AICPA Business Valuation School 

    In today’s unpredictable financial climate, the standards used to valuate a business have become increasingly complex. Consequently, CPAs who are adept at understanding these new norms are in greater demand than ever. 

    To help you stay up-to-date on current practices, the AICPA National Business Valuation School provides the latest theories, tools and techniques you need to continue expanding your valuation skills. From fundamental theory to best practices, big picture overviews to smaller legal nuances, leading experts take you through five days of learning, culminating with real case studies that demonstrate how standards, techniques and approaches are incorporated.
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    Who should attend this Conference?  Practitioners with limited experience who want to grow a valuation practice within their firms, or professionals in business and industry seeking to increase their technical expertise in valuation. This course is also helpful for CPAs seeking to attain the Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV) credential.


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    James R. Hitchner, CPA/ABV/CFF, ASA, is Managing Director of The Financial Valuation Group which is a national financial advisory services firm specializing in valuation and litigation services. He is a founding member of the Financial Consulting Group, L.C., a national association of professional services firms dedicated to excellence in valuation, financial and litigation consulting.


    He is an inductee in the AICPA Business Valuation Hall of Fame and a member of the AICPA task force on Business Valuation Standards. Mr. Hitchner is a past chairman of the Business Valuation Committee of the GSCPA, past member of the AICPA Business Valuation Subcommittee, past member of the AICPA ABV exam committee, past chairman of the ABV exam review course committee.

    Robin E. Taylor, CPA/ABV, CFE, CVA, CBA, is a partner in the regional accounting firm of Dixon Hughes PLLC, where he specializes in business valuations and fair value for financial reporting. He is the current chair of the AICPA Business Valuation Committee, and teaches valuation and forensic courses for the AICPA. Robin has provided expert witness testimony in the area of business valuations, and testified in other areas, including government contracts and damages quantification. He has written articles for professional publications such as the CPA Litigation Service Counselor, the National Litigation Consultant’s Review and other business journals, and is a co-author of Financial Valuation: Applications and Models, published by Wiley Finance.

      Mark Zyla, CPA /ABV, CFA, ASA, is a Managing Director of Acuitas, Inc., an Atlanta-based valuation and litigation consultancy firm. He is a frequent presenter and author on valuation issues. He is the co-author of the course, “Fair Value Accounting: A Critical Skill for All CPAs” and author of Accounting for Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets, published by the AICPA. Mark is also the co-author of Fair Value Measurements: Valuation Principles and Auditing Techniques published in 2007 by Tax Management, Inc., a division of the Bureau of National Affairs. He recently completed Fair Value Measurements: Practical Guidance and Implementation, published by John Wiley & Sons.

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