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FEI Professional Day 2019 (Recap)

The day started with Tim Cowden, President & CEO, KC Area Development Council. Tim launched with a KC hype video that really got the room excited to hear more about the vision and global strategic direction for Kansas City. Be on the lookout for the big red heart with the KC logo promoting all of Kansas City!

System Integration

We heard from Aaron Bach of Commerce Bank about system integration to automate and optimize the receivables process.

Cyber Security

Kyle Konopasek, from CBIZ presented Cyber Security and what we need to do not only to prevent it but to also mitigate it due to the 29.6% probability of having a breach.

Catastrophic Claims Risk Management

We learned from David Ross of Hays Companies about managing the risk of catastrophic claims.

Emotional Data

We heard from Daniel Littler of Intrust Bank and Grant Gooding of PROOF about Big Data versus Emotional Data and figuring out the “WHY” behind your data.

Developing Culture (Panel)

We heard from a panel of 4 Financial leaders (Beth Soukup, CFO of JE Dunn, Chris Mounts, CFO of AVI Systems, Alissa Scuessler, VP of Finance at Burns & McDonnell and Tom Burns, CFO of Littler Mendelson P.C.) about developing culture and how we should encourage our staff to build relationships to encourage retention and provide outlets for philanthropy among other things.

Taxes? We had that too!

Can’t have a day of CPE without the tax session. Attendees heard from Jim Pierzchalski of BKD about state legislative sales tax changes. Duane and Deanna Roth of Roth Companies spoke about how to increase tax deductions and boost retirement.

Testing Your Listening Skills

We played trivia on in the Paycor session presented by Michael Weiss to test our listening skills. A key take-away, make sure your company is mobile ready in the area of hiring management as 90% of candidates use their mobile phone to job search.

Socks? yep.

We received socks! LightEdge’s Michael Hannan handed out branded socks with clouds on them as we learned about compliance in the cloud.

Data and Maintaining PII

Katie Stevens and Tom Fritts of Protiviti spoke about new laws and regs around companies maintaining personal information.


Andy Rieger, President & Co-Founder of J. Rieger & Co. closed the day with an inspiring story of resurrecting the family business which included remodeling an old abandoned warehouse to create a place of fun & entertainment, where you can take a slide to get from floor 2 to floor 1!

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