Tiffany Couch is Principal at Acuity Forensics, a Pacific Northwest forensic accounting firm with a national presence. She has more than 20 years of experience in the field of accounting with the last 13 years focused completely on forensic accounting related engagements. Her expertise is in matters involving fraud investigation, forensic accounting, contract and regulatory compliance, internal control risk assessment, and complex litigation. Professional background and experience includes audit, tax, and business consulting services for government entities and privately held business entities in a range of industries.
She has provided expertise as a source to the New York Times, Forbes, CNBC, NPR, Wall Street Journal and First Business News. She is also a regular contributor to Fraud Magazine and the Vancouver Business Journal and has been interviewed for KING 5-TV in Seattle, iHeartRadio and KGW-TV in Portland, and News Talk in Alberta, Canada. Ms. Couch is the winner of the 2014 James R. Baker Speaker of the Year, presented by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) to honor an individual who has demonstrated the true spirit of leadership in communication, presentation and quality instruction. She also serves as a faculty member for the ACFE. With almost 75,000 members worldwide, the ACFE is the world’s largest anti-fraud organization and the premier provider of anti-fraud training and education.
Tiffany Couch is the author of The Thief in Your Company, available at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and HudsonBooksellers.com.
Prashanth Southekal is the Managing Principal of DBP-Institute, a Data Analytics consulting and education firm. He has consulted for over 50 organizations including P&G, GE, Shell, Apple, and SAP and solved problems that are at the intersection of data, technology, and business productivity. He is also an Analytics Advisor for SAS-Institute (Western Canada), Evalueserve (Switzerland) and Grihasoft (India). Mr. Southekal is the author of 2 books - Data for Business Performance and Analytics Best Practices. Apart from his consulting pursuits, he is an Adjunct faculty of Data Analytics at University of Calgary (Calgary, Canada) and IE Business School (Madrid, Spain). He has a PhD from ESC Lille (FR) and MBA from Kellogg School of Management (US). He lives in Calgary, Canada.
Co-Founder of Venture 7 Advisors
A career in small business ownership and big business consulting has given me unique perspectives on launching, acquiring, growing and exiting businesses. I’ve advised scores of companies from technology start-ups to global powerhouses, in diverse industries including industrial and consumer product manufacturing, healthcare, professional services, pharmaceuticals, and information technology.
One of the things I’ve learned is how hard it is for small business owners to find experienced, big-picture advice. There are many specialists (e.g. consultants, lawyers, accountants) who play important roles, but advisors who truly understand the whole business ownership experience are rare.
Venture 7 Advisors is my seventh venture (hence the name). My partners and I created Venture 7 so we could help other business owners build and exit their companies with confidence. At this point in our careers, it’s not just “what we do”, it’s who we are.
Founder & CEO - The Outperformer
Brad is the Founder and CEO of the award-winning team at The Outperformer. A passionate consultant to the CFO, accounting and finance space for 15 years, this business was designed to raise the performance bar of finance relative to the rapidly changing landscape facing the profession.
The team now offers solutions across career management and executive coaching, business partnership, leadership and finance culture programs, financial modelling & decision support; all provided under The Outperformer’s unique Co-Design model which was awarded Education & Training Program of the Year in 2018. His role has him working with experts in the field across the world and playing a lead role in the design of large scale programs with clients of The Outperformer.
Always dedicated and curious about the accounting and finance community, Brad wrote and published the popular book “CFgrOw: Staying in the driver’s seat on the path to CFO” (published in 2015), which became recommended reading by the Institute of Chartered Accountants. He has also featured in the Australian Finance Review, Acuity magazine, Shortlist and other publications for his views and research on the accounting and finance profession, and regularly sought out to speak at conferences and events related to careers and the future of finance.
Don’t miss Brad’s Career Management Courses
Albrecht has over twenty five years of experience of innovative leadership in the medical industry. His depth of knowledge helps others to get to that innovation sweet spot which drives business success.
Albrecht has created market-defining product families at Siemens and A-dec.
At Siemens Medical Solutions, Albrecht led innovation resulting in platform reinvention that allowed the medical division to regain its #1 market position in less than two years.
At A-dec, Inc. as Vice President of Product Development, Albrecht implemented a development infrastructure that bridged the culture of a founder/entrepreneur to the future. His work at A-dec resulted in a new product line that has become the premier product line in the dental industry.
Today Albrecht teaches and consults with a number of organizations looking for the tools and momentum to innovate and grow their market share.
Jeanne is on the management faculty at Portland State University. She uses her expertise to help students and leaders explore the relationship between their roles as business people and their hopes to live meaningful and happy lives.
Jeanne also teaches in the healthcare MBA, a joint project between OHSU and PSU, to grow leadership in the healthcare industry.
Jeanne completed her doctoral degree in social and organizational psychology from the University of Chicago.
Jeanne’s past research has shown the effects of high quality relationships between managers and their work teams in the food industry.
In one consulting project, Jeanne worked with the retail grocery industry on mindset shift to change behavior in energy conservation.
The result was a Better Bricks Award for the local grocery chain.
She has provided strategic planning services for clients like Clark County Health Services and the regional group of the National Association of College Bookstores and serves on various non-profit boards.
CEO and Consulting Chief Information Officer
Manoj Garg is the Founder and Managing Partner of Virtual Information Executives, a consulting firm that specializes in helping clients achieve breakthrough business results through IT leadership. Manoj brings over thirty years of senior executive leadership skills and technology management experience with domestic and international operations to VIE’s clients.
Manoj’s Information Technology (IT) experience covers a broad array of skills, including Large Scale Technology Infrastructure Management, Outsourcing Management, Information Security Management, Program Management and Enterprise Resource Planning. Manoj served as the Founding CIO at WebEx Communications.
He holds an MBA in Finance from University of Rochester and an MS in Computer Science from University of Pittsburgh. He also enjoys angel investing, assisting non-profits, teaching, playing music and spending time with his wife and three children.