Speakers

About Rod

Rod Drury is the CEO and co-founder of Xero and serves on its Board of Directors. As the visionary behind Xero he has been acknowledged by his international peers through many technology and business awards, including 2013 EY New Zealand Entrepreneur of the Year, NZ Herald Business Leader of the Year in 2012, member of the NZ Hi-Tech Hall of Fame, NZ Hi-Tech Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006 and 2007, World Class New Zealander for ICT in 2008, and Honorary Fellow of the Institute of IT Professionals NZ. Before starting Xero, Rod was involved in a number of successful startups including Context Connect, Glazier Systems and Aftermail.

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About Keri

Keri is President, Xero Americas. Before joining Xero, Keri served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of Capital One’s Small Business banking segment, leading teams to support entrepreneurs and business banking clients in retail, digital banking and payments. Prior to Capital One, Keri also served in leadership at General Electric Financial Assurance. She holds a Master Black Belt, a Six Sigma accreditation from GE. Keri’s passion is helping unleash the power in others and helping entrepreneurs pursue their dreams. 

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About Greg

Greg has established himself as a unique voice in the world of stand up comedy. In fact, he’s shared the stage with many noted comedians. And, when he’s not busy making people laugh, Greg works as a controller and general manager in Utah.

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About Tim

Tim is the founder and CEO of Leberecht & Partners, a consulting firm that helps leaders and organizations with their vision, story and transformation. He is also the author of the international bestseller, “The Business Romantic: Give Everything, Quantify Nothing, and Create Something Greater Than Yourself”. And he’s the founder of The Business Romantic Society, a global collective of strategists, advertisers, curators, artists, developers, designers, researchers and data scientists with the shared mission to bring beauty and enchantment to business.

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About Anna

Anna is Xero’s Chief Partner Officer and brings a deep experience of online, financial services and operations. She has a strong passion for driving the success of New Zealanders and their businesses through technology. Formerly General Manager Internet Banking at ASB, Anna's leadership saw the launch of many digital world firsts across the Bank, including Virtual Branch, Facebook Payments and LikeLoan, along with awards recognizing world-class digital experiences.

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About Herman

Herman is the Vice President of Product and Partnerships at Xero. Previously, he led engineering and product management globally for Xero’s People Product Portfolio, which encompassed employee products including payroll and expense management. Herman spent 15 years at Microsoft where he worked across various divisions from enterprise to consumer spanning identity management, commerce and multimedia. Herman holds multiple patents for identity and distributed computing. Herman is a proven technical leader, executive and entrepreneur – passionate about finding great ideas and building beautiful products that matter.

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About Jina

Jina is a Principal Consultant with EtiennePartners, a boutique consulting firm in Silver Spring, MD. More recently, she was President & CEO of the National Association of Black Accountants, Inc. (NABA). Before joining NABA, Jina was Director – Taxation, Tax Ethics & Professional Standards, AICPA Tax Section at the AICPA. She has authored numerous articles on small firm practice management and taxation matters, and has been a regularly-featured speaker at conferences and webcasts on tax practice management and tax practitioner ethics.

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About Marcus

Marcus is an entrepreneur, CEO of Camping World and Good Sam, and star of CNBC’s “The Profit.” His current portfolio includes fashion, wine, RVs, ice cream, candy, pet supplies, cosmetics, furniture, restaurants, music equipment stores and more. And as a champion of small business, it’s no wonder Ernst & Young named him “Entrepreneur of the Year.” With his 3P mantra focused on people, product and process – he shares his knowledge and insights to aspiring entrepreneurs.

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About Ryan

Ryan is co-founder and principal of Upsourced Accounting, a tech-enabled accounting practice in Columbus, OH, and head of finance and operations for Ahalogy, a Cincinnati-based startup focused on content and influencer marketing for Fortune 500 marketers. Ryan is a seasoned entrepreneur with deep experience in the fields of finance and accounting. Formerly, Ryan served as CEO of Sqrl – a SaaS tool, incubated out of Upsourced Accounting, that automated document collection for accounting firms.

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About Amy

Amy is Xero’s champion for accounting and bookkeeping professionals in the Americas and designs, builds and drives the growth of robust relationships in the Partner ecosystem for Xero. An accomplished business executive, serial entrepreneur, national speaker, CPA, CITP and CGMA, Amy is an advocate and evangelist for entrepreneurship, the accounting profession, and work-life harmony topics. Amy has been recognized as a Top 100 Most Influential Person by Accounting Today, named as one of the Most Powerful Women in Accounting by CPA Practice Advisor, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Information Management Technology Assurance (IMTA) Executive Committee.

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About David

For the past 15 years David has had a passion for working with his small business clients and his team to develop a best in class accounting experience. Having had a passion for technology for the past 20 years his experience with small business owners and cloud based solutions have come together perfectly in his role as a Xero Ambassador. He has always felt that great advising is a product of collaboration between the business owners, their business information, and their advisors.

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About Shelly

Shelly Lingor is the Director at GCT Technology & Accounting, a cloud-based accounting company located in Jacksonville, FL. Shelly has combined her 20-plus years of experience in accounting, bookkeeping and training to identify where business owners can improve their workflow processes and grow their business using the latest accounting technology. Shelly serves as a member of the Xero Partner Advisory Council (XPAC) and also sits as a Chairperson on the Board of Directors for Crosswater Christian Academy.

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About Tariq

Tariq is the founder & CEO of Global Diversity Marketing, Inc. He is a recognized business leader and sought-after speaker on changing market trends, customer relationships, agency growth and social media services. And he is best known for his thought leadership on corporate diversity initiatives and creates the business case for diversity and inclusion. He has developed several award-winning marketing and branding campaigns, including groundbreaking programs for the African American, Asian, Hispanic and women’s markets.

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About Robyn

Robyn is a world champion adventure racer and New York Times bestselling author of “How Winning Works: 8 Essential Leadership Lessons from the Toughest Teams on Earth.” She is revered as one of "California's Fittest Women - so it's no surprise that she has made an art form of extreme performance. She now quenches her thirst for thrills by competing in (and winning) adventure races around the world. And, she fully accepts blame for inspiring people to climb the tallest mountain, complete their first triathlon – and start their own business.

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About Nick

Nick is the founder, CEO and visionary of Bookkeeper360. He’s a self-professed technologist from birth. Nick also discovered his knack for accounting at a young age – as he reconciled the family business books and filed his first tax return at the age of 16. He then founded Bookkeeper360 with the goal of providing tech-savvy bookkeeping solutions for local businesses. He soon realized the potential of the cloud, partnered with Xero – and today, Bookkeeper360 is one of the largest 100% cloud-based bookkeeping solutions providers in the United States. Nick constantly researches for new software suites and integrations that allow his clients, their businesses and the BK360 team to work smarter.

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About Treva

Treva is Xero’s Education Specializt. She put her Accounting degree from Oklahoma State University to quick use at a Fortune 100 company. Then she realized that she loved the theory more than the practice, and decided to teach accounting instead. She earned a Master’s in Adult Education, again from Oklahoma State, and has taught at the post-secondary level. She then turned to training in the accounting software industry. Today, she loves helping people learn more about her favorite accounting software by creating and presenting Xero’s educational content.

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About Carlos

Carlos is the founder and President of Lopez Tax Service and founder of the Latino Tax Professionals Association. He has been active in tax preparation and representation before the IRS for over 35 years. And he has extensive experience developing continuing education for the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy, IRS and California Tax Education Council. Carlos is also a lecturer and presenter for the IRS National Tax Forums and holds several awards and honors.

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About Liz

Liz is a CPA by day and an adventurer by night. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree with majors in Accounting and Finance (in 3 years because, why not).
Liz also went to Arizona State University for a Master’s degree in Information Management to satisfy her continued curiosity of technology and innovation. Throughout her career she has worked for national firms, a local firm and now focuses on running High Rock Accounting as Founder and CEO.
Liz sits on a bunch of boards, speaks locally and nationally frequently, and is always active, especially in the technology startup community in Phoenix. When not in Phoenix, you can find Liz traveling the world and enjoying different cultures. She spends her free time with her husband and young son finding all the adventures and visiting anywhere she has never been before.

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About Will

Will Lopez, CEO and Founder of AdvisorFi.com, is an innovator and pioneer in the movement of online accounting. He has developed cloud-based technology that integrates into some of the leading cloud based accounting tech. He has an online accounting firm with clients in over 32 states and 4 different counties providing live, in-house accounting support and services using the greatest tech known to business. Overall, his purpose is to empower the next generation of business entrepreneurs challenging the current status-quo from decades of bad accounting inefficiencies.

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About Neill

Neill is the Product Marketing Manager for Xero HQ. Working as the glue between the teams developing our partner products and the hundreds of thousands of users on the platform everyday, he ensures we’re not only building products and features to delight but that we’re adding real value to the practices around world who use them.

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About Ben

Our guest speaker is a chartered accountant who started his career in a large regional accounting practice. Following this he joined New Zealand's largest telecommunications company working on their U.S SEC compliance and their external reporting ,  while also serving a two-year term on the board of one of New Zealand's largest Charitable Foundations championing digital learning for kids and a digital platform for peer to peer giving. In 2013 he won the Accounting Industries outstanding new member of the year award and was a finalist for the countries High Tech Young Leader of the year in the 2015 High tech awards. At Xero he was a member of the NZ leadership team focused on supporting our accounting and bookkeeping partners while also driving our global agriculture strategy. Today he leads the accounting and bookkeeping channels for the America's based out of Colorado.

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About Kenji

Kenji is the Founder and CEO of Acuity which builds and maintain financial functions for entrepreneurs and startups. Through Acuity, he’s provided over 1,000 companies with a full range of financial solutions from high-level strategic financial counsel through its fractional CFO practice all the way to virtualized bookkeeping solutions for early stage startups. Kenji’s core business mission is to provide scalable financial solutions for entrepreneurs, so that their main focus can be on growing their company.

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About Jay

Jay Kimelman, CPA, CITP is founder and Chief Technologist of the digital CPA, a technology focused accounting firm. A CPA Since 1996, Jay mixes his love for technology with his accounting background to develop cloud based solutions for SMBs. Jay has served in the role of CFO, CIO and business owner. Jay’s passion is helping other bookkeepers, accountants and CPA firms utilize technology to support themselves and their clients do beautiful business. In 2016, Jay was awarded the Xero MVP award and now serves as a Xero Ambassador.

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About Melanie

Mel is a highly respected professional and influencer in the bookkeeping and accounting sector and is regular speaker and contributor to industry events across the globe.  She has established a successful career in building small businesses and has a passion for new technology. As Head of Partner Community at Xero Mel is the voice of the advisor and is super passionate about championing the value and importance of the advisor to small business.

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