Leslie discusses the best advice she ever received, how to price your services, and her biggest life lesson. Prepare to be inspired.
DougSleeter (@dougsleeter) is the founder and former CEO of The Sleeter Group, an international network of accounting software consultants, and the former producer of SleeterCon, an annual conference and tradeshow for accounting professionals.
In 2017, Doug was inducted into The CPA Practice Advisor Hall of Fame in the accounting profession. He was also named to Accounting Today's "Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting" each year 2008 through 2015. In 2013, he was recognized by Small Business Trends with the Small Business Influence Champion award.
Doug is a passionate leader of innovation and change in the small business accounting technology world. As a CPA firm veteran and former Apple Computer Evangelist, he melded his two great passions (accounting and technology) to guide developers in the innovation of new products and to educate and lead accounting professionals who serve small businesses.
In 2015, he sold The Sleeter Group to Diversified Communications (www.divcom.com) and the company has since become The Accountex Network and the conference has become AccountexUSA.com.
Always in search of the next big thing, he is currently focusing on blockchain technology and crypto currency. He believes these technologies will change virtually everything in global commerce.
In the early 1990s, Doug was a pioneer in developing the first QuickBooks seminars in the country and has since built the largest group of accounting software consultants in the small business accounting profession. Doug serves on several advisory boards for technology companies and has consulted with numerous industry leaders including Intuit, Sage, Apple, and Adobe Systems.
Doug is the author of numerous books and courseware materials including The QuickBooks Consultant’s Reference Guide, and QuickBooks Complete, a college textbook.
Doug attended both the University of California Santa Cruz and Santa Clara University and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Information Systems. Doug and his family live in Pleasanton, CA. Doug's hobbies include woodworking, golf.
Leslie Shiner—author, speaker, and trainer—has more than twenty-five years’ experience as a financial and management consultant. She is the owner of The ShinerGroup, a consulting firm providing top-level financial and management consulting helping businesses maximize profits and gain financial control. As a business coach, she has worked with both small and large businesses to help them better understand their business practices and maximize their profits
Ms. Shiner firmly believes training and education is instrumental in the growth and success of any business. She is the author of numerous publications including “A Simple Guide to Turning a Profit as a Contractor.”
Ms. Shiner’s post-graduate education focused on Finance and Accounting culminating in an MBA from U.C. Berkeley. She is honored as a CPA Practice Advisor Thought Leader and is a Certified Advanced QuickBooks ProAdvisor and Sage Certified Consultant. She frequently speaks at industry conferences and continues to receive high praise for her ability to make financial management interesting, understandable, and even entertaining.