progress report on Dodd-Frank compliance implementation and other recent regulatory changes
  • Regulatory road map
  • Risk management functions, including internal audit and ERM
  • Credit risk and loan review
  • Fraud and embezzlement:  lessons from the trenches
  • Structuring and managing profitable loans
  • Strategic planning techniques for community banks
  • Financial services A&A update
  • Financial services tax update
  • Emerging technology, social engineering and security
  • Overdraft changes and what you need to know

    Contact , partner


  • Hot topics in electronic evidence discovery:  new rules, preservation and digital forensics
  • Pursuing and defending e-discovery:  digital forensics and the discovery process
  • Handling disgruntled employees:  protecting systems and data
  • A short haircut:  improving recoveries for creditors
  • Business valuations:  the basics of business valuation for lawyers
  • Can you trust the debtor now? Cost-effective monitoring strategies
  • Computer forensics:  how to find the smoking gun on your adversary's computer and not break the bank in the process
  • Computer forensics:  what the courts are doing
  • Computer forensics:  developing sound retention policies for your company in the electronic age
  • Fraud:  protecting your company from fraud
  • General accounting:  unveiling the mystery of financial statements
  • Intellectual property issues in business valuation
  • Sarbanes-Oxley:  legislating corporate integrity—is there a better way?
  • The role of accountants in bankruptcy

    Contact , Forensics & Valuation Services leader

Health Care

Manufacturing & Distribution Topics

  • Accounting issues for manufacturers
  • Business valuations for manufacturers
  • Decision costing:  the real cost of making your product
  • Developing international markets
  • Fraud red flags
  • How to select the right ERP system
  • Mergers and acquisitions:  know the ropes
  • Performance measurements and improving manufacturing quality
  • Tax issues for manufacturers
  • Tips on becoming ISO certified
  • What’s new in manufacturing technology?
  • When you’re ready to go public

    Contact , national industry partner

Not-for-Profit & Government Topics

  • Fraud:  red flags and preventive measures
  • How to maintain your tax-exempt status
  • Not-for-profit governance after Sarbanes-Oxley
  • Audit committee responsibilities
  • Single audits and compliance with OMB circulars
  • How to make the most out of an audit
  • Board development
  • Budgeting
  • Hot topics with the IRS
  • Intermediate sanctions
  • Unrelated business taxable income for for-profit
    subsidiaries and joint ventures
  • Financial issues for not-for-profits
  • Cost allocation

    Contact , partner

IT Risk Services Topics

  • Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404:  internal control & the broader scope
  • Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission:
    internal control - integrated framework
  • SSAE 18/SOC 1, 2 and 3, how to plan for, when are they needed, what are they used for, etc.
  • Model Audit Rule SOX provisions
  • Internal audit
  • Information security
  • Management’s assessment of internal control over financial reporting
  • Cybersecurity

    Contact , partner

Tax Topics

  • Planned giving
  • Research tax credits
  • Tax law changes

    Contact , director of tax quality control

Transportation & Logistics

  • Organizational fraud
  • Succession planning
  • Equity compensation
  • Purchase agreement clauses leading to post-closing conflict
  • Like-kind exchanges

    Contact , partner
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