Sawgrass/St. Augustine CPE Conference

Premier Destination

September 25 - September 29, 2017

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL



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St. Augustine is a charming and historic city with deliciously fresh seafood, centuries of culture, and plentiful outdoor activities

With its colonial Spanish architecture and picturesque waterfront, St. Augustine is a charming and historic city with deliciously fresh seafood, centuries of culture, and plentiful outdoor activities. For history buffs, the almost 500 years of European colonization still represented in the city provide a treasure trove of exploration. The historic district still maintains its brick-lined streets and offers tours of the oldest continually inhabited European settlement in the United States. The area is also home to pristine beaches and plenty of watersports, with 42 miles of oceanfront on Florida’s beautiful Atlantic Coast. Last, but definitely not least, are St. Augustine’s renowned golfing opportunities. When you stay with us at Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa, you’ll be right next to TPC Sawgrass, with its two perfectly manicured championship courses, offering some of the most challenging and rewarding golf in the nation.

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.

 

WCPE Reception

Conference Reception

Sunday, September 24, 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.

Golf Course

Golf at TPC Sawgrass

 

The Stadium Course, named one of the Top 50 Golf Courses in the world by Golf Magazine, is also home to the Players Championship. Course designer Pete Dye has put golfers of all abilities to the ultimate test, including his impressive 17th hole, one of the most-often-photographed holes found anywhere. 

History Tour

Historic Old Town St. Augustine Tour

St. Augustine is known as the country’s oldest city, and our tour will include the City Gates, the Spanish Plaza, the Cathedral-Basilica, and the Spanish Government House, along with the Fountain of Youth. We’ll stop at the Castillo de San Marcos, where the early Spanish survived the siege of English attackers. 

Schooner

Sunset Schooner Sail on Freedom

Join us on board for this unique and relaxing way to cap off a full day with a two-hour sail on the Freedom. We’ll enjoy viewing St. Augustine’s skyline from the water on this authentic replica of a 19th-century craft. 

Marsh Landing Country Club

Golf at Marsh Landing Country Club

Designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay, Marsh Landing Country Club offers challenging play while surrounded by beautiful views, well-groomed fairways, and local wildlife. Often likened to a 6,841-yard nature preserve, this course offers some of the longest fairways in golf.

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!

CUSTOMIZE YOUR LEARNING TIME

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.

CHOOSE ONE OR MULTIPLE DESTINATIONS

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!

DON’T FORGET YOUR BONUS CPE CREDITS!

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.

Accommodations

Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa

Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa

When you join us at Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa, you’ll be staying at an incredible resort right next to two of the most renowned golf courses in the world. The resort itself is a beautiful complex with a spa, four pools, and excellent dining options. And it sits directly adjacent from TPC Sawgrass and its two championship courses. If golf isn’t your thing, you’re just a brief drive from the Atlantic Coast and metropolitan Jacksonville. Whatever you choose to do, the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa is an impeccable resort choice for guests in the greater Jacksonville area.

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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.

CPE ESCAPE RATE

Starting at

$219

per night*

 

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It doesn't get any better than Western CPE!

Steve Lethert, CFO

CPE COURSES AT THE SAWGRASS/ST. AUGUSTINE CONFERENCE

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
September 25, 2017 10:30AM - 1:10PM Accountant's Alert: The Economics, Business, and Reporting Climate in 2017 Ray Thompson, CBA, CFM, CMA 2 Accounting
September 25, 2017 7:30AM - 1:00PM Everybody's Critical Individual Tax Issues in 2017 Doug Stives, CPA 6 Taxes
September 25, 2017 7:30AM - 10:10AM Ethics Update for CPAs and Finance Professionals 2017 Ray Thompson, CBA, CFM, CMA 4 Behavioral Ethics
September 26, 2017 7:30AM - 1:00PM Everybody's Critical Business Tax Issues in 2017 Doug Stives, CPA 6 Taxes
September 26, 2017 7:30AM - 1:00PM Current Challenges and Key Risks in Financial Reporting Ray Thompson, CBA, CFM, CMA 6 Accounting
September 27, 2017 7:30AM - 1:00PM Business Intelligence: Tools, Techniques, and Tips for Success K2 Enterprises (Thomas G. (Tommy) Stephens, Jr., CPA, CITP, CGMA) 6 Computer Software and Applications
September 27, 2017 7:30AM - 1:00PM Juggling the Numbers: Financial Reporting and Analysis Rod Redding, Inactive CPA 6 Accounting
September 28, 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
September 28, 2017 7:30AM - 1:00PM World's Liveliest Accounting Update 2017 with Rod Redding Rod Redding, Inactive CPA 6 Accounting
September 29, 2017 7:30AM - 1:00PM A Stroll Down GAAP Memory Lane Rod Redding, Inactive CPA 6 Accounting
September 29, 2017 7:30AM - 1:00PM Mastering PivotTables: Excel's Best Feature K2 Enterprises (Val D. Steed, CPA, CITP, MA) 6 Computer Software and Applications

Pricing
  

1 Day 2 Days 3 Days 4 Days 5 Days
$599 $1,049 $1,399 $1,649 $1,899

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

Group Discounts

Western CPE offers registration discounts to organizations that send 5 or more poeple 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

 

Activities

WCPE Reception

Conference Reception

Sunday, September 24, 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.

Golf Course

Golf at TPC Sawgrass

Monday, September 25, 2017

Tee Times are 1:50 p.m., 2:00 p.m., & 2:10 p.m. | $271.58

The Stadium Course, named one of the Top 50 Golf Courses in the world by Golf Magazine, is also home to the Players Championship. Since 1980, this course has confounded elite professional players with its contoured fairways and highly intriguing angles. Course designer Pete Dye has put golfers of all abilities to the ultimate test, including his impressive 17th hole, one of the most-often-photographed holes found anywhere. Individuals will pay the course directly.

Price includes green fees, shared cart, taxes, and hotel shuttle. Rental clubs are available for $85.00.

History Tour

Historic Old Town St. Augustine Tour

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | $95.00

Many people think of St. Augustine and immediately recall the Fountain of Youth and the early explorers. Truth be told, St. Augustine is much more than historical dates and facts. Join us as our local tour guide weaves an intricate tapestry, starting with Ponce de Leon and covering the pirate days and colonial times under both Spanish and English rule. St. Augustine is known as the country’s oldest city, and our tour will include the City Gates, the Spanish Plaza, the Cathedral-Basilica, and the Spanish Government House, along with the Fountain of Youth. We’ll stop at the Castillo de San Marcos, where the early Spanish survived the siege of English attackers. We’ll also learn how Henry Flagler built an early hotel for his affluent contemporaries and helped transform St. Augustine into the first winter resort for the rich and famous in 1888.

Price includes tour guide, tax, gratuity, transportation, and chocolate tasting.

Schooner

Sunset Schooner Sail on Freedom

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

5:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m. | $95.00

Join us on board for this unique and relaxing way to cap off a full day with a two-hour sail on the Freedom. We’ll enjoy viewing St. Augustine’s skyline from the water on this authentic replica of a 19th-century craft. Freedom is an elegant double-masted topsail schooner that spans 76 feet in length. With a mast that is 62 feet high, Freedom is an impressive ship for both inland and offshore sailing. Beer, soda, water, and wine are all complimentary as we enjoy a pleasant early evening sail while winding down after a busy day.

Price includes transportation, cocktails, tax, and gratuity.

Marsh Landing Country Club

Golf at Marsh Landing Country Club

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Tee Time 1:30 p.m. | $190.64

Designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay, Marsh Landing Country Club offers challenging play while surrounded by beautiful views, well-groomed fairways, and local wildlife. Often likened to a 6,841-yard nature preserve, this course offers some of the longest fairways in golf. Enjoy the tall timbers and Intracoastal marshes woven throughout the course. Friendly staff can offer tips and tricks for playing your best round and the golf shop can provide whatever you need to improve your game. Practice on the driving range or sharpen your chipping and putting technique on the putting green. There’s something for every skill level at this course. Individuals will pay the course directly.

Price includes green fees, shared cart, taxes, and hotel shuttle. Rental clubs are available for $85.00.

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