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The U.S. & Global Business Environment: What Could Happen Next?

Aug. 22
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Hershey Lodge
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CPE Credits



PICPA Member: $275 | Nonmember: $375

CLE Credit Add-On: $50

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Understand key economic indicators across the U.S. and what they may mean for your organization and financial forecasting. Analyze current budget deficits at the federal, state, and local levels, and the potential impact on the business environment. Understand and analyze the issues surrounding international trade agreements, tariffs, and its impact on business, inflation, interest rates, and unemployment.


  • Key economic indicators: GDP, GDP growth, inflation, interest rates, and employment
  • Government deficits: The U.S. Debt Clock; debt service; projections; impact
  • International trade and tariffs
  • Key legislative issues: Sales tax, TCJA, FASB updates, and General
  • Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

This course is part of the Hershey Education Summit on Aug. 19-22.


Francis X. Ryan, CPA, CGMA
Semper Finance Inc.

Frank Ryan is Chairman of a management consulting firm in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, specializing in turnarounds, workouts, crisis management, strategic planning and working capital management. He has extensive experience working with banks in negotiating forbearance agreements, loan workouts, capital restructurings, vendor negotiations, and bank lending requirements. 

Prior to his consulting business, Mr. Ryan was the chief operating officer of a mid-sized manufacturing company. Additionally, he is the chairman of the Audit Committees of publicly traded companies and has extensive board level experience in the for-profit and non-profit arenas. He also serves on the board of a publicly traded bank. He is a retired Colonel in the United States Marine Corps, and has served in numerous contingency operations to include Haiti, Afghanistan, and Iraq. He received the “Outstanding AICPA Instructor” award in 1994-95 and again consecutively from 2005 to 2015.


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