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2020 Business & Industry Conference - BOTH DAYS (BIC20)

 Export to Your Calendar 8/13/2020 to 8/14/2020
When: August 13-14, 2020
8:00 am - 4:20 pm
Where: Webcast
United States
Presenter: Various
Contact: 2020 Business & Industry Conference - BOTH DAYS

Online registration is available until: 8/13/2020
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2020 Business & Industry Conference

August 13-14 via Webcast

Turn the page.

In the wake of COVID-19, 2020 has proven to be one for the record books. Businesses hit hard by the pandemic are working to survive through all the phases of recovery. LCPA’s Business & Industry Conference helps you turn the page to your next chapter, to move on and be instrumental in writing a "new edition" to how your business operates going forward.

We bring you thought-leaders who cover the relevant content that impacts you most in this pivoting world, including the economy, federal and state taxation, disaster planning, cyber security, employee benefits, remote workforces, and managing stress.

We're bringing the conference to you!

The conference will look a little different this year, but you’ll get the same great content you’ve come to expect from LCPA events. Here’s how it will work:

  • The speakers will be “live” from their location, so you’ll see them on-screen next to their presentation.
  • All materials will be distributed electronically, ensuring you have the most up-to-date information that you can easily save for future reference.
  • The platform is interactive – you’ll have to ability to ask questions of the speaker.
  • The CPE verification process is simple and we’ve built in breaks so you can take a stretch

So make plans to join us from the comfort of your favorite wifi-enabled location. Register today!

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Business & Industry Conference will be offered as a live-stream webcast this year. The format may be different but rest assured, you’ll get the same great content delivered by some of our most popular speakers — all from the comfort of your home or office.

The health of our members, speakers, and staff is always top of mind as we find innovative ways to bring you the most relevant information as safely as possible at the same quality as you have come to expect.

–The LCPA Team

Meet the Speakers

Robert S. Angelico, CPA, JD

Liskow & Lewis, APLC • New Orleans, LA

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Robert S. Angelico is the president and managing partner of the law firm of Liskow & Lewis, APLC, where he heads up the firm’s tax practice. Mr. Angelico concentrates a significant part of his practice in the area of Louisiana state and local taxation representing multinational, national, and local clients. He assists clients in connection with state and parish tax audits, tax planning strategies, and in administrative appeals and state and local tax litigation, involving all areas of Louisiana taxation. Mr. Angelico earned his accounting degree from LSU and his law degree from Loyola University. Mr. Angelico is a board certified tax specialist and a licensed certified public accountant. He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America in the specialty of tax law for the past several years. He is the past chairman of the Louisiana Tax Conference Committee, the Louisiana Taxation Committee, and the Legislation Committee for the Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants, and he is a past president of the LCPA. Mr. Angelico has over 38 years experience in the tax field, the last 32 years as a lawyer with Liskow & Lewis. Mr. Angelico is the past chairman of the Taxation Section of the Louisiana State Bar Association. For several years Mr. Angelico has taught courses for the LCPA on Louisiana Sales and Use Tax, Louisiana Ad Valorem Taxation, and Louisiana Tax Incentive Programs, and he is a frequent author and lecturer on Louisiana state and local tax topics.

John Anjier, JD

Liskow & Lewis, APLC • New Orleans, LA

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John Anjier is a shareholder with the law firm of Liskow & Lewis. Mr. Anjier is a member of the firm’s business and commercial litigation sections. representing and assisting clients with securities regulation, corporate and business transactions, and securities, white collar, and professional liability litigation. Mr. Anjier also represents clients before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in administrative matters.

Mr. Anjier received his law degree and B.A. from Louisiana State University, serving as a member of the Louisiana Law Review and the Order of the Coif. Mr. Anjier also attended graduate school at George Washington University. He is a member of the Louisiana Supreme Court Committee on Bar Admissions, Examiner for Business Entities and Negotiable Instruments; LSU Law Center Hall of Fame; Louisiana Super Lawyers, The Best Lawyers in America, New Orleans Magazine's "Top Lawyers”, Who’s Who in American Law; Chairman, National Food and Beverage Foundation (2019-), Board member (2016-2018) and served as President and a member of the Board of Directors of the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity. He is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, American Bar Association, New Orleans Bar Association and the SIFMA, Compliance and Legal Division. In addition, Mr. Anjier serves as an arbitrator with FINRA.

Brian R. Carnie, JD

Kean Miller, LLP • Shreveport, LA

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Brian Carnie is a partner in the Shreveport office of Kean Miller and practices in the labor and employment group. He represents employers of all sizes in the private and public sectors. Brian dedicates his practice exclusively to the representation of management's interests in virtually all aspects of labor and employment law, including the defense of wrongful discharge, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, workplace tort, breach of contract, FMLA, and OSHA whistleblower claims in federal and state courts, and before administrative agencies. He has extensive experience in Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), collective wage and hour cases, and American with Disabilities Act (ADA) access cases, otherwise known as “drive-by” or “Google” lawsuits. In addition to his litigation practice, Brian guides employers through complex disability and leave issues, sexual harassment investigations, workforce reorganizations/layoffs, wage and hour investigations, and worker misclassification and I-9 audits. He routinely represents management in collective bargaining, union grievances, arbitrations, and provides businesses with effective union avoidance strategies.

Brian also helps employers understand and comply with the ever-changing rules and regulations under the Affordable Care Act, including practical guidance on employer responsibilities, compliance and testing, reporting/notice requirements, and representation of employers who challenge the new IRS ACA penalty notices and appeals of demands for payment

Steve Chiavarone, CFA

Federated Investors • New York, NY

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Steve Chiavarone is responsible for portfolio management and research in the global asset allocation area and is a portfolio manager of Federated Global Allocation Fund. Steve is responsible for the formulation of Federated Hermes’ views on the economy, the fi nancial markets, and the fi rm’s investment positioning strategies as a member of both the Macro Economic Policy and the PRISM Asset Allocation committees. Steve is also responsible for bringing macroeconomic, investment strategy and product knowledge directly to clients in collaboration with the sales team.

Jeremy Halvorsen

Director of Engineering & IT – KHQ, Inc/Cowles Montana Media • Spokane, WA

Brandon Lagarde, CPA, JD, LLM

Postlethwaite & Netterville • Baton Rouge, LA

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Brandon Lagarde, CPA, JD, LLM is a Director in the Postlethwaite & Netterville Tax Services Group. Brandon joined the firm in 2009. Prior to joining P&N, Brandon practiced tax law at the law firms of Baker Donelson and Jones Walker. As a leader in the firm’s Tax Services Group, Brandon concentrates his practice on tax planning and consulting for federal and state income taxes and state and local sales and use tax. Brandon works with clients of all sizes in a variety of industries and assists those businesses with navigating the tax complexities of today’s highly regulated environment. Brandon has extensive experience assisting clients with tax issues associated with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (aka "Federal Tax Reform"), the Affordable Care Act, Louisiana income and sales taxation, tax planning for closely-held business, trusts and estates, multi-state planning and compliance, and mergers and acquisitions. Brandon is a frequent speaker on a variety of tax topics, including Federal Tax Reform, the Affordable Care Act, Louisiana taxes and general income tax planning.

Brandon is a member of the AICPA (Tax Section), where he serves on the Tax Practice Management Committee and the National Tax Conference Planning Committee, the LCPA, where he serves as the Chair of the State and Local Tax Committee and as a member of the Legislative Committee, and as a member of the Baton Rouge Chapter of the LCPA, American Bar Association (Tax Section) and Louisiana Bar Association (Tax Section). Brandon is a graduate of Leadership Greater Baton Rouge, a year-long leadership program of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) and was named to the Baton Rouge Business Report's Top 40 under 40.

Elaine Reyes

Managing Director – Deloitte • New Orleans, LA

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Elaine has over 15 years of experience in public accounting, specifically in the audit practice and has served clients in a variety of industries, including higher education, not-for-profit, governmental, gaming, healthcare, and manufacturing services. Elaine has deep knowledge of technical accounting matters relevant to privately held companies and experience advising clients on corporate transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions, and debt offerings. She has a thorough understanding of business operations, operational controls, and internal controls over financial reporting and is certified in IFRS and Yellow Book. Elaine also is experienced in performing Single Audits in accordance with Uniform Grant Guidance.

Loren Scott, PhD

Loren C. Scott & Associates, Inc. • Baton Rouge, LA

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Dr. Scott is the President of Loren C. Scott & Associates, Inc., a 38-year old economic consulting firm whose clients include such large national firms as BP, Capital One Financial, Entergy, ExxonMobil, J.P. Morgan Chase, Nucor, Sasol, Chesapeake Energy, and a diversity of others. He is one of the 52-member National Business Economic Issues Council, which meets quarterly to discuss issues of state, national, and international interest. This group has experts who cover international trade, Washington economic policy, retail trade, trucking, steel, chemicals, etc. Dr. Scott is an energy specialist on the NBEIC. He has been interviewed on CNBC, MSNBC, and Bloomberg TV, in addition to several local TV stations, and his work has been cited in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angles Times, the New York Times, USA Today, and the Financial Times, to name a few. His career started at Louisiana State University in 1969 where he spent the next 33 years, rising through the ranks from assistant professor to the prestigious Freeport McMoran Endowed Chair of Economics and the Director of the Division of Economic Development and Forecasting. Over the thirteen-year period from 1983-96, he was the chairman of the Economics Department at LSU. During that time, the Department’s ranking among the 3,000 economics departments in the U.S. rose from 101st to 38th. He is presently Professor Emeritus at LSU. He received 7 awards at LSU for outstanding classroom teaching. He gives 50-70 speeches a year on the state of the economy.

Jerry “Jay” Stovall, Jr., JD

Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, LLP • Baton Rouge, LA

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Mr. Stovall concentrates his practice in the areas of labor & employment law, corporate formation, business, corporate and fiduciary litigation. Mr. Stovall represents individuals, private employers and public entities. Mr. Stovall is a frequent speaker, author and trainer, primarily in the areas of labor & employment law.

Lisa Traina, CPA, CITP, CGMA

CapinTech, a CapinCrouse Company • Baton Rouge, LA

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Lisa uses her more than 30 years of experience to assist organizations in implementing measures to secure data and manage risks efficiently and effectively. She is a nationally recognized consultant, speaker and author. CapinTech, formerly Traina & Associates, provides cybersecurity services to a broad range of industries.


Thursday, August 13
8:00 – 9:30 am

Hammered From Two Sides: The Impacts of COVID 19 and Oil Prices

Loren Scott, PhD • Loren C. Scott & Associates, Inc. • Baton Rouge, LA

What was (is?) the impact of the coronavirus on the national and state economies? What do new UI claims tell us about how things are going? Why was the decision by the Saudis to punish Russia on March 5th arguably one of the dumbest decisions ever made in the energy sector in history? How are these two thumpings impacting the different areas of the state? Loren Scott will bring us up to date on all this and more in his signature style.

9:30 – 9:50 am Break
9:50 – 10:40 am

State Legislative Update

Robert S. Angelico, CPA, JD • Liskow & Lewis, APLC • New Orleans, LA

With the impending state budget issues, there very well could be significant tax legislation that would affect businesses. This talk will cover whatever tax and fiscal developments emerge from the 2020 legislative session and any possible special sessions.

10:40 – 11:40 am

PANEL: Revisiting Your Disaster Plan in the Wake of COVID-19

Panelists TBA

Will we be prepared the next time? What can you do to keep your cash flowing when business interruption insurance does not cover you? This session will provide many perspectives, including financing, accounting, and legal implications to consider.

11:40 am – 12:40 pm Lunch Break
12:40 – 1:30 pm

Cyber-Attack: Rising From the Ashes

Jeremy Halvorsen • Director of Engineering & IT – KHQ, Inc/Cowles Montana Media • Spokane, WA

Jeremy has led the IT department for KHQ, Inc., an independent TV station group based in Spokane, WA, for 20 years. In December of 2019, KHQ and its affiliated stations suffered a devastating ransomware attack, crippling their business, sales, and news operations. Jeremy will discuss the attack, how KHQ responded, lessons learned, and tools that can help you protect yourself from falling victim to cyber criminals.

1:30 – 2:20 pm

Managing a Remote Team Securely & Effectively

Lisa Traina, CPA, CITP, CGMA • CapinTech, a CapinCrouse Company • Baton Rouge, LA

With the recent pandemic, many organizations were forced to allow employees to work remotely, presenting a variety of logistical and security challenges. While many employees will go back to the office, some may not. And some organizations may find themselves wanting to embrace the flexibility, reduction in overhead, and other benefits remote work environments present.
This session will address the pros and cons of remote work environments and the technology and security issues that often arise. For organizations that will continue to support remote work, takeaways will include how to collaborate effectively with your team without hindering productivity and practical steps to ensure cybersecurity in this new business environment.

2:20 – 2:40 pm Break
2:40 – 3:30 pm

Navigating the Uncharted Employee Benefits Realities of COVID-19

Brian R. Carnie, JD • Kean Miller, LLP • Shreveport, LA

Brian Carnie, a labor & employment law attorney at Kean Miller, LLP, will discuss the rapidly changing laws and regulations as they relate to group health plans, retirement plans, short-term disability, and other employee benefits. He will also address other issues that may arise as a result of the pandemic.

3:30 – 4:20 pm

Managing Stress in an Unrecognizable Workplace

Jeff McManus • University of Mississippi • Oxford, MS

How quickly your normal fast-paced routine has changed – still fast, same demands, but now you are having to maintain distance without the socialization that can calm and connect. You are updating strategies to meet the shifting needs of your organization and communities; the uncertainty has added tremendous pressure and the stress has increased accordingly. How do you adjust what you do to preserve the health and mental/emotional power of your human capital? How do you learn to pivot quickly, reset, and regain momentum; knowing that if you don’t, you might be left behind?
Join Jeff as he helps you become adept at navigating stress amidst an ever-shifting landscape; guiding you through the shifts necessary to thrive in these changing times.

Friday, August 14
8:00 – 8:50 am

Federal Tax Update

Brandon Lagarde, CPA, JD, LLM • Postlethwaite & Netterville • Baton Rouge, LA

Businesses of all shapes and sizes have been impacted by COVID-19. This session will focus on the major federal tax changes that have occurred over the past year, including those made by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), and the IRS guidance released in connection with these massive legislative packages.

8:50 – 9:40 am

Preparing for the Next Virtual Financial Close and Audit

Elaine Reyes • Managing Director – Deloitte • New Orleans, LA

The effects of the current environment are felt across businesses, the workforce is adapting to social distancing and government orders to stay at home. Accounting and finance professionals strive to be productive in this environment, recognizing that management’s need to understand financial impact and financial reporting requirements remain in place to support the integrity of the markets. As closing the books and completing audits virtually is now a reality, we will discuss considerations for finance leaders and auditors during this time.

9:40 – 10:00 am Break
10:00 – 10:50 am

Extracting Meaningful Insight From YOUR Data

Keith Toussant Jr., FRM • Director of Data Analytics – Vinformatix • Houston, TX

Coming soon!

10:50 – 11:50 am

COVID-19 Economic Assistance: Is There Any Left and How Do I Pay it Back?

John Anjier, JD • Liskow & Lewis, APLC • New Orleans, LA

The United States Congress unleashed a $2 trillion package of loans, grants, tax breaks and other assistance through three major acts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic: Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act ($8 billion), Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFRCA) ($192 billion), and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act ($1.8 trillion). What assistance did these acts provide and what assistance is still available? And just as important, what are the consequences for you and your clients for taking advantage of these programs in terms of: (1) covenants and repayment terms; (2) audits and inspections; and (3) criminal and regulatory investigations and liability?

11:50 am – 12:50 pm Lunch Break
12:50 – 2:10 pm

Don’t Stand So Close to Me

Steve Chiavarone, CFA • Federated Hermes • New York, NY

Perennial favorite Steve Chiavarone will cover the breadth of the global Coronavirus pandemic, the extraordinary monetary, fiscal, and social-policy responses the US has created on the fly to wage war against it, and the economic and financial-market implications, including the results of the upcoming presidential election and the post-pandemic market recovery.

2:10 – 3:00 pm

Legal Pitfalls of a Remote Workforce

Jerry “Jay” Stovall, Jr., JD • Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, LLP • Baton Rouge, LA

Mr. Stovall will discuss the most common legal and practical issues faced by employers when utilizing remote working. He will also discuss how to address these issues in ways that minimize liability while maintaining productivity

3:00 – 3:20 pm Break
3:20 – 4:20 pm

Professional Issues Update

Ron Gitz, CPA, CGMA • CEO – Society of Louisiana CPAs • Kenner, LA

Coming soon!

Gold Sponsor


Personnel Consulting Group

"PCG has been serving the CPA community through direct hire and temporary/contract placement services since 1969. No firm in Louisiana has been here longer, and no firm has had the same staff of accounting recruiters either. Chip, Dan, Laura and Judy bring a combined 100+ years of accounting and finance recruiting experience to work for you, whether you are looking for a career change or seeking to locate a new employee.

PCG also offers search services in Engineering, IT, HR and Office Support.

“We’ve been an exhibitor at the Business & Industry Conference since 1989, and we are grateful once again to have the privilege of being the Gold Sponsor. We look forward to visiting with you during the course of the Conference.” – Frank Loria, President, The Personnel Consulting Group "

Frank Loria • 504.581.7800 • floria@pcgla.com

Silver Sponsors


Cost Segregation Initiatives

Cost Segregation Initiatives caters to CPAs and CFOs to help them manage fixed assets in regard to their real estate holdings and related tax issues. This includes cost segregation studies, asset management studies, disposal studies, and repairs/maintenance decisions. Curt regularly consults with CPAs and CFOs on planning and compliance issues relating to depreciation, tangible property regulations, and changes of method of accounting.

Curt Gautreau, CPA • 225.910.8195 • curt@crsbr.com



Gilsbar is one of the largest privately-held health and benefit management organizations in the country. Our Employee Benefits Consulting division can help you navigate health care reform, remain compliant and contain costs. We also offer TPA Services, Wellness, Population Health Management and Advocacy.

Ashley Erkel • 985.898.1582 • aerkel@gilsbar.com



Paychex is a leading provider of payroll, payroll tax, HR, and benefits outsourcing solutions for small- to medium-sized businesses. They also offer 401(k) plan recordkeeping, section 125 plans, a professional employer organization, and other administrative services for businesses.

Lauren Martinez • 985.381.3386 • lmartinez@paychex.com


AIM Technologies

AIM Technologies

Ken Fournet • 337.319.6163 • kfournet@aim-technologies.com

Brooke Companies

Brooke Companies

Caroline Middleton • 504.834.9772 • CarolineM@brookecompanies.com

Sponsorships for this event are still available. Check our Marketing Guide for packages and pricing
or contact Misean Reed for more information.

Registration Information

Both Days

Members: $349

Non-Members: $549

CPE: Up to 16 CPE credits

Acronym: BIC20


First Day Only

Members: $245

Non-Members: $345

CPE: Up to 8 CPE credits

Acronym: BIC120


Second Day Only

Members: $245

Non-Members: $345

CPE: Up to 8 CPE credits

Acronym: BIC220


Non-CPA staff of LCPA members may attend at the member rate.

To register by phone, call the LCPA Member Service Center at 800.288.5272 or 504.464.1040, Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm.
To register by mail, fill out our Individual Registration Form and mail it to 2400 Veterans Blvd., Suite 500, Kenner, LA 70062.
Need to register more than one person? Fill out our Group Registration Form and email it to register@lcpa.org.