NASBP Virtual Seminars - available only to members, affiliates and associates - present need-to-know information from industry leaders via webinar approximately twice a month. Each Virtual Seminar takes place at 2:00 p.m. Eastern on a Tuesday and lasts 1 hour. Registration for each Virtual Seminar costs $89 and is good for one log-in, however participants are encouraged to invite colleagues and/or clients to sit in on the seminar.
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Upcoming NASBP Virtual Seminars
Please note: as of Jan. 1, 2017, the one-time registration fee for NASBP Virtual Seminars has increased to $89.
Tamara E. Murray presents this COMPLIMENTARY Virtual Seminar -- "The SBA Today: It's Not Your Grandfather's Bond Guarantee Program"
2 p.m. EST on Tuesday, July 25 Register Now
This Virtual Seminar is Free; however, registration is required.
The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Surety Bond Guarantee Program (SBG) is vastly different today from the one that began in 1971. Until a decade ago users found the SBG Program to be paper intensive, time consuming, and sometimes frustrating. Today the SBG Program is fast, simple, and streamlined with a paperless, web-based application process that requires only two or three forms beyond the typical surety underwriting package and provides approvals in time frames from just a few hours to less than two days. Presenter Tamara E. Murray, Underwriting & Marketing Specialist for the U.S. SBA SBG in Denver, CO, will describe how contractors can bridge the gap to the standard surety market and stand out from the competition with SBA’s guarantee on projects up to $10 million. Bond startups and emerging contractors, eliminate funds administration and collateral requirements, and expand existing bonding capacity for your clients. With low working capital requirements and other accommodations, SBA’s Surety Bond Guarantee Program can help you “open doors to bonding” for small business. Consider inviting your construction clients to join you at your office for this Virtual Seminar.
Tamara E. Murray is the Underwriting & Marketing Specialist for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Surety Bond Guarantee Program in Denver, Colorado. Tamara joined SBA in 2007 and is responsible for marketing and outreach to the surety and small business community and underwriting review and approval of contract bond guarantee applications for an 18-state territory. Murray works closely with bond agents and surety companies who provide over $6 billion in bond guarantees to small businesses annually. Her marketing efforts on behalf of SBA’s Bond Guarantee Program resulted in the publication of a professional article in the December 2014 issue of The Risk Management Association Journal entitled “Minimizing Contractor Defaults: SBA Surety Bond Guarantee Can Open Door to Bonding.” Murray began her career in the surety industry in 1990 as the bond manager for a small independent bonding agency in Fort Worth, Texas and continued her surety career in Denver, Colorado as a contract bond underwriter for a small regional surety before joining the federal government.
James Crifasi and Linn F. Freedman present: “Setting Cyber Priorities: The Most Important Questions for Senior Executives to Ask about Their Cyber Security”
2 p.m. EST on Tuesday, August 15 Register Now.
Presenters James Crifasi of RedZone Technologies in Annapolis, MD and Linn F. Freedman, Esq. of the law firm of Robinson & Cole LLP in Providence, RI will describe the cyber priorities surety professionals and their contractor clients should be implementing. Crifasi, Vice President and CTO of RedZone Technologies, has over 19 years of IT security, architecture, and integration experience. He has worked with business leaders to provide global IT solutions in areas of CRM, ERM, HRIS and eCommerce and has wide experience consulting for banking and finance institutions, specializing in effective network security systems and high performance business systems. Linn F. Freedman, CIPP/US, Chair Data Privacy & Security Team at the law firm, practices in data privacy and security law, cybersecurity, and complex litigation. She is a member of the firm's Business Litigation Group and chairs its Data Privacy + Security Team. Freedman focuses her practice on compliance with all state and federal data privacy and security laws and regulations, as well as emergency data breach response and mitigation. She counsels clients on state and federal data privacy and security investigations. Freedman works with companies and organizations to adopt a risk management approach to precisely frame the purpose and means for the collection, maintenance, and transfer of high-risk data throughout their organization. She advises them to identify high-risk data—both paper and electronic—and to implement measures to protect it and help them develop defensible, and reasonable, approaches to comply with constantly evolving regulatory requirements and the risk of a data breach and cyber intrusions. Consider inviting your construction clients to join you at your office for this August 15 NASBP Virtual Seminar at 2 p.m.
James Crifasi, Vice President and CTO of RedZone Technologies, has over nineteen years of IT security, architecture, and integration experience and a strong record of accomplishment. Serving as Chief Technology Officer and VP for RedZone, Crifasi is responsible for all aspects of technology, project development, legal, and engineering for the company. He has over a decade of success in ensuring customers successfully and repeatedly pass any and all security examinations.While in the retail industry, he transitioned his employer to a more secure, stable infrastructure, lowering costs and improving performance without disrupting customer transactions; all while maintaining strict compliance. In the highly regulated biotechnology manufacturing industry, he worked with business leaders to provide global IT solutions in areas of CRM, ERM, HRIS and eCommerce, performing high security and redundancy designs and architecture of eBusiness solutions and leading new eBusiness initiatives.
Linn F. Freedman, CIPP/US, Chair Data Privacy & Security Team at the law firm of Robinson & Cole LLP, practices in data privacy and security law, cybersecurity, and complex litigation. She is a member of the firm's Business Litigation Group and chairs its Data Privacy + Security Team. Freedman focuses on compliance with all state and federal data privacy and security laws and regulations, as well as emergency data breach response and mitigation. Freedman works with companies and organizations to adopt a risk management approach to precisely frame the purpose and means for the collection, maintenance, and transfer of high-risk data throughout their organization. She advises them to identify high-risk data—both paper and electronic—and to implement measures to protect it and help them develop defensible, and reasonable, approaches to comply with constantly evolving regulatory requirements and the risk of a data breach and cyber intrusions.
Gregg Shoppman presents "Turning Construction Project Managers into Business Managers"
2 p.m. EST on Tuesday, September 5 Register Now
Preparing construction project managers to effectively manage and to execute projects profitably is key to a contractor’s success. Project managers are the business managers that may ultimately become the leadership of the construction firm. Join us for this Virtual Seminar to learn how contractors can ensure that their project managers will effectively manage project controls, projected cash flow, and payment for work done, as well as use innovative tools; leverage key relationships with subs, suppliers, and consultants; and develop a solid foundation of technical, management, leadership, and business skills. Project managers who accomplish these skills while maintaining positive client relationships to leverage future repeat business are excellent candidates for leading the firm. Consider inviting your construction clients to join you at your office for this Virtual Seminar.
As FMI’s Principal and Florida Consulting Manager, Gregg Shoppman, specializes in the areas of productivity and project management. He leads FMI’s project management consulting practice and heads the consulting management group of FMI’s Florida office. Prior to joining FMI, Shoppman served as a senior project manager for a general contracting firm in central Florida. He has completed complex and sophisticated construction projects in several different niches and geographic markets. He has also worked as a construction manager and managed direct labor. Also, Shoppman has expertise in numerous contract delivery methods. Shoppman was named one of the Top 25 Consultants of 2014 by Consulting Magazine, receiving the highest number of nominations for that year’s recipient group. He has completed project management and productivity implementation engagements for general and trade contractors and facilitates strategic planning and evaluation services focused on organizational transformation. He has also been an instructor with FMI’s Project Manager Academy and regularly trains individuals from foreman to CEO.
Adam Canosa and James Miller present “Accounting & Financial Statement Issues for Construction Contractors”
2 pm ET on Tuesday, September 19 Register Now
Surety professionals and their construction clients need to know the accounting and financial statement issues today’s contractors face. CPAs Adam A. Canosa and James Miller of the accounting firm of Marcum, LLP in New Haven, CT will describe accounting and financial statement presentation issues often encountered such as, unapproved change orders/claims, joint ventures, insurance and other contract related reserves. They will explain new accounting standards that impact the construction industry, including revenue recognition, variable interest entity (VIE) reporting requirements, and goodwill. Canosa, a Senior Manager in the Assurance Services division of the firm, has more than 10 years of experience analyzing financial information for contractors; and Miller, a Member of the firm's National Construction Industry Group, has more than 13 years of experience. Both have been involved in engagements involving fraud and litigation support and due diligence projects for business acquisitions. Consider inviting your construction clients to join you at your office for this NASBP Virtual Seminar.
Adam A. Canosa is a Senior Manager in Marcum, LLP’s Assurance Services division. He is located in the firm’s New Haven, CT office. He has more than 10 years of experience conducting, reviewing and analyzing financial information for construction contractors, manufacturers, real estate industry and employee benefit plans. Canosa has been involved in high profile and sensitive engagements regarding fraud and due diligence projects for business acquisitions. Canosa’s specialties include experience troubleshooting problem job performance for construction contractors, job cost burden analysis, recommending practices to enhance profitability and financial statement preparation. In addition, he is knowledgeable with systems analysis and with the tailoring of accounting software to meet clients’ needs. Canosa is a frequent speaker on accounting and auditing matters for construction industry organizations and professional development courses. Canosa began his career at Marcum when he joined the Firm in 2007.
James Miller is an integral member of Marcum, LLP’s National Construction Industry group. He is located in the firm’s New Haven, CT office. He has more than 13 years of experience compiling, reviewing and analyzing financial statements for construction contractors and other allied companies. Miller has also been involved in high profile and sensitive engagements regarding fraud and litigation support and due diligence projects for business acquisitions. Miller is a sought-after speaker on construction accounting and auditing matters, Miller has conducted internal training seminars and has presented on issues and updates regarding the construction industry and construction engagements. In addition, Miller has applied his knowledge and expertise to the success of two large engagements for universities within Connecticut. Miller's specialties include troubleshooting problem job performance for construction projects and recommending practices to enhance profitability. Miller has considerable experience with construction claims matters and has provided litigation support services in this area. Additionally, Miller has an in-depth knowledge of systems analysis and with the tailoring of accounting software to meet clients' needs.
Chris Gewain and Brent Rutter present “Revenue Recognition: A Practical Approach to Implementation"
2 pm ET on Tuesday, October 10 Register Now
Learn what surety professionals and their contractor clients need to know about the FASB revised revenue recognition standard. Chris Gewain and Brent Rutter, both partners with the accounting firm of Moss Adams, LLP, will describe what private companies should be doing to apply the standard to reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2018. Gewain, who has practiced public accounting since 2003, manages audits for construction and employee benefit plan clients. Rutter, who has practiced public accounting since 1996. develops and monitors the Moss Adams assurance practice, providing technical consultations on complex audit and accounting matters. He focuses on emerging issues and changes in professional standards that impact the firm’s private company clients. Among his areas of expertise are the lease accounting and revenue recognition standards for the construction industry.
Chris Gewain, CPA, CCIFP, is a partner with the accounting firm of Moss Adams, LLP and has practiced public accounting since 2003. Gewain has practiced public accounting since 2003. He manages audits primarily for construction clients. Gewain provides business consulting and accounting services to financial management personnel and owners of construction businesses, including internal control and financial reporting system matters; billing practices and cash flow improvements; business owner succession planning; and tax planning and other compliance issues. He also has extensive experience directing all phases of employee benefit plan audits which include compliance testing, fieldwork and report preparation for a variety of different types of employee benefit plans including defined contribution and employee stock ownership plans.
Brent Rutter, CPA, is a partner with the accounting firm of Moss Adams, LLP and has practiced public accounting since 1996, providing assurance and consulting services to a variety of privately held clients primarily in the construction and real estate industries. In 2005 Rutter joined what has become the firm’s national office, where he regularly consults on complex audit and accounting matters with a focus on emerging issues and changes in professional standard that impact the firm’s private company clients. Rutter is also a contributing reviewer to the AICPA’s Audit and Accounting Guide for Construction Contractors and sits on the CFMA’s National Emerging Issues Committee. His areas of accounting expertise include business combinations, intangible assets and goodwill, variable interest entities, lease accounting, and percentage of completion revenue recognition.
Virtual Seminar Resources
Annual Subscribers may access all of our archived Virtual Seminars: Virtual Seminar Library
The archived list of Virtual Seminars:Virtual Seminar Summaries
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