CPE Speakers

Robert N. Brooks, Executive Director, North Carolina State Board of Certified Public Accountant Examiners

Robert N. Brooks is Executive Director of the North Carolina State Board of Certified Public Accountant Examiners, an independent governmental agency responsible for the administration of the Uniform CPA Examination; the licensing of individuals as Certified Public Accountants; the monitoring of the professional ethics and conduct of CPAs; and the administration of all other provisions of North Carolina General Statute 93. Brooks, who received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from North Carolina State University, was previously employed by the North Carolina Department of Transportation and the North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety. Since joining the Board of CPA Examiners in 1986, Brooks has been an active member of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA). He has served on the State Board Executive Directors’ Committee (of which he was Chairman); Awards Committee; ALEC; Search Committee for NASBA President; Annual Meeting Planning Committee; CPE Advisory Committee; CPE Sponsor Registry Committee; Litigation Response Committee; Meetings and Events Committee; Bylaws Committee; the Public Perception Committee; the UAA Committee; and the Examinations Committee. He is currently serving on the Computer-based Testing (CBT) Administration Committee. Brooks has also served as the Executive Directors' Liaison to the NASBA Board of Directors and as Executive Directors' Liaison to the Examination Review Board.

Cindy Conn, Assistant Professor of Business Communication, Elon University

Cindy Conn teaches Business Communications at Elon University, which is an introductory course about professional communication practices. She teaches the course both as a standard course and as an academic service-learning course. Her research focuses on business communication pedagogy and has been published in Business Communication Quarterly and Communication Teacher. Conn earned a bachelor's degree from Virginia Tech and both a master's degree and Ph.D. from Purdue University.

Mark Kurt, Associate Professor of Economics, Elon University

Mark Kurt is an Associate Professor of Economics and has been at Elon University since 2008. Prior to Elon, Kurt earned his B.S. in economics from Clemson University and his Ph.D. at The University of Iowa. While at Iowa, Kurt worked on the Health Prediction Markets and developed derivative contracts traded on the only SEC licensed prediction stock market. Kurt's research interests include health, labor and macroeconomics. He maintains an active research agenda with publications in journals such as Health Economics and Journal of Labor Research. Outside of academia, Kurt has worked at Lockheed Martin and consulted for ACT.

Addison Maille, Tax Partner/Member, Smith Leonard

Addison Maille has over 20 years of experience serving individuals, public and privately held companies in the construction, manufacturing, distribution, retail, transportation and not-for-profit industries. His specialties include tax planning for high net worth families, succession planning, and trusts and estates. Maille received a BA in political science from the State University of New York, an MBA from Union University, and a JD from Albany Law School. Maille's professional and civic involvement includes American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants, American Bar Association, Greensboro Estate Planning Council, Piedmont Estate Planning Council, Pleasant Ridge Church (treasurer), Rotary Club of the Triad (past president), and GO FAR (board member).

David R. Nance, Deputy Director, North Carolina State Board of Certified Public Accountant Examiners

With the NC State Board of CPA Examiners, Nance oversees the board’s financial and administrative functions as well as assists with the board’s professional standards activities. Nance previously worked 30+ years as an audit manager for the Office of the State Auditor (OSA). He received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1986. In his years of service with OSA, he worked on audits across the state government spectrum including the Department of Transportation, Wildlife Resources, the Department of Administration, and the N.C. Ports Authority. He also spent over 12 years overseeing OSA’s non-profit audit efforts for the Smart Start programs. His main area of responsibility in the latter years with OSA was oversight of the audit efforts for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and its numerous human services programs.

Bryan W. Starnes, Chief Financial Officer, Meridian Senior Living

Bryan Starnes joined Meridian Senior Living in January 2012 as Chief Accounting Officer.  In September 2013, Bryan was named the chief financial officer. He was previously a partner in the CPA firm Martin Starnes and Associates P.A. He started the firm in 1992 with six people and annual revenues of $350,000. In 2011 when Starnes sold his interest in the practice, the firm had 45 employees and annual revenues of $5 million. The firm was recognized by Accounting Today magazine as one of the “Top 100 Firms to Work For” in 2008, 2009 and 2010, with ranking in the top 10 in all three years. Starnes is also an accomplished speaker, offering leadership an accounting training for the American Institute of CPAs, the NC Association of CPAs, Government Finance Officers Association, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and various trade organizations throughout North Carolina. He has been a CPA since 1989 and an accredited business valuator since 1983. He earned a B.S. in accounting from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Scott Williams, Partner, Gilliam Coble and Moser

Scott Williams specializes in auditing, profit, and cash flow planning and analysis, and corporate and shareholder tax planning for closely-held businesses and their owners. His client bases ranges from manufacturing businesses to foreign-owned companies with operations in the United States. Williams joined Gilliam Coble and Moser in 1985. Within the firm, he helps train and develop the talents of other professionals. He is also responsible for preserving quality standards for peer review compliance and is an active participant in the leadership of the firm. A volunteer in the community, Williams also works with nonprofit clients. A volunteer in the community, Williams also works with nonprofit clients. He serves on the board of Healthy Alamance, is advancement chair for the Boy Scouts of America, Alamance District, and is co-chair for PKF Manufacturing. Williams holds a B.S. in accounting from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Keith A. Wood, Attorney at Law

Keith Wood is certified by the North Carolina State Bar as a board certified specialist in estate planning and probate law. His practice areas include tax planning and representation of clients before the Internal Revenue Service, corporate law and business transactions, and personal estate planning. Keith is a frequent speaker to civic and professional groups on business planning, taxation, and estate planning, and he has authored published articles on these topics. Mr. Wood is also a CPA and is an active member of NCACPA and a former member of its Board of Directors. Mr. Wood received his undergraduate degree in business administration and his law degree, with honors, from the University of North Carolina. While in law school, Keith served as the business manager of the North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation.