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Former CFO of Healthsouth, Weston Smith, to Speak at Huntsman School of Business

Editor's Note: The following is a press release issued by the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business. 

LOGAN, UT – The former CFO of Healthsouth, Weston Smith, who blew the whistle on a multi-year, $3 billion fraud, will be a keynote speaker at a Partners In Business conference at Utah State University on Oct. 25.

Smith, who is now a business ethics consultant, will be a speaker at the 36th Annual Accounting Conference, sponsored by the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business. The event will be held at the Eccles Conference Center on the USU campus. He is just one of several speakers slated to speak at the one-day event.

Jamie Andrus, the assistant director of Partners In Business, said the annual event draws leaders and professionals from around the region.

“It proves a rare opportunity to gain fresh insight into how best to tackle many of the challenges facing the industry today,” Andrus said. “People learn not just from the presenters but from each other because our conference attracts the kind of professionals and students who are always learning.”

Another keynote speaker is Denny Beran, chairman of the Institute of Internal Auditors and senior vice president of JCPenney Corporation. He plans to talk about the importance of being a risk and control expert, and the benefits of being mindful of potential fraud and ethical issues within an organization.

Other speakers for the conference include Bill Ezzell, a partner at Deloitte; James Leisenring, senior advisor for the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB); Jason Collins, managing partner at Reid Collins & Tsai LLP; Lynn Turner, former chief accountant at the SEC; and Jon Duersch, associate chief accountant at the SEC. Other speakers include Jason Wendell, a partner at KPMG; Garrett Koerner, tax senior manager at Ernst & Young; and Paula Eldredge, audit manager at Zions Bancorporation and president of the Salt Lake chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors.

Partners In Business offers a series of professional development conferences each year. More information about the conference and registration fees is available at the website (http://partners.usu.edu/).

The Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University seeks to inspire and equip students to become innovative, ethical leaders with refined analytical skills that will help them understand and succeed in the global marketplace. The Huntsman School of Business is one of eight colleges at USU, located in northern Utah. More information on the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business may be found on the web at www.huntsman.usu.edu.