2019 Convention & Expo





It's All Because of You: Insight - the 2019 National Convention was One of the Best Ever!
 
Thank you all for your support of NABA’s 2019 National Convention & Expo. We especially thank our distinguished keynote speakers and presenters for addressing today’s most pressing questions facing the accounting and finance profession, and our sponsors for being champions of our mission. Your presence, enthusiasm and willingness to engage helped to make the 48th Convention one of the best in our history.

Thank you all for your support of NABA’s 2019 National Convention & Expo. We especially thank our distinguished keynote speakers and presenters for addressing the most pressing questions facing the accounting and finance profession today, and we thank our sponsors for being champions of our mission. Your presence, enthusiasm and willingness to engage helped to make the 48th National Convention one of the best in our history.

NABA welcomed more than 2,400 members, partners and guests to The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, June 19-23.  Convention goers networked with C-Suite executives, had candid conversations about the profession in large and intimate groups, made key connections that will move their career forward at the Career Expo, and helped kick off NABA’s year-long 50th Anniversary celebration which culminates in Indianapolis at the 2020 Convention.

Hundreds of volunteer hours went into executing this Convention and NABA would like to take this opportunity to give a special thank you to Convention Chair Earl G. Fagan Jr., CPA, CFF, and his dedicated team of organizers. We are also thankful for the support of our National Board Chair Steven Harris, CPA, CGMA, whose leadership of NABA we depend on and value.

Additionally, we wish to offer our sincere gratitude to all of our program sponsors for making this Convention a success. We could not have done this without you and look forward to working with you again in the future.

Finally, Las Vegas proved to be an ideal setting to recognize individuals that have contributed to the success of NABA, their organizations and their communities. The 2019 National Award Recipients, as well as the Regional and Chapter Award Recipients, are recapped below.

We look forward to seeing you next year in Indianapolis, June 9-13, 2020, for the culmination of NABA’s 50th Anniversary celebration! View the 2020 NABA Convention promotional video.
 
 

2019 NABA NATIONAL CONVENTION & EXPO EXPERIENCE



View the following in the post-convention survey infographic:


 
  • Attendee Profile
  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Attendee Experience
  • Job Seeker Profile
  • Attendee Top Reason to Attend



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2019 NATIONAL AWARD RECIPIENTS

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National Award Recipients
 
FRANK ROSS NATIONAL OUTSTANDING MEMBER AWARD   Justin Butler, MBA
COMPANY OF THE YEAR   EY
CFO OF THE YEAR   Kathy N. Waller, CPA, CGMA
NATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT IN INDUSTRY AWARD   Zenniere Bowry-Thomas, CPA, CISA
EARL S. BIGGETT NATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT IN EDUCATION AWARD   Dr. Stacy Crawford, MBA, Ed.D
COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD   Danette Davis, MBA
RONALD BENJAMIN NATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT IN PUBLIC ACCOUNTING AWARD   Richard G. Larkins, CPA, JD
RISING STAR AWARD   D. Jaynitsa Paul, CPA
     
 
Chapter President of the Year Award Recipients
 
SOUTHERN   Stephanie Parrish-Chester, MBA, CPA (Charlotte Chapter)
EASTERN   Tiana D. Wynn, MBA, CPA (Baltimore Chapter)
CENTRAL   Aisha Watkins, CPA (Columbus Chapter)
WESTERN   Tawana M. Nichols (San Francisco Chapter)
     
Regional Awards for Outstanding Service
 
SOUTHERN   Brittany R. Gilliard, CPA, CISA, CIA (Jacksonville Chapter)
EASTERN   Samantha N. Hawkins, CPA, MST (Metro DC Chapter)
CENTRAL   Chrisalle M. Williams, MBA, M.Ed. (Detroit Chapter)
WESTERN   Okorie Ramsey, CPA (San Francisco Chapter)
















 
 
Student Chapter Award Winners
 
WESTERN REGION STUDENT CHAPTER AWARD Izobo Ebohon
SOUTHERN REGION STUDENT CHAPTER AWARD Shannon Elise Cowart
EASTERN REGION STUDENT CHAPTE AWARD Parys Black
CENTRAL REGION STUDENT CHAPTER AWARD Eric Mays
 

PROGRAM AND EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

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  • NABA Leadership Development Institute  
    • Advancing Leaders Track (ALDI), Sponsored by Center for Accounting Education Howard University School of Business and Lee Hecht Harrison
    • Executive Track (ELDI), Sponsored by Georgetown University
  • CPA Examination Review, Led and Sponsored by Becker Professional Education
  • Chapter Leadership Workshop, Sponsored by The Business Learning Institute (BLI)
  • Kick-Off Plenary, “What Are You Worth and What Is Your Legacy?”, Sponsored by Prudential
  • 50th Anniversary C-Suite Plenary, State of Diversity in Accounting and Finance, Sponsored by DHG, Prudential and RSM
  • The NABA Entrepreneur Track, Sponsored by The Burch Financial Group, A-Rocket Moving & Storage, Wolters Kluwer, JH Talley, P.C.
  • Onboarding by NABA, the National Student Conference, Sponsored by EY, Bank of America, Amazon, Microsoft, Prudential, Deloitte, Target, RSM, Anderson Tax, Protiviti, DHG, Financial Accounting Foundation, State Street, KPMG and NABA, Inc.
  • Opening General Session and keynote presentation on “Leadership Without Limit” featuring Keynote Speaker Melvin Flowers, sponsored by Microsoft
  • Opening Reception at Brooklyn Bowl, featuring Doug E. Fresh, sponsored by RSM
  • An Evening to Network: Corporate Hospitality Suites, Sponsored by American Express, Cargill, Microsoft and Prudential
  • Women of NABA Network Management Session - "Get Your Head Out of Your … P.A.S.T.!", Sponsored by Wells Fargo.
  • Women of NABA Network Executive Session - "Slay in Your Lane: Achieving Career Success Through Innovation,” Presented and Sponsored by Bank of America
  • Women of NABA Network Luncheon and Keynote Speaker, Sponsored by State Street Corporation
  • There were more than 120 hours of CPE Technical Sessions, Sponsored by Deloitte, Bank of America, KPMG, EY, Boeing, Wells Fargo, Amazon, State Street, Edward Jones, Prudential, RSM, JP Morgan Chase & CO., PwC, Exelon, BDO, Crowe, Walmart, Microsoft, Business Learning Institute, DHG, and the Institute of Management Accountants
  • Celebration of Scholars Luncheon, Sponsored by EY and the Financial Accounting Foundation, featuring Keynote Speaker Sam Johnson of EY, and highlighting more than 60 award recipients
  • Career Expo 
  • Cyber Café, Sponsored by Microsoft
  • Charging Station, Sponsored by Crowe
  • Alexa Pop Up, Sponsored by Amazon
  • NABA Day of Service Sponsored by Marriott and Kaiser Permanente
  • The NABA 50th Anniversary Awards Experience & the Fifty and Fabulous Gold Gala, Sponsored by State Street and KPMG
  • To view additional 2019 convention resources, CLICK HERE.