FEI Detroit Dinner Meeting | Featuring Paul DiMarzo | Hosted by BDO

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Join FEI Detroit for the January Dinner Meeting
Featuring Paul DiMarzo, former CFO of Duo Security: "Beyond the Valley: Building Technology Companies Beyond Silicon Valley"

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Event Agenda

4:00-5:00 p.m. - Career Development Session 
"P.E.T.E. - An Employer's Strategy to Prevent Distracted Driving", presented by Laura Dillivan, Founder, The S.H.a.R.E. Network; & Purple Squirrel Advisors

Learning Objectives
  • Distracted Driving is up 10% compared to 2018 and continues to increase
  • National Safety Council announced on April 1st, 2019 that there are embarking on a nationwide campaign to educate and involve business/commercial entities in preventing distracted driving among employees (both in their personal time and driving for company business) 
  • Employer related Responsibility, Liability, and Casualty Insurance Rates 
  • What types of businesses need a distracted driving prevention policy on the books?  
  • A 4-part strategy for employers to prevent distracted driving by employees: An introduction to "P.E.T.E." (Policies, Education, Technology, Enforcement) 

1 CPE Credit Offered

5:00-6:00 p.m. - Professional Development Session
"The Aftermath of Tax Reform - Who are the Winners & Losers"
Presented by Brendan Sullivan, Tax Managing Director; Astrid Braeuer, Tax Partner; and Dominick Warner, International Tax Managing Director, BDO

Learning Objectives
  • Individual (1040) impact – who benefitted/who didn’t
  • Entity types – Corporate vs. flow through decisions post tax-reform
  • Foreign profits – who is paying more U.S. tax and when
  • Business deduction changes – interest expense, meals & entertainment, and parking!

1 CPE Credit Offered

6:00-6:45 p.m. - Networking

6:45-7:25 p.m. - Dinner

7:25-8:25 p.m. - Keynote Presentation by Paul DiMarzo, former CFO of Duo Security: "Beyond the Valley: Building Technology Companies Beyond Silicon Valley"

Learning Objectives


  • Why be concerned with Technology over other segments? 
  • What are the long term economic implications of the current Technology roadmap? 
  • Why build beyond the Valley?


  • Can you build technology and ignore silicon valley?
  • The advantages and challenges of the valley?
  • The advantages and challenges of going beyond?
  • The hybrid model.

1 CPE Credit Offered

Detroit Athletic Club
241 Madison St, Detroit, MI 48226

House Salad
Chicken Tosca
DAC Famous Rice Pudding for dessert

For dietary restrictions please contact detroit.chapter@financialexecutives.org​

FEI Detroit Chapter Members: Free

Chapter Strategic Partners: Free

Qualified Prospective-Members: Free; contact detroit.chapter@financialexecutives.org for qualified membership criteria and to register.

Guests / Non-Members: $85

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Astrid Braeuer

Tax Partner, Private Client Services

Laura Dillivan

The S.H.a.R.E. Network

Paul DiMarzo

Former CFO
Duo Security

Brendan Sullivan

Tax Managing Director

Dominick Warner

International Tax Managing Director