Speakers: Gerogia Attorney General Thurbert Baker
Crowe Horwath LLP's Partner Mike Thomas
Speaker TBA

Date: Friday, February 05, 2010
Time: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Registration Starting Time: 11:00 AM
Buffet Lunch Available: 11:30 AM
Speaker Presentation: 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: Ansley Golf Club, Atlanta, GA
Directions: See www.ansleygolfcl


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Thurbert E. Baker, Attorney General
June 1, 1997 -

Thurbert E. Baker was appointed Georgia's fifty-second Attorney General by then-Governor Zell Miller on June 1, 1997 following the resignation of then-Attorney General Michael Bowers. On November 3, 1998, he was elected to serve a four year term as Attorney General, and he was re-elected by the voters of Georgia on November 5, 2002 and November 7, 2006.

As Attorney General, Thurbert Baker has focused on fighting crime, corruption and consumer fraud. Attorney General Baker wrote and pushed Georgia's groundbreaking mortgage fraud statute through the General Assembly, the first such law in the nation, and has focused his office's efforts on prosecuting criminals scamming consumers and banks through the use of fraudulent real estate transactions.  Baker also proposed Georgia's financial identity fraud statute, which allows him to prosecute scam artists that steal consumers' personal identifying or financial information.

Baker has fought to protect Georgia's children by proposing and successfully passing legislation that increased penalties for child pornographers and closed loopholes in Georgia's child pornography laws. He has also written and pushed through the General Assembly a bill that toughened penalties for domestic abusers, including a provision making it a crime to commit an act of domestic violence in the presence of a child.

Thurbert Baker has also created the Open Government Mediation Program within the Attorney General's Office, which has helped numerous Georgians resolve their request for open access to government meetings and records without having to go to court.  He has also teamed with the Georgia First Amendment Foundation to write handbooks for citizens, law enforcement and school officials on what records and proceedings must be open to the public.

In 1988, Thurbert Baker won the first of five elections to represent part of DeKalb County in the Georgia House of Representatives. In 1993, Governor Zell Miller elevated Baker to the position of House Floor Leader.  While serving as Floor Leader for Governor Miller, Baker spearheaded the enactment of some of the most significant legislation in modern Georgia history, including the HOPE scholarship program and tough anti-crime measures such as Georgia's "Two Strikes and You're Out" law that puts the worst repeat violent offenders in prison for life without parole and legislation that imposed tougher sentences for drunk drivers.

Attorney General Baker is active in his community. He was a member of the DeKalb County Library Board for many years. He serves as a trustee for Ebenezer Baptist Church, and as a member of the boards of the National Medical Society at Emory University and the DeKalb College Foundation. He is a member of the Emory Law School Council, and serves on Emory University's Board of Visitors. In his capacity as Attorney General, Baker is a member of the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Georgia and a member of the Judicial Nominating Commission. For the past several years, Georgia Trend magazine has recognized Baker as one of Georgia's most influential citizens. read more...

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E. Michael Thomas CPA, CIA, CBA, CFE, CRP, CFF
Topic – “Current Trends in Financial Institution Fraud”

Mike Thomas is a Partner in Crowe Horwath LLP’s Financial Institution Risk Consulting practice in the Southeastern United States.  He has over thirty years of broad-based experience, specializing in the financial services industry.  Mike’s responsibilities include advising clients in areas such as risk management, fraud prevention and quality assurance assessments.  In addition, he coordinates contract services for internal audit, loan review and compliance outsourcing at financial institutions, as well as working with clients to re-engineer their internal audit and risk management operations.  Prior to joining Crowe Horwath LLP, Mike was an Internal Audit Services Director for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and served as Vice President & Audit Group Manager for SunTrust Banks, Inc., a $175 billion bank holding company.

Mike is a frequent lecturer on internal audit, risk management, fraud prevention and banking related topics.  He is a Distinguished Faculty Member of the Institute of Internal Auditors, an Adjunct Faculty Member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and has been an instructor for the Bank Administration Institute, the Financial Manager’s Society and the Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana and Florida Banker’s Associations.  Mike is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (including the Alabama and Georgia Societies) and the Bank Administration Institute.

Mike holds a BBA degree in accounting from Columbus State University and has attended the Bank Administration Institute’s School for Bank Administration (Audit Management) and the American Banker’s Association Stonier School of Banking.

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Bill Cordrey & Jay Tomas
Topic – “GAO's Work on the FDIC and the Recent Developments in Bank Failures”

William J. Cordrey is an Assistant Director for the U. S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) working in the Financial Management and Assurance team out of GAO’s Atlanta field office. He has led program audits spanning a wide range of activities including Army equipment and Navy inventory. As a financial auditor, Cordrey has led the financial audit of IRS’s quarter of a trillion dollars in uncollected taxes and investigations of tax cheats and what can be done about it.  Mr. Cordrey currently leads GAO’s financial audit of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and its role in the current banking crisis. Mr. Cordrey is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Government Financial Manager, and a frequent speaker for conferences.

Jay Tomas is a financial auditor for GAO, primarily focusing on the financial statement audits for the IRS, FDIC, and the Consolidated Financial Statements of the U.S. government.  Prior to joining GAO, he worked in commercial banking.  Mr. Thomas is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), having earned a Bachelors degree in Accounting from Kennesaw State University.

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