James Hitchner will be a presenter at the upcoming AICPA/AAML National Conference on Divorce in Las Vegas on April 24 and 25th, 2014 at the Bellagio Hotel.
James Hitchner on His Presentation:
About James Hitchner:
James Hitchner will be one of the presenters at the 2014 AICPA/AAML National Conference on Divorce held in Las Vegas on April the 24th and 25th at the Bellagio Hotel. Jim is Managing Director with Financial Valuation Advisors, a firm specializing in valuation, financial and litigation forensic services. He also founded Valuation Products and Services, a company devoted to business valuation education through its publications, webinars and other resources. He is the President of Financial Consulting Group, the nation’s largest organization of business valuation and litigation service firms. Jim has 33 years of valuation experience and is the Editor and Co-Author of several books and Financial Valuation and Litigation Expert, which is a bimonthly journal featuring views and tools from experts in the field. Jim will be offering a free sample of the journal and some articles from it, as well as a discount for those who wish to subscribe to the newsletter. His website is: www.finvaluation.com
What value do professionals receive by attending the National Divorce Conference?
I’ve been presenting at and attending the AICPA/AAML Conference for a long time. It’s one of my favourite conferences and one of the very few conferences where CPAs and attorneys interact. CPAs go to a lot of conferences, where it’s mostly CPAs that do business valuation and forensic work, including marital dissolution, but here we get to mix with the attorneys. I love networking with other CPAs, and I love networking with the attorneys. You always get a different perspective when you talk to attorneys on what CPAs talk about, including business valuation. It’s important for the lawyers and CPAs to learn each other's views.
What topics are you going to be presenting on at the Conference?
I’m participating in three different sessions. One is a general session based on a series of articles I started writing on how to rig a valuation, business valuation mistakes and how to avoid them. I’m not going to teach anybody how to rig a valuation, but how to teach everyone to detect it. My general presentation is on mistakes and rigs/biased valuations. I’m going to talk about how to avoid both common and uncommon mistakes in business valuations, and how to detect intentional and what I call unintentional biases in business valuation. These two topics will help attorneys know where the sensitive areas are in a valuation, and help CPAs withstand such scrutiny by avoiding these mistakes and avoiding potential bias.
I’m also doing a discussion session on discounts for lack of marketability and S corps with Chris Mercer and Nancy Fannon. There’s going to be a third session that will include myself as the moderator between Jay Fishman, Chris Mercer and Nancy Fannon. It will be an open forum to discuss the various hot areas in business valuation in marital dissolution and answer questions from the audience. I’m very much looking forward to moderating the panel with the likes of Jay Fishman and Chris Mercer and Nancy Fannon, all three of whom are very well known and respected.
The Full Interview with James Hitchner:
The 2014 National Divorce Conference will be held April 23-25, 2014 at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Discounts for Early Bird, AAML members, AICPA members and members of Divorce Marketing Group’s LinkedIn group “Marketing for Divorce Professionals” are now available. Click here to register.