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Business Valuation Seminar: April 2011

The Philadelphia Chapter of the American Society of Appraisers (ASA) will hold its annual Business Valuation Seminar at the Doubletree Guest Suites Hotel in Plymouth Meeting, PA on Friday, April 29, 2011.  The program includes sessions focused on limited partnership valuation, private cost of capital, financial fraud and its impact on business appraisal, recent important court decisions affecting business appraisal, and a panel discussion of matrimonial law appraisal.

jamesrpark James R. Park, ASA, a partner in the San Antonio, TX firm of Munroe, Park & Johnson, Inc., will discuss "Valuing Limited Partnerships" from 8:30 to 9:30 am, exploring both income and market approaches. He will also talk about recent litigation of family limited partnerships, including his own experiences. Mr. Park was graduated from Texas A&M University with a BBA in Finance and contributed to the Comprehensive Guide for the Valuation of Family Limited Partnerships and other publications. More in his resume. 042911seminar_tn

roberttslee Robert T. Slee, President of the Charlotte, NC firm of Robertson & Foley, will talk about "The Private Cost of Capital," a discount rate model that measures private company risk. He will talk from 9:30 am to 12:15 pm, with a 15-minute break at 10:45 am. Mr. Slee, who has an MA from the University of Chicago and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University, founded MidasNation, a community dedicated to helping owners increase the value of their businesses. He is the author of over 200 journal articles and several books, the most recent of which is Midas Marketing: How Midas Managers Make Markets.

davidduffus David Duffus, a Partner in ParenteBeard's Forensic, Litigation and Valuation Services group, will talk from 1:15 to 2:30 pm about "Financial Statement Fraud, including recent statistics, typical schemes, and the impact on business valuation. A Certified Public Accountant with an MBA in Accounting and Finance from the University of Pittsburgh, he specializes in complex litigation services, forensic accounting and valuation services assignments. Mr. Duffus, who joined ParenteBeard from PricewaterhouseCoopers, is a frequent speaker on fraud and its economic damages.

johnbarton John Barton, ASA, President of the Lyndell, PA firm of Brandywine Valuation Consultants, LLC., will review "Recent Valuation Cases," primarily US Tax Court and Court of Appeals decisions in estate, gift tax and equitable distribution cases in PA and NJ from 2:30 – 3:25 pm.  Mr. Barton holds an MBA from LaSalle in Finance and Accounting, and is a specialist in the analysis of closely-held stock, preferred stock, intangible assets, and debt securities. He has taught business valuation courses for ASA, Big Four accounting firms, the IRS, and at Villanova University, and has appeared as an expert witness in PA, NJ, and FL courts and in US Federal District Court.

Gary Friedlander, Esq., ASA, will lead a panel discussion from 3:40 to 4:40 pm on "Matrimonial Law Appraisal Practice." Mr. Friedlander's Norristown, PA practice concentrates on family law and the valuation of closely held corporations and professional practices. He holds an MBA from Drexel University and took his JD from the Villanova University School of Law. He is a member of the Pennsylvania and Montgomery County Bar Associations and is a participant in their family law sections.


Program Schedule  
Registration, Buffet Breakfast 8:00 am-8:30 am
Morning Session* 8:30 am-12:15 pm
Lunch 12:15 pm-1:15 pm
Afternoon Session* 1:15 pm-4:40 pm

*Morning and Afternoon Sessions include Refreshment Break


Early Registration

Register by March 25

ASA Members $270
All others $295

Regular Registration

Register after March 25

ASA Members $295
All others $320


Additional Information. The program qualifies for eight hours of Continuing Education Credit (CEC) for ASA members and for members of other professional organizations which recognize NASBA credit. A seminar brochure, including additional information, biographies of the presenters, a registration form, refund and cancellation policies is available in PDF format [131 KB]. For all other questions, including CEC eligibility for your organization, please contact the seminar organizer, Bob Haas at or (215) 887-6500, or Joanne Paciello at

To pay online with your major credit card or PayPal go to the ASA Philadelphia Members Page, otherwise please make checks payable to ASA Philadelphia Chapter 35 and mail to Executive Secretary Joanne Paciello, 8 Terrace Road, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462.  Please note that seating capacity is limited.

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