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Kimberly L. Robinson

President
Louisiana Department of Revenue
Kimberly Lewis Robinson was appointed to serve as Louisiana’s Secretary of Revenue by Governor John Bel Edwards in January 2016.

Before becoming Secretary of Revenue, Ms. Robinson was a partner in the Tax & Estates Practice Group at Jones Walker, LLP focusing primarily on state and local tax matters, economic development financing, incentives and government relations.

Before joining Jones Walker, Ms. Robinson served as special counsel for the Office of the Governor of the State of Louisiana, where she provided legal counsel to Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco and served as Senior Policy Advisor on Revenue, Economic Development and Insurance Policy. She also worked for six years at the Louisiana Department of Revenue, serving as Assistant Secretary for the Office of Legal Affairs and Confidential Assistant to the Secretary. From 1998–2000, she served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Justice Bernette J. Johnson (’69) of the Louisiana Supreme Court.

She is the 2016-2017 President of the Southeastern Association of Tax Administrators (SEATA), and is a highly sought-after speaker on matters involving income, franchise, sales/use, severance, ad valorem property, and other tax issues.

Ms. Robinson was listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the area of Tax Law, and the 2014 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers in the area of Tax. She has chaired the Section of Taxation for the Louisiana State Bar Association. In 2015, she received the Distinguished Achievement award from LSU Law Center and the Diversity Journal recognized her as one of the “Women Worth Watching.”

An active member of the community, Secretary Robinson serves on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Woman’s Hospital and the BREC Foundation. She is a member of the LSU Law Alumni Board of Trustees, LSU John P. Laborde Energy Law Center, the Chancellor’s Council and is a past member of the Law Center’s Young Alumni Leadership Council.

Secretary Robinson is a 1998 graduate of the LSU Law Center. She attended LSU where she received her B.A. in Political Science in 1993 and a M.A. in Public Administration in 1995.
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David Gerregano

First Vice President
Tennessee Department of Revenue
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Leon M. Biegalski

Second Vice President
Florida Department of Revenue
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Darrell Smith

Executive Director
Florida Department of Revenue (Retired)
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Vernon Barnett

Alabama
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Walter Anger

Arkansas
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Leon M. Biegalski

Florida

Lynne Riley

Georgia
Lynne Riley was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal to serve as Georgia State Revenue Commissioner in January, 2015. Before that, she served four years in the legislature as a state representative. She served as one of Governor Deal’s floor leaders in 2014, and as a member of the Ways and Means, Natural Resources and Environment, Retirement and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Oversight committees.

Commissioner Riley currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Federation of Tax Administrators and the Southeast Association of Tax Administrators. She also serves on the Board of the Great Promise Partnership in Georgia.

Commissioner Riley has long been involved with an extensive group of community and civic organizations. She is a member of the Class of 2005 of the Atlanta Regional Commission's Regional Leadership Institute and an alumnus of the Coverdell Leadership Institute. She is currently the Board Chair of the Johns Creek Economic Development Corporation, and a member of the Emory Johns Creek Hospital Board of Trustees. Lynne is also a proud member of the Rotary Club of Johns Creek-North Fulton.

In the private sector, Commissioner Riley was Principal of Riley Accounting Services for over 30 years. She and her husband, Mike, have three adult children and one grand-daughter.
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Dan Bork

Kentucky

Kimberly L. Robinson

Louisiana
Kimberly Lewis Robinson was appointed to serve as Louisiana’s Secretary of Revenue by Governor John Bel Edwards in January 2016.

Before becoming Secretary of Revenue, Ms. Robinson was a partner in the Tax & Estates Practice Group at Jones Walker, LLP focusing primarily on state and local tax matters, economic development financing, incentives and government relations.

Before joining Jones Walker, Ms. Robinson served as special counsel for the Office of the Governor of the State of Louisiana, where she provided legal counsel to Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco and served as Senior Policy Advisor on Revenue, Economic Development and Insurance Policy. She also worked for six years at the Louisiana Department of Revenue, serving as Assistant Secretary for the Office of Legal Affairs and Confidential Assistant to the Secretary. From 1998–2000, she served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Justice Bernette J. Johnson (’69) of the Louisiana Supreme Court.

She is the 2016-2017 President of the Southeastern Association of Tax Administrators (SEATA), and is a highly sought-after speaker on matters involving income, franchise, sales/use, severance, ad valorem property, and other tax issues.

Ms. Robinson was listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the area of Tax Law, and the 2014 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers in the area of Tax. She has chaired the Section of Taxation for the Louisiana State Bar Association. In 2015, she received the Distinguished Achievement award from LSU Law Center and the Diversity Journal recognized her as one of the “Women Worth Watching.”

An active member of the community, Secretary Robinson serves on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Woman’s Hospital and the BREC Foundation. She is a member of the LSU Law Alumni Board of Trustees, LSU John P. Laborde Energy Law Center, the Chancellor’s Council and is a past member of the Law Center’s Young Alumni Leadership Council.

Secretary Robinson is a 1998 graduate of the LSU Law Center. She attended LSU where she received her B.A. in Political Science in 1993 and a M.A. in Public Administration in 1995.
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Herb Frierson

Mississippi
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Ronald Penny

North Carolina
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Hartley Powell

South Carolina
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David Gerregano

Tennessee
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Craig Burns

Virginia
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Dale Steager

West Virginia

John Besh

Chef, Philanthropist, Restaurateur & Author
John Besh is a chef and a native son dedicated to the culinary riches of southern Louisiana. In his restaurants, entrepreneurial pursuits, and public activities, he preserves and promotes ingredients, techniques, and heritage one mouth-watering dish at a time.

From the outset of his career, Besh’s talent and drive have earned him continuous kudos. In 2014, the James Beard Foundation inducted him into “Who’s Who in Food & Beverage.” Food & Wine named him one of the “Top 10 Best New Chefs in America,” and he won the coveted James Beard Award for Best Chef of the Southeast in 2006. In 2009, he was awarded Food Arts’ Silver Spoon Award for revitalizing the culinary legacy of New Orleans. His flagship restaurant, August, is a Gayot Top 40 Restaurant and a Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Restaurant, in addition to being a 2012 and 2013 James Beard Nominee for Outstanding National Restaurant (eligible only to restaurants open for ten years or more) and 2015 James Beard Nominee for Outstanding Service.

Besh has authored four cookbooks: My New Orleans (October 2009), My Family Table (November 2011), Cooking from the Heart (November 2013) and most recently Besh Big Easy (September 2015) (Andrews McMeel Publishing). The books were recognized by John’s peers and the culinary industry by being awarded the prestigious IACP Award in the American category (2010, My New Orleans) and the Children, Youth and Family category (2012, My Family Table), with a nomination in 2014 for Cooking from the Heart.

He is the host of two national public television cooking shows, based on his award-winning cookbooks: “Chef John Besh’s New Orleans,” and “Chef John Besh’s Family Table.”

“Hungry Investors,” Besh’s latest television endeavor, premiered in May 2014 on the Spike network. The show followed him traveling around the country alongside Chef Tiffany Derry and Jon Taffer to seek out and assist “diamond in the rough” failing restaurants to meet their potential. He has also appeared on top television programs on The Food Network and the acclaimed Sundance Channel “Iconoclast” series alongside his longtime friend, jazz musician Wynton Marsalis.

A U.S. Marine, Besh is proud to have partnered with Baton Rouge-based emergency reconstruction specialists Arkel International, for which he creates high quality ready-to-eat meals for distribution to thousands of emergency response teams and sustained strategic operations in the U.S. and around the world; the initiative promotes the Gulf Coast’s food culture as it elevates the Louisiana economy.

Besh's non-profit organization, The John Besh Foundation, works to protect and preserve the culinary heritage and foodways of both New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region through culinary scholarships and microloans. In 2011, and as part of the Foundation, the John Besh and Jessica Bride Mayor Chefs Move! Scholarship was established to send minority recipients to the International Culinary Center (ICC) for a nine-month program in New York City. For the program, scholars pledge to return to New Orleans to work in the restaurant industry for (at least) two years and to promote and support diversity in the kitchen. To date, ten scholarships have been awarded. The Foundation also provides microloans to financially assist and advise farmers and artisanal producers within a 200-mile radius of New Orleans.

Jay Dardenne

Commissioner
Louisiana Division of Administration
Jay Dardenne was appointed commissioner of the Louisiana Division of Administration in January 2016 by Gov. John Bel Edwards. In this capacity, he serves as the state’s chief administrative officer.

Mr. Dardenne was elected twice as Louisiana’s lieutenant governor. He previously served four years as secretary of state, 15 years as a state senator and three years as a Baton Rouge Metro Councilman.

As lieutenant governor, he headed the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, where he created the Louisiana: Pick Your Passion campaign and led the state’s tourism efforts to four consecutive record-breaking years, the first such increases since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita struck in 2005.

Commissioner Dardenne conducts many special presentations about Louisiana, including Why Louisiana Ain’t Mississippi, a lively and colorful look at Louisiana’s culture, history, music, literature and politics.

He is an attorney and a member of the Baton Rouge High School Hall of Fame, the Louisiana State University Hall of Distinction and the Manship School Hall of Fame. He is married to the former Cathy McDonald, and they have two grown sons, John and Matthew.

Jason DeCuir

Principal
Ryan
Jason DeCuir is a Principal in Ryan’s Advocacy Services practice based in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana office, where he specializes in public affairs strategies to resolve state tax policy issues and disputes. Mr. DeCuir joined the Firm in September of 2014, and provides state tax legislative, regulatory and advocacy services to clients in a variety of industries throughout the country.

In addition to his private sector experience as a tax attorney in law firms, Mr. DeCuir has served as Chief of Staff, Assistant Secretary and Executive Counsel at the Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR), and was a Law Clerk in the United States District Court. He frequently lectures on various tax topics for business associations, industry groups and national tax organizations.

Mr. DeCuir has received numerous accolades, including being named to the Baton Rouge Business Report’s Top 40 Under 40. Currently, Mr. DeCuir has served on several legislatively created commissions that are focused on reforming the Louisiana tax code, including the HCR 11 Task Force on Structural Changes in Budget and Tax Policy. Most recently, Mr. DeCuir was appointed to the Louisiana Tax Institute.

Mr. DeCuir holds a Master of Laws degree in Taxation from the Georgetown University Law Center, a Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Civil Law degree from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center of Louisiana State University, a Master of Business Administration degree from Louisiana Tech University, and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Howard University.

Karl Frieden

VP and General Counsel
Council on State Taxation (COST)
Karl Frieden is the Vice President and General Counsel of the Council On State Taxation (COST). His responsibilities at COST include writing amicus briefs for cases at state Supreme Courts and the U.S. Supreme Court; working on state and local tax-related legislation with State Legislatures; developing research studies for COST’s State Tax Research Institute; and speaking at state tax forums throughout the U.S.

Before joining COST, Mr. Frieden was a tax partner with Ernst & Young and before that a tax partner with Arthur Andersen. Earlier in his career, he was the Deputy General Counsel of the Massachusetts Department of Revenue.

Mr. Frieden has had extensive experience with most types of state and local taxes and with global indirect taxes including VAT and withholding taxes. He has spoken on state and local and global indirect tax issues at business, government and tax policy forums in the US, Europe and Asia. He has testified before state legislatures and the US Congress on state tax policy issues. 

Mr. Frieden is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center where he co-teaches a course on “State and Local Taxes: U.S. Subnational Taxation of Multijurisdictional Entities." He is the author of numerous articles on state and local taxation; and wrote the book, Cybertaxation: The Taxation of E-Commerce, the first comprehensive book written on the taxation of the digital economy.

Russel Honoré, LTG

Commander - Joint Task Force Katrina & Global Preparedness Authority
As the commander of Joint Task Force Katrina, he became known as the “Category 5 General” for his striking leadership style in coordinating military relief efforts in post-hurricane New Orleans. A decorated 37-year army veteran and global authority on leadership and emergency preparedness, Gen. Honoré now shares his no-nonsense approach to getting the job done by showing organizations how to successfully lead and execute a mission.

Drawing on his in-the-trenches experience managing conflicts of both the natural and man-made variety, his disciplined leadership takeaways inspire audiences in a range of fields, including business, management, government, military and education.

Authentic, uplifting and never “stuck on stupid,” Gen. Honoré delivers a bracing dose of candor with real-world leadership lessons that will equip audiences with a mindset of global preparedness and instill confidence in tomorrow’s leaders.

Dr. Steven Sheffrin

Professor of Economics, Director of the Murphy Institute
Tulane University
Dr. Sheffrin is Professor of Economics, Affiliated Professor of Law, and Executive Director of the Murphy Institute at Tulane University.Sheffrin received his B.A. from Wesleyan University and his Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.Before joining the faculty at Tulane, he was on the faculty of the University of California, Davis from 1976 to 2009 and served as dean of the Division of Social Sciences for ten years. He has also been a visiting professor at Princeton University, the London School of Economics, Nuffield College in Oxford, and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

Sheffrin's research in tax policy focuses on practical, policy-oriented issues, including property taxation, state corporate taxation, tax fairness and compliance. He has served as a financial economist with the Office of Tax Policy Analysis, U.S Department of the Treasury and as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Tax Association. He has consulted widely with state governments and tax agencies. He recently served on the Louisiana Task Force for Structural Change in Budget and Tax Policy and currently serves as a member of the Louisiana Tax Institute.

Jesse "Jay" R. Adams, III

Partner
Jones Walker
Jay Adams is a partner in the firm's Tax & Estates Practice Group. For over twenty-five years, Mr. Adams has represented clients in matters involving practically every type of state and local tax in a number of states and local jurisdictions. He is a frequent speaker to a variety of professional organizations, including the Institute for Professionals in Taxation, the Council on State Taxation, and the Tax Executives Institute. He has successfully represented clients in many landmark Louisiana tax cases before the Louisiana Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal, including International Paper Company v. Bridges, in which the Louisiana Supreme Court issued a ruling that has resulted in tax savings of tens of millions of dollars for Louisiana businesses.

Mr. Adams is also a founder and editor of Cooking with SALT, a legal blog committed to providing timely insights on recent legal and practical developments concerning clients in many state and local taxing jurisdictions on matters involving income, franchise, net worth, gross receipts, sales/use, business and occupational license, severance, ad valorem property, and other miscellaneous taxes.

Darlene Allen

Revenue Tax Director, Field Audit Sales Tax
Louisiana Department of Revenue
Darlene Allen is a 30-year veteran in the sales and use tax field. She began her career in sales and use tax as a Revenue Agent for the Louisiana Department of Revenue (LDR) in Alexandria, LA. After five years she transferred to the Houston Office for five years where she also did income tax audits.

After leaving LDR, Ms. Allen served as the Audit Manager for Sales and Use Tax and later as Chief Operating Officer with Revenue Recovery Group for seventeen years. In that role, she managed audit staff and client relations for city, parish and state clients. Additionally Ms. Allen served as Program Director for the Unclaimed Property Audit program.

Ms. Allen is currently Revenue Tax Director for the Louisiana Department of Revenue Field Audit Sales Tax Division. Her role is to set the strategic plan for her team. She has been instrumental in expanding the state and local cooperative audit program.

Ms. Allen is a licensed CPA and she holds an MBA from Louisiana State University.

Jaye Calhoun

Kean Miller, LLP (ABA Tax Section State and Local Tax Committee Chair)
Jaye Calhoun is a partner in the New Orleans office of Kean Miller. She joined the firm in 2017 and practices in the tax group. Jaye provides clients with full-service tax representation covering federal, state, and local tax challenges and business opportunities. She has more than 25 years of experience and assists her clients with tax compliance and planning, guidance on the use of tax and business incentives, and represents clients in tax audits and controversies. She regularly represents clients in audits and administrative and judicial appeals before the IRS, the Louisiana Department of Revenue, and numerous local taxing authorities. Jaye is board certified by the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization in both Taxation and in Estate Planning.

Jaye has been listed for a decade as one of the Best Lawyers in America (2007-2017), and in Louisiana Super Lawyers (2007-2017). She is AV-rated preeminent by Martindale-Hubble. She has been recognized by New Orleans City Business as a 2005 Woman of the Year and selected as a 2014 recipient of the Leadership in Law award. Jaye was also recognized by New Orleans Magazine as a Top Lawyer in 2012 and 2016 as a Top Woman Attorney by Louisiana Super Lawyers. She was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel (ACTC) in 2017.

Jaye is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Tulane University Law School, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law and Northwestern University D’Amore-McKim School of Business in Boston (online program). She is also a guest lecturer at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington D.C.
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Kendra Carroll

Senior Fraud Strategist
Georgia Department of Revenue
Kendra Carroll is a Senior Fraud Strategist in the Office of Investigation at the Georgia Department of Revenue. In her 12 years with the Department, she has worked in Sales Tax, Motor Fuel Tax and Individual Income Tax. She is a Subject Matter Expert for Fraud and has spent the last 9 years in the Office of Special Investigation.

Jared Champagne

Human Resources Analyst
Louisiana Department of Revenue
Jared Champagne is a Human Resource Analyst with the Louisiana Department of Revenue. His fifteen years of professional of experience included roles such as an Assistant Director of Operation for Chartwells Inc., and Training and Development Specialist for the Louisiana Department of Revenue.

Mr. Champagne holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Master's Degree in Human Resource Education and Development from Louisiana State University.

In his spare time he likes to play with his dog Gizmo, fishing, and spend quality time with friends and family.
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Chester Cook

Director of Audits Division
Georgia Department of Revenue
Chester Cook is Director of Audits for the Georgia Department of Revenue. During his 11 years with the department he has served also as Assistant Director of Audits, Program Manager, Audit Supervisor and Tax Policy Analyst. Prior to joining the department, he worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Atlanta, and for the Fulton County Board of Assessors.

Mr. Cook earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and his Master of Taxation degree from Georgia State University.

Antonio Ferachi

Director, Litigation Division
Louisiana Department of Revenue
Antonio Charles Ferachi is Director of the Litigation Division of the Louisiana Department of Revenue. He previously served the agency as a senior tax, appellate and business litigation attorney specializing in the areas of sales, excise and corporation income and franchise taxes. He is a Board Certified Tax Law Specialist Certified by the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization.

Mr. Ferachi has represented the department before the United States Supreme Court, Louisiana Supreme Court and the Louisiana appellate courts and has garnered numerous favorable published opinions on various tax matters including: constitutional law, statutory construction, tax procedure and qualification to various tax exemptions.

Mr. Ferachi is a regular contributor to the Louisiana Bar Journal and has published articles in the Southern University Law Review and Around the Bar-The Magazine of the Baton Rouge Bar Association. Additionally, he is a frequent speaker on tax issues at seminars sponsored by the American Bar Association/Institute for Professionals in Taxation, the Louisiana State Bar Association-Tax Section, the Louisiana Society of CPAs, the Louisiana Association of Tax Administrators, and the Department of Revenue.

Joe Garrett, Jr.

Deputy Commissioner
Alabama Department of Revenue
Joe Garrett is an attorney in the Commissioner’s Office of the Alabama Department of Revenue, where he serves as Deputy Commissioner of Revenue.His primary responsibility is to help shape the Department’s business tax policy through the Department’s legislative, regulatory, audit and litigation functions.

Before joining the department, Mr. Garrett was a manager with the PricewaterhouseCooper’s state and local tax group in Atlanta, where he worked as a state tax consultant after graduating from the University of Florida College of Law’s graduate tax program in 1998.

Mr. Garrett earned his bachelor’s degree in Finance from Auburn University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Alabama Law School. He is a member of the Georgia and Alabama Bar associations and a regular speaker at state and local tax conferences.

Rick Gilbert

Assistant Director of Interstate Examination Section
North Carolina Department of Revenue
Richard Gilbert is the Assistant Director of the Interstate Examination Section for the N.C. Department of Revenue. He has oversight management for implementation of specialized audit programs designed to identify, assess, and collect non-compliance revenue regarding Fortune 500 companies.

He has been with the N.C. Department of Revenue for 19 years. He also spent four years as a field auditor in the Chicago office of the Missouri Department of Revenue.The majority of his experience with both North Carolina and Missouri is auditing Fortune 500 companies in various types of industries for state tax purposes. He is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. He received his Bachelors of Business Administration Degree from North Carolina Central University.

Jordan M. Goodman

Co-Chair of Horwood Marcus & Berk's State and Local Tax Group (SALT)
Horwood Marcus & Berk Chartered
Jordan M. Goodman co-chairs the State and Local Tax Group for the law firm Horwood, Marcus & Berk. The group resolves state and local tax controversies for multistate and multinational corporations, including Fortune 1000 clients with complex operations in industries such as manufacturing, retailing, financial services, e-tailing, broadcasting and telecommunications.

As both an attorney and a CPA, Mr. Goodman has a comprehensive view of tax planning issues and strategies. His experience and education enable him to deliver a creative, complete and practical approach to limiting the full range of tax exposures. He was recently elected as a fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation only trial lawyers honorary society that includes less than one-half of one percent of American Lawyers.

Mr. Goodman is one of the nation's most sought after lecturers and authors on multi-state tax issues, controversies and planning.He has lectured on numerous state and local tax topics before business and professional associations, including the Council on State Taxation and the Tax Executives Institute. In addition, Mr. Goodman continuously creates and presents accredited state and local tax seminars throughout the country and has been recognized as an "Illinois Super Lawyer" by his clients and peers.

Don Graham

Director of Collection Services Division
Alabama Department of Revenue
Don Graham is director of the Collection Services Division of the Alabama Department of Revenue. It is just one of the many jobs he has held during his 31 years with the department. He worked previously as Assistant Director of Processing, where he managed the third-party call center and the implementation of Zendesk for live chat and email tracking. He served also as project manager for the implementation of Gentax.

Phillip Hackney

Law Professor
LSU Law Center
Philip Hackney is the James E. & Betty M. Phillips Associate Professor of Law at the LSU Law Center. He joined the faculty in 2011 after spending five years at the Office of the Chief Counsel of the IRS in Washington, D.C. Professor Hackney served as Senior Technician Reviewer in Exempt Organizations in the national office, where he worked on drafting IRS regulations and litigating exempt organization tax issues. Professor Hackney obtained his J.D. at LSU Law in 2001 and an LLM in tax from NYU School of Law in 2006.

Professor Hackney was a clerk to the late Honorable Henry A. Politz on the United States 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. He joined Baker Botts LLP in Houston, TX in 2002 as a corporate associate.

Professor Hackney teaches a wide range of courses including Federal Income Tax, Partnership Taxation and Taxation of Exempt Organizations. He speaks to audiences about matters of federal income tax and is quoted widely in national media. He is a co-author of the book Limited Liability Companies and Partnerships: A Guide to Business and Tax-Planning (4th Ed.).
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Jonathan Hale

Revenue Examiner
Connecticut Department of Revenue
Jonathan Hale has been employed as an auditor for the Connecticut Dept. of Revenue Services for 10 years, where he has developed a knowledge base for both Corporation and Withholding taxes. Jonathan serves currently as the Department’s Corporation Tax Subject Matter Expert; as a drafting member of the 2016 Unitary Form CT-1120CU; and as the chief examiner for audit issues relating to transfer pricing. He graduated from the University of New Haven with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.
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Ricky Haven

Director of Sales & Use Tax
Kentucky Department of Revenue
Ricky Haven has been employed by the Kentucky Department of Revenue for 35 years. He graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He has held positions in the department as auditor, supervisor, branch manager, and director.He currently works in the Office of Sales and Excise Taxes as Director of the Division of Sales and Use Tax.

Under his direction, the Division of Sales and Use Tax has implemented the electronic filing of sales and use tax returns, implemented the 2005 Tax Modernization legislation, participated in SST (Streamlined Sales Tax) conformity, and has been a representative from Kentucky to SEATA and the Information and Exchange Committee of SEATA since 2002.

A native of Louisville, he currently resides in Shelbyville with his wife Susan.

Diane Hogan

Business Development Manager, Data Match Services
Informatix, Inc.
Diane Hogan is the Business Development Manager of FIDM/Data Match Services for Informatix. She joined this FIDM project 16 years ago, and assists state agencies with the passage of FIDM legislation, provides technical facilitation and acts as an intermediary between state IT staff and Informatix. She educates states on the benefits and results of our Data Match processes. Ms. Hogan lives in Austin, Texas, enjoys hiking and kayaking, and has two ungrateful children and one rotten dog.

Paula Jeansonne

General Counsel & Director of Tax Collections
St. Charles Parish Public Schools
Paula Jeansonne is the General Counsel and Director of Tax Collections for St. Charles Parish Public Schools. Mrs. Jeansonne previously practiced as a CPA with KPMG in San Francisco and Arthur Andersen in New Orleans before joining the law firm of Lemle & Kelleher in New Orleans in 2001.

As Director of Tax Collections, Mrs. Jeansonne has broad authority under the Superintendent in sales and use tax collection and administration matters and in running the day-to-day operations of the Sales Tax Department of St. Charles Parish. She recently served on the Louisiana Sales Tax Streamlining and Modernization Commission and is an active member of the Society of Louisiana CPAs, serving on the State and Local Tax Committee and the Louisiana Tax Conference Committee.

As General Counsel for St. Charles Parish Public Schools, Mrs. Jeansonne handles not only sales and use tax matters but also legal issues related to public education and public law. She received her Juris Doctorate from Loyola University of New Orleans and her Bachelors of Science in Accounting from Nicholls State University.

She resides in Metairie, Louisiana with her husband Mark and their two boys, Christopher, 13 and Alexander 12.

Ronald Johnson, Jr.

Director, Taxpayer Services Division
Georgia Department of Revenue
Ronald Johnson, Jr. is the director of the Taxpayer Services and Processing Division of the Georgia Department of Revenue. Since joining the department in 1994, he has worked in a number of business units and divisions in progressively responsible positions, including six years of experience in the Taxpayer Services Division as Assistant Director.

During his tenure at the department, Mr. Johnson has been a key stakeholder in the implementation of the Integrated Tax Solution; created system changes which reduced backlogs; streamlined operations to increase production; and served as project manager for multiple remodeling projects.

Mr. Johnson has a long track record of supporting and developing agency employees. He was on the Inaugural Committee for the DOR Leadership Mentoring Program.

Mr. Johnson has been married for 18 years and has 2 sons.

Barry Kelly

Revenue Tax Director
Louisiana Department of Revenue
Barry L. Kelly is director of the LDR Criminal Investigations Division.

Mr. Kelly joined LDR October 2000, and served initially as a staff attorney in the Legal Division on the Corporation Income and Franchise Tax Team. Since joining LDR he has served in several capacities including as an Attorney Supervisor over the Miscellaneous Tax Team; as a Special Assistant District Attorney for the East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney’s Office handling criminal tax fraud cases; and as Deputy General Counsel, General Counsel and Assistant Director of the Criminal Investigations Division.

Reco Knowles, Ph.D

Revenue Tax Director
Louisiana Department of Revenue
Reco Knowles is director of the LDR Collections Division, where he works to effectively and efficiently collect taxes for the State of Louisiana while enhancing and improving collection methods and the work environment for his staff.

Dr. Knowles worked previously as Assistant Director of LDR’s Office of Debt Recovery; as a project manager and lead software engineer for Alcatel-Lucent Technologies; and as a faculty member in the computer science department of Baton Rouge Community College.

Dr. Knowles earned a Master’s Degree in Computer Science and a PhD in Computer Science and Mathematics Education from Southern University and A & M Colllege.

Kent LaPlace

Revenue Tax Auditor Specialist
Louisiana Department of Revenue
Kent LaPlace is a Revenue Tax Auditor Specialist with the Louisiana Department of Revenue. He is a re-hired retiree with 43 years of service with LDR.

Mr. LaPlace began with the department as an auditor, auditing sales and corporation income and franchise taxes. He has worked as a reviewer for CIFT; as director of the excise taxes division; as director of the Criminal/Special Investigations Division; as director of Baton Rouge regional office; and as director of the Customer Service Division. He earned his CPA certification in 1980.

Matthew A. Mantle

Partner
Jones Walker
Matthew Mantle is a partner in the firm’s Tax & Estates Practice Group and practices with the State & Local Tax Team out of the firm's New Orleans office.

Matt concentrates primarily on state and local tax matters in Louisiana, Alabama, and on a multistate basis, representing firm clients throughout the Gulf South in all areas of state and local tax. His practice includes tax and business planning, audits, administrative appeals, judicial appeals, identification and utilization of tax incentives, governmental relations, and tax legislation. He has also represented firm clients on various unclaimed property matters. Matt was recently recognized in "Chambers USA–America's Leading Lawyers for Business."

Matt is a former Graduate Fellow in State and Local Taxation for the Council on State Taxation (COST), where he worked on matters involving state and local tax litigation at the U.S. Supreme Court, state supreme court, and state appellate court levels.

Pilar Mata

Tax Counsel
Tax Executives Institute
Pilar Mata is a Tax Counsel for the Tax Executives Institute, where she supports the activities of TEI’s State and Local Tax, European Indirect Tax, and Canadian Commodity Tax Committees in their advocacy and educational efforts on behalf of the Institute.

Pilar regularly authors amicus briefs filed with the U.S. Supreme Court and state appellate courts, files comment letters with state and local tax authorities, and drafts policy statements reflecting TEI’s position on important administrative and procedural issues. In 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an order following her recommendation to issue a "GVR order" in First Marblehead v. Massachusetts Commissioner of Revenue. Pilar is also responsible for facilitating liaison meetings and ongoing discussions with state and local tax authorities, the Multistate Tax Commission, and Federation of Tax Administrators.

Pilar earned her J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law, her M.S. in Finance from San Diego State University and her B.B.A. from the University of San Diego. She is also a certified public accountant.

Luke Morris

Assistant Secretary, Office of Legal Affairs
Louisiana Department of Revenue
Luke Morris serves as Assistant Secretary of the Office of Legal Affairs for the Louisiana Department of Revenue. He supervises the Litigation Division and Policy and Legislative Services Division.

Mr. Morris received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2010 where he graduated summa cum laude. In 2013, he earned his Juris Doctor and a Bachelor of Comparative Law from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at LSU.

Before joining LDR, Mr. Morris worked as a senior tax accountant for the firm Postlethwaite & Netterville APAC. He joined the department in 2015 as an Assistant Director in the Field Audit Income Tax Division, where he developed and administered the department’s individual income tax audit program.

Mr. Morris is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, Baton Rouge Bar Association, American Bar Association, and Louisiana Notary Association.

Fred Nicely

Senior Tax Counsel
Council of State Taxation (COST)
Fred Nicely is a Senior Tax Counsel at the Council on State Taxation. His role as Senior Tax Counsel extends to all aspects of the COST mission statement: “to preserve and promote equitable and nondiscriminatory state and local taxation of multijurisdictional business entities.”

Before joining COST, Mr. Nicely served in the Ohio Department of Taxation for four years as Deputy Tax Commissioner over Legal and for the prior seven years as the Department’s Chief Counsel. His responsibilities at the Department included testifying before legislative committees, participating as an alternative delegate for Ohio at Streamlined Sales Tax Project meetings, and reviewing legal documents issued by the Department, including deciding the merits of filing an appeal.

Mr. Nicely is an author and a frequent speaker on Ohio’s tax system and on multistate tax issues generally. He also has extensive experience in public utility tax law, having served as an administrator of the Department’s public utility tax division.

Mr. Nicely earned his undergraduate degree in psychology (with a concentration in accounting) from the Ohio State University.He obtained his MBA and JD from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.

Peggy Parker

Revenue Tax Research Analyst
Louisiana Department of Revenue
Peggy Parker is a sales tax research analyst with the Louisiana Department of Revenue. She is has been an LDR employee for 29 years.

Ms. Parker’s primary job duties include the review of proposed legislation, implementation of new sales tax legislation and assisting taxpayers with sales tax compliance issues. Her previous assignments included work as a tax account analyst, an audit review and a field auditor.

Ms. Parker earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education from LSU.

Bryan Peters

Revenue Tax Director
Louisiana Department of Revenue
Bryan Peters is Director of Business Tax Enforcement for the Louisiana Department of Revenue. He is a US Army Veteran of Desert Storm and a graduate of Louisiana Tech University with a degree in Business.

Mr. Peters has been with the Louisiana Department of Revenue for the past 9 years, starting as an entry level Tax Officer. Before joining the department, Mr. Peters worked for Norwest Financial, Hibernia National Bank, as well as Wells Fargo Home Mortgage performing both collections and lending job functions.

Sophia Pipsair

Human Resources Director
Louisiana Department of Revenue
Sophia Pipsair is Director of Human Resources with the Louisiana Department of Revenue. Her responsibilities include talent acquisition and development, benefit administration, process effectiveness and implementation of strategic plans to support agency goals.

Ms. Pipsair has more than 20 years’ experience in all disciplines of human resources in the retail, manufacturing, healthcare, and hospitality industries. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Louisiana State University and is certified as a Senior Professional of Human Resources (SPHR).

Danielle Pittman

Data Match Practice Director
Informatix, Inc.
Danielle Pittman works as Data Match Practice Director for Informatix. She has 19 years of information technology experience with over 17 years of direct Financial Institution Data Match (FIDM) experience. Danielle provides oversight and guidance of Informatix’ data match practice and acts as account manager to over 50 Data Match customers. She is based out of Arizona and enjoys spending time with her son, husband and two dogs.

Morgan Powers

Assistant Director of Taxpayer Services Division
Tennessee Department of Revenue
Morgan Powers joined the Tennessee Department of Revenue in 2010. She has worked in various roles throughout the Department and now serves as Assistant Director of the Taxpayer Services Division over tax registration and electronic commerce. 

Ms. Powers is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Leadership & Public Service at Lipscomb University and is studying the impact of behavioral insights on tax collections.
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Scott Purvis

Director of Collections
Georgia Department of Revenue
Scott Purvis is the Assistant Director of the Compliance Division with the Georgia Department of Revenue. He began his career with the department 23 years ago as a Revenue Agent.

During his time with the department, he has worked also as an Offer in Compromise Specialist, Regional Supervisor, Regional Manager and Program Manager.

Mr. Purvis has been married to his wife Donna for 24 years and has one son in college at the University of Georgia and one son in high school.
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Darcy Pyle

Assistant Director, Taxpayer Services Division
Georgia Department of Revenue
Darcy Pyle has served as the Assistant Director for the Taxpayer Services Division since October 2013. Darcy joined the Department in 2006 as the Call Center Manager. In 2008 she was honored to serve as the Project Director for the Integrated Tax Solution for five years. After the project, Darcy was named the Business Manager over the ITS Business Support and Operations Unit.

As Assistant Director, Darcy’s areas of responsibility are ITS Business Support and Operations, Customer Contact Center and Operations, E-Services, and Business Operations which includes the Income Tax, Trust Tax and Taxpayer Resolution Units.

Darcy has twenty years of experience in customer service; combined with eighteen years of experience managing customer contact with various industries, ranging from telecommunications, education, health insurance, pharmaceutical, banking and government.

Lynne Riley

Commissioner of Revenue, Member of the IDTTRF-ISAC Senior Executive Board
Georgia Department of Revenue
Lynne Riley was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal to serve as Georgia State Revenue Commissioner in January, 2015. Before that, she served four years in the legislature as a state representative. She served as one of Governor Deal’s floor leaders in 2014, and as a member of the Ways and Means, Natural Resources and Environment, Retirement and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Oversight committees.

Commissioner Riley currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Federation of Tax Administrators and the Southeast Association of Tax Administrators. She also serves on the Board of the Great Promise Partnership in Georgia.

Commissioner Riley has long been involved with an extensive group of community and civic organizations. She is a member of the Class of 2005 of the Atlanta Regional Commission's Regional Leadership Institute and an alumnus of the Coverdell Leadership Institute. She is currently the Board Chair of the Johns Creek Economic Development Corporation, and a member of the Emory Johns Creek Hospital Board of Trustees. Lynne is also a proud member of the Rotary Club of Johns Creek-North Fulton.

In the private sector, Commissioner Riley was Principal of Riley Accounting Services for over 30 years. She and her husband, Mike, have three adult children and one grand-daughter.

Alison Saunders

Tax Incentives Director, Division of Historic Preservation
Louisiana Office of Cultural Development
Alison Saunders has been the Tax Incentives Director for the Louisiana Division of Historic Preservation since 2007. She oversees the Federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program in Louisiana, and the State Commercial and Residential Tax Credit Programs.

Prior to working with historic rehabilitation tax credits, she was a compliance officer for low-income housing tax credits. Mrs. Saunders graduated from Louisiana State University with a BA in History.

Ednaldo Silva

Managing Director
RoyaltyStat, Inc.
Ednaldo Silva is founder and director of RoyaltyStat, a royalty rate database used worldwide for transfer pricing compliance and intangible property valuation.

Dr. Silva has a PhD in economics from the University of California at Berkeley and was the first senior economic adviser at the Internal Revenue Service Office of Chief Counsel in Washington DC, a drafting member of the 1994 US transfer pricing regulations and the first economist in the Advance Pricing Agreement program. Dr. Silva introduced the ‘comparable profits method’ and the ‘best method’ rule and is a recognized international expert on transfer pricing and intangibles valuation. His practice includes serving as senior tax economist and consultant for large multinational corporations and as an economic expert on corporate income tax and IP litigations.

Mark F. Sommer

Partner
Frost Brown Todd, LLC
Mark F. Sommer, Esq., is a Partner of the Firm and tax attorney resident in the Louisville office of the law firm of Frost Brown Todd LLC, where he leads the Firm’s Tax Teams. Now in his 29th year of private practice on a national scale, Mr. Sommer’s comprehensive practice focuses on controversy, litigation and planning relating to tax matters, primarily state and local tax matters and incentives.

He has been involved as counsel in well over a thousand controversies and disputes regarding countless tax issues before the administrative and judicial systems of numerous jurisdictions, and assisted in hundreds of transactions and planning situations providing strategic advice.

Mr. Sommer is a Fellow in the American College of Tax Counsel, one of only seven from the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Mr. Sommer has also been recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America for twenty-three years in Tax Law and in Litigation & Controversy – Tax and was honored by State Tax Notes as one of its two “Practitioners of the Year” in 2015 and one of its “Persons of the Year” in 2013, making him the first person so recognized two times.

Russell "Rusty" J. Stutes, Jr.

Managing Partner
Stutes & Lavergne
Russell Stutes is an attorney with more than 25 years of experience in business, commercial and tax litigation. He works currently as Managing Partner of the Stutes & Lavergne Law Firm. During his career, he has litigated more than 100 trials to judgment.

Russell has served as a special master in dozens of state and federal court proceedings. He has 20 years of teaching experience as an adjunct faculty member at McNeese State University and at LSU’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center. And he has served as tax counsel for the Louisiana Department of Revenue and numerous parish tax jurisdictions.

Robert Wollfarth

Shareholder
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
Robert Wollfarth is SALT practice area coordinator for the Tax Group at Baker Donelson. He has experience handling matters that include, but are not limited to, start-up, mergers and acquisitions, and federal, state and local tax planning. In addition, he serves on the executive committee for the Firm's Manufacturing Initiative.

Mr. Wollfarth prides himself on providing his business clients with creative solutions rather than just answers to their legal questions. His focus remains on helping clients attain their goals, rather than merely a legal result, and doing so in a cost-effective manner.
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Judge Bill Thompson

Thompson State Tax Consulting
William L. (Bill) Thompson received his B.A. in Finance from Auburn University in 1973, and his J. D. from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1976. He served as assistant counsel for the Alabama Revenue Department and handled the Department’s corporate and personal income tax cases from August 1976 until September 1983, when he was appointed as the Department’s first Chief Administrative Law Judge. He served as the Department’s only Administrative Law Judge until he was appointed as Chief Judge of the ATT, effective October 2014.

Judge Thompson handled approximately 23,000 appeals involving a myriad of taxes from September 1983 until his retirement at the end of April 2017. Judge Thompson was the principal author of the Alabama Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights and Uniform Revenue Procedures Act, which was enacted unanimously by the Alabama Legislature in 1992. He received the Alabama State Bar’s Award of Merit in 1997. 

Judge Thompson serves on the Advisory Board of the Paul J. Hartman State and Local Tax Forum, and has participated in numerous seminars and conferences, including the annual NYU Institute on State & Local Taxation, involving state tax procedures and practice.In 2010, Judge Thompson received BNA’s prestigious Franklin C. Latcham Award for Distinguished Service in State and Local Tax Law.

Jamie Woodward

Business Liaison
Fast Enterprises
Jamie Woodward is a member of the FAST Enterprises business development team and provides operational and strategic consulting services for clients. Before joining FAST, Ms. Woodward had over 30 years in leadership roles in the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. She served as Acting Commissioner for 2 years and was the Executive Deputy Commissioner with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance from 2008 through 2013. During Ms. Woodward’s tenure at the Department she also held executive positions in all major operational divisions including returns processing, taxpayer services, call center, audit and collections. Her experience includes implementation of multiple new core returns processing systems as well as newly created taxes and other legislatively driven tax changes.

Ms. Woodward holds a Juris Doctor from Albany Law School, a Bachelor of Science in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and has passed all parts of the New York CPA exam. She is a former Board member of the Federation of Tax Administrators.

Altria Group Distribution Company

Sponsor
Altria Group Distribution Company (AGDC) is an Altria subsidiary that provides sales, distribution, and consumer engagement services to Altria’s tobacco companies. AGDC focuses on increasing efficiency and helping these companies better connect with adult tobacco consumers and strengthen relationships with thousands of retailers and wholesalers nationwide. AGDC designs and executes trade programs to grow Altria's tobacco companies' businesses and their customers' businesses.

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PwC

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PwC focuses on audit and assurance, tax and consulting services. We help resolve complex issues and identify opportunities.

ADP

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Aquarium of the Americas, Butterfly Garden & Insectarium

Included within your conference registration fee, and lunch is provided.

Enjoy another nostalgic streetcar ride, or choose to take a short stroll from The Ritz at 9:15 am and return by 3:00 pm.

Aquarium of the Americas
Located on the Mississippi River adjacent to the French Quarter Audubon Aquarium of the Americas immerses you in an underwater world. The colors of a Caribbean reef come alive in the walk-through tunnel, while the penguins and Southern sea otter enchant you with their antics. Touch a sting ray, feed a parakeet, and marvel at the gigantic sharks, tarpon, and rays in the 400,000-gallon Gulf of Mexico Exhibit. Be sure to watch for sea turtles throughout the Aquarium—as coordinator of the Louisiana Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program, this aquarium prepares many of them for release to the wild.

Butterfly Garden and Insectarium
Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, located in the U.S. Custom House on Canal Street, encourages you to use all five senses as you explore North America's largest museum devoted to insects and their relatives. You'll discover why insects are the building blocks of all life on our planet and along the way, you'll be shrunk to bug size; wander through a mysterious Louisiana swamp; join the active audience of an awards show for bugs, by bugs; and be captivated by thousands of butterflies in an Asian garden. Voted "A top museum for you and your kids" by CNN.com, 2009.

Audubon Zoo and Cool Zoo Splash Park

Included within your conference registration fee, and lunch is provided.

For this event, you will start your trip with a nostalgic streetcar ride from the hotel at 9:15 am and returns by 2:30 pm.

Located in historic Uptown New Orleans Audubon Zoo offers an exotic mix of animals from around the globe, engaging educational programs, hands-on animal encounters and lush gardens. Unique natural habitat exhibits—such as the award-winning Louisiana Swamp and Jaguar Jungle—showcase the relationship between people and nature. Don't miss the daily animal presentations, chats and feeds; the highly endangered whooping cranes, Amur leopards and orangutans; white tiger; and the mysterious white alligators. Audubon Zoo is often ranked among the country’s best for innovation and entertainment value!

In addition, cool off at Cool Zoo, the wild and wet splash park at Audubon Zoo! Guests attending this event should bring appropriate water apparel, towel, and change of clothes.

Creole Queen Historic Cruise and Brunch

$30 per person (ages 5-12) or $50 per person (ages 13+)

For this event, you will start your trip with a nostalgic streetcar ride from The Ritz-Carlton Hotel at 8:45 am and return by 1:00 pm.

Focusing on the critical Battle of New Orleans, this cruise is narrated by a costumed re-enactor who takes guests on a journey through the history of the city as we sail downriver to the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and the historic Chalmette Battlefield. Highlights of the tour include the founding of the city by the LeMoyne brothers, the expansion of the city into the “French Quarters” of the Treme and Marigny, the Louisiana Purchase, and the Battle of New Orleans. A one-hour shore excursion at the battlefield features a guided tour and talk by National Park Rangers.

Your lunch buffet includes:
Caesar Salad
Cajun Seafood Pasta
Red Beans & Rice
Creole Chicken & Andouille Sausage Gumbo... A Local Tradition!
Louisiana Creole Jambalaya
Vegetable of the Day
Corn Bread
Paddlewheeler White Chocolate Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce

Golf Tournament

The SEATA 2017 Golf Tournament tee time is set for Sunday, July 9th at 8:00 a.m. at Beau Chêne Country Club's Oak Course. The tournament will be Captains Choice, using 4-player teams and a shotgun start. The fee for this event is $125 per person and includes round trip transportation, breakfast and lunch, cart, green fees and prizes.

NOLA Motorsports Tournament Style Kart Racing

$85 per person

The bus departs The Ritz-Carlton Hotel at 1:30 pm and will return by 5:30 pm.

A tournament style and professionally run race with NOLA Motorsports Super Geaux Karts. Your race has a professional race manager, flagger, timer, and scoring. Prior to the race, drivers will get a briefing where they’re also issued safety gear followed by a practice session. The racing then starts with a qualifying race, a pre-final race, and the final race. The awards ceremony follows the final race.

Drivers must be 52” for the junior karts (25-30 mph) and 60” for the adult karts (45-50 mph). NOLA Motorsports require all drivers under the age of 18 to have a parent or guardian present and sign a waiver at the track.

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IC System

ACI

Penn Credit

SourceHOV

RSI

LexisNexis Risk Solutions

SEATA 2018

Professional Recovery Consultants

Golf

Prepare to Board Bus for the Golf Tournament, Beau Chêne Country Club Golf Course

05:30 AM 06:00 AM Level 1 - Elevator Lobby

Meet at the Level 1 Elevator Lobby between 5:30 am and 6:00 am for bus boarding.
Golf

Bus Departs for the Golf Tournament

06:00 AM 06:00 AM

Golf

Golf Tournament, Beau Chêne Country Club Golf Course.

08:00 AM 02:00 PM 602 N Beau Chêne Dr. Mandeville, LA 70471

The SEATA 2017 Golf Tournament tee time is set for Sunday, July 9th at 8:00 am at Beau Chêne Country Club's Oak Course, using 4-player teams and a shotgun start. The fee for this event is $125 per person and includes round trip transportation, breakfast and lunch, cart, green fees, and prizes.

Golf course address:
602 N Beau Chêne Dr.
Mandeville, LA 70471
Creole Queen

Prepare to Board Streetcar for the Creole Queen Historic Cruise & Brunch

08:45 AM 09:00 AM Level 1 - Elevator Lobby

Meet at the Level 1 Elevator Lobby between 8:45 am and 9:00 am for streetcar boarding.
Creole Queen

Streetcar Departs for the Creole Queen Historic Cruise & Brunch

09:00 AM 09:00 AM

Creole Queen

Board the Creole Queen Historic Cruise

09:30 AM 10:00 AM

Dock location:
1 Poydras St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
Creole Queen

Creole Queen Historic Cruise & Brunch on the Mississippi River

10:00 AM 12:30 PM

Focusing on the critical Battle of New Orleans, this cruise is narrated by a costumed re-enactor who takes guests on a journey through the history of the city as you sail downriver to the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and the historic Chalmette Battlefield. Highlights of the tour include the founding of the city by the LeMoyne brothers, the expansion of the city into the “French Quarters” of the Treme and Marigny, the Louisiana Purchase, and the Battle of New Orleans. A one-hour shore excursion at the battlefield features a guided tour and talk by national park rangers.

The fee for this event is $30 per person (ages 5-12) or $50 per person (ages 13+). Lunch is provided.

Your lunch buffet includes:
Caesar Salad
Cajun Seafood Pasta
Red Beans & Rice
Creole Chicken & Andouille Sausage Gumbo... A Local Tradition!
Louisiana Creole Jambalaya
Vegetable of the Day
Corn Bread
Paddlewheeler White Chocolate Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce

Dock location:
1 Poydras St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
Creole Queen

Return to The Ritz-Carlton from the Creole Queen Historic Cruise & Brunch

12:30 PM 01:00 PM

Guests return to The Ritz-Carlton from the Creole Queen Historic Cruise & Brunch.
Kart Racing

Prepare to Board Bus for NOLA Motorsports Tournament Style Kart Racing

01:15 PM 01:30 PM Level 1 - Elevator Lobby

Meet at the Level 1 Elevator Lobby between 1:15 pm and 1:30 pm for bus boarding.
Kart Racing

Bus Departs The Ritz-Carlton for NOLA Motorsports Tournament Style Kart Racing

01:30 PM 01:30 PM

Golf

Bus Returns to The Ritz-Carlton from the Golf Tournament, Beau Chêne Country Club Golf Course

02:00 PM 03:00 PM

The bus returns to The Ritz-Carlton from the Golf Tournament, Beau Chêne Country Club Golf Course.

Registration & Information Desk

02:00 PM 07:00 PM Level 2

Kart Racing

NOLA Motorsports Tournament Style Kart Racing

02:00 PM 04:45 PM

Enjoy a tournament style and professionally run race with NOLA Motorsports Super Geaux Karts. Your race has a professional race manager, flagger, timer, and scoring. Prior to the race, drivers will get a briefing where they’re also issued safety gear followed by a practice session. The racing then starts with a qualifying race, a pre-final race, and the final race. The awards ceremony follows the final race.

Drivers height must be 52” for the junior karts (25-30 mph) and 60” for the adult karts (45-50 mph). All drivers must wear closed toe shoes. NOLA Motorsports require all drivers under the age of 18 to have a parent or guardian present and sign a waiver at the track.

The fee for this event is $85 per person.

NOLA Motorsports Park address:
11075 Nicolle Blvd
Avondale, LA 70094
Kart Racing

Bus Returns to The Ritz-Carlton from NOLA Motorsports Tournament Style Kart Racing

05:00 PM 05:30 PM

The bus returns to The Ritz-Carlton from NOLA Motorsports Tournament Style Kart Racing.

Taste of Louisiana Jazz Reception Featuring Jeremy Davenport

06:00 PM 09:00 PM Level 2 - Lafayette Ballroom

Youth - Little NOLA Painting Party at The Ritz

06:00 PM 09:00 PM Level 3 - French Quarter Room

Breakfast

07:00 AM 08:30 AM Level 2 - Lafayette Ballroom

Zoo

Prepare to Board Bus for the Audubon Zoo & Cool Zoo Splash Park

09:15 AM 09:30 AM Level 1 - Elevator Lobby

Meet at the Level 1 Elevator Lobby between 9:15 am and 9:30 am for bus boarding.
Zoo

Bus Departs The Ritz-Carlton for the Audubon Zoo & Cool Zoo Splash Park

09:30 AM 09:30 AM

Zoo

Audubon Zoo & Cool Zoo Splash Park

10:00 AM 02:00 PM

Located in historic Uptown New Orleans Audubon Zoo offers an exotic mix of animals from around the globe, engaging educational programs, hands-on animal encounters and lush gardens. Unique natural habitat exhibits—such as the award-winning Louisiana Swamp and Jaguar Jungle—showcase the relationship between people and nature. Don't miss the daily animal presentations, chats and feeds; the highly endangered whooping cranes, Amur leopards and orangutans; and the mysterious white alligators. Audubon Zoo is often ranked among the country’s best for innovation and entertainment value!

If guests are participating in the Cool Zoo, the wild and wet splash park at Audubon Zoo, a towel and dry clothes are required for the return trip to the hotel.

The fee for this event is included in the conference registration. Lunch is provided.

Audubon Zoo address:
6500 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70118
Zoo

Bus Returns to The Ritz-Carlton from the Audubon Zoo & Cool Zoo Splash Park

02:00 PM 02:30 PM

The bus returns to The Ritz-Carlton from the Audubon Zoo & Cool Zoo Splash Park.

Breakfast

07:00 AM 08:30 AM Level 2 - Lafayette Ballroom

Aquarium

Prepare to Board Streetcar for the Aquarium of the Americas, Butterfly Garden & Insectarium

09:15 AM 09:30 AM Level 1 - Elevator Lobby

Meet at the Level 1 Elevator Lobby between 9:15 am and 9:30 am for streetcar boarding.
Aquarium

Streetcar Departs for Aquarium of the Americas, Butterfly Garden & Insectarium

09:30 AM 09:30 AM

Aquarium

Aquarium of the Americas, Butterfly Garden & Insectarium

10:00 AM 02:30 PM

Aquarium of the Americas
Located on the Mississippi River adjacent to the French Quarter, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas immerses you in an underwater world. The colors of a Caribbean reef come alive in the walk-through tunnel, while the penguins and Southern sea otter enchant you with their antics. Touch a sting ray, feed a parakeet, marvel at the gigantic sharks, tarpon, and rays in the 400,000-gallon Gulf of Mexico Exhibit. Be sure to watch for sea turtles throughout the Aquarium -- as coordinator of the Louisiana Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program, this aquarium prepares many of them for release to the wild.

Aquarium address:
1 Canal St.
New Orleans, LA 70130 

Butterfly Garden & Insectarium
Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, located in the U.S. Custom House on Canal Street, encourages you to use all five senses as you explore North America's largest museum devoted to insects and their relatives. You'll discover why insects are the building blocks of all life on our planet and along the way, you'll be shrunk to bug size; wander through a mysterious Louisiana swamp; join the active audience of an awards show for bugs, by bugs; and be captivated by thousands of butterflies in an Asian garden. Voted "A top museum for you and your kids" by CNN.com, 2009.

Insectarium address:
423 Canal St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
Aquarium

Return to The Ritz-Carlton from the Aquarium of the Americas, Butterfly Garden & Insectarium

02:30 PM 03:00 PM

Guests return to The Ritz-Carlton from the Aquarium of the Americas, and the Butterfly Garden & Insectarium

Buses Depart for Mardi Gras World

05:00 PM 06:00 PM Level 1 - Gallery Foyer

Mardi Gras World address:
1380 Port of New Orleans Pl.
New Orleans, LA 70130

Cocktail Hour - Adults Only

06:00 PM 07:00 PM Mardi Gras World

Mardi Gras World address:
1380 Port of New Orleans Pl.
New Orleans, LA 70130

Youth - Mask Making

06:00 PM 09:00 PM Mardi Gras World

Mardi Gras World address:
1380 Port of New Orleans Pl.
New Orleans, LA 70130

Closing Banquet

07:00 PM 10:00 PM Mardi Gras World

Mardi Gras World address:
1380 Port of New Orleans Pl.
New Orleans, LA 70130

Youth - Second Line Parade to Greet Parents

09:00 PM 09:15 PM Mardi Gras World

Mardi Gras World address:
1380 Port of New Orleans Pl.
New Orleans, LA 70130

Buses Return to The Ritz-Carlton from Mardi Gras World Every 15 Minutes

09:30 PM 10:30 PM Mardi Gras World

Mardi Gras World address:
1380 Port of New Orleans Pl.
New Orleans, LA 70130

The Ritz-Carlton address:
921 Canal St.
New Orleans, LA 70112