The first annual National Registry Summit kicked-off as only a conference in Nashville could: at the honky-tonks. Sunday evening, many participants joined members of the NASBA Registry team in downtown Nashville at Honky Tonk Central to experience country music, cowboy boots and camaraderie.
On Monday morning, approximately 150 attendees convened at the Hutton Hotel, a beautiful four-star boutique hotel, for an impressive collection of experts to discuss a wide range of topics.
The Summit began with a welcome message from NASBA President and CEO, Ken Bishop, who addressed the significant role learning providers play in educating CPAs, which has a positive effect on NASBA’s mission to enhance the effectiveness of state boards of accountancy. Bishop also discussed why the consistency and quality of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) is so important in the era of CPA Mobility where CPAs can practice across state lines without obtaining an additional license.
Following Bishop’s welcome, the day was full of exciting and interactive keynote addresses (Elliott Masie and Tim Moore), informative roundtables and presentations. Topics ranged from a Q&A about the transition to the QAS Self Study designation to an insightful look at the team approach to course development.
Maria Caldwell, NASBA’s Chief Legal Officer and Director of Compliance Services, said she was pleased with the number of sponsors and potential sponsors who attended, and how energized and engaged attendees were during the presentations.
“The intention of the Summit is to provide Registry Sponsors not only with information and tools related to the CPE Standards and compliance with the National Registry, but also to expose our Sponsors to information regarding trends and innovations in learning, while fostering an environment of knowledge-sharing to create the most meaningful CPE for CPAs,” Caldwell said. “I think this year’s Summit had a good mix of topics and we plan to continue that approach.”
Jessica Luttrull, NASBA’s National Registry Manager, said NASBA will build on the foundation and momentum of this year’s event to continue making improvements for next year’s Summit. For example, she said NASBA is already planning to incorporate breakout sessions to provide the opportunity for particpants to network and knowledge share in their focus area.
“We also plan to bring back pre-Summit workshops for those sponsors who are new to the Registry, or new to their position within their organization to provide a deeper dive into the CPE Standards,” she said.
NASBA thanks all of the Registry Sponsors and others who attended this year’s National Registry Summit. It was a remarkable success and we can’t wait to see you next year! More information coming soon!