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The Keys to a Fast and Accurate Financial Close

Date: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT There are no CPE Credits for this Solution Demonstration.
Enterprises have been "closing the books" since the dawn of the stock market. However, after all this time, it remains a process filled with variability, stress and controlled chaos. Join us to discover specific techniques and tactics from experts on the closing process that can be leveraged by your company to drive faster, more effective periodic reporting. The content will include specific best practices that drive close optimization, increase speed and accuracy, and advice relative to how technology, in addition to process, can help you deliver a best in class financial close.
After attending this event you will be able to:
Discover how to identify process bottlenecks, optimize period-end processes, and automate reconciliations and other repetitive operations
Understand key best practices for the financial close and how to apply them to your company
Understand how to better align process and technology for your company’s financial close and reporting environment


Gabe Zubizarreta, CPA, Founding Principal, Silicon Valley Accountants
Gabe Zubizarreta, CPA
Founding Principal, Silicon Valley Accountants
Gabe Zubizarreta’s extensive experience working with accounting and finance teams includes Audit & Acquisitions management experience at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and SEC Reporting and Finance Director roles at both public and private companies. At SVA, Gabe has led clients through process improvement related to managing external audits and achieving SOX compliance in addition to several acquisition integration and financial close streamlining efforts. Since founding Silicon Valley Accountants, Gabe helped design and has successfully implemented a financial process optimization software solution for public and non-public clients. He is a CPA and educator in Revenue Recognition and other current accounting topics as well as process optimization.
Elizabeth Milne, Director, SAP
Elizabeth Milne
Director, SAP
Elizabeth has over 15 years of experience improving the software solutions for multi-national, multi-billion dollar organizations. Her finance career began working at Walt Disney then Warner Bros in the areas of consolidation, budgeting, and financial reporting. She subsequently moved to the software industry and has held positions including implementation consultant & manager, account executive, pre-sales consultant & working as part of the solution management team at SAP, Business Objects and Cartesis. In 2008 she graduated with an Executive MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Moderated by: Ernie Humphrey, Educational Programs Leader, Proformative
Moderated by: Ernie Humphrey
Educational Programs Leader, Proformative
Ernie currently serves as the CEO of 360 Thought Leadership Consulting and as the Educational Programs Leader for Proformative. 360 Thought Leadership Consulting helps companies define and unlock the strategic value of their thought leadership programs by delivering comprehensive marketing services and business development strategy consulting. Previously Ernie served as the Vice President, Educational & Marketing Programs for Proformative. Ernie has overseen the content and execution of over 200 events designed to further the careers of finance and accounting leaders and related professionals. Formerly, Ernie served as the Director of Treasury Services and as a Director of the Corporate Treasurers Council for the Association for Financial Professionals. Ernie has extensive experience in the areas of educational program development and execution, online marketing, website content management, international cash management, and acquisition integration. Ernie has a BS and MS in Economics both from Purdue University.


Event Sponsor SAP
SAP - As the world's leading provider of business software*, SAP delivers products and services which help accelerate business innovation for its customers. We believe that doing so will unleash growth and create significant new value – for their customers, SAP, and ultimately, entire industries and the economy at large - making the world a better place for people everywhere. Today, more than 82,000 customers in more than 120 countries run SAP applications – from distinct solutions addressing the needs of small businesses and midsize companies to suite offerings for global organizations.
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There are no CPE Credits for this Solution Demonstration.