DFW Student Extravaganza

When:  Sep 21, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM (CT)
Associated with  Dallas Fort Worth Area Chapter

September 21, 2018, Hosted by the Dallas Fort Worth Area Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA)

Location: University of Texas at Dallas, Naveen Jindal School of Management (JSOM), 800 W Campbell Rd, Richardson, Texas 75080. 

Session Locations: Registration and Session III Lunch - Foyer Outside of JSOM 1.118; Sessions I, II, IV, V - JSOM 1.118; Session III Employer/Sponsor Booths and Resume Reviews - JSOM 11.214 and 11.218

Parking: Free, in designated areas, parking permit will be required.  The permit and parking instructions will be sent to registered non-UTD participants a few days before the event.  Additional permits will be available at the registration table on the day of the event.  UTD participants should use their existing parking permit.


This one-day event provides you a unique opportunity to participate in a wide range of exceptional sessions packed with the information you need to jump start your career and grow professionally. Expect to be challenged. Expect to be motivated. Expect to leave the event with new knowledge and new ideas. You will also get to spend invaluable time with peers, educators, employers, and accounting/finance professionals. It’s a great way to “Power Your Future!". 

Agenda – at – a- Glance

09:00 - 09:30 AM        Onsite Registration and Sign-in (including Continental Breakfast) 

09:30 - 09:45 AM        Welcome 

09:45 - 10:35 AM        Session I – How to Stay Relevant by Adrien Dubourg, CMA, CPA (Manager, M&A, E&Y) 

10:45 - 11:35 AM        Session II – Social Media by Terry Sullivan (founder and CEO of BuzzPro) 

11:35 - 12:00 PM        IMA Student and Academic Resources by Jimmie Smith, CPA (Former IMA Global Board Member) 

12:00 - 02:15 PM        Session III (lunch will be available during this time) - Networking, Employer/Sponsor/IMA Booths, Resume Reviews 

02:15 – 03:05 PM       Session IV – What Is Blockchain and How Does it Work? by Nik Fahrer, CPA (Tax Senior Associate, BKD; member of BKD's Blockchain Committee) 

03:15 – 04:05 PM       Session V Panel Discussion – Data Analytics by Daniel Smith CMA 

04:15 – 04:30 PM       Drawings and Closing Remarks

Special thanks to The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) for hosting this event.

Price to attend:

Cancellations - please e-mail reservations@dallasima.com as soon possible.  Refunds will not be made for cancellations made after midnight on Sunday, September 16th.  If you do not cancel prior to the deadline, you will not receive a refund for the event.  You may alternatively send someone in your place by notifying reservations@dallasima.com.

Ashford Inc. & Remington Hospitality
Becker Professional Education
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Gleim Publications
Johnson & Johnson
Mr. Cooper
Occidental Petroleum
Trinity Industries
Wiley CMAexcel

About the Topics and Speakers:
Session I - How to Stay Relevant by Adrien Dubourg, CMA, CPA (Manager, M&A, E&Y)

Objective – Participants will learn how the CMA, CPA and other things will help to grow their career.

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Adrien Dubourg
is a CMA and CPA in the State of Texas. He has 10+ years of industry experience in financial services and life sciences holding various financial leadership roles mostly in FP&A. Over the last 4 years he worked in management consulting with The Hackett Group leading large Finance transformation initiatives and system implementations based on best practices and digital capabilities. His clients include Amgen, Citi Bank, Verizon and most recently Boeing. He just started a new role in the M&A practice at EY. He has 2 young boys and is from France. He enjoyed indoor and outdoor cycling, yoga, golf and travelling. He's very competitive and likes mentoring younger people to be successful. His mantra: it's all about the skills and intellectual curiosity not the title and money  

Session II - LinkedIn by Terry Sullivan (founder and CEO of BuzzPro)

Objective – Terry will walk you through the key branding and strategies, tips and secrets you need to create a well-branded LinkedIn profile that gets results.

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Terry Sullivan is the founder of BuzzPro, a nationally recognized Integrated Marketing and Social Media training company that helps companies and professionals get better results with LinkedIn. Terry shows his clients how to fill their sales funnels with better leads, schedule more appointments and close more sales using advanced LinkedIn branding and Social Selling strategies.

Widely considered to be a Guru of LinkedIn, Terry has trained more than 6,200 business leaders, owners and individuals across the nation on how to create a unique online brand that gets results. His inspiring training programs focus on keyword optimization, branding, and Social Selling strategies that help his clients tap into the unlimited world of Social Media to get more prospects, leads and clients.

Session IV - What Is Blockchain and How Does it Work? by Nik Fahrer, CPA (Tax Senior Associate, BKD) 

Objective – Participants will learn how blockchain revolutionizes the world of authorizing transactions, using specific examples from today’s business world.

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Nik Fahrer serves corporate and individual clients in the hospitality, manufacturing, distribution, and technology industries.  His technical knowledge includes tax planning and compliance, including multistate compliance and accounting method strategies. 

Nik has personal history with crypto currencies and is the author of “Bitcoin -What It Is & Why It Matters” https://www.bkd.com/articles/2018/bitcoin-what-it-is-and-why-it-matters.htm 

He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, Indiana CPA Society, Texas Society of CPAs and current treasurer for the Institute of Management Accountants DFW Chapter. 

Nik is a 2015 graduate of the University of Evansville, Evansville, IN with B.S. degrees in Accounting and Management Information Systems.

Session V – Data Analytics by Daniel Smith CMA

Objective – Participants will gain insight into the power of today’s data analytics. 

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Using Business Intelligence platforms to bridge the gap between Advanced Data Analytics and the efficient effective principles of accounting, Daniel Smith applies technology and mathematics to make business faster and smarter. 

Daniel has managed solutions for diverse client sectors such as advertising, military, insurance, and oil & gas. These solutions include Business Intelligence Platform management, online key performance indicator identification, and tracking, to full predictive data model construction. Although the analytic solutions are often mathematically complex, Daniel’s presentation and academic background ensure any insights delivered by solutions are relevant and simple to understand. 

Daniel earned his MBA from Coastal Carolina University in 2009, became a Certified Management Accountant in 2010, and a Certified Public Accountant in 2011. He was also awarded the Institute of Management Accountant’s 2013 Young Professional of the Year award for his work in furthering Business Intelligence in Management Accounting. 


The University of Texas at Dallas
JSOM 1.118
800 W Campbell Rd
Richardson, TX 75080