Our 2016 Speakers

SILC brings together an amazing lineup of sustainability and corporate luminaries, from attorneys and CPAs to CEOs and CFOs to environmental experts and champions for social change.

Lee A. DeHihns, III.
Partner (Retired), Alston & Bird LLP
Michael Kraten
Accounting Prof, Providence College
Barry C. Melancon
President & CEO, AICPA
Kristen Sullivan
Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP
Marc L. Rinaldi
Partner-in-Charge, PFK O’Connor Davies
Mervyn E. King
Chairman, King Committee in South Africa
Edward Mendlowitz
Robert G. Eccles
Jane Gleeson-White
Timothy P. Selby
Joanne Barry
Roger R. Martella, Jr.
Renee Mikalopas-Cassidy
Curtis Ravene
Arthur J. Radin
Erika Karp
Georg Kell
Martin Whittaker
Howard Dorman
Kirby Brendsel

2016 Agenda

Wednesday, May 6, 2016—Program

8:00 - 8:30 a.m.

Check-in
Continental Breakfast and Networking

8:30 - 8:40 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Committee and Conference Chair:
- Timothy P. Selby, Joanne Barry

8:40 - 9:10 a.m.

Keynote Address
Speakers:
- Barry C. Melancon, CPA, CGMA, President and CEO, AICPA

According to Worldwatch Institute, Senior Fellow Gary T. Gardner, “Unfortunately, the window for shifting to a sustainable economy relatively painlessly is closing, and each year of inaction makes the eventual shift more jarring and costly for a growing number of Americans.”,Join the conversation, and no longer be left in Europe’s sustainability dust!,In this session, Barry will discuss the assumptions, beliefs, and practices that need to be overturned in order for the United States to meet the needs of the global market.

9:10 - 10:10 a.m.

Moderator:
- Sarah Tomolonius
Panelists:
- Barry C. Melancon, Mervyn E. King, Robert G. Eccles., Jane Gleeson-White, Martin Whittaker

The revolution is here!,The nature of capitalism is changing and transforming the way the world does business—don’t be left behind.,Sustainability forces us to go beyond traditional financial and industrial capital, and to consider the benefits and detriments to our natural resources and society. We will discuss the roles that global organizations play in sustainability reporting, as well as the current level of reporting on sustainability issues globally. Organizations include the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, the Global Reporting Initiative, The International Integrated Reporting Council, the AICPA, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and others.

10:10 - 10:20 a.m.

Break

10:10 - 11:00 a.m.

Why Is Sustainability of Critical Importance Today?

Speaker:
- Robert G. Eccles

Companies today face a dizzying array of risks—financial, physical, and intangible—all of which are growing in scale, as markets become increasingly global and interconnected. It is critical for outside advisors and corporate managers to understand how these factors inhibit or enhance shareholder value. This session will focus on the global growth of practice in multinationals, international government, and NGOs.,We will look at the International Stock Exchange’s new rules as of October 2015, and components of the S&P 500’s market value.,Speaker will also touch on Bloomberg’s terminal usage stats and the demand for nonfinancial data.

11:10 - 12:10 p.m.

Opportunities for CPAs and Lawyers in Sustainability:

Moderator:
- Lee A. DeHihns III, Esq., Partner (Retired), Alston & Bird LLP
Panelists:
- Roger R. Martella, Jr., Renee Mikalopas-Cassidy, Jane Gleeson-White, Howard P Dorman, Kristen (Beck) Sullivan

Modern corporations drive value by being able to grow intellectual property, customer relationships, brand equity and other intangibles. Amid these developments, CPAs and financial advisors in the United States have been surprisingly absent, although in the European Union and the UK, almost two-thirds of the Global 250 corporations have chosen major accountancy firms to provide guidance in the area of sustainability and sustainability reporting. We will discuss the role that CPAs and advisors need to play in this critically important growth area.,Attendees will walk away understanding sustainability’s touch points within a client’s DNA, as well as how to extend your firm’s marketing practices to service senior client contracts.

12:10 - 1:10 p.m.

Networking Lunch

1:10 - 2:10 p.m.

How Investors Judge Sustainable Value Added Information
Moderator:
- Erika Karp
Panellists:
- Arthur J. Radin, Curtis Ravenel, Michael Kraten, Georg Kell, Jan C. Childress

Exactly 84% of a company’s DNA is not recorded on its balance sheet. The CFA Institute reported that 73% of investors now take ESG (environmental, social, and governance) issues into account in their investment analysis and decisions. This panel discusses how to evaluate and understand the current information reported according to the various sustainability reporting standards organizations. It also presents case studies in high-impact investing in sustainable enterprises that have generated highly positive ROIs.

2:10 - 3:00 p.m.

Taking the Lead with Sustainability Reporting:

Speaker:
- Mervyn E. King

Sustainability reporting alone cannot have significant social, environmental, and economic impacts.,The continuous growth in integrated reporting is an indication of a major shift to sustainable capitalism.,Mervyn will provide us with a clear understanding of the shift from financial capitalism to sustainable capitalism.

3:15 - 3:15 p.m.

Break

3:15 - 4:15 p.m.

Which Advisors Will Have the Greatest Credibility in the Investment Community—Accountants, Attorneys, or Financial Advisors?
Moderator:
- Georg Kell and Marc L. Rinaldi
Panelists:
- Jan C. Childress, Lee A. DeHihns III, Jane Gleeson-White, Mervyn E. King, Howard Dorman, Edward Mendlowitz

According to the CFA Institute’s ESG (environmental, social, and governance) survey, 69% of investors think it’s important that ESG disclosures be subject to independent verification. This panel presents the rationale for CPAs, attorneys, and financial advisors as fiduciaries and trusted advisors to offer these assurance services.

4:15 - 5:05 p.m.

How Will Advisors Help Clients Navigate Through This Minefield?

Moderator:
- Roger R. Martella
Panelists:
- Lee A. DeHihns III, Erika Karp, Michael Kraten, Kirby Brendsel

Learn how assurance services have evolved globally. Attendees are presented with case studies from extended auditor’s reports in the UK that have won awards. This hands-on session provides a pathway that advisors can follow to help their clients navigate through the minefield in order to provide meaningful and important guidance.

5:05 - 5:15 p.m.

Closing Remarks [and Scholarship Presentation]
Speaker:

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Partner (Retired), Alston & Bird LLP

Lee A. DeHihns, III.

Lee DeHihns is a member of the firm’s Environmental and Land Use Group. He has practiced environmental law since 1974. He concentrates on regulatory matters and defensive litigation matters, including corporate audits, compliance program development, debarment, white-collar criminal defense, air quality, hazardous waste, water quality and wetlands matters for industrial and municipal clients. He is an author on the topics of water quality and quantity, corporate environmental responsibility, and citizen suits, and a frequent speaker to professional organizations, including the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Georgia, the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia, the Georgia Municipal Association, and the Atlanta Bar Association. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America. Mr. DeHihns was ranked as a leading environmental lawyer in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers 2005. He is the Chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources 2005-2006, he was previously a member of the Council, 2001-2004, and Chair of the Water Quality and Wetlands Committee, 1999-2001 and a Vice Chair of that Committee, 1997-1999. Lee joined the firm in 1990 after serving four years as Deputy Regional Administrator of USEPA Region 4, the Agency’s senior career position in the Southeast. His career began with USEPA in 1974 in Washington, D.C. where he rose to the position of Associate General Counsel. Lee received a Senior Executive Service Meritorious Rank Award from President Bush in 1989.

Accounting Prof, Providence College

Michael Kraten

Michael Kraten, PhD, CPA is an Associate Professor of Accountancy at Providence College. He has consulted with organizations globally on issues involving sustainability, and has authored the award winning case Save The Blue Frog, available online at savethebluefrog.com. Mike has earned a PhD in behavioral accounting from the University of Connecticut, an MPPM in Management from Yale University, and a BBA in Public Accounting from Baruch College (CUNY).

President & CEO, AICPA

Barry C. Melancon

Barry C. Melancon is the President and Chief Executive Officer at the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), the national professional association of CPAs, with more than 412,000 members worldwide. As head of the largest body of CPAs in the world, Melancon is called upon to represent the Institute with state, national and international organizations and is sought after by key opinion leaders for his expertise. Under Melancon, the Institute has spearheaded a number of initiatives designed to benefit not only the profession, but also investors, business owners, lenders and the general public. These include audit quality centers; private company reporting standards; eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL); the computerized CPA exam; and two consumer financial literacy education programs. Also under Barry’s leadership the AICPA and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) developed a joint venture to establish the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation to elevate management accounting globally. More than 150,000 management accountants now hold the CGMA designation worldwide. Melancon also serves as the CEO and a board member of the Joint Venture, the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, which oversees all CGMA activities internationally.

Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP

Kristen Sullivan

Kristen Sullivan is a partner and leads Deloitte & Touche LLP and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited’s (DTTL) Sustainability Reporting, Assurance and Compliance services, working with clients to help address their sustainability disclosure needs. Kristen also serves as the DTTL Americas Region Sustainability Services Leader. Kristen brings extensive experience in sustainability reporting and assurance, focused on social impact. Kristen leads Deloitte’s efforts around social impact measurement and reporting, specifically focused on Deloitte’s services in support of the Global Impact Investing Rating System (GIIRS).
Kristen also leads Deloitte’s Conflict Minerals Advisory and Assurance Services. She brings specialized insights to this regulatory reporting requirement from her previous area of focus on Regulatory & Public Policy Matters for Deloitte, recognizing the broader policy as well as the compliance implications of this issue from a corporate brand and reputation standpoint.
Kristen serves as a member of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) North America Advisory Council, the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Assurance Task Force, the Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings (GISR) Technical Review Committee, the Sustainable Stock Exchange (SSE) Initiative Corporate Working Group, and serves as a member of the AICPA Conflict Minerals and Sustainability Task Forces. She also served on the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) Working Group Kristen has authored a number of publications around the value of sustainability and non-financial disclosure and assurance, including conflict minerals disclosure and assurance.
Kristen has over 19 years of experience with Deloitte. Kristen is a CPA, CGMA and is GRI certified. She began her career with Deloitte in the Audit and Advisory services practice. She has also served in Deloitte’s National Office in several different capacities and served in a role working with the deputy CEO of Deloitte LLP focusing on regulatory and public policy matters.
Kristen serves as a member of the Eureka College Board of Trustees, the Global Social Venture Competition Advisory Board of the UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, the Financial Women’s Association and the Junior League of Stamford-Norwalk.

Partner-in-Charge, PFK O’Connor Davies

Marc L. Rinaldi

Marc Rinaldi is the Partner-in-Charge of PKF O’Connor Davies, LLP Financial Services and CEO of O’Connor Davies Administration, , LLC. He has over 30 years of industry experience and is a leader in the fields of investment, entity, partnership and alternative investment accounting, ASU 820 valuation, risk management and international investment banking and proprietary trading. His clients include family offices, private foundations, endowments and private equity, hedge and venture capital funds. Marc also provides investment consulting to clients on investor due diligence, socially responsible investing, risk-based compliance management and performance reporting. Marc is a member of the Managed Funds Association and Global Association of Risk Professionals. He also serves on the New York State Society Investment Companies, Investment Management and Private Equity Committees. Marc recently presented on the impact of socially responsible investing on family office and private foundation investors at the firm’s annual Private Foundation Symposium and at a EY Global Hedge Fund Symposium in Amsterdam.

Chairman, King Committee in South Africa

Mervyn E. King

Mervyn King has chaired and been a director of several companies listed on the JSE and is probably best known as the Chairman of the King Committee on Corporate Governance in South Africa. However, he also serves as President of the Advertising Standards Authority, First Vice-President of the Institute of Directors Southern Africa, a member of the Securities Regulation Panel, which oversees all mergers and acquisitions in the country, Chairman of the Appeal Committee of the United Cricket Board and of the Automobile Association, Strate, the settlement arm of trades in equities and other instruments in South Africa, and of Brait Societé Anonyme. He was the South African representative at the ICC International Court of Arbitration in Paris for nine years and still acts as an arbitrator and mediator in commercial disputes. He is associated in numerous ways with several other organizations including the Commonwealth Association of Corporate Governance, the World Bank and the United Nations, amongst others. A committed South African, dedicated campaigner for justice and fairness, an accessible and selfless man, Mervyn King has consulted, advised and spoken on legal, business and corporate governance issues in 39 countries, has written a book, The Corporate Citizen, and has received many awards.

Edward Mendlowitz

Member of AICPA, NYSSCPA and NJSCPA. Author of 24 professional books including the bestselling How to Review Tax Returns (2014 CPA Trendlines); author of over 1000 articles and 250 continuing education courses and speeches. Winner of the Lawler Award for best article published in 2001 in Journal of Accountancy; and article in January 2011 Journal of Accountancy was that year’s most viewed article. Have testified twice before House Ways and Means Committee on tax reduction, equity and reform; am admitted to practice before U.S. Tax Court; and was an adjunct MBA instructor for 11 years. Author of twice weekly blog www.partners-network.com

Robert G. Eccles

Robert G. Eccles is the first Non-Executive Chairman of Arabesque Partners, the first ESG Quant Fund with headquarters in London and a research group in Frankfurt. He is a Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School. He first joined the faculty in 1979 and received tenure in 1989. Right after receiving tenure, Professor Eccles started doing research on corporate reporting, a topic that remains of great interest to him from a research, managerial practice, and public policy perspective. An award-winning author of twelve books, he is the world’s foremost expert on integrated reporting and one of the world’s leaders on how companies and investors can create sustainable strategies. His most recent book, with Michael P. Krzus and Sydney Ribot, is The Integrated Reporting Movement: Meaning, Momentum, Motives and Materiality. Bob is the founding chairman of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board and was involved in establishing the International Integrated Reporting Council. One of his current priorities is “The Statement of Significant Audiences and Materiality Campaign” being done in collaboration with the Principles for Responsible for Investment and the UN Global Compact. In 2011, he was selected as one of the world’s Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior, and in 2014 and 2015 was named as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics.

Jane Gleeson-White

Jane Gleeson-White is the author of four books, including Six Capitals or Can Accountants Save the Planet? (2015) and Double Entry: How the merchants of Venice created modern finance (2012). Six Capitals was nominated for 2015 800-CEO-READ Business Book Awards. Double Entry won the 2012 Nib Literary Award for excellence in writing and research and was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, the Age Book of the Year and the Queensland Literary Awards. She has a Bachelor of Economics with a Double Major in Politics and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in English. Her other books are about literature: Classics (2005) and Australian Classics (2007).

Timothy P. Selby

Tim Selby is the head of the Investment Management Practice at Alston & Bird and focuses his practice on advising clients with respect to the structuring and management of hedge funds, managed futures funds, private equity funds, and publicly offered-direct participation programs. He represents a broad range of clients, employing a wide variety of alternative investment strategies; from wellestablished institutions to experienced fund managers that have decided to build their own asset management firms. Mr. Selby advises clients with respect to compliance with, and exemptions from, the Investment Company Act of 1940, the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, Commodity Exchange Act, Securities Act of 1933, Securities Exchange Act of 1934, SEC and CFTC regulations, and NFA and FINRA rules. Every year since 2010 Mr. Selby has been listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, where he is recognized for his expertise in the hedge fund and managed futures sectors. In the 2014 edition of Chambers, Mr. Selby was praised as a lawyer who is consistently “coming up with creative solutions to complex issues related to strategic partnerships.” Prior to practicing law Mr. Selby was licensed and practiced as a CPA.

Joanne Barry

Joanne S. Barry, CAE, is Executive Director and CEO of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA), a 28,000-plus professional member association for CPAs and other accounting professionals in New York State. In this role she also serves as the executive director of the NYSSCPA’s Foundation for Accounting Education. Both organizations are headquartered in New York City. Barry also serves as President-elect of the CPA Society Executives Association (CPA/SEA) Board of Directors; and on the Montclair State University Accounting, Law and Taxation Advisory Board; St. John University’s Peter J. Tobin College of Business, Department of Accounting and Taxation Executive Advisory Board; Accountants Forum Board of Directors, and on the board of the New York Society of Association Executives (NYSAE). She has also served as Vice Chair of the AICPA Foundation Board of Trustees. Barry was named by CPA Practice Advisor as one of the most Powerful Women in Accounting; and for the past five consecutive years has been included in Accounting Today’s Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting. In 2012, she was honored with the NYSAE’s Outstanding Association Executive Award. Barry’s career at the NYSSCPA began in 1981 as Assistant Director of Public Relations. She maintained several other management positions prior to her appointment as Executive Director, including Director of Public Relations, Director of Communications, Managing Director of Communications and Deputy Executive Director. Barry began her career in communications at Hackensack University Medical Center and prior to the NYSSCPA, worked at the New York City School Volunteer Program. Barry received her BA in English with a journalism concentration from Montclair State University; and an MS in Management and Urban Policy with a concentration in non-profit management at The New School in New York City. She is also a certified association executive (CAE), the highest professional credential in the association industry. Barry and her husband, Edward, reside in Union, N.J., and have three sons– Christopher, Justin and Joshua.

Roger R. Martella, Jr.

Roger R. Martella co-leads the environmental practice group at Sidley Austin LLP. He rejoined Sidley Austin LLP after serving as the General Counsel of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, concluding 10 years of litigating and handling complex environmental and natural resource matters at the Department of Justice and EPA. In 2015, Roger was recognized by Who’s Who Legal as the environmental lawyer of the year globally. Roger’s practice focuses on three primary areas. First, Roger advises companies on developing strategic approaches to achieve their goals in light of rapidly developing demands to address climate change, promote sustainability and utilize clean energy. Second, Roger handles a broad range of environmental and natural resource litigation and mediation. Third, Roger advises multinational companies on compliance with environmental laws in the United States, China, the European Union and other nations. Roger employs a strategic, forward-looking approach to solving emerging law and policy issues across the world that have the potential to create both opportunities and risks for domestic and multinational energy and manufacturing companies and industries. Roger’s approach is to build a collaborative and coalition-building framework that seeks the strongest possible results through up front coordination with government, industry, and NGO stakeholders, leveraging strong honest broker relations with government officials and understanding of government approach to realize resolutions that have led to extraordinary favorable resolutions offering significant regulatory relief to industries and pennies-on-the-dollar enforcement settlements for companies.

Renee Mikalopas-Cassidy

Renee Mikalopas-Cassidy, CPA, specializes in the development and implementation of financial and operational solutions, corporate governance, business risk, compliance, and sustainability programs for international and domestic companies. She is the current Financial Director – Corporate at The Topps Company, Inc., a global creator and marketer of distinctive confectionery products, sports trading cards, entertainment games, and collectibles and digital/media products. She is the former Divisional CFO of MVBMS EuroRSCG of Havas Worldwide, with multinational Fortune 100 and 500 clients, and French and SEC public company reporting requirements and a former Deloitte & Touche, SEC Practice Senior Audit Manager. She has an MS in Global Affairs from NYU in International Business Practices and BS in Accounting from Brooklyn College. Renee serves as Chair of Sustainability Committee, is the current Vice-Chair and former Chair of the International Accounting and Auditing Committee and is a member of the SEC Committee and Accounting and Auditing Oversight Committees of the NYSSCPA.

Curtis Ravene

As Global Head of Sustainable Business & Finance, Curtis Ravenel leads Bloomberg’s sustainability initiatives – a Chairman’s Office effort and the result of his 2006 Bloomberg Global Leadership Forum proposal. The program aggressively integrates sustainability considerations into all firm operations and leverages the Bloomberg Professional Service to evaluate sustainability-related investment risks and opportunities for its 315,000 customers. He currently serves as a board member at US SIF, The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment, and at the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB). He serves as an advisor to the Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings (GISR) and the USA Advisory Board to the G8 Social Impact Investment Taskforce.

Arthur J. Radin

Art, now with Janover LLC, has been a partner of CPA firms for over fifty years. While primarily an auditor, he has practiced as a business consultant, tax accountant, mergers and acquisitions consultant and litigation expert. He has served on committees for both the NYSSCPA and AICPA. He is a member of The CPA Journal editorial board and has contributed articles on diverse subjects including accounting, auditing, disclosure and practice management.

Erika Karp

Erika Karp is the Founder and CEO of Cornerstone Capital Inc. The mission of the firm is to apply the principles of sustainable finance across the capital markets enhancing investment processes through transparency and collaboration. In seeking positive societal impact at scale, Cornerstone offers wealth and investment advising, research and strategic consulting, and investment banking services. Working with investors, corporations and financial institutions, the firm drives the systematic analysis of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors throughout the global capital markets. Prior to launching Cornerstone, Erika was Managing Director and Head of Global Sector Research at UBS Investment Bank where she Chaired the UBS Global Investment Review Committee and managed a global team of analysts and strategists. Erika served on the UBS Securities Research Executive Committee and the Environmental and Human Rights Committee of the UBS Group Executive Board. While at UBS, Erika created and drove key branded global investment research products including the UBS Q-Series®, the Global I/O®, Global Signals™ and the weekly “UBS Global Portfolio Manager’s Spotlight.” Erika is a founding Board member of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Agenda Council on Financing and Capital, and serves as an Advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Market-Based Approaches Track initiative. She sits on the Program Design Advisory Council for Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Program on Innovating for Sustainability, and serves as an Ambassador for the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC). Erika speaks at events including those of the OECD, the UN Global Compact and PRI, Oxford University, The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investing, Ceres, The Aspen Institute, and the White House. She holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia University and a BS in Economics from the Wharton School.

Georg Kell

Georg Kell is the founder and former Executive Director of the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest voluntary corporate sustainability initiative with over 8,000 corporate participants in more than 160 countries. A key architect of the Global Compact, he led the initiative from its founding in 2000, establishing the most widely recognized multi-stakeholder network and action platform to advance responsible business practices. Mr. Kell also oversaw the conception and launch of the Global Compact’s sister initiatives on investment and business education, the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and the Principles for Responsible Management Education (Prime), together with the Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) initiative.

Martin Whittaker

Martin Whittaker is an investment and business professional with over 20 years’ experience in the sustainable finance field. Martin is currently Chief Executive Officer of JUST Capital, a New York City-based non-profit organization focused on advancing a more inclusive capital market. He is also co-convener of the CREO family office investment network; an investment committee member for Sonen Capital’s private investment platform; and a Board member of the Carbon Disclosure Project U.S.. Prior to JUST Capital, Martin was a Managing Director and founding partner at Sonen Capital, a leading impact investment management firm serving the family office, foundation and private wealth markets. Martin led Sonen’s private equity, real asset and direct investing activities, and was a member of the firm’s executive and investment committees. Martin has also served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto, acted as an independent advisor on sustainable finance to several multinational corporations and the U.S. Government’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and been an investment committee member for the Climate Change Capital private equity fund in the UK. He has also provided expert testimony on environmental markets to the U.S. Senate. Martin holds a PhD in environmental science from the University of Edinburgh, an MBA from the University of London, and M.Sc. and B.Sc. degrees in Chemistry from, respectively, McGill University, Montreal and the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.

Howard Dorman

Howard has more than 30 years of professional experience providing accounting, tax, and consulting services to privately held companies and service firms. He primarily works with businesses operating in manufacturing & distribution with a concentration in the food & beverage sector. Howard is particularly adept at providing strategic planning guidance to owner managed businesses, especially those which are family-owned and operated. He assists clients in obtaining bank financing, navigating through complex merger and acquisition procedures, and management facilitation issues. Howard works with business owners to formulate succession and exit strategy plans that are most effective for both themselves and their businesses. Howard leads WeiserMazars’ efforts in Social Reporting and Compliance. In collaboration with Mazars and Shift, The UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework was released during 2015 which is the first comprehensive guidance for companies to report on human rights issues in line with their responsibility to respect Human Rights. He is often featured in articles discussing the project. An active professional in the New Jersey business community, Howard is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants. He is a member of the Garden State Credit Association, the International Factor Association, the NJ Food Council and the Association of Food Industries. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey and is the President of the Board of Directors of the Center for Holocaust Human Rights and Genocide Education Center which is located on the campus of Brookdale Community College. He received his BS from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Kirby Brendsel

Kirby Brendsel is an Associate Director of Sustainability – Global Citizenship at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., where he supports the strategy, integration and management of Starwood’s sustainability program into its ten brands and three global divisions (over 1,200 hotels in 100 countries) including development, implementation and global reporting of Starwood’s sustainability goals, policies and programs. He works collaboratively with the Global Citizenship (GC) community programs/Starwood Foundation team on CSR strategy and reporting. Prior to Starwood, Mr. Brendsel spent nine years at Deloitte Consulting where he assisted in the creation of Deloitte’s Federal Sustainability practice. His career has focused on Strategy & Operations, Energy & Resources and Sustainability, and his background has encompassed business process improvement, shared services, supply chain, marketing, strategy, information management, e-business, leadership development, training, as well as personnel and project management. His experience includes work in public and private sectors, Alternative Energy, Engineering, Finance, Hospitality, Manufacturing, Oil and Gas, Power and Utilities, Sustainability, and Transportation. Mr. Brendsel’s other past roles include active duty service as a Military Intelligence Corps Major in the U.S. Army.