Ernie Almonte, CPA.CITP, CFF, CGFM, Partner,DiSanto Priest & Co., Warwick, RI
Ernie, former Rhode Island Auditor General, was responsible for auditing the $7 billion State Annual Financial Report, $3 billion Federal Single Audit, Municipal Oversight, and Performance and Fraud Audits. He has 30 years experience in the accounting profession, and holds a B.S. in Business Administration, Master of Science in Taxation, and Honorary Doctor of Business Administration from Bryant University. He graduated from the Senior Executives in State & Local Government and Innovations in Governance at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. Ernie is a past Board Chairman of the AICPA. He was appointed by the Secretary of Defense as Chairman of the Department of Defense Audit Committee, and by the U.S. Comptroller General to the Government Auditing Standards Committee. He was President of the National State Auditors Association and the Rhode Island Society of CPAs. Accounting Today named him one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in the Accounting Profession in 2005 and 2008. Ernie is the recipient of the Department of the Army Outstanding Civilian Service Medal, and the Rhode Island Society of CPAs Centennial Outstanding CPA in Government. He speaks internationally on fraud, government finance, auditing, international accounting, ethics and the CPA profession.