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The Orange County CFO Leadership Council Presents: What the Heck is Going on with Tech?
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WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON WITH TECH? Presented by: The Orange County CFO Leadership Council Wednesday, September 18, 2019 7:15A to 8:00A Networking | 8:00A to 9:30A Program

When: September 18, 2019
7:15 AM to 9:30 AM
Where: KPMG | Irvine
20 Pacifica, Ste. 700
7th Floor
Irvine, California  92618
United States
Contact: Debbie Dunn & Stacy Hall
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Once considered slow adapters of new technologies, today’s financial executives are implementing cloud-based technologies at a rapid pace while promoting innovation within their companies. Can you decipher which technology is just a buzzword and which is a business-critical investment? CFO’s need to view technology from several viewpoints: ensuring they have implemented industry best-in-class software, understanding the next generation of technology to invest wisely, and staying current on emerging technologies to maintain a competitive advantage.


Join us for What the Heck is Going on with Tech, where our panel of experts will discuss the latest “disrupters” in technology and what you need to know about them.

Our speakers will:

  • Provide an overview of some of the latest trends in disruptive technologies (robotic process automation, machine learning, and the blockchain)
  • Address how disruptive technologies will impact the CFO’s companies, their jobs, and the interactions with stakeholders, including customers, vendors, employees and investors
  • Discuss the investments required to take advantage of the opportunities and protect against the risks associated with these disruptive technologies

Learning Objectives:

  • The challenges, risks and opportunities associated with disruptive technologies
  • The costs and economic impact related to the adoption of disruptive technologies
  • How early adoption of these technologies will give your firm a long-term competitive advantage
  • How technology will fundamentally change the very nature of your job and what skills will be most meaningful in the new world order
  • What a CFO can do to enable staff (and company as a whole) to become early adopters of Technology 


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All CFO Leadership Council workshops are FREE for members. Non-member senior financial executives are welcome to attend this program for $65.

PLEASE NOTE THAT CFOLC EVENTS ARE EXCLUSIVE TO SENIOR FINANCIAL EXECUTIVES ONLY.  (CFOs, Vice Presidents of Finance, Controllers, Directors of Finance, etc.)  Service providers, business development and sales executives are restricted from attending. The CFO Leadership Council reserves the right to decline any registration.


Instructional method: Group-Live

Recommended CPE Credits: 1.8 Credits in Information Technology

Experience Level: Basic

Prerequisites/advance preparation: None

The CFO Leadership Council is registered with the National Association of State Boards-of-Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors (Sponsor ID 109063). State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN, 37219-2417. Website:


For more information about this program or The CFO Leadership Council, please contact Debbie Dunn, SoCal Marketing Director, The CFO Leadership Council at, or Stacy Hall, Regional Director, The CFO Leadership Council, at


If you would like to cancel your ticket or request a refund, please contact Debbie Dunn at email above. Refunds are available up to 48 hours prior to the program.



Mike Emanuel, Account Executive, Oracle + NetSuite, MODERATOR

Mike Emanuel is a valued member of the Orange County CFO Leadership Council steering committee.  He helps companies during this Age of Disruption to leverage cloud-based software applications to transform their businesses and scale for growth by gaining efficiency and productivity, streamlining business processes, and reducing IT costs.  By uniquely combining consultative software sales skills with his CFO/COO experience, Mike helps companies quickly and practically achieve value. Prior to cloud computing, he served in CFO/COO roles with fashion and soft goods companies including several turnaround engagements that included management of cash flow, restructuring overhead and operations, recapitalization of balance sheets and development of strategic business plans.

Mike is a California native with earned an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, and a Bachelor of Science from University of California, Davis.


Scott Kennedy, Principal Engineer, Security Operations

Scott is a member, OpenInferno Hacker CTF Game toolkit team with Certifications: CISSP-ISSAP, CISA, GCIH, GIAC.  He has 25 years experience as a Unix system administrator, including 15 years of dedicated security experience within commercial enterprises. Scott is an SME expert in fields including, cloud security, virtualization, IT security, document retention, disaster recovery, IA­, CNA/CND, and forensics. As part of the Intuit Cyber Security Team, Scott is responsible for bringing scientific rigor and analysis to the decisions for IT Security. He is an active member of the Southern California IT Security scene.

Scott earned an MS degree in Cyber Security/Information Assurance, and a BS in Computer Science from Pace University.


Steven Price, Founder/Chief Strategist, 85SIXTY

Steven’s entire career has been at the intersection of digital and commerce.  While pursuing a graduate degree in cultural anthropology at UC San Diego, Steven realized that business was his calling and left to open his first business.  He quickly fell in with the founders of Killer Dana – a small surf shop in Dana Point – and partnered with them to create one of the first multi-channel action sports retailers.  At Killer Dana, Steven led all digital efforts including UI / UX, technology development, and all digital marketing efforts.  This business was acquired in 2008.  Steven stayed on to lead the combined entity and assist with the evolution of the acquiring company’s digital efforts.  In 2010, Steven left the action sports industry to work on broader digital endeavors and started 85SIXTY, a boutique digital consultancy with a focus on helping companies use technology to build and deploy user-centered marketing.   Current clients include Mammoth Mountain, Big Bear Mountain Resorts & Visit Big Bear, Alterra Mountain Company, Deer Valley, Kelly Slater Surf Ranch, Basic Research, Accell NA, Blundstone Boots, The Phoenix Footwear Company, FreeUP Mobile, and Arma Sport.  When not working, Steven can be found spending time with his family, surfing or snowboarding. 


Rob Rennie, CEO of Webiplex, Inc.

Rob has spent nearly 40 years architecting, engineering and implementing high-impact software applications using contemporary development methodologies. He is an accomplished technologist who has served in numerous high visibility positions ranging from CEO, CTO, Chief Architect, Development Manager, Team Lead and Software Engineer. Rob holds extensive experience with distributed cloud architectures, artificial intelligence/machine learning, business process automation, software engineering, and IoT. Over his extensive career he has developed systems for applications such as plant floor control, workflow automation, document management and data extraction, ERP and financial systems, real-estate and computerized loan origination, and applied artificial intelligence. When he’s not dreaming in code, you can also catch him leveraging his formal training in jazz piano at various venues throughout the Southern California area in his trio as well as in local big bands.


Maureen Singh, CFO, TOCA Football

Maureen brings over 24 years of experience in the Finance and Accounting field with over 14 years at the C level as an Orange County CFO Leadership Council steering committee member.  Currently, Maureen is the CFO of TOCA Football.  


Maureen specializes in the restaurant, hospitality, asset management, and retail industries at the CFO level.  As a California CPA, has served on the CFO panel at the 2012 Accounting Day in San Diego, CFO panel at AWSCPA, CFO Panel at CXO Group 2018 in LA, as well as board members for IMA, CALCPA, and Toastmasters. 


Maureen is a graduate of Delhi University where she earned her BBA & MBA, Accounting and Marketing.  As an adjunct professor at National University, Maureen also teaches intermediate and advanced financial and managerial accounting courses. 

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