Dec.17 – Webinars – Presenter’s Bios

Melissa Goddard CCA

Melissa is the founder and principal of FACT Financial Investigations LLC., she has over 30 years experience in accounting and fraud, has worked in construction accounting offices in many capacities ranging from staff accountant to CFO. Melissa has also worked in public accounting as well in government accounting and internal audit offices. Her service expertise includes:

• Construction Audit and Cost Control

• Project Accounting and Budget Analysis

• Fraud Management (Prevention, Detection and Investigation)

• Fraud Risk Assessments

• Forensic Accounting

• Construction Risk Management

• Litigation Support Services

• Internal Control Review, Design and Implementation

• Contract Review and Compliance

• Due Diligence Investigations

• Expert Witness Services

• Construction Training for Owners & Contractors

Melissa past work experience includes extensive experience in the construction industry working in a variety of roles performing construction accounting, job costing, work in progress management, cost control, analyses of contracts and auditing of construction projects ranging from small remodel projects to multi-million dollar projects.

Melissa’s industry expertise includes construction, education, transportation, airports, sewer facilities, research & development, master planned communities, health care, government, not-for-profit and manufacturing.

Jim Spencer CFE, MBA, CCA

Jim is a Senior Manager at The Sargent Consulting Group. Since coming to SCG, Jim has helped secure many of the firm’s “big wins” in industries as diverse as Agribusiness, Healthcare, Logistics and Real Estate (just to name a few). His prior professional experience in consumer electronics has helped keep SCG technology cutting edge as well as expand SCG’s eDiscovery and Computer Forensic capabilities.

Kristine is a Senior Vice President of Finance for McCarthy Holdings, Inc. and currently works to evaluate alternate uses of the company’s capital for the benefit of its shareholders. She previously served for 13 years as Vice President of Finance for the Southwest Region of McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. where she oversaw the financial and operational results for a geographic area with revenue of $1 billion, which includes Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Colorado and Utah.

John Sier, JD CCP

John Sier concentrates his practice in dispute avoidance and resolution of commercial, healthcare and construction contract issues as head of Kitch Drutchas Wagner Valitutti & Sherbrook’s construction and commercial litigation group.  In the construction industry, he has experience in analyzing legal  aspects of various project delivery methods including drafting construction contracts as well as assisting in dispute resolution and project completion. John has published articles and presented seminars on construction, healthcare and commercial issues across the country.  Following his graduation from Drake University Law School and Graduate School in 1986, he established his practice in Detroit, Michigan, from where he continues to serve clients in various parts of North America. In addition to being a Certified Mediator and serving on the AAA Panel of Construction Neutrals, he is active with several organizations, including the State Bar of Michigan, Iowa Bar Association, Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, Catholic Lawyers Society, Associated general Contractors, Construction Association of Michigan, Construction Specifications Institute, Building Owners and Managers Association of Metropolitan Detroit, Construction Owners Association of America, and the Engineering Society of Detroit.

NICOLE GRAY 

Nicole Bocra is a registered private investigator with more than 22 years’ of professional experience in financial investigations, forensic accounting and due diligence. Ms. Bocra is the principal of Infinity Investigative Solutions, a women owned small business, headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia. Prior to establishing her Infinity Investigative Solutions in 2005, Ms. Bocra was an in-house investigator at a law firm and lead investigator with FINRA. Ms. Bocra has been the lead investigating force in in depth examinations into individuals, corporations, industries and organizations. Her unique skills associated with due diligence using the latest in technology, financial expertise and investigative experience have insured success to numerous clients. Ms. Bocra is a strong leader for her investigative team and is able to manage the larger picture of an investigation as well as the details of the associated cases. In addition, Ms. Bocra is an Adjunct Professor of Forensic Accounting at Champlain College, a Virginia certified trainer, Regional Director of the National Association of Legal Investigators and currently the President of Professional Investigator and Security Association. She has taught numerous sessions on investigations and intelligence gathering by teaching current research techniques and procedures along with the scope and capabilities of online systems and search tools to both the public and private sector. Ms. Bocra’s combination of experience has developed a refined perspective into audits, and the associated processes!

Paul Pettit CCA

Paul is an executive with over 25 years of progressive roles within industry and professional services where he has managed and delivered successful audit and consulting projects to clients across a multitude of industries.  At Revenew, Paul leads the Performance Improvement practice and oversees business development and account management for clients seeking cost recovery, cost containment and performance improvements both with their vendors, suppliers and contactors as well as within their operations.

Since 1999, Paul has been involved in providing consulting and internal audit services within technical areas of organizations including engineering, procurement and construction.  Prior to providing those professional services, he worked for over nine years in the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) industry with KBR.  Paul holds Master degrees in Business and Environmental Management as well as a Bachelor degree in Civil/Mechanical Engineering Technology from the University of Houston.  He is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP), Construction Controls Professional (CCP), Construction Auditor (CCA), Internal Auditor (CIA), Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) and Professional EH&S Auditor (CPEA).  Paul is an accomplished speaker and has been designated the highest professional speaking designation by Toastmasters International in 2006, Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM).

Paul has been a member of the NACA since 2011 and has spoken at the last 6 NACA conferences. He has also written articles and white papers on construction audit topics such as construction fraud, data analytics and contract compliance.

Adam C. Rouse, CCA/CCP

Adam is a Senior Director at FTI Consulting. Mr. Rouse has extensive experience providing construction advisory services and strategic planning to Owner / Operators. He also has experience providing technology advisory and project controls support, with the goal of recovering money as well as developing more proactive processes and procedures to promote transparency.

Mr. Rouse has established and evaluated project controls and audit services for projects ranging from $5 million to over $10 billion in a variety of industries worldwide. He continually works to develop a jobsite of the future leveraging leading edge technologies to create a digital jobsite, designed to capture data, analyze, and predict a variety of outcomes used in what-if planning.

Mr. Rouse is an Advisory board member for the National Associate of Construction Auditors and frequently speaks on construction risks and auditing worldwide.  Mr. Rouse also has experience leading a construction audit practice focused on projects across many industry sectors. Solution offerings of this practice included evaluating change orders, invoices, as well as providing management consulting services to clients.

He is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Construction Auditor (CCA) and Construction Control Professional (CCP).

Richard Vermeulen , CPA, CFE, CRFAC, CCA

For the past 20 years, Richard Vermeulen has been acting as an Integrity and Compliance Monitor for major public agencies in the New York Metropolitan area. Such agencies include the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery, the New York City Department of Investigation, the New York City School Construction Authority, New Jersey Transit, and several others.  Projects monitored include several World Trade Center cleanup, recovery and rebuilding projects; the Newark Airport, LaGuardia Airport and JFK Airport Redevelopment projects; the MTA East Side Access and Long Island Railroad projects; the Lincoln and Holland Tunnel renovation projects; and numerous disaster recovery projects following Super Storm Sandy. 

In his role as Integrity Monitor, Mr. Vermeulen develops and implements risk assessments and audit work programs designed to prevent and detect fraud, waste and abuse on large scale capital construction projects and within governmental financial assistance programs.  Over the years, Mr. Vermeulen and his team(s) of integrity monitors have identified millions of dollars in potential or actual overcharges on these projects, as well as non-compliance with key contractual and regulatory requirements.  During this presentation, Mr. Vermeulen will discuss some of his largest and most prevalent audit findings over the past 20 years, including areas where overcharges occur most often, and key compliance areas where contractors most often fail on publicly funded capital construction projects.

CPE – per the NACA Bylaws

From the NACA Bylaws:

ARTICLE XV – CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION (CPE)
The National Association of Construction Auditors requires all Regular Members to maintain competence and
expertise and keep abreast of current information through Continuing Professional Education (CPE).
XV.1 Requirements
▪ The minimum requirement is 40 hours per biennial (two year) period, commencing in the year following award of membership with 20 hours in a construction / auditing / accounting related topic from a NACA approved course or event.
▪ Subject matter must be in the area of construction auditing, construction project management or a related field as described below (see Subject Content).
▪ One hour of credit is equal to 50 minutes of instruction time
▪ CPE hours in excess of the minimum requirements may not be carried forward.
▪ Failure to maintain the minimum requirements will result in withdrawal of the professional certification designations.
XV.2 Subject Content
Subject content for CPE must be in an area of construction auditing or a related field. These include:
▪ Internal Auditing
▪ Internal Controls
▪ Project Management
▪ Construction Project Management
▪ Construction Accounting
▪ Architecture
▪ Contract Administration
▪ Contract Auditing
▪ Government Contracting
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XV.3 CPE Format
1. Participant Credit – Unlimited CPE hours per biennial period are allowed for participant credit, which is defined as
NASBA approved instruction in a formalized setting including live and online learning sessions. A formalized learning
session includes:
▪ An instructor;
▪ A written course outline;
▪ Attendance that is required and recorded; and
▪ Issuance of a certificate of attendance and completion.
Correspondence and self-study courses are acceptable for recommended CPE credit provided they (1) require a final examination and (2) issue certificates of completion.
College courses may be claimed and computed at the rate of 15 hours of CPE for each semester hour completed. Transcripts must be obtained to support the claim for CPE hours. Courses must be in subject matter as described above (see Subject Content). College courses claimed must be conducted at accredited colleges or universities. In-house training is acceptable, provided that it is offered in a formalized setting and meets the above criteria. In instances where the acronym CEU (Certified Education Unit) is used, one CEU is equal to (1) 15 classroom hours,(2) one college semester credit hour, or (3) 15 hours of Continuing Professional Education. Courses in the industry must be conducted by the NACA or NASBA approved providers, or by licensed sponsors approved by the appropriate State Boards.
Courses in foreign countries must be conducted by providers approved for the appropriate accounting, auditing, ethics, construction management, or internal controls training under the laws or institution guidelines of the country.
2. Instructor Credit – A maximum of 20 CPE hours per biennial period is allowed for the development and teaching of
any course where the emphasis of the subject matter is in an area of internal controls or a related field as listed above
(see Subject Content). Members may claim CPE credit for the number of hours actually presented plus a maximum of
2 hours preparation for each hour of presentation for the first time the material is presented. Therefore, credit of 20
hours will be granted for the development and delivery of an 8 hour CPE course.
▪ Subsequent credit for preparation of the same presentation is not allowed, unless the subject matter is substantially changed.
▪ Subject matter must be approved by the Executive Board. Course description and outline (at a minimum) must be provided in writing prior to claiming any credit,
3. Author Credit- Time spent preparing articles and books related to the above-mentioned fields will be accepted for a maximum of 20 CPE hours per biennial period.
▪ A detailed description or copy of the article or book should be provided for approval prior to applying for credit.
▪ Articles must be published by a scholarly journal or a publication approved by the National Association of Construction Auditors.
4. Society/Association Meetings Credit – Credit for attending certain meetings conducted by professional societies or associations may be claimed for a maximum of 10 hours per biennial period.
▪ Meetings must have a formal speaker speaking on an area of related subject as listed above (see Subject Content).
▪ Lecture/presentation must be at least 50 minutes in length for each CPE hour claimed.
▪ Time for lunches, breaks, social gatherings, planning sessions, business meetings, and similar activities must
be excluded.
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XV.4 CPE Records
Members are responsible for keeping track of their CPE and retain for three years supporting documentation, such as proof of attendance and completion of courses.
▪ Members CPE records should be sent to the NACA annually. (See Reporting Periods below)
▪ Retired and Associate members are exempt from this reporting – but still encouraged to submit the information if available.
XV.5 Member Deficient in CPE Credits
The National Association of Construction Auditors may request evidence of any member’s compliance with the CPE requirements. Any member who is unable to demonstrate CPE compliance, or who is found to have made a false certification, may be subject to discipline, including expulsion from the Association, and/or withdrawal of his/her professional designation.
XV.6 Reporting Periods
Members will report their compliance with the CPE requirements each year on August 1 or a date set by the executive Committee via the form on the NACA website. Members are not required to provide any documentation of the completion of the CPE training unless requested to do so. However, all members must retain the documentation as noted in the CPE Records section above.

> COMMENT FROM A NEW MEMBER

Linked In post

So I asked a new member how he heard of NACA….
His reply was really great…

“Thank you, Edward, for a quick follow-up. It is both my pleasure and honor to join your society. Truthfully, I came across NACA accidentally.

In the past, it happened quite often that I was supporting typical CPA accountants with technical issues in the process of auditing industrial construction projects, be it a contract, a schedule, labor/materials, not to mention investigating the claims. And I was always wondering, why, for God’s sake, the Clients, pay big bucks to the hordes of ordinary bookkeepers who don’t have even a slightest idea on how to engineer and/or construct anything.
The bottom line is while they are good for general internal ISO-type audits, they are almost helpless, when dealing with outside contractor’s documentation and records…It was only recently I found that there are quite a few companies who do employ on their staff engineering/construction experts in support of their construction audits and those typically have NACA’s “CCA” accreditation. And that does makes a lot of sense!
So, better late than late never but I feel I found finally my kind of people in a right organization.

Have a great evening and stay safe!”
THANK YOU SIR!