Tina Krueger, CPA - Business Consultant, Competitive Strategies, Inc.

Tina has been helping business owners and managers improve profitability, process flow, analysis, and reporting since the beginning of 2009. Her expertise is in assisting companies gain a competitive advantage through the use of accounting software, training, reporting, and custom database design and integration. She also develops custom tablet programs that send and receive data from headquarters!

                             Patti Denton, CPA, MBA - Chief Financial Officer, Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes

Patti is a financial professional working to make the world a better place with her extensive financial experience in the non-profit industry. Her leadership helps guide GSNWGL’s future beyond crunching numbers, developing and implementing financial strategies and goals aligned with the GSNWGL mission. She also provides effective stewardship, control and oversight of GSNWGL’s finances. Patti fondly remembers her own Brownie days and as an adult has served the council as a Girl Scout leader and Service-Area Cadet Advisor for several years. The Fox Cities community has benefited from her volunteer engagements with Institute of Management Accountants Board of Directors, FVTC Accounting Advisory Committee, FIRST Robotics NEW Apple Corps team mentor, President of Appleton Noon Optimist Club, Mid-Day Women’s Alliance, Lawrence University’s New Horizon Band, Appleton Soccer Club coach, Treasurer of Appleton East Arts, and State Secretary of Business Professionals of America. Patti is also a member of the AICPA and WICPA. While her two adult children are spreading their wings, she and her husband reside in Appleton; her daughter, a former Girl Scout, is a computer software engineer and her son, an Eagle Scout, is a chemical engineer on the trail to his Master’s Degree. This Optimist Creed line embodies Patti’s strengths, “…to think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.”

                             Martha Paalman - Finance Manager, Bemis North America Oshkosh North

Martha Paalman is the Finance Manager at the Bemis North America Oshkosh North plant. She has been with Bemis for over ten years in various divisional and plant accounting roles. As the sole finance member of the North plant leadership team, her main focus is providing management with accurate, timely data and reporting tools to help them make effective business decisions.

Martha graduated from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh with degrees in Accounting and French. She has been a member of the Winnebagoland IMA since 2004, actively participating on the board since early 2005.

                            Dr. Stephen Makar, CPA - Professor of Accounting, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Dr. Makar has been at UW Oshkosh since 1994, due in large part to the university’s balanced focus on teaching and research. In general, his research explores the use of accounting information in decision making. Dr. Makar’s current research interests concern currency (FX) risk management and hedge accounting information.

Dr. Makar currently teaches cost and managerial accounting. Prior to entering academia, he worked at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in the areas of accounting and finance, and executive training. Dr. Makar earned his doctorate in accounting at Kent State University, and maintains a practicing permit as a C.P.A. in Ohio.

                            Dale Glen, CPA - Principal, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP

Dale is a principal in CliftonLarsonAllen LLP. He provides audit, accounting, and consulting services to a variety of clients with an emphasis in the manufacturing and not-for-profit industries. He has over 20 years of experience as a certified public accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of South Florida.

Dale worked with a Big 4 accounting firm for 8 years prior to joining CliftonLarsonAllen’s Stevens Point office in 2001 and transferring to the Oshkosh office in 2006. He is actively involved in the community including serving on the Board of Directors of Excellence in Leadership and Future Neenah as well as being a member of the St. Margaret Mary Parish Finance Council and the Knights of Columbus.

                           Curt Esser, CMA - Owner, Esser Consulting

After several years with Wisconsin Tissue (now SCA Tissue) as a cost accountant, Curt accepted a promotion to help start up a new plant in northern Arizona. As the Administration Coordinator / Controller, he was responsible for either setting up and/or overseeing the Accounting, Finance, Information Systems (LAN Administrator for Computers, Phones), Inventory Management, Payroll, Purchasing, Human Resources, Safety, and Security areas for the plant.

Curt is currently the owner of Esser Consulting, LLC, a Better Business Bureau accredited business (A+ rating). He has over 20 years of computer experience, and enjoys helping people solve their computer problems. He has been interviewed for local television, radio, newspaper and business magazines on computer and Internet security related topics.

The Panel:

There is a wide spectrum of potential careers that present themselves to someone with an accounting/finance background. The Winnebagoland Chapter has an active and diverse membership that demonstrates various career opportunities. We’ve assembled a panel of speakers that have followed different accounting career paths. From CPAs to CMAs, Small Businesses to Large Public Companies, Consulting to Teaching, we’ve got you covered!

Bring your questions and prepare to learn about what being an “accountant” may really mean and maybe start to actually answer the never-ending question—what do I really want to be when I grow up?

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Meeting Details:                    program flyer
Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Location: Liberty Hall (800 Eisenhower Drive, Kimberly, WI)

Meeting Schedule:

       5:00-5:30     Welcome and Informal Networking

       5:30-6:00     Dinner

       6:00-7:00     Panel Discussion and Q&A

                           Moderated by Sheryl Huhn, Executive Search Consultant, Advanced Professional Services

       7:00-8:00     Networking Event