IMA PDX November CPE Dinner Event At McMenamins Kennedy School

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McMenamins Kennedy School

5736 Northeast 33rd Avenue

Portland, OR 97211

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The IMA Portland Chapter is excited to present November's CPE Dinner to be held at Mcmenamin's Kennedy School! Be sure to register for an intriguing economic update by Eric Fruits, Ph.D., followed by a discussion panel where business owners will share challenges their businesses have faced and how they adapted to overcome those challenges.



Meeting Schedule:

6 PM Networking - Doors will open at exactly 6PM!

6:20-6:50 PM "Economic Update" by Eric Fruits, Ph.D.

6:50-7:20 PM Networking/Dinner

7:20-8:30 PM Panel Discussion with Dan Eller, Evann Remington, Scott Smith


Menu:

  • Fresh Fruit and Cheese Platters
  • Baked Rigatoni with Fennel Sausage
  • Caesar Salad
  • Garlic Bread
  • Assorted Desserts
  • Coffee and Tea
  • Cash Bar (No Host)


"Economic Update" by Eric Fruits, Ph.D.

Eric Fruits

For the past 15 plus years, taxation and regulation, and growth of government spending have resulted in the exodus of large and small companies from Oregon. This pattern accelerated before and after the 2012 election passage of the first gross receipts tax. The latest gross receipts tax ballot measure and other Oregon laws and regulations are continuing to pressure companies to make tough decisions.

Oregon is ranked in the bottom third of states for startup activity, dropping three spots from last year. State economists report the number of new businesses in Oregon on an annual basis is proportionally lower than at any point since the mid-1970s. Over the past 30 years, Oregon has frequently been in the top 10 for having the highest rates of unemployment. The most recent data shows Oregon has the highest rate of workers who want a full-time job but cannot find full-time work. Recent legislation on the minimum wage and paid time off, and anticipated legislation on scheduling employee working hours, are just a few examples of increased regulatory oversight.

What is happening? What are the details? Why is this important to accountants? And what can businesses with management accountants at their side do to survive and grow? During this event, Eric will provide an overview of the history of Oregon economy, tax and regulation over the past 15 plus years. He will explain why some businesses and manufacturing have been driven out of Oregon, and the types of businesses moving into Oregon. He will provide the details behind the tax and regulatory ballot measures and the impact on businesses and employment.

Eric Fruits, Ph.D., is president and chief economist at Economics International Corp. and an adjunct professor of economics at Portland State University. He is an economics expert, finance expert, and statistics expert. He has produced numerous research studies involving economic analysis, financial modeling, and statistical analysis. As an expert witness, he has provided expert testimony in state court, federal court, and an international court. He has written peer-reviewed articles on initial public offerings, the municipal bond market, and the formation and operation of cartels. His economic analysis has been widely cited and has been published in The Economist, the Wall Street Journal, and USA Today, as well as state and local publications. His academic affiliations include University of Southern California, Indiana University, and the Claremont Colleges. He was an economic consultant with LECG, ECONorthwest, and Econ One Research.

Panel Discussion with Dan Eller, Evann Remington, Scott Smith

During the panel discussion, business owners will share how the growth of government and tax and regulation has impacted them and their clients’ businesses, how they have adapted, found creative solutions, and the decisions they are making to survive and prosper.

Dan Eller

  • Dan Eller is a tax attorney in the Portland office of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, where he leads the Firm’s Tax ‎Practice Group. Dan’s practice includes an emphasis in tax controversy and planning, including the provision of tax ‎advice to manufacturing companies. Dan is an adjunct professor at Lewis and Clark Law School, and an adjunct instructor in the Graduate School of Business at Portland State University. Dan is current Past Chair of the Oregon State Bar Taxation Section ‎and the Secretary of the Portland Tax Forum. Dan Eller assists clients with tax and business law issues in both transactions and controversies.

  • Evann Remington
  • Evann Remington is founder and President of Fresh n' Local Foods, Inc. Fresh n’ Local Foods provides healthy, locally-sourced foods at an affordable price for hospitals, schools, and other programs and individuals in Oregon and Washington. Prior to Fresh n’ Local Foods, Inc., Evann helped start, manage and grow and nursery product company. After working in the financial and lobbying fields, she turned to her passion – children and healthy foods. Evann works tirelessly to provide children and schools with the best food possible. She has just launched a technology company focused on this same goal. She is also on the Marion County Economic Development Board, Northwest Food Processors Association Board and Salem Chamber of Commerce Board.

  • Scott South
  • Scott South is entrepreneurial driven. Currently Scott is President of Stevens Water Monitoring Systems, Inc., a manufacturer of data acquisition instrumentation for environmental monitoring and control applications. Also, he is President of South Wind Development, a company focused on real estate activities and various start-up ventures. He is also an Executive Producer for a movie targeted for theatrical release summer 2017. Scott co-founded and led the start-up phase of Stormwater Management, Inc., a manufacturer of water treatment systems for urban water runoff. He also led Hollywood Video’s growth phase as its second largest shareholder and CFO. Scott started his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers and was a CPA and manager for the firm. He is also active with various non-profit boards and is an Oregon State University graduate.



***The IMA Portland Chapter would like to thank our corporate sponsors, PACIFIC CONTINENTAL BANK and LEDGENT FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING, for partnering with our local chapter this year!***








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