12 - 15 Jul 2015  |  Gaylord Opryland Resort Hotel  |  Nashville, TN

The beautiful Gaylord Opryland Resort Hotel and Convention Center located in Nashville, TN, was the home of this year’s Association of Government Accountants (AGA) National Professional Development Training (PDT) event.  This amazing nine acre hotel, with more than 600,000 square feet, included lush indoor gardens and waterfalls, nearly 20 restaurants and lounges, and a wide range of unique networking venues and meeting spaces all in one place. 

AGA’s PDT has been the go-to event for the government accountability community for over 60 years.  AGA’s annual premier education event offered up to 24 CPE hours and brought together the top officials in federal, state and local government as well as academia and the private sector for three and a half days of intensive training and networking.  IFAS took advantage of this opportunity to exhibit our capabilities, develop new business, and allow for several associates to train and receive continuing education credits for their CGFM certification. 

The associates in attendance were Business Developer and Financial Analyst, Tracy M. Jones; Director of DoD Markets, Paul Cole; Sr. Budget Analyst, Ester “Regina” Edwards and Sr. Accountant, Hoan B. Pham. In addition, IFAS’ very own President and CEO, Tabatha Turman, moderated a panel of experts in the topic “Maximizing Efficiency in a High-Turnover Workforce”. The panel included Gordon Alston, Director, Financial Reporting, Policy and Internal Control, Department of Commerce; Connie Miconi, Sr. Advisor to the Chief Financial Officer, USAID for the Bureau for Management and one of our best clients Vivian Michalic, Chief Financial Officer at ATF, U.S. Department of Justice. 

The panel provided excellent advice and thorough knowledge on how to perform and remain marketable in this economy. AGA brought state-of-art technology to its conference by supplying an AGA PDT “app” for both Apple and Android phones. With this app, you could select, track and monitor classes, speakers and events. In addition, both class and virtual attendees were able to listen in and ask questions simultaneously. Overall, this year’s conference brought together the excitement and energy of the Music City, complimented with true southern hospitality and great networking.

- Tracy Jones, Business Developer & Financial Analyst


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