n May 12, 2017, CPA firms from across Texas met at the annual Dallas CPA Society Convergence conference. The conference offered attendees eight hours of CPE credit and the chance to learn from a variety of industry experts that specialize in areas important to CPAs. Speakers discussed topics ranging from auditing to cybersecurity. More than 1,000 participants attended the event held at the InterContinental Dallas Hotel featuring keynote speaker and U.S. Representative, Kevin Brady.
“The specific value each attendee receives depends on the specific business and concerns of that organization. We have five different tracks and we try to have something every hour that will be of benefit to the different sections of our organization,” said Meg Campbell, Executive Director of the Dallas CPA society.
Aldridge was a vendor at the conference and talked with a variety of firms about their primary IT concerns. Aldridge President, Bryan Gregory, accompanied his team to the event.
“We really enjoy participating in Convergence. We get to hear from firms with a variety of backgrounds and IT needs. We learn firsthand about IT issues important to the industry. When they tell us what problems they’re facing, we tell them how they can determine if managed services are a plausible option,” said Gregory.
Joseph Barnard, CPA and Director of Professional Liability programs, provides professional liability cybersecurity insurance to CPAs and CPA firms across the United States. Barnard was a vendor at the conference and talked to many CPA firms about the ever-changing cybersecurity landscape.
“The main thing I learned is that most CPAs, and businesses in general, are uninformed about cybersecurity insurance. It’s no longer an option, you must protect your business from cyberattacks, cyber extortion, and cybercrime. However, different businesses need different solutions. We’re not just advocating our service, we’re educating. I believe that’s the main goal of the conference: to help firms make educated decisions for the future of their business,” said Barnard.
“For Convergence 2018, we will first observe what happens in Washington and the state legislature. Essentially, we’ll watch for hot issues to arise throughout the rest of this year and cater our tracks and keynote speaker to address these concerns,” said Campbell. Aldridge plans to attend for the fourth year in a row.
Convergence is sponsored by 40 different companies, the primary sponsors being Jackson Walker and Bank of America.
“Most of our sponsors have been with us five to ten years or more. So, we’ve really gotten to know them and our members have gotten to know them as well. It makes for a great atmosphere and we look forward to hosting the event every year. I always love to talk about Convergence,” said Campbell.
Find more information about the event on their website.