Keynote Speakers

Rena C. Girinakis
Wednesday, November 16

Rena C. Girinakis is the Deputy National Taxpayer Advocate. The DNTA manages the day-to-day operations of the TAS organization, participates in activities to modernize the organization in concert with the Service’s strategic goals, helps formulate policy and long-range goals, and manages the internal administration of TAS, The DNTA duties also include representing and acting on behalf of the NTA, managing the Executive Directors of Case Advocacy (EDCA) East and West, Headquarter Directors and their subordinates, and chairing the TAS Finance Board.

Rena previously served since January of 2011 as the Executive Director, Systemic Advocacy. In that post, she held oversight responsibility for identifying and recommending solutions for systemic IRS problems that affect large groups of American taxpayers throughout the nation and abroad. This responsibility also included managing the administration and delivery of the National Taxpayer Advocate’s Annual Report to       Congress.

Rena graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs in 1981 and shortly thereafter began her career as a revenue officer with the IRS. Rena subsequently held various management positions in the Collection Division and served as the Problem Resolution Officer for Indiana.

She was involved in the national office restructuring of the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) and then held a variety of national office assignments within TAS, including serving as the Congressional Liaison to the National Taxpayer Advocate (NTA).

In January 2004, she was selected as the Director, Communications and Liaison for TAS and held the position until June 2010. Rena then served as Director, TAS Special Programs as a senior advisor to the Deputy National Taxpayer Advocate.

She has significant interaction with executives and senior IRS leadership as the TAS representative on the IRDM, RRP, Identity Theft Executive council, SET, ACA Joint Implementation teams, RICS, Filing Season Readiness, W&I BMO/CADE team, and as DNTA meets with TE/GE leaders, and attends briefings with the SB/SE Commissioner.

Nonie Manion
Thursday, November 17

Nonie Manion was appointed as Executive Deputy Commissioner in June 2013. With over 25 years with the Department, she has held leadership positions in several divisions, most recently the Audit Division.

As the Director of Tax Audits since 2004, Ms. Manion expanded the focus of audit programs to more broadly support the Department’s mission by promoting voluntary compliance. She has been a leader and strong advocate—within New York State and nationally—of utilizing business analytics and automated workflow to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of tax enforcement processes. As a result, the Department is able to more comprehensively detect and prevent fraud, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in annual expense savings for New York State taxpayers.

Previous positions with the Department include serving as the Director of the Compliance and Audit Systems Division and Director of the Taxpayer Services and Revenue Division. She serves on the Board of Directors for the national Federation of Tax Administrators and participates in the North Eastern States Tax Officials Association.

In 2012, Ms. Manion’s innovative approaches to tax administration were recognized at the national and state levels through leadership awards from the Federation of Tax Administrators and the State Academy for Public Administration. More recently in September 2016, she was the recipient of the Hugh L. Carey Award. This award is named after the late Governor and is awarded to a public steward who has a personal and dedicated commitment to public service, as did Governor Carey.

Ms. Manion is a graduate of Siena College. She lives in Saratoga County with her husband Roger.

James C. Bourke
Wednesday, November 16

James C. Bourke is a Partner, Member of the Board of Directors and Management Committee at WithumSmith+Brown, is Director of Firm Technology, the Firm’s Technology Niche Practice Leader and Managing Director of Consulting Services. Jim has been a frequent speaker to many State CPA Societies, the AICPA and other organizations on topics specifically related to technologies used by the business community today. He has been consulted by numerous Firms throughout the United States on appropriateness of technologies being employed within the Firm and has also been a frequent speaker on related topics for the New Jersey Technology Council, NJ Biz Magazine and other organizations. Jim has authored many articles dealing with firm technology issues and was featured on the cover of past issues of Accounting Technology Magazine and Practical Accountant Magazine.

In Jim’s role as Technology Niche Practice Leader, Jim heads-up the Firm’s business development, audit, tax and consulting services areas for companies engaged in the technology sector. Jim works with technology companies from start-up to those ready to realize their exit plan and helps them every step of the way from navigating through capital infusion, traditional financing, equity transactions, tax incentives, etc.

He is Past President for the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants.

In addition, Jim is past Chair the AICPA’s CITP Credential Committee and of the AICPA’s Tech+ Conference, a past member of the AICPA's Board of Directors and AICPA Council. Jim is also a member of the board of directors for the New Jersey Technology Council.

Jim has been continually named by Accounting Today as one of the Top 100 Most Influential people in Accounting and has been named by The CPA Technology Advisor as a Top Thought Leader in Public Accounting Technology year after year.

Jody Padar
Friday, November 18

Jody Padar is CEO and Principal of the New Vision CPA Group, a public accounting firm based in the Chicago area. Jody joined her father’s firm a decade ago, bringing her expertise in the areas of taxation, QuickBooks, and small business accounting. As one of the profession’s emerging thought leaders, Jody has transitioned New Vision to New Firm status—adopting advanced technologies and best practices that support web-based client services. This allows Jody to manage her firm at peak efficiency with transparency at the heart of all engagements. Jody and her team provide financial insight and practical strategies to their clients in real-time, not just at tax season.

Jody not only leads New Vision CPA Group, but is also a highly sought after speaker and thought leader in the tax and accounting profession. She is the author of The Radical CPA: New Rules for the Future-Ready Firm, a book that sparked a movement within the accounting profession focusing on four tenets: cloud technology, social business, value pricing, and process. She is a regular contributor to a number of industry publications, including CPA Trendlines and Accounting Today, where she offers practical tips and advice on running a next-generation firm. Jody has been named by Accounting Today as among the "Top 100 Most Influential to the Profession” for the last six years and was named as one of 2015's Top 10 Money & Finance Writers on LinkedIn’s inaugural Top Voices list. She has written for Forbes (where she was named as one of the Top 100 Must-Follow Tax Twitter Feeds), a regular contributor to Intuit's QuickBooks' Blog, and has been interviewed by Inc., International Business Times, and CNNMoney. Jody also works in partnership with several of the profession's vendors, including Avalara, CCH, Fundbox, Intuit, and Sage.

Jody earned her BBA from Saint Mary’s College and MST from Northern Illinois University. She is also an adjunct professor at Oakton Community College and a contributing member of the Intuit Trainer Writer Network. Jody is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants where she is serves on the AICPA Tech + Committee. She is also a member of the Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants.

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