Accounting CPE Day

This annual event, established in 2011, is an educational opportunity for the Department of Accounting’s alumni and other professionals to earn Continuing Professional Education credits required for the maintenance of Texas CPA licenses. One full day attendance earns eight credit hours in subjects ranging from audit, tax, accounting, diversity, and ethics, among others. It also provides alumni and friends an opportunity to donate to the Accounting Graduate Fellowship, which awards scholarships each year to high-achieving accounting students.

Panel Discussion

Topic: Reskilling the Workforce to Meet the Needs of Tomorrow: An Academic-Industry Partnership.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the existence of rapid changes in technology/skills.
  • Learn about the benefits of reskilling existing workforce to meet the needs of the business.
  • Benefits of partnering with a strong academic institution in meeting the reskilling needs.


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Stephanie Buduhan, CPA

Stephanie is an Audit Principal at PSK, LLP, a full-service CPA firm located in Arlington. She has 14 years of experience performing financial statement audits, with a focus on serving nonprofit organizations. She received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Summa Cum Laude, and a Master of Science in Accounting, both from UTA.

Stephanie enjoys serving on the Board of Directors for the TXCPA and the Board of Directors for Higher Education Servicing Corporation, a nonprofit organization which promotes college and career readiness for high school students. She is also an active member of the Greater Arlington Chamber of Commerce Women’s Alliance.

Stephanie lives in Mansfield with her husband Patrick. They enjoy trying new restaurants, binge-watching tv shows on Netflix, and vacationing in tropical locations. 

CPE Day Presentation - Accounting & Auditing Update, Nonprofit Focus


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Steven Colwick

President- Fort Worth Market, Comerica Bank

Current role

  • Steven Colwick is the Fort Worth Market President. As a regional president, Steven coordinates business development and execution across the Commercial, Wealth Management, and Retail Banking programs at Comerica Bank.
  • Steven has been with Comerica Bank for 22 years, beginning his career in the Credit Training Program.
  • Steven earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Texas State University and an MBA from Texas Tech University. He also completed the Southern Methodist University Southwestern Graduate School of Banking program.
  • In the community, Steven serves as a board member for the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth and volunteers with Junior Achievement of Chisholm Trail, March of Dimes and the United Way of Tarrant County.

Personal Interest/Family Information

  • In his spare time, Steven enjoys spending time with family, coaching kid’s sports, summer days on the lake, traveling, fly fishing, and golfing.
  • Steven is active in his church, serving as a Deacon and as a high school Bible study teacher.
  • Steven and his wife, Julie, have three daughters, Caris, Caroline, and Claire.

CPE Day Presentation - The Economy, Banking, and why do we need so many of them anyway?

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Chris Forsythe

Chris Forsythe is the Senior Vice President – Chief Financial Officer for Atmos Energy Corporation.  Atmos Energy, an S&P 500 company headquartered in Dallas, is the country’s largest natural gas-only distributor.  It safely delivers reliable, affordable, efficient and abundant natural gas to more than 3 million distribution customers in over 1,400 communities across eight states located primarily in the South.

In his role, Chris oversees Atmos Energy’s accounting, finance and information technology departments.  He is also actively involved in developing the company’s climate change strategy and ESG reporting capabilities.  Prior to his current role, Chris served as Atmos Energy’s Vice-President – Controller from 2009-2017 and Director of Financial Reporting from 2003-2009.

Prior to joining Atmos Energy, Chris enjoyed a 10-year career in public accounting with PricewaterhouseCoopers where he served clients in the oil and gas, manufacturing and distribution sectors.  His career also included a two year assignment in the firm’s Rio de Janeiro, Brazil office, where he worked as a Manager in the firm’s Global Capital Markets Group.

Chris is a 1993 graduate of Baylor University, where he received BBA degrees in accounting and information systems from the Hankamer School of Business.  Chris is a member of the Texas State Society of CPAs, the AICPA, and currently serves as co-chair of the Finance Committee of the American Gas Association.  Additionally, he serves on the Investment Committee of the United Ways of Texas.

ESG Reporting: An Introduction

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Dr. Radha Mahapatra 

Radha Mahapatra is a professor of Information Systems and Chair of the Information Systems and Operations Management (ISOM) Department at the University of Texas at Arlington. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from NIT, Rourkela, India, a PGDM (MBA) from IIM, Ahmedabad, India, and a Ph.D. in Information Systems from Texas A&M University. Radha worked in the IT industry prior to joining academia.  His teaching and research interests include healthcare information systems, data warehousing and business intelligence, and data quality. His research publications have appeared in many premier journals including MIS Quarterly, Communications of the ACM, Journal of the AIS, and IEEE Software.  He is committed to building industry-academic partnerships to promote education and research, and has led the development of innovative programs in data science and analytics. Radha has called North Texas home for more than two decades.  He loves to read and travel when he is not lecturing to his class or working with graduate students on research projects.     

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Dr. Richard Mark

Richard S. Mark is currently an Associate Professor of Accounting at the University of Texas at Arlington teaching in the areas of ethics and financial accounting. He has dual undergraduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Pre-Medicine from the University of Colorado, a Juris Doctorate from University of Colorado, and a Master of Taxation (LL.M.) from the University of Denver. He is a CPA in the United States and a Chartered Accountant in the British Commonwealth.

Prior to joining the UTA faculty, Professor Mark was a sole-practitioner and later an associate at various Dallas law firms. He subsequently became a Director of Tax for Atlantic Richfield Company and later a tax manager at Arthur Young & Co (now Ernst & Young). He has also previously served on the board of directors of a number of private energy firms.

Over more than 4 decades, Professor Mark has conducted numerous professional development seminars for most of the Western, Southwestern and Southern state societies of CPAs and public and private companies. He has also consulted and provided expert testimony for the IRS; various global energy concerns including Exxon-Mobile, Chevron, Shell, Gulf, Phillips 66, Conoco; hedge fund and tax software companies; law firms; international government agencies within the State of Victoria in Australia; and the State of Alaska.

Professor Mark has been approved to train accounting students in ethics in preparation for the CPA exam since 2005.

CPE Day Presentation - Accounting Ethics Learning Objectives

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Dr. Chaitanya “Chai” Sambhara

Dr. Chaitanya “Chai” Sambhara is an assistant professor of Information Systems and Operations Management at the College of Business, University of Texas at Arlington. His research investigates how the implementation and use of enterprise systems, along with complementary resources and capabilities, can a) improve business processes, b) strengthen internal and external controls, c) mitigate process and firm level risks, and d) lead to higher profitability and firm performance. Drawing on complementary literatures in information systems, accounting, process engineering, and operations, his research identifies and addresses: i) critical problems pertaining to the business value of expensive and complex information systems, and ii) important scientific problems pertaining to the insufficient understanding of the nature of the relationship between IT-enabled processes, risks, controls, and human capital and competence. He uses a mix of rigorous econometric and qualitative techniques and rich multi-source panel data.

Learning objectives of the workshop:

Introduction to Blockchain Technology, Data encryption, Overview of Bitcoin, How Bitcoin transactions take place, Fundamentals of Ethereum and Smart Contracts

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Matthew Sargent

Mr. Sargent has over 25 years of business operations, leadership and technical experience within multiple industries and has extensive background and certifications in auditing, information security, risk management, fraud prevention/detection and managing control evaluations for both private industry and Big 4 public accounting firms. His Big 4 experience includes management roles with PwC, KPMG, and RSM and his industry experiences include work with Charles Schwab, Wells Fargo, Capital One, ADP, Mediacom, and Xerox.

Mr. Sargent has served as a faculty member at UTA since 2016, teaching both graduate and undergraduate level classes for the College of Business – Accounting Department in the areas of Accounting Information Systems and Auditing.

Mr. Sargent is a doctoral candidate (ABD) at the University of Dallas and is pursuing a Doctor of Business Administration with a research focus on the field of accounting. He holds a Master of Accounting (M.Acc) from Drake University, and a BS in Information Technology and AA in Business Administration from AIU. He also holds the following certifications: Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), and Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer (CDPSE).

Mr. Sargent has published articles on critical thinking in accounting education and organizational agility in peer reviewed journals, and has presented multiple papers on the topics of critical thinking, data analytics, organizational development, and fraud at national and regional conferences.

He has served on the Board of Directors for the Dallas Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, serving as Director of Academic Relations and he is also a member of the following organizations: International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC2), Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

CPE DAY Presentation - CPA and Beyond: How Universities are helping students evolve into strong critical thinkers
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Dr. William Seeger

Dr. Seeger is currently a Clinical Professor of Economics and Taxation, and Director of the Taxation Program, at the University of Texas at Arlington, College of Business Administration.   Dr. Seeger is also President of QuantEcon Consulting, his Economic consulting firm specializing in International Taxation and Transfer Pricing. The focus of Dr. Seeger's academic research is  International Tax Policy.

After a twenty-year career with PwC and KPMG,  Dr. Seeger retired in October 2014. Dr. Seeger was a Principal in KPMG's Global Transfer Pricing Services practice. He was practice leader, Economic and Valuation Services, for the Dallas, Houston, and Denver Business Units and a senior economist and Southwest area lead for KPMG's Economic Consulting Practice.  Dr. Seeger started his career in Taxation with the IRS and spent three years with the Service as a specialty agent Industry Economist in the Dallas District

In his public accounting career, Dr. Seeger specialized in economic and tax issues related to tax-efficient structuring of the operations of multinational organizations. He has advised clients on the Transfer Pricing economics related to intercompany financing, deferral, intangible planning, services, shared cost allocations, and operational price setting.   While at KPMG, Dr. Seeger led Transfer Pricing teams as part of KPMG's financial statement audits of clients related to Fin 48 matters, assisted in Transfer Pricing Dispute Resolution, helping clients with negotiating and establishing their Advance Pricing Agreements. Moreover, he assisted the KPMG's Mergers and Acquisitions teams on Transfer Pricing exposures of potential target acquisitions. He served as part of KPMG's Quality review team finalizing TP reports for release to clients. 

As the market leader for KPMG in the Dallas/Denver Business unit, Dr. Seeger had oversight in Oil and Gas, Engineering and Construction, Consumer and Industrial Business, and Financial Services.  He was the Southwest area practice leader for Transfer Pricing services and Economic Consulting Services, ('EVS') the global market leader for Energy and Natural Resources in the areas of oil and gas, chemicals, utilities, engineering and construction, and mining and forestry, and the National Transfer Pricing leader for the Engineering, Construction, and Procurement industry market segment.

Dr. Seeger has a Ph.D. and MA in Political Economy from the University of Texas at Dallas, specializing in Industrial Regulation and Econometrics, and a BA in Economics from the University of Notre Dame, with a concentration in Quantitative Economics. He recently completed (May 2021) his Master's degree in Jurisprudence in International Taxation Law from the Texas A&M University Law School. 

CPE Day Presentation - International Tax update: The Biden Administration's Proposed Changes to U.S. International Taxation After TCJA and BEPS 

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Brian White

Currently serving as Head of Customer Support for the Ericsson North America Market, Brian is a thirty-year veteran managing the development and delivery of complex network and software solutions primarily for telecommunications service providers.  As an evangelist for the innovation driven by analytics and transformative digital solutions Brian has led the creation of strategies for migration to next generation technologies, evolving businesses to new business models and optimizing business operations to maximize quality and velocity of product delivery/deployment.


Dr. Ramgopal Venkataraman

Accounting Department Chair and Associate Professor

Dr. Ramgopal (Ram) Venkataraman joined UT Arlington as Associate Professor of Accounting in 2013 and was selected to be the Chair of the Accounting Department effective September 2018.  He was formerly an Assistant Professor of Accounting at the Cox School of Business, Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and at the Carlson School of Management in University of Minnesota.  Dr. Venkataraman obtained his PhD from Penn State University.

Prior to joining academia, Dr. Venkataraman had extensive accounting, consulting and corporate experience for a total period of 12 years as a Chartered Accountant rising to partner in a mid-size Indian accounting firm and later as Finance Manager for a company in the United Arab Emirates and Project Manager in India for an industrial venture.

Dr. Venkataraman’s research interests are varied.  He is broadly interested in the role of accounting information on capital markets and various players in the capital markets such as investors, financial analysts and auditors.  Recently, he has also been involved with several medical research projects with faculty at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center as well as the Biomedical engineering department at UTA.  He has published his articles in both leading accounting journals and medical journals.

He enjoys bringing real world practice and examples to his students in the classroom to prepare them to apply the knowledge gained in the class immediately to their jobs.