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Student Night | September 16, 2014
 > 5:00 - 8:00 pm > Malone University, Brehme Centennial Center Conference Center
     Reservation Deadline: Wednesday, September 10th

Pre-Dinner Technical Session (5:00 - 6:00 pm):

Opportunities in Accounting Education: Not Just a Second Career
Presented by Don Mullen, Kris Parsons, Bert Smith, and Russ Tietz

Donald C. Mullen, Accounting and Finance Department Chair of Stark State College, is an Akron, Ohio, native and graduate of Archbishop Hoban High School. Don earned his Bachelor's degree from the University of Akron and an MBA with a concentration in finance from the University of Texas at Tyler. He is a CPA in the states of Ohio and Texas.

Mr. Mullen spent the vast majority of his career working for the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company where he held numerous financial management positions and traveled throughout the world. Before retiring, his last position was Director of Finance for the Chemical Division and Global Products (including worldwide racing). He was responsible for the financial management of an annual revenue budget of $1.5 billion. Don is currently fulfilling a life long dream of working in education and serving as Assistant Professor and Department Chair of Accounting and Finance at Stark State College.

Don and his wife Karen, a healthcare executive, live in Bath and they have three grown children.

Kris Parsons is the chair of the Department of Accounting/Information Systems at Ashland University. In addition to serving on the board of the Canton IMA Chapter she is on the ICMA Board of Regents. She began her career in a financial institution, continued with a manufacturing company and then transitioned into teaching after obtaining her Ph.D. from Kent State University. As an IMA campus advocate she advises the student chapter, promotes the CMA certificate on campus and encourages students to take advantage of various leadership opportunities with the IMA.


Albert Smith graduated from Mount Union College in 1977 with a BA in Accounting from The Ohio State University in 1979 with an MBA with a concentration in finance. “Bert” became a CPA in 1981 and a CMA in 1999. After 5 years working with Ernst and Young LLP, he joined the administration of Malone University, and soon began to teach. He has held a number of administrative and faculty positions at Malone University and currently is an Associate Professor with teaching responsibilities in the undergraduate and graduate programs in the fields of financial and managerial accounting. Bert also teaches in the College Experience program.

Bert is married to Judith L. Smith. They have two grown children, A. Andrew Smith, and Bonnie Wiggins. Albert attends Christ Presbyterian Church where one of the major joys of his life is singing in the choir. He also serves on the Music Committee. Bert is a member of the Boards of Directors of Voices of Canton, Inc., Heritage House, and the Canton Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants. Bert volunteers as an Assistant Scout Master with Boy Scout Troop 4 where he particularly enjoy high adventure activities such as extended backpacking and canoeing trips.

Russ Tietz, CPA, is Assistant Professor of Accounting at the University of Mount Union. He received both his B.S. in Accounting and MBA – Finance from The University of Akron.

Before joining the staff at Mount Union, Russ taught undergraduate and graduate level classes at Walsh University, Kent State University, and The University of Akron. He also worked in the audit department of Deloitte and Touche and performed internal audits, financial reporting, accounting research, and business planning for FirstEnergy. Russ is married, with 2 sons, and enjoys planning the trumpet.

After-Dinner Technical Session (7:00 - 8:00 pm))

Accounting: Opportunities Above and Beyond Your Expectations
Presented by Rick McQueen

Rick McQueen was promoted to President and CEO at the Akron-Canton Airport in 2008. His core responsibilities include leading a 50 member team of airport employees, strategic planning, and managing the CAK 2018 Capital Improvement Program; a 10-year, $118 million plan that included a 600 ft. runway extension. Other projects include a customs and border patrol facility and an extended upper level concourse. He reports to an eight member board of trustees (four appointed by the Summit County Executive and four appointed by the Stark County Commissioners) and manages a 13 million dollar annual operating budget.

Akron-Canton Airport offers the lowest average fare in the State of Ohio, thanks to the growth of Southwest Airlines, the airport’s largest carrier. Rick began his career at the airport as Airport Accountant in 1982. He was promoted to Controller, then Assistant Director of Finance and Administration and then held the position of Assistant Airport Director, the number two position in the organization. As Assistant Airport Director, he was responsible for managing finances, accounting, contracts, and government funding; personnel hiring and employee benefit programs; and capital project administration, including the $24 million concourse replacement and $80 million in airfield upgrades (part of the STAR Capital Improvement Plan completed in 2006). Under Rick's leadership, the airport received the Excellence in Engineering award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Ohio; the FAA’s Great Lakes Region Safety Award; the American Society of Professional Engineer’s Excellence in Engineering Award; and the Summit County Sheriff’s Office Award for commitment to excellence and invaluable assistance. Rick was also recently named one of Crain’s Cleveland Business’ “Power 150” highlighting 150 of northeast Ohio’s top business/civic leaders.

Rick graduated from Walsh College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting and Finance. He serves on the Walsh University Advisory Board, the Greater Akron Chamber Board of Trustees, the Akron/Summit County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Stark Development Board. Prior to his employment at the airport, Rick worked for Ernst & Whinney (now Ernst & Young).

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