About the Speakers

About the Speakers

ACPE has assembled a prestigious group to present our 2018 courses, including an author, CPAs from leading firms, prestigious lawyers from central New Jersey, and other industry professionals. There are some established favorites and some new additions, but we are sure you will be impressed with the quality of this year’s presenters. Our goal is to ensure the highest quality presentation possible for accountants satisfying their continuing professional education requirements. Your feedback is always welcome!



Andrew Fastow, Former CFO of Enron Corp.

Andrew Fastow was the Chief Financial Officer of Enron Corp. from 1998 – 2001. In 2004, he pled guilty to two counts of securities fraud, and was sentenced to six years in federal prison. He completed his sentence in 2011. Mr. Fastow currently provides litigation support at a law firm, and he consults with Directors, attorneys, and hedge funds on how best to identify potentially critical finance, accounting, compensation, and cultural issues.

Mr. Fastow received a BA in Economics and Chinese from Tufts University and an MBA in Finance from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Prior to joining Enron, he was a Senior Director in the Asset Securitization Group at Continental Bank N.A.

Since his release from prison, Mr. Fastow has been a guest lecturer at universities and corporations, and at conferences for management, corporate directors, attorneys, accountants, and certified fraud examiners. Mr. Fastow was recently keynote speaker at the United Nations’ Principles of Responsible Management Education Conference, the FBI’s Advanced Financial Crimes Seminar, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Annual Conference, the American Accounting Association Annual Conference, and the Financial Times’ Outstanding Directors Conference.



Margaret Gallagher, CPA, WithumSmith+Brown

Peggy, a licensed CPA at WithumSmith+Brown, has over 25 years of accounting and auditing experience with a focus on interpreting and applying technical accounting and auditing standards, and independence matters.

She services public and private entities in various industries including manufacturing, technology, distribution, construction, life sciences, real estate, and employee benefit plans. She also develops and presents accounting and auditing education classes and webinars for national & state audiences.

Peggy authored articles on technical accounting topics appearing in professional publications, various websites, and FASB comment letters on proposed accounting standards.



Glenn J. Gizzi, Stakeholder Liaison, NJ Division of Taxation

Glenn J. Gizzi, Senior Stakeholder Liaison, Internal Revenue Service. Glenn has worked for the Internal Revenue Service for over 22 years. He began in Taxpayer Service in 1989 as a Taxpayer Service Specialist until becoming a Revenue Agent in 1994. During his 11 years as an Agent, Glenn worked in the Examination Problem Resolution Unit as a caseworker, a cooperating Agent for Criminal Investigations and was a Taxpayer Advocate at the model walk-in office in Edison. Glenn is also a certified instructor for the IRS and has spent 4 years training the new incoming Revenue Agents from 2001 to 2005. Additionally, Glenn worked in the former Taxpayer Education & Communication division during its stand-up in 2001 before it was realigned into the Communications, Liaison and Disclosure division. His current assignments included Tax Practitioner Institutes and Practitioner Liaison. Glenn is currently assigned to the Edison, NJ office.



Brett R. Harris, Esq., Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A.

Brett Harris, a business, nonprofit and technology attorney, is a shareholder of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A. with offices in Woodbridge and Eatontown, New Jersey, New York City and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Ms. Harris has a corporate transactional practice, focusing on counseling charities and foundations on exempt status, governance and compliance, and intellectual property and cybersecurity. She is General Counsel to the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Business Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association, a member of the Tax Exempt Entities Subcommittee of the Taxation Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association, a member of the Legal Working Group of the Center for Non-Profits, and serves on the Steering Committees of the Non-Profit Forum and the Technology for Business Forum of Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ).



Bruce E. Mantell, CPA, Esq. LL.M., Mantell & Prince P.C.

Mr. Mantell is a shareholder in the law firm of Mantell & Prince P.C., Murray Hill, New Jersey, which specializes in tax and business planning, estate planning and administration, mergers and acquisitions, tax controversy matters, and ERISA. He has served as an expert witness in tax, trust and estate-related litigation, and is a member of the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is a member of the Essex and Union County Bar Associations, the New Jersey State Bar Association, its Taxation Section (where he is a Past Chair and a member of the Executive Council) and its Probate and Trust Section, and has served as a Member on both the Ad Hoc Committee on Multidisciplinary Practices, and the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on the Skills and Methods Course. He is also a member of the American Bar Association and its Taxation Section. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. He is a former member of both the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education and the Board of Directors of The New Jersey Lawyer Newspaper. He is the recipient of the 2004 Distinguished Service Award for his many years of dedication and contributions to the field of continuing legal education as a lecturer for the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE). He has been listed under two categories, namely, Tax and Trusts & Estates, in The Best Lawyers in America, published by Woodward/White, Inc., since 2001. He is also listed, since 2005, under the categories of both Tax and Trusts & Estates in New Jersey Super Lawyers, published by New Jersey Monthly Magazine. Furthermore, in 2007 and 2008, he was named one of the Top 100 Lawyers in New Jersey. Mr. Mantell is a frequent lecturer and author on tax, business, estate and pension related subjects for professional associations.



Christina Quinones, NJ Division of Taxation

Christina started with the NJ Division of Taxation in 2007 in the Customer Service Call Center. During her 8 years in the Customer Service Center, she gained vast knowledge of all taxes and programs administered by the Division. Prior to joining Taxation University, Christina was a Practitioner Hotline agent. She provided expert assistance to the tax professional and business community. Christina’s tax knowledge and customer service experience are strong assets to the Taxation University Team.



Paul J. Sanchez, CPA, CBA, CFSA, Professional Service Associates

Paul J. Sanchez conducts a small CPA practice in Port Washington, New York. He is also the owner of Professional Service Associates (PSA), a consulting and professional training and development business servicing corporate clients (auditors, controllers, etc.), CPA firms, professional associations and others. He was an assistant professor at Long Island University - CW Post Campus as well as an adjunct lecturer at City University of New York.

Prior to starting PSA, he was the Vice President-Professional Development for the Audit Division of a regional bank and Director of Professional Practices and Vice President of a money-center bank, where he directed the professional practice development and training for internal auditors. He also was on the technical staff of the Auditing Standards and Examinations Divisions of the AICPA. He practiced public accounting in the New York office of Deliotte where he also was a firm recruiter and in-house professional development instructor. He was an owner and auditing and accounting seminar leader for the Person/Wolinsky CPA Review Courses, a company that prepared candidates to pass the Uniform CPA Examination. He is a frequent lecturer and seminar leader for accounting, auditing, banking, risk assessment and other professional presentations.

He is the author of the textbook, "Accounting Basics for Community Financial Institutions" (Financial Managers Society, 2nd Edition, Chicago 2009) and the "Ideas an Analysis Letter: The Sanchez Take" (see www.sanchez-psa.com). As a contributing author, his chapter on 'An Auditor's Approach to Risk-Based Auditing: What to Audit and When,' is included in the textbook, "Effective Auditing for Corporates: Key Developments in Practice and Procedures," (Bloomsbury Information, Ltd, London, 2012)



Robert Siciliano, CSP, IDTheftSecurity.com

Robert Siciliano, CSP, the #1 bestselling Amazon.com author and CEO of IDTheftSecurity.com, may get your attention with his fun engaging tone and approachable personality but he is serious about teaching you and your audience fraud prevention and personal security. Robert is a security expert and private investigator fiercely committed to informing, educating and empowering people so they can protect themselves and their loved ones from violence and crime in their everyday lives, both in their physical and virtual interactions. Robert, a Certified Speaking Professional with a “tell it like it is” style, is a favorite source for dozens of major media outlets, leading corporations and organizations looking for the straight talk they need to stay safe in a world in which physical and virtual crime is commonplace. Robert is accessible, professional, and ready to weigh in and comment with down-to-earth insights at a moment’s notice on breaking news that affects us all.

When the internet was still coming of age, Robert’s startup security company’s financial holdings were under attack by cybercriminals, and he lost thousands of dollars due to credit card fraud. In becoming one of the earliest victims of internet crime, Robert gained the knowledge and experience to teach others how they can position and protect not only their companies but also themselves from falling prey to internet thieves. His years of experience, combined with extensive study, have allowed him to become one of the nation’s most well-respected and trusted experts on cybercrime. He has worked with such companies as ExxonMobil, Intel, McAfee, MasterCard, Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, KPMG, MIT, Transamerica and UPS, and almost every major media outlet has turned to him for information on identity theft, internet safety, crime prevention and security.

Robert lives in Boston with his wife and daughters. When not spending time with his family or educating audiences about safety, he enjoys long-distance runs (he is a seven-time Boston Marathoner) an avid mariner (he’s a Flotilla Staff Officer with the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary) and rides a purple 1987 Harley-Davidson Low Rider—with a helmet to preserve his own safety, of course.



Steven G. Siegel, JD LLM, The Siegel Group

Steven G. Siegel, JD, LLM, is president of The Siegel Group, which provides consulting services to attorneys, accountants, business owners, family offices, and financial planners. Based in Morristown, New Jersey, the Group provides services throughout the United States.

Steven is the author of many books, including: The Grantor Trust Answer Book (2015 CCH); CPA’s Guide to Financial and Estate Planning (AICPA 2014); Federal Fiduciary Income Taxation (Foxmoor 2014); and Federal Estate and Gift Tax (Foxmoor 2014).

In conjunction with numerous tax-planning lectures he has delivered for the National Law Foundation, Steven has prepared extensive lecture materials on the following subjects: planning for an aging population, preparing the audit-proof federal estate tax return, business acquisitions, estate planning, dynasty trusts, planning with intentionally defective grantor trusts, S corporations, and many others.

Steven has delivered hundreds of lectures to thousands of attendees in live venues and via webinars throughout the United States on tax, business, and estate planning topics on behalf of numerous organizations, including Western CPE, the Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, CCH, National Law Foundation, AICPA, the National Society of Accountants, CohnReznick, Foxmoor Continuing Education, many state CPA societies and estate planning councils, and on behalf of private companies.

He’s presently serving as an adjunct professor of law in the graduate tax program (LLM) of the University of Alabama School of Law, and he has served as an adjunct professor of law at Seton Hall University and Rutgers University law schools.

Steven holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa); a juris doctor from Harvard Law School; and an LLM in taxation from New York University Law School.



Dr. Sean Stein Smith

Dr. Stein Smith is an assistant professor at Lehman College (CUNY), a member of the AICPA Leadership Academy class of 2017, and has recently led multiple educational sessions on blockchain and accounting applications, attracting over 2,000 attendees. His work and analysis of accounting, blockchain, and the evolution of the accounting profession has been featured in numerous practitioner and academic publications. Additionally, he is the author of numerous books focusing on accounting, technology, and how the profession will change moving forward. He has been interviewed by several media outlets discussing these topics, including practitioner and mass media venues.



Vincenzo Toppi, CPA, CIRA, CFF, CCFE, CohnReznick Advisory

Vincenzo Toppi is a Director with CohnReznick Advisory. Vinni has conducted special investigations and fraud examinations involving misappropriation of funds or assets, asset tracing and recovery, insider and third-party transfers, and insolvency analysis. He leads the computer forensic and eDiscovery service team at CohnReznick, providing eDiscovery and litigation support services that include electronic data acquisitions, forensic data examinations, data mining and analysis, and document management and review.