Financial Institutions Conference

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If you work in the banking field, TSCPA’s Financial Institutions Conference is your one-stop shop to get the latest information and network with other CPAs from around the state. 

The conference kicks off with an update from Tennessee Department of Financial Institutions Commissioner, Greg Gonzales, and a political banking update. This year’s conference features an annual update on accounting, auditing and financial institutions taxation. Tom Williams will present on implementing an incident response plan, and lead economist of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Bill Emmons, will provide an economic update.

Stay ahead of the curve when it comes to the rapidly changing landscape of your profession by joining your colleagues at this year’s TSCPA Financial Institutions Conference.


Number of Credits Type of Credits
4.00 Accounting
1.00 Economics
2.00 Information Technology
1.00 Taxes


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September 30, 2019

8:00am - 8:50am (Central Time)

The Commissioner will provide an overview of the banking environment and what is happening with the FFIEC.

8:55am - 9:45am (Central Time)
10:00am - 11:40am (Central Time)

When a customer opens an account at your organization, they do so with the trust that their data and their identity will be protected. Let’s face it, due to the increasing amount of successful cyber-attacks that have been highlighted in the news, that trust has been broken between many businesses and their customers. The issue is how do you avoid losing your customer’s trust by maintaining the integrity of their vital information. The first step is to have a plan in place to address a cyber incident. To ensure effectiveness of the plan, it must be tested throughout the organization and under multiple attack scenarios. Many organizations have Incident Response Plans (IRP) to address a cyber-attack, the question is how effective are those plans? A plan that is not properly tested instills a false sense of security that the organization is protected.

Through this fast paced, interactive exercise, we will provide a model for testing the IRP that goes beyond the typical table-top method of testing. The drill will test your ability to react to a cyber incident. You will be grouped on a team with your peers and assume the role of the Incident Response Team (IRT) for a factitious organization. As the IRT, you will be responsible for navigating through a cyber incident where various situational events will be presented to the team throughout the drill. We will step you through the major milestones required to successfully recover from a cyber event. You will also learn from your peers through collaboration and group discussions.

11:40am - 12:40pm (Central Time)

Sponsored by Elliott Davis

12:40pm - 1:30pm (Central Time)

This session will cover recent tax matters impacting financial institutions. Topics will include emerging issues related to tax reform, recent developments related to accounting for income taxes and other relevant items impacting banks. Participants will leave the session with a better understanding on how these changes impact their bank or their clients.

1:35pm - 2:25pm (Central Time)
2:30pm - 3:20pm (Central Time)

Many economic indicators point to continuing economic growth but market interest rates have declined significantly. Will the Federal Reserve follow market rates lower? If so, will it be due to fears of an economic slowdown, lower inflation pressures or other factors.

3:35pm - 4:25pm (Central Time)

This session will include updates on accounting projects that federal regulators have completed or are in progress. This session will also provide an update on FASB projects such as leases, revenue and other projects related to community banks.


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Greg Gonzales

Greg Gonzales is the 18th commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Financial Institutions, who began serving in this role in 2005, and was reappointed by Governor Bill Haslam. He has served in the department since 1986. In this position, Gonzales serves as Tennessee’s chief regulatory officer of all state-chartered depository and licensed non-depository financial institutions. Additionally, he has served as assistant commissioner and general counsel for the department.

Gonzales is a past Chairman of the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS), which is the professional organization of state banking commissioners in the United States. Commissioner Gonzales, for a number of years, served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Money Transmitter Regulators Association (MTRA), an organization of a majority of the states that regulate funds transfer companies. He serves as Chairman of the State Liaison Committee that incorporates the state supervisory perspective into the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council. The FFIEC affects regulatory guidance on all depository financial institutions in the United States. He served on the U.S. Treasury’s Bank Secrecy Act Advisory Group. Commissioner Gonzales currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Financial Literacy Commission. Gonzales also currently serves on a national task force studying how new technologies are affecting the U.S. payment systems.

Commissioner Gonzales was born in Cookeville, Tennessee and graduated Cum Laude in Cursu Honorum with a bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Technological University in 1980. Gonzales served as a research assistant in 1980 to Sir Patrick Cormack, a Conservative Party member of the British Parliament. He earned a law degree from the University of Tennessee in 1984.

Commissioner Gonzales is an avid baseball fan and has rooted for the Chicago Cubs since the 1960s, which has taught him great life lessons in perseverance and that loyalty is eventually rewarded.

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Tom Williams

Tom Williams is the Business Continuity/Cyber Security Strategy Manager for the Gladiator Division of Jack Henry of Jack Henry & Associates, Inc. (JHA). Tom’s responsibility includes educating and assisting clients in selecting the proper strategies and solutions for dealing with unplanned outages and cyber-attacks.

Tom has been in the business continuity / cyber-security role with Jack Henry for 19 years. Prior to joining Jack Henry Tom worked for IBM for 23 years where he spent his last 13 years with IBM as a Business Continuity Consultant.

Tom is an established presenter on topics related to business continuity/disaster recovery and cyber-security. He is a 13-year member of the National Speakers Association (NSA). He teaches business continuity and cyber-security as a faculty member of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin and the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado. He is the sole developer and main facilitator of the Interactive Mock Drill approach to testing both business continuity and cyber incident response plans.

Tom has a B.S.B.A. from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI and a master’s degree in management from Walsh College in Troy, MI. He resides in West Bloomfield, MI and enjoys photography and biking.

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Michael J. Giammalvo, CPA

Mr. Giammalvo is the national practice leader for the firm’s financial services tax group where he oversees the delivery of tax consulting and compliance services to many of the firm’s financial services clients throughout the United States. He is also currently serving as a member of the firm’s Board of Directors and also leads the firm’s tax strategy efforts.

Mr. Giammalvo is personally involved with over 50 financial services clients that range from start-up de-novo banks to multi-state public companies with 20+ billion dollar balance sheets. He works extensively in the areas of strategic tax planning, mergers and acquisitions, financial accounting for income taxes, financial accounting for uncertain tax positions, stock-based compensation plans and IRS and state tax examinations. He is also a subject matter expert on Subchapter S corporation matters.

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William R. Emmons

Bill Emmons is an Assistant Vice President and Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. He also serves as Lead Economist in the Bank’s Center for Household Financial Stability (HFS) and as President of the St. Louis Gateway Chapter of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE). He conducts research and speaks frequently on topics including the economy, housing and mortgage markets, banking, financial markets, financial regulation, and household financial conditions.

Mr. Emmons has been with the St. Louis Fed since 1995. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Finance in the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to joining the St. Louis Fed and Washington University, he was on the faculty of the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Mr. Emmons received a PhD degree in Finance from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He received bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Wynne E. Baker, CPA, CBA, CFSA, CFF

Wynne is a director in the Financial Institution Advisory Group of Saltmarsh, Cleaveland & Gund, specializing in advisory services, relationship management, industry training and public speaking. With more than 40 years of experience, Wynne has advised financial institutions through all stages, from consulting on the establishment of new bank charters to buying failed banks from the FDIC. He also has decades of litigation expertise and has served as an expert witness in court cases related to bank failures and frauds across the country.

Well-known for his contributions to industry standards and education throughout his career, Wynne is respected nationally as an authority on the Current Expected Credit Losses (CECL) model, developed by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) to replace current impairment models, is the author of the AICPA’s premier bank course, Introduction to Bank Accounting and Auditing and was co-editor of the Handbook of Financial Management for Banks published by McGraw Hill. He has led training for the FDIC and OCC and has been recognized as an Outstanding Speaker by the Florida Institute of CPAs and the Tennessee Society of CPAs.

Wynne currently serves on the Board of Directors for Sevier County Bancshares, Inc. and Sevier County Bank and is also a member of its Audit and Compensation Committees. Throughout his career, he has served on a number of national boards, including the AICPA’s Board of Directors and Foundation Board of Trustees, Strategic Planning Committee, Banking and Savings Institutions Committee and Banking Conference Committee.

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