MAcc Advisory Board
Members of the MAcc Advisory Board provide advice, counsel and support that help make this one of the premier graduate accounting programs in the country. Those who are members of accounting firms are active in all aspects of the program—from admissions, to curriculum, to internships and, of course, hiring.
Thomas J. "Tom" Aaron
Tennessee Managing Partner , Assurance and Advisory Services
Deloitte & Touche
Tom is in his third decade of providing audit and accounting, consulting and tax services to health care and insurance entities. His experience includes assistance in health system formation, initial public offerings, acquisition and divestiture due diligence for financial and strategic buyers (including three $1+ billion health care provider transactions), bankruptcies, litigation support, internal controls and implementation of managed care strategies.
Anthony V. "Tony" Aaron
Americas Leader, Quality and Risk Management
Valuation and Business Modeling Principal
EY Transaction Advisory Services
Tony serves as Americas Leader of Quality and Risk Management for the EY Valuation and Business Modeling practice, acting as a key liaison between EY's National Office Accounting and Auditing Groups, EY's National Tax Practice and the VBM Practice. Tony also is a member of EY's Americas Ethics Oversight Board. Tony served EY clients for over 25 years in Southern California before relocating to EY's McLean, Virginia, office, where he works with clients in Washington, DC, and across the Mid-Atlantic.
Davidson, North Carolina
Ben is a professor of Economics at Davidson College. He has taught accounting at the collegiate level for twenty-five years, the last seventeen at Davidson. Ben left public accounting as a manager in the Tax Department of EY’s Greenville, SC office in 1988. He still maintains a small income tax practice. Ben majored in Economics and Accounting at Wofford College and earned a master’s degree in accounting at the University of South Carolina.
President and CEO
Ken L. Bishop serves as president and chief executive officer of NASBA as well as chief executive officer of NASBA's ethics arm, the NASBA Center for the Public Trust (CPT). In recent years, Bishop has been instrumental in the adoption of legislation for "CPA Mobility" whereby CPA's increase their ability to practice throughout the U.S. without the need to be licensed separately in each state. Prior to joining NASBA, Ken worked in the areas of state government and law enforcement.
Director, Business Valuation
Hector G. Calzada, Jr., a Director in the Deloitte Transaction and Business Analytics LLP's valuation practice and is a member of the firm’s Health Sciences industry group. Mr. Calzada has extensive experience advising clients in transactions, capital markets and valuation-related matters. Mr. Calzada has conducted and supervised engagements for mergers, acquisitions, corporate divestitures, refinancings, joint ventures, intellectual property licensing transactions and strategy formulation, equity syndications, and tax-related restructurings. He has also advised Boards of Directors and Special Committees in matters addressing fairness and solvency opinions, as well as strategic alternatives. Mr. Calzada specializes in life sciences and healthcare, having advised clients in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors, and has experience with cross-border transactions. He is also a recognized speaker, leader and trainer advising clients in transactional matters..
Mark H. Crocker
Tennessee State Board of Accountancy
Mark, a native of Nashville, began his career in accounting in 1987 and has held many positions in the public, private and government sectors. He accepted the position of Investigator for the Tennessee State Board of Accountancy in August of 2004 and has been the Executive Director since October of 2007. In addition to his regular full-time positions, Mark also enjoys teaching at local universities. He has been a certified public accountant in the State of Tennessee since 1992, and holds professional memberships in the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Alberto W. Dent
Partner, Transaction Services
Alberto, who has more than 15 years of transaction experience, leads PwC's Tax Valuation services and Latin American Valuation services, and is a member of the Transaction Services Leadership team as the National Diversity Leader. Alberto has assisted clients in large, complex global transactions including numerous deals well in excess of $10 billion. Alberto is a CPA in the State of Georgia and holds an MBA as well as a Master in Professional Accounting from the University of Miami.
Sam B. DeVane
Sam has more than 25 years of public accounting experience serving clients throughout the Southeast, including 13 years as an audit partner. The majority of Sam's career has involved service to clients in the Retail and Consumer Products (RCP) sector, including numerous manufacturers, distributors and retailers. Sam has significant experience coordinating services for SEC registrants and services related to major transactions.
W. Rick Donnalley
Principal, Economic and Valuation Services
Rick is the Southeast practice leader for Valuation Services and is based in KPMG's Atlanta office. He joined KPMG in 1990. Rick has more than 20 years experience valuing business entities and assets in a broad range of industries for financial reporting, tax and M&A purposes. Prior to joining KPMG, Rick was employed for two years as a Financial Analyst for Kimberly-Clark. Prior to that, Rick played professional football in the NFL for seven years.
Michael P. "Mike" Emmert
Executive Vice President & Senior Managing Director
Mike, a CPA, has spent more than 30 years assisting clients and counsel with the accounting, financial and business aspects of complex business conflicts. He has worked on false claims act matters (qui tam), fraud investigations, financial reporting investigations and other forensic matters, and has broad experience in merger and acquisition disputes, including acting as an arbitrator and damages expert.
Kelly has over 14 years of experience with PwC serving both public and private clients in the financial services industry with a focus on insurance and reinsurance clients. After three years of serving primarily public registrants in the Southeast region, Kelly completed a three-year international tour in Hamilton, Bermuda. There she worked in PwC Bermuda's commercial insurance/reinsurance practice serving as an US GAAP and SEC subject matter expert including leading key clients through Year 1 implementation of Sarbanes Oxley. Kelly's specific experience includes reinsurance accounting, Sarbanes-Oxley implementation and controls rationalization, debt shelf offerings, and comfort letters.
Leslie D.J. Patterson
Partner. SESA People Leader
Leslie is the Southeast Sub-Area People Team Leader and a Partner at EY. In her current role she is responsible for the People processes for the 2,000 person practice across 14 offices and the EY Caribbean practice. Leslie has been with EY for almost 20 years. Prior to her current role, Leslie was the Americas Director of the Office of Diversity Strategy & Development, co-leading the firm's Inclusiveness efforts. She worked with the firm's leadership to implement programs and initiatives that promote a culture of inclusiveness.
Regional Managing Partner - East
As a regional managing partner in the Northeast, Henry is responsible for driving growth, quality, marketplace and talent initiatives for 13 offices in nine states. He joined Deloitte in 1991 and became and audit partner in 2001. Henry also currently serves as the lead client service partner for one of the world's leading investment and advisory firms and is a member of the Deloitte U.S. Merger & Acquisition Services Leadership Council.
David M. Pickett
A Partner in the Assurance Practice, David has more than 20 years of experience in public accounting, serving clients in primarily the insurance and healthcare industries. As office managing partner for the Nashville practice, David has overall responsibility ensuring that local engagement teams deliver quality client service. David has experience in providing auditing and financial advisory services to healthcare and large complex entities. He has assisted clients with resolution of various issues with the Securities and Exchange Commission including complex purchase accounting issues.
James is an Audit partner and serves as the Office Managing Partner in KPMG’s Nashville office. He has served clients in KPMG’s Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Atlanta and Nashville offices. James was admitted to the partnership in 2005. He has more than 20 years of experience providing financial statement audit and audit of internal control services. James has provided professional audit services to a wide variety of clients from small private companies to large multinational, multibillion dollar corporations – specializing in retail, transportation, pharmaceutical, and life sciences companies. His audit experience ranges from private companies to SEC filers. He has a thorough understanding of SEC rules and regulations and has been involved in several debt and equity offerings.
Richard began his career as a Senior Accountant for nine years at KPMG in the Atlanta, Georgia, office and was admitted to the Partnership in 2005. He has focused almost exclusively on the banking, finance and real estate industries. He has broad accounting and auditing experience with commercial and consumer banking and finance, mortgage banking, broker-dealers, investment management, hedge funds, securitizations, derivatives, real estate management, real estate funds and investment funds. Through working with his audit clients, Richard has addressed and resolved an array of difficult business and accounting issues related to these industries.
Emeritus Board Members
Titles and affiliations are specific to when members served on the board.
Raleigh, North Carolina
Partner in Charge, Southern Coastal Business Unit
Chief Executive Officer
Assurance & Enterprise Risk Services
India Private Limited
Deloitte & Touche
David A. Costello
President and CEO (Retired)
National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA)
Southeast Sub Area Risk & Advisory Service
Leader: Assurance & Advisory Business Services
Audit Partner In-Charge, New York Metro Business Unit
New York, New York
Partner, Valuation - Southeast Region Leader
Charlotte, North Carolina
Chief Learning & Development Officer
J. Michael "Mike" McGuire
National Managing Partner—Markets, Industry, People & Culture
Charlotte, North Carolina
US FAS Leader | Advisory Services
Dion P. Sheidy
Grant Thornton LLP