|Writers & Editors
Robert A. Behren, CPA, Attorney, B.B.A, M.B.A, J.D. (first in class, N.Y.U), LL.M (N.Y.U.), recipient of numerous scholarships, fellowships and awards, has founded and published leading accounting magazines (The Practical Accountant, Accounting Technology, Practical Tax Strategies, among others) and newsletters (Clients Monthly Alert) for over 30 years. He was a Professor (Department of Economics) at a major university for over 15 years. He has authored or edited almost 2,000 published articles on financial management, some of which have been cited, as authority for their decisions, by the highest courts in the country (including the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Tax Court). He has received a Presidential Commendation for Publishing from Ronald Reagan.
James E. Cheeks, Attorney, J.D., is former Executive Vice-President, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of Research Institute of America (RIA) and former Executive Director, Institute for International Research. Formerly a professor of taxation at Pace University, he is the author of five major books and dozens of articles on taxation and financial planning and has lectured before many professional groups.
Mary L. C. Flood, CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst), CFP (Certified Financial Planner), MBA (Finance), is Managing Director of Inverness Counsel, Inc., an investment advisory firm. She has been a delegate to the White House Small Business Conference and Chair of the White House Conference Capital Formation Implementation. She is treasurer of the National Association of Women Business Owners. She writes a monthly finance column for Utah Business magazine and has been featured in a number of media interviews and articles in major publications such as Kiplingers Personal Finance magazine.
Sidney Kess, CPA, Attorney, B.B.A., J.D. (Harvard), LL.M. (NYU), is former National Director of Taxes at KMG Main Hurdman and former partner at KPMG Peat Marwick. Probably the best-known CPE lecturer, he has lectured to more than 600,000 practitioners and lay persons on tax, financial and estate planning. He has authored or co-authored more than a dozen major books (including 32 editions each of the AICPA's Individual and Corporate Tax Workshops), edited 4 major newsletters, and authored hundreds of video and audio courses.
Diahann W. Lassus, CPA, CFP (Certified Financial Planner), MBA, BS (Management), is a co-owner of Lassus Wherley & Associates, PC. She has taught at several colleges. Her service with the Institute of Certified Financial Planners includes service on the Board of Governors of the Board of Standards, past National Board Member and past Chair of the Certification Committee. She was President of the National Association of Women Business Owners and the NJ Association of Women Business Owners and was named the U.S. Small Business Administrations NJ Women in Business Advocate. She is frequently quoted and has been profiled in leading national publications (including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune and Money) and was selected as one of "Americas Top 200 Financial Advisors" by Worth magazine.
Harry M. Markowitz, Ph.D., is winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics for the development of "portfolio theory." Portfolio theory determines portfolios combinations of assets which minimize risk on the portfolio as a whole for various levels of expected (or likely) return on the portfolio, taking into consideration the extent to which the returns on assets rise and fall together. His analysis of the tradeoff between portfolio risk and return has become standard. Much of modern financial theory, such as Nobel Prize winner William Sharpes Capital Asset Pricing Model, is based on Markowitz portfolio theory.
Thomas R. Robinson, CPA, CFP (Certified Financial Planner), Ph.D., M.A. (Accounting), B.A. (Economics), is a professor (Accounting and Financial Planning) at the University of Miami. He is recipient of the Teacher Excellence Award and has authored or edited over 20 published books and articles on financial planning and other financial topics.
Anne E. Wagenbrenner, J.D., LL.M. (Taxation), is a practicing attorney. A past Editor of The Practical Accountant magazine and an Editor at the American Institute of CPAs (The Client Bulletin), she has written and published many articles in the areas of tax and estate planning.