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Accounting/ Bus Mgt & Org (4), Business Management & Organization (2)

Course Description

While key indicators show the United States and much of the world is in a period of economic expansion, a tremendous amount of uncertainty and risk still pose challenges for organizations across the country. Meanwhile, information being presented in the news and other media outlets is often wrought with subjective commentary, making it difficult to assess the true impact of certain policies. This course is designed to explore current and ongoing economic issues facing the U.S. and the world, looking at official source data to allow the CPA or financial professional to objectively analyze possible ramifications for their organization.


Francis X. Ryan, CPA, CGMA, MBA

Frank Ryan, CPA, CGMA, MBA, is the president of F.X. Ryan & Associates, which specializes in lean systems implementations, activity-based costing, strategic and operational risk analyses, and corporate governance evaluations. Frank serves and has served on numerous boards of publicly traded companies and nonprofit organizations. In 2008, he was elected chairman of the board of Good Shepherd Center. Frank has served as chairman of the audit committees of two publicly traded companies, and he’s the current audit committee chairman of a major nonprofit organization in Maryland. Frank is an acclaimed author on activity-based costing, lean systems, and enterprise risk, and he lectures for numerous state and national organizations. Currently, he’s a Western CPE conference instructor, self-study author, and webcast presenter.

Frank graduated summa cum laude from Mount St. Mary’s College and received his MBA from the University of Maryland in 1977.

A retired Marine reserve colonel, he was recalled to active duty out of retirement in 2004 and served with Multi-National Force—Iraq until June 2005. Before retiring, Frank served during Operation Enduring Freedom and spent time in Afghanistan with the Joint Forces Special Operations Command. His personal military decorations include three Legions of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal. Frank's military expertise includes special operations, civil affairs, and economic warfare.

Course Specifics

Accounting/ Bus Mgt & Org , Business Management & Organization
Dec 16, 2019

Compliance Information

Qualifies for CA Fraud: No

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand key economic indicators across the U.S. and what they may mean for your organization and financial forecasting.
  • Analyze current budget deficits at the federal, state, and local levels and the potential impact on the business environment and revenue recognition.
  • Understand and analyze the issues surrounding international trade agreements, tariffs, and its impact on business, inflation, interest rates, and unemployment.
  • Analyze current national and international legislative issues, with a focus on data and financial privacy and new accounting pronouncements, and the potential impact on businesses across the globe.

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