2:45 PM: Sign-In

3:00 PM - 3:20 PM: Welcome & Opening Remarks / Election of Officers & Board of Directors/Recognition of new CPAs

3:20 PM - 5 PM: Improv Is No Joke: Using Improvisation to Create Positive Results, Presented by Peter Margaritis, CPA, CGMA, MAc

5 PM -6 PM: Social Hour!

Peter A. Margaritis, CPA, CGMA is an author, blogger, speaker, educator, humorist, improviser, and podcaster. Partnering with the Business Learning Institute, his firm “The Accidental Accountant” teaches CPAs and other business leaders how to apply the seven principles of improvisation to build respect, trust and support with their colleagues and clients. He is the author of Improv Is No Joke: Using Improvisation to Create Positive Results in Leadership and Life.
Peter earned is his Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Kentucky, a Master’s Degree in Accountancy from Case Western Reserve University and he is a licensed, non-practicing, CPA in Ohio. He has worked for companies such as Price Waterhouse, Victoria Secret Catalogue (not as a model), two large banking institutions and has managed restaurants in his day. Don’t be surprised – he is Greek. He was also an assistant professor of accounting and taught in the MBA program at Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, OH.
Peter is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, Georgia Society of CPAs, Maryland Association of CPAs, Ohio Society of CPAs, and the National Speakers Association. He is also the past chairman of the Ohio Society of CPAs executive board and a former delegate to the AICPA governing council.


  Improv is more than just laughs—it’s a valuable training tool that can make anyone a more effective business professional. It’s not slapstick—improvisation is a way of life. It’s going with the flow, adapting, and adjusting to the unexpected and to your audience.


• Explain the positive power of YES AND
• Distinguish between “listening to respond” and “listening to understand”
• Demonstrate how improvisation provides clarity in chaotic situation
• Yes, And vs. Yes But
• Principles of Improvisation (respect, trust, support, listen, focus and adapt)
• Leadership
Practitioners, auditors, analysts, firm administrators, finance professionals, managers, CEO's, CFO's, partners, shareholders, etc.
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May 31, 2018 3:00pm


May 31, 2018 6:00pm

Check-in starts at 2:45pm



Peter Margaritis,
Chief “Edutainment Officer”
Peter's head shot My role is to help business leaders strengthen their business success skills, to create positive results. Through my experiences in business and my training in improvisational comedy, I bring a fresh perspective on how to develop non-technical, professional skills training like Presentation Skills, Business Development Skills and Leadership Skills. With every client my goal is the same: Using Improvisation To Create Positive Results.

During the past 30 years in business I have managed, recruited, developed, hired and even fired individuals – I’ve developed successful teams. I have sold products ranging from bank loans to corporate incentive certificates. In addition, I have created compensation matrixes; analyzed financial statements; designed and delivered accounting and professional skills courses. And I’ve performed stand-up and improvisational comedy!

Recently I released my first book, Improv Is No Joke, to share what I’ve learned. Improv is No Joke teaches business professionals how to become more effective, sharpen their creativity, and develop leadership skills needed to succeed and improve business results through improvisational techniques. Focusing on strategies such as replacing negative phrases and listening to understand, will help you successfully relate to and communicate with clients and colleagues.

As a speaker and trainer I have delivered hundreds of seminars, conferences, workshops, and keynotes on both technical and non-technical topics to clients that include Fortune 500 companies, large and national regional accounting firms, state CPA associations and the American Institute of CPAs. In addition, I currently teach select courses for the American Institute of CPAs and The Mind Gym.

My credentials include a BA from University of Kentucky and a Master’s in Accounting from Case Western Reserve University. I am a CPA and Certified Global Management Accountant with a certificate in IFRS from the Institute of Chartered Accountant in England in Wales. I have worked for companies such as Price Waterhouse, Victoria’s Secret Catalogue (not as a model), Gap Inc. Direct, Barnett Bank, C & S National Bank, Ohio Dominican University, Columbus State Community College, Franklin University and the University of Maryland at University College.

I am a member of the American Institute of CPAs, Ohio Society of CPAs, Georgia Society of CPAs, and the National Speakers Association. I am a former member of the American Institute of CPAs governing council and a past chair of the executive board of directors of the Ohio Society of CPAs.

Bottom line, my education and experience have taught me that every business benefits from ongoing skills development.

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