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Tuesday, March 5, 2024 Live Webcast

Controllership Skills Update – Budgeting, Forecasting, and Big Data (X1-CON3-2024-01-WEBNR-65-01)

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST

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1 CPE Credits in AA
1 CPE Credits in MT


Budgets are the vehicle for allocating resources, measuring activities, and identifying needed changes and improvements. An organization’s strategy is the primary driver of costs.


Public, private and non-profit organizations and their members – CFOs, CEOs, controllers, auditors, and managers


  • Understand all facets of the budgeting process
  • Provide techniques to improve forecasting
  • Demonstrate how a budget can be a vital tool for overall long-term improvement
  • Identify immediate actions that can result in measurable benefits to an organization
  • Understand management, uses, and potential benefits of big data
  • Employ techniques for further research


  • Why forecasts and budgets are frequently wrong: behavioral finance; improper goal setting, games, continuing the status quo, traditional budgeting techniques
  • Incorporating strategy into budgets: improving measurement systems; common errors, developing strategies and appropriate measurements
  • Expanding the budgeting framework: rolling forecasts; mission-based budgeting, zero-based budgeting, post-completion evaluations, contingency planning, black swan events, identifying improvements
  • Big data: definition, challenges, goals, current uses/examples, sources of information
  • Analytical tools: ration analysis, benchmarking, Pareto analysis, trend analysis, regression, simulation, dashboards




Experience and/or exposure to financial management




Anthony LaRusso

Anthony C. LaRusso, CMA, M.B.A.

AICPA/Professional Development Institute

Tony has over 30 years of experience in industrial and service organizations. Over the course of his career he has held senior-level management, operating, and staff positions, including as president of companies with annual sales of $500 million, consisting of domestic and international facilities. Tony has also held senior-level positions in finance, planning, and business development, as well as being a board member for start-up companies. Prior to retiring, during 2003, he was the president of a major division in an international company. Tony was an Adjunct Professor of Management for 20 years and has written numerous articles on a variety of business topics. He is a member of several professional organizations, has spoken at annual meetings and programs at universities, and served as an officer in trade associations. In 2015, he received the Surgent Outstanding Discussion Leader Award because of his consistently high evaluations for knowledge and presentation skills. Tony also has had two books published: Management: Ready Aim Fire (2005) and Practical Financial Decision Making (2011). His biography is included in several publications by Who’s Who. In addition, since retiring from full-time employment, he has lectured in numerous states, including at major corporations; conducted consulting activities; and managed real estate investments for a family company. Tony has developed and written courses and webinars covering topics in finance, accounting, and management; was a reviewer for a new book; and authored an article, How to Avoid Tunnel Vision.


$89.00 - Member

$109.00 - Nonmember

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