Event Profile

Accounting and Finance Conference

June 25 — 26, 2024
The Historic Davenport Hotel

Who Should Attend:

Chief financial officers, general managers, all levels of accounting staff, and utility employees who work closely with the accounting department.

Conference Overview:

Join us for this one-and-a-half-day conference to learn, network, and discuss trends and issues in accounting and finance with your public power peers from around the Northwest. Sessions will be geared for all experience levels.

The conference will begin with an inspiring keynote from Dr. Jermaine Davis, a best-selling author, documentary filmmaker, and award-winning professor of communication studies and organizational leadership.

Following the keynote, you will dive into educational sessions about the state of the economy, cybersecurity and fraud, and other relevant topics. You will also have many opportunities to network, such as at the welcome reception, during meals, and at the roundtable.

Conference Agenda*:

Tuesday, June 25

8:30-10:15 a.m. Welcome

    Chris Krieck, Conference Chair, Administrative Services Manager, Salem Electric
    Thriving as a Team
    Dr. Jermaine Davis, Founder & CEO, Jermaine M. Davis Seminars & Workshops, Inc.

10:30-11:30 a.m. Public Power Accounting in the Northwest: An Inside Perspective

    Panelists: Elizabeth Jones, Finance and Accounting Officer, Kalispel Tribal Utilities; Reed Christensen, CFO, Kootenai Electric Cooperative; TBD
    Moderator: Chris Krieck, Conference Chair, Administrative Services Manager, Salem Electric

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Economic Update

    Greg Settle, Executive Director, Hyas Group

12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30-2:30 p.m. Preparing for Your Audit

    Caleb Dozier, Audit Manager, Aldrich CPAs + Advisors

2:30-3:30 p.m. Roundtable

3:45-4:30 p.m. Risk, Reserves and Practical Rate Funding Limitations

    Russ Schneider, Senior Project Manager, EES Consulting

4:30 p.m. Adjorn

Wednesday, June 26

8:30-9:30 a.m. Cybersecurity and Fraud

    William Cullinane, Account Executive, Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange

9:30-10:15 a.m. Salem Electric's EV Program

    Chris Krieck, Conference Chair, Administrative Services Manager, Salem Electric

10:30-11:45 a.m. Investing for a Brighter Future

    Stephanie Mills, Regional Relationship Manager, Homestead Funds

11:45 a.m.-noon Closing remarks

    Chris Krieck, Conference Chair, Administrative Services Manager, Salem Electric

*Agenda subject to change.

    Program level: Intermediate
    Prerequisite: None
    Advanced preparation is not required
    Delivery method: Group Live
    Recommended CPE: 10.8
    Recommended field of study: Non-Technical Personal Development - 1.8, Technical Specialized Knowledge - 3.3, Technical Economic - 1.2, Technical Accounting - 1.2, Technical Finance - 2.1, Technical Information Technology - 1.2
    Other continuing hours: This course qualifies for 9 hours of CEU. NWPPA certificates will be available online upon full completion of the webinar
    Registration requirements: Please register online at www.nwppa.org, or contact registration@nwppa.org or (360) 254-0109.

Conference Schedule:

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. Pacific Time; the meeting will run 8:30 a.m-4:30 p.m. on day one and 8:30 a.m.-noon on day two. Breakfast and refreshments will be provided on both days, with lunch also provided on day one. 

Conference Location:

The Historic Davenport Hotel
10 S Post Street
Spokane, WA 99201
(509) 455-8888

Room rate: $199
Please book your room as soon as possible but no later than May 29, 2024 to receive this special rate.  Mention that you are coming in with the NWPPA group when booking your reservation.

Conference Fees:

Utility Member Early Bird (ends 5/25/2024): $890
Utility Member Standard: $965

Associate Member Early Bird (ends 5/25/2024): $1,335
Associate Member Standard: $1,410

Non-Member Early Bird (ends 5/25/2024): $1,780
Non-Member Standard: $1,855

Note: Organizations that register a group of employees will receive every fifth registration for free. For example, if you register five employees, you only pay for four; register 10 employees, you only pay for eight; and so on. There is nothing additional you need to do to receive this discount.


Bronze Sponsor

Bronze Sponsor

Bronze Sponsor

Cancellation Policies:

For webinarsvirtual classes, and section meetings: cancellation at least five days prior to the event, full refund; within 1-4 days or no show, 100% of the registration fee.

For in-person events: cancellation at least 30 days prior to the event, full refund; within 15-29 days, $100 fee; and within 1-14 days or no show, 100% of the registration fee.

When possible, please send a substitute instead of canceling; NWPPA does not charge a fee for substitutions. To request a refund, please email registration@nwppa.org or call (360) 254-0109.

The Northwest Public Power Association is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org.

For More Information:

To find out more about this event, or to learn about other events, view the Training and Event Catalog.