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Boston CPE Conference

August 28 - September 1, 2017

Boston, MA

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Boston today—as it has been since colonial times—is an epicenter of cultural tradition and American innovation.

Boston today—as it has been since colonial times—is an epicenter of cultural tradition and American innovation. Well-known but nevertheless essential to the experience, Boston’s Freedom Trail takes you through the historic cobblestone streets of Beacon Hill and explores the city’s many revolutionary landmarks. You can also tour the hallowed campus of Harvard University or the equally venerated grounds of Fenway Park. Many of the city’s famed attractions are easily accessible from the hub of Kenmore Square, centrally located and close to our conference accommodations.

Custom-Planned Local Activities To Complement Your Conference

You deserve a break! That’s why we carefully select and plan premium after-class Group Activities for conference attendees and their guests. After all, all work and no play is never a good plan! So join the fun, experience something unique, make new connections, or reunite with old friends. This is your vacation—we want you to enjoy every moment!

Please note: Prices are subject to change. Prices include service fees and taxes, where noted. Activity fees are nonrefundable.

Register Early! Tickets and transportation for our optional Group Activities may be limited and are sold on a first come, first served basis.



Conference Reception


Sunday, August 27, 2017

4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

After arriving, please stop by the Western CPE registration desk 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. to pick up your conference materials. We’ll be available to answer any questions you might have about the courses and activities that are scheduled during the week.

Boston Trolley City and Fenway Park Tour

Monday, August 28, 2017

1:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. | $68.00

Fenway Park

We'll ride in vintage style on Boston's Old Town Trolley, seeing historic landmarks that include Faneuil Hall, Paul Revere's house, and the Old State House. Right after our city tour, we'll visit Fenway Park, the oldest Major League Baseball park in the country. Step into the stadium and you can almost hear the crack of the bat, the snap of a fastball landing in the catcher's glove, the umpire's call, and the cheering crowd. Built in 1912, Fenway Park is where Babe Ruth once pitched, where Ted Williams set numerous batting records, and where today's Red Sox continue to thrill loyal fans. Our 50-minute walking tour reveals a classic stadium with 100 years of colorful baseball history.

Price includes guided tour of the city on the trolley, guided Fenway Park tour, taxes, and gratuity.

The Harvard and MIT Student-Led Tour

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

2:00 p.m.– 6:30 p.m. | $78.00


Explore Harvard during a 90-minute student-led "Hahvahd Tour" that is engaging, entertaining, and informative. With a humorous and off-beat style, our guide will explore four main themes, including the history and culture of the university, its architecture, and the Harvard-Cambridge rivalry. The tour features 10 stops, including Johnston Gate, Harvard Yard, Memorial Hall, Widener Library, and the John Harvard statue. Here at the alma mater of Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and Barack Obama, you’ll get the inside scoop on Harvard lore and behind-the-scenes stories about the oldest institution of higher education in the United States. And if that isn't brainy enough for you, we will continue to another celebrated institution—Massachusetts Institute of Technology—for a 90-minute student-led tour! On this scripted 1.2-mile walking tour, your guide will talk about the school's history, its culture, and the tremendous influence of technology on our past, present, and future.

Price includes transportation, student-guided tours, taxes, and gratuities.

Freedom Trail Guided Tour

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

2:00 p.m.– 4:00 p.m. | $24.00

Freedom Trail

We couldn't visit the city of Boston without delving into its rich history and the events that shaped the founding of our nation. Join us as we learn about the American Revolution along the Freedom Trail—a 2.5-mile red-brick path that leads to 16 historic sites. Touring with the highly acclaimed Freedom Trail Foundation, we will walk into history along the famous red line, led by a costumed tour guide who looks as though he stepped right out of the 18th century! Throughout the tour, we will learn about the following national treasures: the Boston Common, the Old State House, Park Street Church, and Granary Burying Ground, King's Chapel, King's Chapel Burying Ground, the Benjamin Franklin Statue and Boston Latin School, Old Corner Bookstore, Old South Meeting House, the site of the Boston Massacre, and Faneuil Hall. Transportation not provided. We’ll share cabs.

Price includes guided walking tour, taxes, and gratuities.

North End Italian Foodie Tour

Thursday, August 31, 2017

2:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m. | $88.00

Foodie Tour

Andiamo! Join us on a walking tour of Boston's North End and its sensational Italian specialty food markets. Created by Boston chef Michele Topor, the tour begins with a brief historical overview of this vibrant neighborhood. All five senses will be engaged as we learn about regional Italian foods and the secrets of authentic Italian cuisine. Along the way, we will enjoy sampling Italian foods and flavors, and we'll visit markets that sell the finest olive oils, balsamic vinegars, meats, cheeses, pastries, and more. We'll also learn professional tips on purchasing and cooking the freshest ingredients. This tour is truly a mobile cooking class designed to give you the real taste of Little Italy.

Price includes round-trip transportation to and from the tour's starting point, a guided walking tour, tastings, taxes, and gratuities.

Enjoy a Luxurious Getaway... and Earn the CPE Credit You Need!

Vacation-worthy destinations. Industry-leading experts. Your 2017 CPE credits earned. Complete your CPE requirement and still have ample time to enjoy any of our 24 hand-picked locations when you attend a Western CPE Conference. You’ll get the very latest in accounting and finance continuing education, and earn up to 40 CPE credits when you attend!


Every conference includes both public and industry accounting tracks. Select courses from either track to custom-design your learning time. Then, get out of class by early afternoon each day.


Mix & match your conference registration to split your five days of CPE across multiple locations within the same calendar year. Maximize your learning and your fun!


Receive TWO bonus online CPE credits per day of attendance, redeemable for online webcast or self-study courses on WesternCPE.com.*

*Bonus CPE credits may not be used for Federal Tax Update, Federal & California Tax Update, and premier courses.


Hotel Commonwealth

Hotel Commonwealth

Located in the vibrant city hub of Kenmore Square, Hotel Commonwealth features newly-renovated accommodations just adjacent to Fenway Park. You can enjoy an unparalleled view of this historic district from the hotel’s outdoor terrace, the perfect place to try a signature cocktail and enjoy an afternoon. Within the hotel, you’ll find two restaurants offering locally-sourced cuisine and a bar specializing in craft cocktails. With an ideal location, Hotel Commonwealth is the perfect place to start your exploration of Boston’s history and contemporary culture.

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*To secure our Escape Rate, please make your room reservation as early as possible. Due to market demand, Western CPE does not guarantee room availability and rate. The starting price is based on one adult guest; please review detailed pricing, outlined in the Travel Guide. Rate does not include taxes and fees.

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Very thorough and comprehensive presentation of complex tax issues for individuals. Highlights were on point, relevant, and of current interest. Not a single minute was wasted.

Gloria Shontz, CPA, MBA


Courses are selected when you register for the conference. Click on a course or instructor for more details.

Date Time Course Title Instructor CPE Credits Topic
August 28, 2017 7:30AM - 1:00PM Annual Update of Essential Information for Controllers and CFOs Matthew X. Ryan, CPA, CFE, MBA 6 Accounting
August 28, 2017 7:30AM - 1:00PM World's Liveliest Accounting Update 2017 with Rod Redding Rod Redding, Inactive CPA 6 Accounting
August 29, 2017 7:30AM - 1:00PM The New Economy and the New CFO Matthew X. Ryan, CPA, CFE, MBA 6 Accounting
August 29, 2017 7:30AM - 1:00PM Juggling the Numbers: Financial Reporting and Analysis Rod Redding, Inactive CPA 6 Accounting
August 30, 2017 7:30AM - 1:00PM A Stroll Down GAAP Memory Lane Rod Redding, Inactive CPA 6 Accounting
August 30, 2017 7:30AM - 1:00PM Everybody's Critical Individual Tax Issues in 2017 Karen Brosi, CFP, EA 6 Taxes
August 31, 2017 7:30AM - 1:00PM Data Security and Identity Theft: Managing the Risks K2 Enterprises (Thomas G. (Tommy) Stephens, Jr., CPA, CITP, CGMA) 6 Computer Software and Applications
August 31, 2017 7:30AM - 1:00PM Everybody's Critical Business Tax Issues in 2017 Karen Brosi, CFP, EA 6 Taxes
September 01, 2017 7:30AM - 1:00PM Mastering PivotTables: Excel's Best Feature K2 Enterprises (Thomas G. (Tommy) Stephens, Jr., CPA, CITP, CGMA) 6 Computer Software and Applications
September 01, 2017 7:30AM - 1:00PM Tax Strategies for Real Estate Investors Karen Brosi, CFP, EA 6 Taxes


1 Day 2 Days 3 Days 4 Days 5 Days 6 Days
$549 $949 $1,249 $1,449 $1,649 $1,849

6 CPE Credits

+ 2 Bonus CPE

12 CPE Credits

+ 4 Bonus CPE

18 CPE Credits

+ 6 Bonus CPE

24 CPE Credits

+ 8 Bonus CPE

30 CPE Credits

+ 10 Bonus CPE

36 CPE Credits

+ 12 Bonus CPE

Group Discounts

Western CPE offers registration discounts to organizations that send 5 or more people to a conference. Attendees can choose the same or different conference destinations and still qualify for the group discount.

5-9 People: 5% off

10-19 People: 10% off

20+ People: 15% off

Call 844.690.2167 for more details or to register


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