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Scottsdale CPE Conference

October 23 - October 27, 2017

Paradise Valley, AZ

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Scottsdale is known as a mecca for art, upscale shopping, and challenging golf courses

The rugged Sonoran Desert landscape, with the McDowell Mountains as a backdrop, provides a beautiful setting for explorations in arts and culture, outdoor adventures, savory cuisine, and trend-setting boutiques in Scottsdale. Scottsdale is known as a mecca for art, upscale shopping, and challenging golf courses. With dozens of restaurants, lounges, and clubs, downtown Scottsdale delivers diverse and exciting nightlife options as well. Whether you’re looking to hit the links or treat yourself to some of the finer things in life, in Scottsdale, options abound. We’ll be staying at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort, just minutes from downtown Scottsdale, Fashion Square, and McCormick Ranch Golf Club’s two championship courses. From here you can easily explore all that Scottsdale has to offer, or simply relax at the resort and enjoy the spa or one of their pools as you soak in the Arizona sun.

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, october 22, 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 at Camelback – Ambiente Course

Ambiente Golf Course

Monday, October 23, 2017

Tee time at 1:39 p.m. | $78.00

Designed by notable golf architect Jason Straka, the Ambiente Course offers eye-catching elevation changes with significant drops throughout the course. This course was renovated last year with conservation and resource protection in mind. In fact, “Ambiente” is the Spanish word for “environment.” With its beautiful mountain backdrop, this 7,225-yard, par-72 desert jewel will test your skills while offering a rewarding golf experience.

Price includes: Green fees, cart rental, range balls, and tax. Club rentals available for $45.00.

A Taste of Old Town Scottsdale Food Tour

Food Tour

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

5:15 p.m.–8:30 p.m. | Tickets $119.00, Transportation (optional) $15.00

A Taste of Old Town Scottsdale is a food and cultural tour where we’ll sample great food and beverages while traveling through time. We’ll walk the same streets traveled by early settlers during the frontier days and learn how Scottsdale has grown into one of the most desirable vacation destinations in the country. Along the way, we’ll sample fine wines and an array of intriguing dishes from some of Old Town’s unique and upscale locations.

Price includes tour guide, tastings, tax, and gratuity. Transportation available for an additional fee.

Sweet Basil Gourmetware and Cooking School Class and Meal

Sweet Basil

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

3:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. | Tickets $79.00, Transportation (optional) $15.00

Join us as we prepare a fabulous gourmet meal with one of the chefs from Sweet Basil Gourmetware and Cooking School. After the hands-on class, we’ll sit down and enjoy a meal, a margarita, and the company of our fellow participants. Best of all—there’s no clean up involved! We’ll be cooking from Sweet Basil’s “Southwest Flavors” menu, featuring tortillas and guacamole; black bean, roasted corn, and mango quesadillas; shredded pork and mushroom enchiladas with ancho chile cream sauce; sautéed Southwestern vegetables; and green chile macaroni. Be sure to save room for dessert when we’ll enjoy chocolate-ancho crème brûlée.

Price includes cooking class and meal. Please note: Menu is subject to change. Transportation available for an additional fee.

Taliesin West 

Thursday, October 26, 2017

2:15 p.m.–5:30 p.m. | $75.00

Taliesin West

If you ever wanted to visit one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural marvels, you’ll have that chance on our guided tour of historic Taliesin West. Constructed in 1937, this famous compound sits on 600 acres in the Sonoran Desert at the foothills of the McDowell Mountains. During our tour, we can walk through Wright’s house, sit on furniture he designed, and see the dramatic living room where he entertained.

Price includes: Round-trip transportation and 90-minute guided tour.

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.


The Scottsdale Plaza Resort

The Scottsdale Plaza Resort

Just a brief jaunt away from championship golf courses and bustling downtown Scottsdale you’ll find the Scottsdale Plaza Resort, our home for the conference. The hotel is a Mediterranean Spanish themed resort with multiple pools, lighted tennis courts, a relaxing spa, and wonderful vistas of the Camelback Mountains. You’ll be right next to all the action in Scottsdale in a quiet, estancia-style setting to relax when you’re done playing the links or on the town.

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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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The variety of courses is exceptional, and the instructors are top notch. Thank you, Western CPE, for covering all my needs.

Robyn Warren, CPA


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
October 23, 2017 7:30AM - 1:00PM Business Intelligence: Tools, Techniques, and Tips for Success K2 Enterprises (Val D. Steed, CPA, CITP, MA) 6 Computer Software and Applications
October 23, 2017 7:30AM - 1:00PM A Stroll Down GAAP Memory Lane Rod Redding, Inactive CPA 6 Accounting
October 24, 2017 7:30AM - 1:00PM Mastering PivotTables: Excel's Best Feature K2 Enterprises (Val D. Steed, CPA, CITP, MA) 6 Computer Software and Applications
October 24, 2017 7:30AM - 1:00PM World's Liveliest Accounting Update 2017 with Rod Redding Rod Redding, Inactive CPA 6 Accounting
October 25, 2017 7:30AM - 1:00PM Pass-Through Entities Daniel T. Moore, CPA 6 Taxes
October 25, 2017 7:30AM - 1:00PM Juggling the Numbers: Financial Reporting and Analysis Rod Redding, Inactive CPA 6 Accounting
October 26, 2017 7:30AM - 1:00PM Annual Update of Essential Information for Controllers and CFOs Frank Ryan, CPA, CGMA, MBA 6 Accounting
October 26, 2017 7:30AM - 1:00PM 2017 Individual Tax Update Daniel T. Moore, CPA 6 Taxes
October 27, 2017 7:30AM - 1:00PM 2017 Business Tax Update Daniel T. Moore, CPA 6 Taxes
October 27, 2017 7:30AM - 1:00PM The New Economy and the New CFO Frank Ryan, CPA, CGMA, MBA 6 Accounting


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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