*IN-PERSON OPTION* - FULL DAY - CVC IMA Winter 2021 Conference

When:  Dec 9, 2021 from 08:00 AM to 05:00 PM (ET)
Associated with  Catawba Valley Chapter

To keep all attendees safe at this in-person event, the attendee MUST complete an additional form attesting to their vaccination status. A copy of the attestation form can be downloaded by clicking HERE.

***Registration/Coffee/Continental Breakfast***

8:00 am -8:30 am


Morning Session 8:30 am-10:10 am

(CPE Credit: 2 Hours in Personal Development)


Martin Brossman and Dana Gower present:

 “Everyone’s talking-but what are these things doing to us in reality? Insights into Bitcoin/cryptocurrencies, Blockchain, and Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs), in user-friendly terms.”


The Printing Press, The Electric Light, The Internet, and now Blockchain and Bitcoin! This presentation will explain how Cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin, in particular, NFTs, and Blockchain are changing the world of finance and will give you a look at the mechanics, benefits, and limitations of the latest technological disruptions. What are the risks and what are the optimum potential outcomes to individuals and institutions? How does the new “digital wallet” work? You have heard different things in the news, and from entertainment, family, and friends on these topics, and perhaps you have dabbled in Bitcoin. In this presentation, you will hear the latest developments, issues, and predictions in a comprehensive, but easy-to-follow, informative, engaging, and entertaining way. No pre-knowledge of the field is required for this continuing education training.


  • Understanding the basic processes, technologies, and terminologies of Blockchain and the Cryptocurrency world.

  • A brief history plus some current-day examples of the practical use of various technologies.

  • Understanding the risks and potential upsides of the emerging Blockchain field to both people and institutions.


Morning Session 10:25 am-12:05pm

(CPE Credit: 2 Hours in Business Law)


Jeff Penley, J.D. Presents:

 "I Am Not Throwin' Away My Shot (Or Am I?)-The Legality of Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccines in the Workplace"


In addition to the widespread health implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, the virus has also raised significant legal issues, including whether employers can mandate employee vaccination as a requirement for employment. Major companies like Boeing, Citigroup, Deloitte, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Walmart now require their employees to be vaccinated, and in September 2021, President Joseph Biden announced sweeping new vaccine mandates that will affect tens of millions of Americans, ordering all businesses with more than 100 employees to require their workers to be inoculated or face weekly testing. State governments are “pushing back.” Currently, governors in 12 states, including Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Indiana, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah have signed legislation restricting COVID-19 vaccine mandates in their states. Another “red versus blue” political battle is on, perhaps only to be resolved by a United States Supreme Court decision on the issue.


  • Understand the relationship between the “employment-at-will” doctrine and employer-established COVID-19 vaccine mandates

  • Understand various corporate policies regarding COVID-19 vaccine mandates

  • Explain the import of President Biden’s executive order regarding COVID-19 vaccine mandates

  • Explain the nature and extent of state laws restricting vaccine mandates

  • Assess whether the US Supreme Court will address the issue, and if so, what the likely outcome will be


***Lunch 12:05 pm – 1:00 pm***



Afternoon Session 1:00 pm – 2:40 pm

(CPE Credit: 2 Hours in Production)


Tim Reynolds Presents:

 “Inventory Management Best Practices”


Inventory can represent one of the largest assets on a company’s books and as management accountants, it’s important that we not only account for it accurately but seek to understand how the mismanagement of this important asset can lead to some serious organizational issues. Join us to learn more about why inventory management is important and learn some best practices on how organizations can safeguard it and implement some operational efficiencies along the way.


  • Understand why inventory management is important to an organization

  • Learn how the lack of controls in connection with inventory can lead to financial losses

  • Discover some best practices related to safeguarding and efficiency improvements for inventory



Afternoon Session 3:00 pm – 4:40 pm

(CPE Credit: 2 Hours in Behavioral Ethics)


Joe Lakatos Presents:

 “A Cautionary Tale About the Use of Data Analytics to Detect and Prevent Fraud”


Over the past few years, data analytics has become one of the principal tools employed by organizations to detect and prevent fraud. In some organizations, data analytics has proven to significantly reduce the occurrence of fraud. However, in a recent survey conducted by Price Waterhouse Coopers, 43 percent of business leaders have found “little tangible benefit” from the information obtained in data analysis, while 23 percent ‘derive no benefit whatsoever’. This seminar will explore the reasons why data analytics has fallen short of expectations for many entities and demonstrate how data analytics can hamper fraud detection and prevention, and offer methods to prevent this from happening in your organization. Real-world examples will be given during the presentation.


  • To appreciate the ways in which data analytics can assist in and hamper fraud detection and prevention.

  • To become familiar with the methods used to overcome the pitfalls of using data analytics in fraud detection and prevention efforts.


Registration Dates

Registration Ends Friday, December 3, 2021


Catawba Valley Community College and Technical Institute, Workforce Solutions Complex
2550 US Highway 70 SE
Hickory, NC 28602