Huntsman Post

Weston Smith to Talk About His Experience as a Whistleblower

By Nadiah Johari

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.

Weston Smith

Weston Smith will explain how to
detect and prevent fraud.

Mr. 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, that is to 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 provides a rare opportunity to gain fresh insight into how to best deal with many of the challenges faced in the industry today,” Jamie 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 will be 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 SEC; and Jon Duersch, associate chief accountant at SEC. In addition, 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 will speak at the conference.

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 (