Faculty *

In addition to KPMG professionals, KPMG Executive Education utilizes an outside faculty of instructors who are knowledgeable and experienced in specific fields. We continually strive to select instructors who not only possess a practical understanding of the topics, but are also highly-skilled and dynamic facilitators.

* Not all instructors participate in each session.

Dr. Ervin Black, Ph.D. , is currently the Director, Steed School of Accounting, W.K Newton Chair and Professor of Accounting at the University of Oklahoma. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Washington in 1995 and has held faculty positions at Brigham Young University, University of Arkansas, and University of Wyoming. Professor Black’s research and teaching are primarily in the financial accounting and international accounting areas, with emphasis on examining the usefulness of firm financial characteristics in different settings. Journals in which he has published include The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Accounting Organizations and Society, Journal of International Financial Management and Accounting, Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, Accounting Horizons, and the Journal of the American Taxation Association. Professor Black is active in the International Accounting and Financial Reporting Sections of the American Accounting Association, having served as the President of the International Accounting Section. He currently serves as the editor of the Journal of International Accounting Research. He is also a co-author of two BNA Tax and Accounting Portfolios: Business Combinations, and Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets.
(Non-GAAP Performance Measures)

Steve Blum recently joined his alma mater—Yale University—as its Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives (AYA). For close to a decade before that, Steve was Managing Director and then Senior Advisor at Burnham Securities, Inc. in New York. Steve has provided merger and acquisition, partnering/alliance, corporate finance and valuation advice to hundreds of publicly and privately held domestic and global companies. Prior to his stints with Burnham Securities and Yale, for 20 years Steve was a KPMG partner, helping establish the firm's valuation practice and-as KPMG’s national director of corporate finance-leading KPMG to the number one M&A global ranking in terms of completed transactions for much of the 1990s. Steve holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics (with honors) from Yale University and a Masters degree from New York University's Stern Business School. He has taught and written on merger and acquisition topics, and is also a CPA and Accredited Senior Appraiser.
(Mastering Acquisitions and Buyouts)

Mary Anne Busse is a nationally recognized expert in disclosure and governance, having served for several years in various capacities with the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C., her last assignment as Senior Counsel in the Division of Corporation Finance. Ms. Busse currently serves as Managing Director for Great Disclosure LLC, a consulting firm providing training and assistance on securities disclosure, investor relations, corporate governance and corporate communications. She consistently receives excellent ratings from participants for her knowledge of SEC issues and developments, the practical insight she provides from her extensive experience in dealing with SEC matters, and the effective way she uses exercises to reinforce the topics being presented.
(Advanced 10-K Workshop, Bank MD&A Disclosures Workshop, Bank SEC Reporting & Compliance, MD&A Disclosures Workshop, SEC Reporting & Compliance)

Dan Gode has continually received top marks at workshops for his ability to present complex financial topics in an understandable, lively, and practical format. He has taught KPMG seminars since 2002. He has developed these courses in consultation with the Department of Professional Practice, KPMG. Dan lives in New York City and regularly consults with and teaches at leading financial institutions, corporations, and hedge funds. Dan is also the co-founder of Almaris Consulting and Training. Dan holds a Ph.D. degree in accounting and information systems from Carnegie Mellon University.
(Accounting for Business Combinations, Accounting for Foreign Operations, Accounting for Income Taxes, Accounting for Share-Based Payments, Advanced Accounting for Income Taxes, Modeling & Projecting Financial Statements, New Lease Accounting, Statement of Cash Flows, Valuation of Companies)

Dr. Ira Kawaller, prior to founding Kawaller and Co.—a consulting company that assists companies in their use of derivatives—Ira Kawaller held positions with the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, J. Aron & Company, AT&T, and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. He is currently a board member of Hatteras Financial, a publicly traded REIT; and he has also has served on a variety of professional boards and committees, including board of the International Association of Financial Engineers and the Financial Accounting Standard Board's Derivatives Implementation Group. Dr. Kawaller received a Ph.D. in economics from Purdue University and has held adjunct professorships at Columbia University and Polytechnic University. He writes and lectures prodigiously, largely focusing on derivative contract market activity.
(Accounting for Derivative Contracts)

Douglas F. Prawitt, Ph.D., CPA
Doug earned his Ph.D. at the University of Arizona and is the Glen Ardis Professor of Accountancy at Brigham Young University. His research and teaching in BYU’s graduate accounting and MBA programs center on auditing and on professional judgment. Doug recently served a three-year term as a member of the AICPA’s Auditing Standards Board, and currently serves as a member of the COSO Board, which last year released the first revision of its 1992 landmark Internal Control Integrated Framework. He founded and leads BYU’s Accounting Ph.D. Prep program, which has placed over 100 students in Ph.D. programs over the past thirteen years. Doug has consulted with a number of corporations and professional services firms on enhancing professional judgment and decision making and has been a featured speaker at meetings and conferences all over the world.
(Enhancing Leadership: The New Science of Decision Making)

William B. Tayler, Ph.D., CMA
Bill earned his Ph.D. and master’s degrees in management at Cornell University and his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in accountancy at Brigham Young University. He is a professor at Brigham Young University's School of Accountancy, one of the top ranked accounting programs in the world. Bill has also taught at Cornell University and Emory University, and has received multiple teaching awards. Bill is a Certified Management Accountant specializing in performance measurement, the assignment of decision rights, and incentive compensation. He is also an expert in the balanced scorecard, revenue and cost variance analysis, subjective performance evaluation, activity-based costing, joint revenue and cost allocation, process costing, inventory management, cost-volume-profit analysis, and capital budgeting.
(Enhancing Leadership: The New Science of Decision Making)

Facilitators of Exec|Comm, LLC a business communications skills consulting firm offering seminars and training in effective sales, meeting management, and leadership training.
(Presentation Skills for Finance Professionals)

Partners of GAAP Dynamics, a training and consultancy firm specializing in the design, development and facilitation of tailored and dynamic training solutions for companies and accounting firms worldwide.
(Fair Value for Accountants, The Essential GAAP Update, The Essential GAAP Update for Banks and Other Financial Institutions)