2017 Audit Committee Summit Program

The fourth annual UCI Audit Committee Summit brings together relevant and knowledgeable government representatives and key business leaders to provide reliable, up-to-date information regarding important changes and decisions being considered by agencies such as the SEC, PCAOB and FASB. 

We are very pleased to present PCAOB Board Member Jeanette Franzel and SEC Chief Accountant Wesley Bricker as our 2017 featured keynote speakers. Ms. Franzel's extensive background as a board member gives her the ability to speak knowledgeably about the issues of particular concern to audit committees, CEOs and CFOs of public companies. Mr. Bricker’s extensive background with SEC registrants, corporate reporting and compliance gives him the ability to speak knowledgeably about the issues of particular concern to audit committees, CEOs, CFOs and legal counsel of public companies.                                                      

At this informative Summit, you will hear Ms. Franzel and Mr. Bricker and a panel of experts comment on a number of timely and important topics, including:

  • Latest PCAOB Proposals on External Auditor Disclosures & Audit Quality/Other Initiatives. 
  • SEC Initiatives Including Its SEC Audit Committee Proposal on Disclosures Regarding the External Auditor Relationship
  • Tax Reform Proposals - Impact on Companies. 
  • SEC Enforcement. 

Remarks by our keynote speakers Franzel and Bricker will be followed by two interactive panel discussions, all of which will provide attendees with an excellent opportunity to share views and interact with a PCAOB Board Member and the SEC Chief Accountant.   

Please register early – Limited seating available.

4 hours CPE credit offered to Summit attendees. 



Wesley Bricker, SEC Chief Accountant


Jeanette Franzel, PCAOB Board Member

Wesley Bricker is the Chief Accountant for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. In the role, he serves as the principal advisor to the SEC on accounting and auditing matters. He consults with registrants, auditors and other industry representatives, and is responsible for the oversight of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), among the other duties of the Chief Accountant.

He joined the SEC from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where he was a partner responsible for clients in the banking, capital markets, financial technology, and investment management sectors.

Earlier, he served as a professional accounting fellow in the Office of the Chief Accountant and prior to that held various audit and professional practice positions at PwC, including in the firm’s national office during the global financial crisis advising on complex financial accounting matters.

Mr. Bricker is trained as an accountant and lawyer with degrees from Elizabethtown College and the American University Washington College of Law. He is licensed to practice as a certified public accountant in Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey and as an attorney in New York.  

Jeanette M. Franzel was appointed by the Securities and Exchange Commission as a member of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board in February 2012.

Prior to joining the PCAOB, Board Member Franzel served for almost 23 years at the Government Accountability Office, spending a decade in the Senior Executive Service. She ended her tenure at the GAO as a Managing Director overseeing all aspects of the organization's financial audit oversight of the U.S. federal government. In this capacity, she supervised audits of large, complex agencies with annual budgets in the hundreds of billions of dollars, as well as small programs and agencies with limited resources.

From 2008 through 2011, Board Member Franzel's team performed oversight of the U.S. government's efforts to help stabilize the financial markets and promote economic recovery. From 2003 to 2012, she oversaw the periodic updating and issuing of GAO's Government Auditing Standards ("The Yellow Book"), which is used throughout the world.

She also provided extensive policy and technical support to the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions, which develops auditing standards for national government audit offices around the world.

In 2011, Board Member Franzel received the GAO's Distinguished Service Award and the AICPA's Outstanding CPA in Government Award. In 2010, she received the International Achievement Award from the Association of Government Accountants.

Earlier, Board Member Franzel worked for three years at a small CPA firm. Prior to her career in accounting and auditing, she taught elementary school and high school in South America.

Board Member Franzel has a B.A. in accounting and Spanish from the College of St. Teresa and an MBA from George Mason University. She also completed the Senior Executive Fellows program at Harvard University. She is a certified public accountant, a certified internal auditor, a certified management accountant, and a certified government financial manager.


2017 Audit Committee Summit Agenda

7:30 am – 8:00 am


8:00 am – 8:15 am

Dr. Eric
 R. Spangenberg
Dean & Professor, The Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine

Dr. Patricia Wellmeyer

Clinical Assistant Professor of Accounting & Academic Director, Master of Professional Accountancy

8:15 am – 9:15 am

Distinguished Speaker: Jeanette Franzel
Board Member, Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB)

Distinguished Speaker: Wesley Bricker
Chief Accountant, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

9:20 am – 10:25 am

PANEL DISCUSSION 1 “Audit Committee Hot Topics”

Panel Leader: Stephen Cooke
Partner, Securities and Capital Markets Group, Paul Hastings LLP


  • Wes Bricker - Chief Accountant, SEC
  • Jeanette Franzel - Board Member, PCAOB
  • Eric Brandt - Audit Committee Chair, Yahoo
  • Neil Dimick - Audit Committee Chair, Mylan Inc.


  • PCAOB proposals on External Auditor Disclosures - Anticipated Benefits/Challenges
  • Current SEC Initiatives including the status of the SEC Audit Committee Proposal on disclosures regarding the External Auditor Relationship
  • SEC Enforcement - Recent developments impacting Audit Committee members
  • Hot Audit Committee topics - internal investigations

10:25 am – 10:40 am


10:40 am – 12:00 pm

PANEL DISCUSSION 2 “Tax Reform Proposals & Other Developments"
Panel Leader:  Dr. Terry Shevlin

Professor of Accounting, Paul Merage Chair in Business Growth, Associate Dean of Research and Doctoral Programs



  • What are the latest tax proposals? 
  • How should your company be preparing? 
  • What is the Audit Committee Role in such preparation? 
  • What are the Street’s expectations?


Pacific Club

 4110 MacArthur Blvd.
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Complimentary parking is included with your admission. Enter the parking lot from the driveway on Von Karman Avenue nearest MacArthur Boulevard and bring your parking ticket to the reception desk in the Pacific Club. You will be provided with a pre-paid parking ticket with which to leave the parking lot.


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Past Events

2016 Keynote Speaker

Russell Golden

Russell Golden, Chairman
Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB)

Russell G. Golden began his term as the seventh chair of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) on July 1, 2013. He was initially appointed to the FASB in 2010, after serving for six years on the FASB staff. Mr. Golden’s term as chair extends to June 30, 2017, when he will be eligible for appointment to an additional term of three years. 

Mr. Golden brings to his role deep experience in technical accounting issues. From 2008 to September 2010, he was Technical Director of the FASB, overseeing FASB staff work on accounting standards and technical application and implementation activities. He also chaired the FASB’s Emerging Issues Task Force (EITF).  

Previously, Mr. Golden was Director of Technical Application and Implementation Activities for the FASB. Appointed to that position in July 2007, Mr. Golden managed FASB activities relating to the application and implementation of accounting standards and other Board pronouncements. From 2004 until 2007, he served as a Senior Technical Adviser to the Board. 

Before joining the FASB staff, Mr. Golden was a partner at Deloitte & Touche LLP in the National Office Accounting Services department. In that role, he was responsible for providing timely and accurate accounting consultations to partners and clients throughout the United States and around the world. 

Mr. Golden earned his Bachelor’s degree from Washington State University. He is a licensed CPA in the State of Connecticut.

2015 Keynote Speaker

James L. Schnurr, Chief Accountant
U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission

James L. Schnurr began his post with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) in October 2014.  He retired from Deloitte LLP, where he was vice chairman and senior professional practice director and specialized in financial and SEC reporting for public companies. The SEC’s Office of the Chief Accountant is responsible for establishing and enforcing accounting and auditing policy as well as improving the professional performance of public company auditors. The office works to enhance the transparency and relevancy of financial reporting and ensure that financial statements are presented fairly and have credibility.

2014 Keynote Speaker

Jay D. Hanson
PCAOB Board Member

Jay D. Hanson was appointed to be a Board Member of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board by the Securities and Exchange Commission in January 2011, and reappointed for a second term, ending in October 2018. Prior to joining the Board, Mr. Hanson spent nearly 32 years at McGladrey & Pullen, LLP. At the time of his appointment to the PCAOB, Mr. Hanson was the National Director of Accounting, overseeing the firm's accounting guidance and training practices, as well as leader of the firm's Accounting Standards Group.


Event Details

Date: 10.06.2017
Time: 08:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Event Type: Public


Contact Us

For questions regarding UCI Audit Committee Summit 2017, please contact:

Lorrie Williams

To obtain a press pass and make any other special arrangements, members of the press should contact:

Kathleen Drake