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, Arizona. 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 offers or simply relax at the resort and enjoy the spa or one of the resort's five pools as you soak in the Arizona sun.
You deserve a break! That’s why we carefully select and plan premium after-class Group Activities for conference attendees and their guests. It's true what they say, 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.
After arriving, please stop by the Western CPE registration desk 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. to pick up your conference materials.
A Taste of Old Town Scottsdale Food Tour
A Taste of Old Town Scottsdale is a food and cultural tour where we’ll sample great food and beverages while traveling through time.
Sweet Basil Gourmetware and Cooking School Class and MealJoin us as we prepare a fabulous gourmet meal with one of the chefs from Sweet Basil Gourmetware and Cooking School.
Taliesin West “Insights Tour”
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.
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.
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 themed resort with multiple pools, lighted tennis courts, a relaxing spa, and wonderful vistas of Camelback Mountain. You’ll be right next to all the action in Scottsdale in a quiet, estancia-style setting where you can 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. Please review detailed pricing outlined in the Travel Guide. Rate does not include taxes and fees.
Quality instructors and fantastic destinations; an overall GREAT experience with Western CPE!Jennifer D., CPA, CGMA Corporate Controller
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 22, 2018||7:30AM - 1:00PM||2018 Individual Tax Update||Doug Stives, CPA||6||Taxes|
|October 22, 2018||7:30AM - 1:00PM||Excel's Best Features for Accounting and Financial Professionals||K2 Enterprises (Stephen M. Yoss, Jr., CPA)||6||Computer Software and Applications|
|October 23, 2018||7:30AM - 1:00PM||Data Security: Risks and Solutions for Today's Busy Professional||K2 Enterprises (Stephen M. Yoss, Jr., CPA)||6||Computer Software and Applications|
|October 23, 2018||7:30AM - 1:00PM||2018 Business Tax Update||Doug Stives, CPA||6||Taxes|
|October 24, 2018||7:30AM - 1:00PM||Representing Clients in Face-to-Face IRS Audits||Robert (Bob) E. McKenzie, EA, Esq.||6||Taxes|
|October 24, 2018||7:30AM - 1:00PM||The Art and Science of Strategically Managing in Today's Uncertain World||August Petersen, CPA, MPA||6||Business Mgmnt and Org|
|October 25, 2018||7:30AM - 1:00PM||Key Guide to Revenue Recognition and Lease Accounting with Dr. Ray Thompson||Ray Thompson, CBA, CFM, CMA||6||Accounting|
|October 25, 2018||7:30AM - 1:00PM||2018 IRS Representation Update||Robert (Bob) E. McKenzie, EA, Esq.||6||Taxes|
|October 26, 2018||7:30AM - 1:00PM||Advanced Strategies for Game-Changing Success in 2018||August Petersen, CPA, MPA||6||Business Mgmnt and Org|
|October 26, 2018||7:30AM - 1:00PM||Current Challenges and Key Risks in Financial Reporting||Ray Thompson, CBA, CFM, CMA||6||Accounting|
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|$549||$949||$1,249||$1,449||$1,649||$1,849||Add $150 per day|
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
42+ CPE Credits
+ 14+ Bonus CPE
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.
Sunday, October 21, 2018
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
Monday, October 22, 2018
1:39 p.m. tee time | $78.00 green fees
Designed by notable golf architect Jason Straka, the Ambiente Course offers eye-catching elevation changes with significant drops throughout the course. The 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. Transportation can be arranged through the hotel.
A Taste of Old Town Scottsdale Food Tour
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
5:15 p.m.–8:30 p.m. ∣ $119.00; $15.00 transportation
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, and gratuity.
Sweet Basil Gourmetware and Cooking School Class and Meal
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
3:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. ∣ $89.00; $15.00 transportation
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 cleanup 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.
Taliesin West “Insights Tour”
Thursday, October 25, 2018
2:15 p.m.–5:30 p.m. ∣ $79.00
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.