Margaret Christ, Ph.D, CIA,

Assistant Professor Accounting,

University of Georgia

Sandy Pundmann, CPA, CIA, CRMA, US Managing Partner, Internal Audit, Deloitte

Greg Kirkland, CPA, CIA,

Chief Audit Executive,

Mueller Water Products

Keynote Speaker Information

Expert Panel:

Lunch Keynote Session 3

Albert Butler, CPA, 

Corporate Audit Director,


Opening Keynote - Session 1

J. Michael Peppers,

CIA, QIAL, CRMA - Chief Audit Executive at the University of Texas System and the Institute of Internal Auditors Global Chair of the Board 

Mr. Peppers 25 year career began in public accounting and has included serving as chief audit executive at major healthcare and higher education institutions, include U.T. MD Anderson Cancer Center and U.T Medical Branch.

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Laura Patterson, 

CIA, CPA, CAE, Southern Company (Expert Panel Moderator)

Laura joined Southern Company in 1982 in internal auditing at Southern Company Services and has served in numerous leadership roles across the Southern Company system. These positions included Internal Auditing Manager at Southern Company Services, Manager/Director of Accounting Research and Policy, and Director of Corporate Accounting, as well as Director of Accounting Implementation for Southern Energy Inc./Mirant Corp. She joined Georgia Power in 2003 and served as Assistant to the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. 

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Erik Qualman,

Motivational Speaker and Author

Final Keynote Session 4
Erik Qualman, Motivational Speaker and Author:
  American author of Socialnomics, which according to WorldCat, is held at 1090 libraries.  He is also the author of Digital Leader and What Happens in Vegas Stays on YouTube.  Erik will be speaking on "The Power of Focus".

What's the difference between winners and losers in a digital society?  Focus.  Winners focus on what matters most.  While simple it's not easy.  The #1 killer of promising careers, teams and businesses is a lack of focus.  We either try to do too much, or we put our time, treasures and trust into the wrong buckets.  Qualman shares focus techniques used by the world's most successful people and organizations.

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Lunch Keynote Session 4

David Rubinger,

Market President and Publisher,

The Atlanta Business Chronicle

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September 15, 2017
The Cobb Galleria

The Atlanta Conference 2017