Authors contributing to the September 2014 issue

2014 Tax Software Survey page 26
Paul Bonner is a senior editor, tax, for The Tax Adviser and the JofA.

Audit Regulators See Positive Signs page 38
Ken Tysiac is a JofA editorial director. He covers breaking news for and for print. He has more than 20 years of journalism experience, including work with The Charlotte Observer and The News & Observer, of Raleigh, N.C., and has had two books published.

Socially Awkward: Social Media Companies’ Nonfinancial Metrics Can Send a Mixed Message page 52
Theresa F. Henry, CPA, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Accounting and Taxation at the Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J., where she teaches financial, managerial, and intermediate accounting. She holds a B.S. and MBA from Manhattan College and a Ph.D. from New York University. A CPA in the state of New Jersey with experience in public and private practice, she has been widely published in practitioner and academic journals, including the JofA. Her research interests include executive compensation, financial and nonfinancial disclosures, and internal controls.

David A. Rosenthal, Ph.D., is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Computing and Decision Sciences at the Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall University. His articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Information and Management. He founded Datacor, a leading developer of business management software solutions for the process manufacturing and chemical distribution industry.

Rob R. Weitz, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Computing and Decision Sciences at the Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall University. He has previously served on the faculty of INSEAD (the European Institute of Business Administration) and been a visiting professor at the Stern School of Business of New York University and at the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University. He received his Ph.D. in operations research from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He has conducted research and published articles in the areas of forecasting, artificial intelligence, decision support, web analytics, and instructional technology.

11 Tips to Optimize QuickBooks Reporting page 64
J. Carlton Collins, CPA, is a technology consultant, CPE instructor, and JofA contributing editor. He writes the JofA’s monthly Technology Q&A column and has produced several feature articles for the magazine. His article “125 Technology Quick Tips” (June 2012, page 130) won the Lawler Award for the best JofA article in 2012. He also has delivered several thousand lectures and assisted hundreds of companies with their accounting-system selection and implementation.

ERISA: 40 Years Later page 86
Rebecca J. Miller, CPA, MBA, is a director with McGladrey’s National Professional Standards Group in Minneapolis.

Robert A. Lavenberg, CPA, J.D., LL.M., is the National Partner-in-Charge of Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality for BDO USA LLP in Philadelphia.

Ian A. MacKay, CPA, CGMA, is the director of the AICPA’s Federal Regulatory Affairs group in Washington.


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