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2019 Event Speakers


Ashley Gibson

Ashley Gibson is a Manager from the Houston, Texas office in Deloitte Advisory, specifically in Financial Transactions. Ashley is from the Accounting & Reporting Transformation group and focuses on a variety of key issues faced by the Controllership function. Ashley has experience with assisting companies to transform their organization into being more proficient, effective, and insightful. This has been achieved through strategic projects devoted to finance transformation assessments, financial close acceleration, IPO readiness, activity analysis, and controls & process improvement.

Previously, Ashley served many clients throughout both internal and external audits. Ashley has served over 60 clients across a variety of industries, including consumer products; process and industrial products; and oil and gas. Ashley focuses on developing optimal and strategic business solutions that align with each client's specific needs.

Ashley graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy and a Master of Accountancy with a concentration in Auditing & Accounting Information Systems. Ashley received her MBA from Texas A&M University. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) as well as a Certified Management Accountant (CMA).

Ashley is a member of IMA and serves on the Global Board of Directors and the Technology Solution & Practices Committee. Ashley is also a member of the Stuart Cameron McLeod Society within IMA and serves on its Board of Governors.



Danny M. Goldberg

Danny M. Goldberg is a well-known speaker on internal auditing and People-Centric Skills. Danny co- authored People-Centric© Skills: Communication and Interpersonal Skills for Internal Auditors, via Wiley Publications. This is the first book published specifically to address the wide-ranging topic of communication skills for internal auditors. It has been offered through the IIA and ISACA bookstores since July 2015 and has sold over 3,500 copies.

Danny has over 21 years of professional experience, including five years leading/building internal audit functions. Danny was named as one of the Fort Worth Business Press 40 Under 40 for 2014. He has published numerous articles in trade magazines, including:

  • HFTP Journal: Practice Ethics (November 2014)

  • The Audit Report (Critical Thoughts on Critical Thinking, June

    2013) – Cover Article

  • ISACA Journal (The Missing Piece: Optimized Interpersonal Skills,

    Volume 3, 2012)

  • Dallas Business Journal (The Yes Man Phenomenon, January 2011)

  • Internal Auditor Articles (August 2007, December 2007, October 2010)

    Danny is also accredited as the Professional Commentator of the Bureau of National Affairs - Internal Audit: Fundamental Principles and Best Practices (Professional Commentator). This book is authored by renowned audit scholars Curtis C. Verschoor and Mort A. Dittenhofer (co-author of Sawyer’s Internal Auditing).

    Mr. Goldberg has been recognized as a top speaker at numerous events over the past three years, including:

  • Top Rated Speaker, 2016 ISACA CACS Conference

  • 3rd Ranked Speaker, 2015 IIA All-Star Conference

  • One of the Top-Rated Sessions, 2015 IIA GAM Conference

  • 8th rated speaker – 2015 MISTI AuditWorld

    Mr. Goldberg is a very active member of the Institute of Internal Auditors, both at a local and national level. He is currently member of the Dallas IIA Board of Directors and a former member of the Fort Worth IIA Board (2014-17) and also serves as both the Dallas and Fort Worth IIA Chapter Programs Committee Co-Chair (Fort Worth for the past four years). Danny was also a member of the IIA North America Learning Solutions Committee in 2014.
    Danny is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Information Systems Auditor, Certified in the Governance of Enterprise Information Technology, Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control, Certified in Risk Management Assurance, has obtained his Certification in Control Self-Assessment and is a Chartered Global Management Accountant.


Bill Jelen

Bill Jelen is the host of MrExcel.com and the author of 43 books about Microsoft Excel including Excel Gurus Gone Wild, Pivot Table Data Crunching, and Power Pivot Alchemy. He has made over 80 guest appearances on TV’s Call for Help with Leo Laporte and was voted guest of the year on the Computer America radio show. He writes the Excel column for Strategic Finance magazine and is a contributing editor to CFO Magazine. He has produced over 1800 episodes of his daily video podcast Learn Excel from MrExcel. Bill will entertain you while showing you the powerful tricks in Excel. Before founding MrExcel.com in 1998, Jelen spent twelve years “in the trenches”, as a financial analyst for the accounting, finance, marketing, and operations departments of a publicly held company. Since then, his company automates Excel reports for hundreds of clients around the world. The website answers over 30,000 questions a year – for free – for readers all over the world. Jelen joins us from Akron, Ohio.


Bud Kulesza 

Bud_Kulesza_2019.jpgBud Kulesza is truly "The Man of Many Hats" Bud is a highly accomplished business professional with outstanding multinational, multi industry experience whose financial expertise, combined with business acumen and leadership skills have led to his success as a CFO of ITT Automotive, a multibillion dollar global company and Chairman of ITT Industries Canada. Bud is a respected leader of the accounting profession as a former Chair of the Institute of Management Accountants, a global accounting association of more than 110,000 members. Bud brings a wealth of knowledge and an entertaining high energy style to all his endeavors. From the boardroom to the podium from the shop floor to the classroom, his direct approach to addressing issues combining knowledge, experience and humor make an impact that is not soon forgotten.

Bud is featured in the book “Leadership, Helping Others to Succeed”, interviews with America’s top leadership experts. He was named by Accounting Today as one of the top 100 most influential persons in Accounting. Bud is the recipient of the 2018 IMA Lifetime Achievement Award. He has numerous publications in accounting journals including Strategic Finance, CFO.com, Management Accounting, Cost Management and the Journal of Accountancy and has been interviewed on Money Radio and CNBC's Money Wheel.  He is a frequent presenter on webinars and conferences and conventions around the world on a variety of topics.


Bud is a life member of the Global Board of Directors of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) and a member of the Financial Executives Institute (FEI). Bud is a CMA and a CFM and earned an associate degree in Accounting from Middlesex County Community College and his bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Rider University. He currently resides in Austin, Texas.


For more information, please visit www.BudKulesza.com.


Jeremy Price

Jeremy Price is a Senior Manager and practice lead for Stinnett & Associates Cybersecurity Consulting & Advisory Services. He has over 20 years of IT experience, focusing on infrastructure technologies business management. Jeremy is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MSCE) and an Associate Business Continuity Professional (ABCP). He is also a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), Information Systems Audit and Controls Association (ISACA), Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRII) and InfraGard.

Dennis Whitney


Dennis Whitney, CMA, CFM, CAE, is senior vice president of the Institute of Certified Management Accountants (ICMA®), the certification division of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA®), the world’s leading association for accountants and financial professionals in business. He is responsible for the CMA exam’s development and administration, program budgeting, growth, and strategic planning.