St. Simons Island displays a surreal landscape, where inland oak forests draped in Spanish moss give way to expansive beaches and the open sea. But those are just a couple of the reasons why it's regularly ranked as one of America's favorite beach towns. The island is rich with history, with many of its important sites preserved and open to the public. Eighteenth-century battle sites and plantations, archaic 200-plus-year-old churches, and colonial forts are just a few of the well-preserved historic attractions on the island. The island is also a wonder for outdoor enthusiasts. It features multiple, perfectly manicured golf courses, nature walks, biking trails, and excellent offshore fishing. In the small city that bears the island's name, you'll find galleries, shopping, and dining, all of which feature the island's unique style and history.
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!
Register Early! Tickets and transportation for our optional Group Activities may be limited and are sold on a first come, first served basis.
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.
A beautiful and historic property located right on the beach, The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort is St. Simons’ finest resort. The property features a wide variety of amenities and activities on-site, with additional excursions available by request. Just a short drive away, you’ll find the renowned King and Prince Golf course, providing 18 challenging holes accentuated by the island’s natural beauty. Stay with us and find out why this resort continues to win awards and accolades each year.
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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.
I was surprised how dynamic the instructors were, and the twist they were able to put not the subject matter to keep my interest. I will definitely be making Western CPE my in-person conference CPE vendor of choice in the future.Patricia W., SVP, Finance and Operations
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 24, 2018||7:30AM - 1:00PM||Everybody's Critical Individual Tax Issues in 2018||Doug Stives, CPA||6||Taxes|
|September 24, 2018||7:30AM - 1:00PM||Excel's Best Features for Accounting and Financial Professionals||K2 Enterprises (Randolph P. (Randy) Johnston, MCS)||6||Computer Software and Applications|
|September 25, 2018||7:30AM - 1:00PM||Data Security: Risks and Solutions for Today's Busy Professional||K2 Enterprises (Randolph P. (Randy) Johnston, MCS)||6||Computer Software and Applications|
|September 25, 2018||7:30AM - 1:00PM||Everybody's Critical Business Tax Issues in 2018||Doug Stives, CPA||6||Taxes|
|September 26, 2018||7:30AM - 1:00PM||Understanding the Federal Gift and Estate Tax: Preparing Forms 709 and 706||David F. Jarmusz, CPA, JD, LLM||6||Taxes|
|September 26, 2018||7:30AM - 1:00PM||World's Liveliest Accounting Update 2018 with Jeff Sailor||Jeff Sailor, CPA||6||Accounting|
|September 27, 2018||7:30AM - 1:00PM||Key Guide to Revenue Recognition and Lease Accounting with Jeff Sailor||Jeff Sailor, CPA||6||Accounting|
|September 27, 2018||7:30AM - 1:00PM||Tax Strategies for High-Income Individuals||David F. Jarmusz, CPA, JD, LLM||6||Taxes|
|September 28, 2018||7:30AM - 1:00PM||Leveraging Real Estate Tax Strategies||David F. Jarmusz, CPA, JD, LLM||6||Taxes|
|September 28, 2018||7:30AM - 1:00PM||Practical and Productive SSARS and SAS Update||Jeff Sailor, CPA||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, September 23, 2018
4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
After arriving, please stop by the Western CPE registration desk from 4:30 p.m. to 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.
Island Trolley Tour
Monday, September 24, 2018
3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m. | $35.00
Join us for a lively narrated tour as four centuries of island history come to life. For more than 20 years, the St. Simons Trolley Company has introduced island visitors to the historic charm and folklore of this small slice of the Old South. You’ll see St. Simons Lighthouse, originally built in 1810 and destroyed during the Civil War. After being reconstructed in 1872, it remains one of the longest continuously working lighthouses in the nation. The tour also includes Fort Frederica, the site handpicked by General James Oglethorpe, the founder of the Georgia colony, to be the island’s perfect military vantage point. You’ll also visit Bloody Marsh, where English settlers and local Native Americans together forced Spanish invaders off the island before the American Revolution. Your tour guide also will reveal the best of present-day St. Simons Island and provide recommendations for dining, shopping, and recreation.
Price includes guided tour of St. Simons Island via trolley.
Shrimp Boat Excursion
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
1:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. | $119.00; $15.00 for transportation
One of the area’s most unique outings is to hop aboard the Lady Jane for an afternoon of shrimping. A former commercial shrimping vessel, the Lady Jane has been refurbished to carry passengers in comfort, with its air-conditioned cabin and large open decks for enjoying the scenery. The crew of the Lady Jane will explain the process of shrimping and provide information about the local marine ecosystem. Several times, the crew will hoist up nets holding an incredible array of marine life. You can assist the marine biologists on board as they sort out the shrimp and return everything else to the sea, including sand sharks, horseshoe crabs, pufferfishes, and amberjacks. Best of all, the first mate will prepare a Low Country-boil dinner for everyone on board for an all-you-can eat feast!
Price includes shrimping cruise, Low Country-boil dinner, gratuity, and tax. Transportation is an additional $15.00.
Golf at the King and Prince Course
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
1:28 p.m. or 1:36 p.m. Tee Time | $89.00; Rental clubs are $60.00
There aren’t too many places where you can test your golfing skills alongside enormous salt marshes and towering forests. The King and Prince Golf Course, located on the north end of St. Simons Island, offers that and more. The course’s signature feature is composed of four holes chiseled out of small marsh islands, accessible only by elevated cart bridges. The brilliant design of this 18-hole, par-72 course is dazzling in both its creativity and beauty. If you’re lucky, you might also spy eagles, ospreys, and alligators during your time on the links.
Price includes greens fees and cart.
The Ghost Walk of St. Simons
Thursday, September 27, 2018
7:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m. | $39.00
The Ghost Walk of St. Simons is a 90-minute adventure through the moonlit streets and moss- draped passageways of the village. The skeptic and the believer alike will be fascinated by this tour that’s deeply rooted in history. You’ll learn about the island’s cast of characters from the past, unsolved mysteries, murders, and more.
Price includes guided ghost walking tour. Transportation is not included.