This webcast is dedicated to the possibility that the accounting profession will likely change more in the next five years than it has in the last 500. Accepting this premise is a huge challenge for many professionals as it requires them to think of a future that is very different from the past. This thinking is not for everyone. If you believe you have the desire to make this change, you are invited to join Gary Boomer of Boomer Consulting and Ed Kless of Sage as they explore Gary’s business competency model as well as other topics such as CAS (client advisory services) blockchain, and artificial intelligence.
Ed Kless joined Sage in July of 2003 and is currently the senior director of partner development and strategy for Sage Business Solutions in North America. He facilitates the Sage Leadership Academy, Sage Consulting Academy and is the liaison to the Sage Leadership Academy Alumni Association.
Prior to joining Sage Software, Ed worked with Tipping Point Advisors, an organization dedicated to the growth and development of software implementation companies. Before that, he co-founded Third Wave Business Systems, a Microsoft Business Solutions Partner, in 1996, which grew to 20 team members and 5 million in revenue. At Third Wave, Ed developed the implementation methodology and managed the front and back office consulting teams.
Ed is senior fellow at the VeraSage Institute, a think tank dedicated to the elimination of the billable hour in all professional organizations. He is a frequent contributor to industry publications and has spoken at many conferences worldwide. He is the co-host of VoiceAmerica’s radio show The Soul of Enterprise: Business in the Knowledge Economy which spawned the book The Soul of Enterprise: Dialogues on Business in the Knowledge Economy both with Ron Baker.
CEO of Boomer Consulting, Inc., an organization that provides consulting services to leading accounting firms in the areas of Leadership and Management, Client Development, Talent Development, Technology and Compensation. Recognized in the accounting profession as the leading authority on technology and firm management. For over a decade, he has been named by Accounting Today as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Accounting. He is also a member of IPA’s 10 Most Recommended Consultants. Consults and speaks around the globe on management and technology related topics including strategic and technology planning, compensation, change management and developing a training / learning culture. He acts as a planning facilitator, provides coaching and serves on various advisory boards. Past president of the Kansas Society of CPAs, a member of the AICPA Council and the accounting advisory board at Kansas State University. He is also a member of The Advisory Board, a group of leading consultants to the accounting profession. He is the past chairman of the AICPA’s Information Technology Executive Committee and has also served on the AICPA’s Academic and Career Development Executive Committee and the ACUTE Board of Directors. The creator of and a facilitator for The Boomer Technology Circles™, a community that helps firms bridge the gap between technology and practice management and accelerate their progress through thought leadership and peer accountability. His team manages the Boomer Metrics on leading firm performance indicators. In 2009 Gary began hosting the CIO Advantage, a community that prepares technology professionals for a seat at the management table by developing their business and IT acumen. Gary also hosts the CEO Advantage, a community of Managing Partners who act as a collaborative think tank to challenge, encourage and propel each other to a higher level of success.
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