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Speakers and presentations

The Department of Accounting and Management Information Systems consistently provides opportunities to interact with local, national, and global leaders through our speaker series. From formal speaking presentations to intimate executive lunches, you can take advantage of the enthusiastic business leaders who visit campus to share their insights and expertise.

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The EY MAcc Speaker Series was created to bring distinguished accounting professionals to Fisher to offer career insight. The presentations help students develop a richer understanding of the complex world they will confront as professionals.

2013-14 speakers

 

Greg Colner
Senior Director Finance-Supply
RAI Services Company

Mr. Colner received his BSBA in accounting from The Ohio State University. He is primarily focused on improved process efficiencies, cost containment strategies, implementation and negotiation. Since 2010, Mr. Colner has been with RAI Services Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Reynolds American, Inc. His current position involves business partnering, budget and cost control, and facilities management. As a CPA in Kentucy, he also works with MBA and CPA recruiting and talent development.

 

Dave Rogers
former President and COO
Wilsons Leather, Inc

In his nearly 25-year tenure at Wilsons Leather, Mr. Rogers directed the company’s expansion beyond its historical mall store base. Mr. Rogers Rogers brought to Wilsons Leather previous Fortune 500 retail, consumer products, banking and manufacturing experience. In addition, he was in public accounting and is a CPA. Rogers graduated from the Ohio State University, earning both a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Accounting Degree.

Joseph A. Alutto
Interim President
The Ohio State University

Joseph A. Alutto became interim president of The Ohio State University on July 1, 2013, the second time he has served in that capacity. From October 2007 to June 2013, Alutto served as the university’s executive vice president and provost, then stepped down to assume service as interim president until a permanent successor was named. As executive vice president and provost, Alutto was the chief officer for all academic functions of the university, including coordinating all budgeting expenditures as chair of the university's Integrated Financial Planning Committee. Prior to these earlier appointments, Alutto was dean of Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business for 16 years.

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Ken Bouyer
Americas Director of Inclusiveness Recruiting
EY

Mr. Bouyer is responsible for developing and implementing a recruiting strategy that focuses on creating a diverse talent pool. Fostering an inclusive culture where all individuals can achieve their full potential is a global priority and a business imperative for EY. The firm strives to reflect the changes in world demographics, taking into account the new mix of cultures and individual characteristics that build EY’s talent pool.

Aaron Beam
former CFO
HealthSouth

Mr. Beam was a founder and the first CFO of HealthSouth from 1984 until 1997. The fraud at HealthSouth began while he was the company’s CFO. In 2003, Mr. Beam admitted his part in the fraud and was sent to prison. Today he is a public speaker in the area of business ethics for Corporate Accounting Ethics.

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Joseph V. Da Silva
US Army Major and Instructor in International Relations
United States Military Academy at WestPoint

Major Da Silva has deployed four times on overseas service, and he has been awarded three bronze stars for service. He has served with the 101st Airborne Division and most recently with the 75th Ranger Regiment. Major Da Silva subsequently attended the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, where he earned his Masters’ in International Economics and Strategic Studies.

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Samuel Linn
US Army Major and Instructor in Economics

United States Military Academy at WestPoint

Major Linn has deployed five times on overseas service, and he has been decorated twice for valor in combat. He has served with the 101st Airborne, the 75th Ranger Regiment, and most recently with a Stryker Brigade. Major Linn subsequently attended the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business, where he earned his MBA, with a concentration in entrepreneurial management.

2012-13 speakers

 

Hon. David M. Walker
former Comptroller General

United States

The Hon. David M. Walker is the founder and CEO of Comeback America Initiative (CAI). In his current role, he promotes fiscal responsibility and sustainability by engaging the public and assisting key policymakers on a non-partisan basis in order to achieve solutions to America’s fiscal imbalances. Prior to his appointment to the US Government Accountability Office in 1998, Mr. Walker served as a partner and global managing director of Arthur Andersen LLP.

Lynn E. Turner
former Chief Accountant
US Securities and Exchange Commission

Mr. Turner, a leading expert on financial reporting, auditing and corporate governance, is currently with the economics and forensic consulting firm LitiNomics. He previously served as Chief Accountant of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and a partner in a public accounting firm that is now PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Aaron Beam
former CFO
HealthSouth

Mr. Beam was a founder and the first CFO of HealthSouth from 1984 until 1997. The fraud at HealthSouth began while he was the company’s CFO. In 2003, Mr. Beam admitted his part in the fraud and was sent to prison. Today he is a public speaker in the area of business ethics for Corporate Accounting Ethics.

J. Richard Dietrich
Professor of Accounting & MIS
The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business

Professor Dietrich joined Fisher College as Chairman of the Department of Accounting and MIS after serving as Academic Fellow in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of the Chief Accountant. His research has been published in academic and professional journals. He has served as a consultant or expert witness in many legal proceedings involving accounting issues.


Professors from the Fisher accounting and MIS department, as well as other departments and even other universities, discuss some of their research. Such academic presentations help students develop critical and analytical thinking and communication skills.

2013-14 speakers

 

Haiwen (Helen) Zhang
Assistant Professor of Accounting

The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business

Before joining Fisher College of Business in 2006, Professor Zhang earned her Ph.D. degree in accounting and taught financial accounting in the University of Minnesota. Her research interests include accounting regulation, accounting choices, capital market, management disclosure, and corporate risk management behavior. Professor Zhang is particularly interested in how capital market uses accounting information and how accounting choices affects firms’ investment and production decisions. 

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Peter D. Easton
Alumni Professor of Accountancy; Academic Director, Center for Accounting Research and Education
University of Notre Dame

Professor Easton is the Director of the Center for Accounting Research and Education as well as the ND Alumni Professor of Accountancy and a principal at Chicago Partners LLC. Professor Easton is the author of four books published by Cambridge Business Publishers. Professor Easton speaks at workshops and conferences worldwide.

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Rebecca Naylor
Associate Professor of Marketing

The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business

Associate Professor Naylor joined the faculty at The Ohio State University in June 2009 after serving on the faculty at the University of South Carolina. Her research focuses on the area of consumer behavior. Specifically, her research has explored consumer lay theories, inference making, and social influence. Associate Professor Naylor’s research has appeared in many journals including the Journal of Consumer Research, the Journal of Marketing Research, and the Journal of Marketing.

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Philip C. Stocken
Associate Dean for the MBA Program; Professor of Accounting

Dartmouth University

Professor Stocken joined the faculty at Dartmouth University in 2003 after serving on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on the theoretical analysis of accounting and auditing issues. Professor Stocken’s research has been published in various journals including the Journal of Accounting and Economics, Accounting Review, and Contemporary Accounting Research.

2012-13 speakers

 

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Mark Bradshaw
Associate Professor of Accounting

Boston College

Professor Bradshaw joined Boston College as an associate professor of accounting in 2009. Prior to Boston College, Professor Bradshaw taught at Harvard University and University of Chicago. His primary areas of research are financial accounting, financial analysts, financial reporting, and international accounting. His research has been published in distinguished journals in including The Accounting Review and the Review of Accounting Studies.

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Isil Erel
Associate Professor of Finance

The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business

Professor Erel joined Boston College as an associate professor of finance in 2006. Her research spans a variety of areas within corporate finance, with particular emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and banking. This research has been published in the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, and Review of Financial Studies. She teaches Financial Institutions in both MBA and undergraduate programs at Fisher.

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Johnathan Glover
Richard M. Cyert Professorship of Management and Economics; Professor of Accounting

Carnegie Mellon University

Professor Glover has been with Carnegie Mellon University since 1992. Prior to Carnegie Mellon University, he received his BSBA and PhD from The Ohio State University. His teaching and research interests are in the areas of financial and managerial accounting, corporate financial reporting, and management control. His research has been published in many journals including the Journal of Management Accounting Research, Accounting Horizons, and Management Science.

Dave Williams
Associate Professor of Accounting

The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business

Professor Williams has been with the Ohio State Fisher College of Business since 1984. He received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Accounting from Arizona State University. His research interests are in the market for audit services dealing with auditor choice, audit pricing, corporate governance, and auditor independence. Professor Williams has published articles in several academic journals including The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting, and Auditing & Finance.

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Andrew Van Buskirk
Associate Professor of Accounting

The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business

Professor Van Buskirk joined Fisher as an assistant professor of accounting in 2010. In the autumn of 2013, he was promoted to associate professor accounting with tenure. Professor Van Buskirk studies the role of financial reporting in resolving capital market uncertainty. He has published several articles in the Journal of Accounting and Economics and is a reviewer for a variety of accounting and finance journals. Prior to joining Ohio State, he taught at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

The Thomas J. Burns Research Colloquium in Accounting and MIS is named in honor of the former Ph.D. program director and founder and director of the Accounting Honors program. Thomas Burns also acted as department head and national president of Beta Alpha Psi. He was inducted in the Accounting Hall of Fame in 1997.

Colloquium meets weekly during the autumn and spring semesters. In addition to our own faculty and doctoral students, the speaker series brings some of the world's leading scholars to discuss their current research. Through this website, we share our colloquium with colleagues around the globe.

The site contains the current schedule as well as archives for recent years. In the schedules, we include links to the speaker's webpage, which usually includes biographical information.

Attendance of the Thomas J. Burns Research Colloquium in Accounting and MIS is open to the public. Feel free to contact the colloquium coordinator, Sarah Powers, for additional information about the speaker series and upcoming presentations.