Practice Management Conference ONLY


Join us for lunch and stay for afternoon workshops on topics ranging from recruitment to firm profitability. Local experts will share tips on how to recruit top talent and manage a workplace that retains it. A member of the AICPA’s Private Companies Practice Section (PCPS) will highlight top issues and opportunities firms are experiencing, based on results of national surveys.

Clarion Hotel is offering a discounted rate of $89 for Conference attendees.


Session 1: Bill Pirolli, CPA, PFS,CFF, CGMA, Partner, Disanto Priest, & AICPA's Private Practice Section (PCPS) highlights top issues and opportunities facing firms based on results of the recent national MAP ( Management of an Accounting Practice) survey. 

Session 2: David Ciullo, CEO, Career Management Associates, "Casting a Wide Net- Recruiting in a Red-Hot Economy" Tips for attracting and recruiting talent in the current labor market.  Think  creativity, branding, social media and more...

Session 3: Laura Thibodeau, SHRM-SCP, President, Springborn Staffing, "Top 7 Strategies to attract and then RETAIN your best and brightest".  Strategies for avoiding the ""recruitment" problem altogether by creating a flexible and engaged workforce.

Session 4: Bill Pirolli, CPA, Partner, Disanto Priest, & AICPA's Private Practice Section (PCPS) addresses the drivers of firm profitability and tips and tricks to earn more with less effort.



To provide firm managers, administrators and staff with tools and tips for addressing current practice management issues.



None Required.



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Registrations are currently closed.


Clarion Hotel Portland
1230 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04102
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May 15, 2019 12:30pm


May 15, 2019 4:00pm

Check-in starts at 12:15pm


Ciullo, David

David Ciullo is the CEO of Career Management Associates, a 25+ year New England HR services company and the CEO of Dale Carnegie Maine. He is also the owner and talk show host of the HR Power Hour national radio show at
David currently serves as a Member of the Maine State Civil Service Appeals Board, President of HRASM (Human Resource Association of Southern Maine), Chairman of the Board of Directors for the IFOB (Maine Institute for Family-Owned Business and serves as Vice President and on the Board of Directors of NNEAPS (Northern New England Association of Personnel Services).
Prior to CMA, David has over 25 years of experience as an executive for large retail corporations including American Eagle Outfitters, Pacific Sunwear, and Designs/Levi Strauss.
David graduated from Norwich University with a BS degree in Business Administration, a minor in management, and had four years of ROTC in the Norwich Corp of Cadets. David is also certified in Creative Training Techniques, is an Eagle Scout, a Black Belt in Tae-Kwon-Do.

Pirolli, Bill

Mr. Pirolli was previously the managing partner of Pirolli, Deller & Conaty, CPA's, a small Firm of three partners and two professional staff. In 2007 the Firm merged with the multidisciplinary accounting and business advisory firm of DiSanto Priest & Co. Mr. Pirolli is now a partner in this firm of 65 professionals and 85 total associates including its affiliated entities, Bentley Wealth Management, Bentley Consulting Group and the Bentley Charitable Foundation.

In his 40 years of continuous service to his clients, Mr. Pirolli has performed a variety of business and personal tax, accounting and consulting services to a diverse client base. Currently, he focuses his efforts on financial, investment, family and estate planning, litigation support, mergers and acquisitions, corporate growth, shareholder matters, financing and succession planning.

As a Director of Bentley Consulting Group, Mr. Pirolli also provides strategic planning and management consulting services to accounting and law firms, non-profits and privately held businesses. He has facilitated numerous retreats and is a frequent local and national speaker to the accounting profession.

Mr. Pirolli has served the local and national accounting profession and civic community for over 25 years. He is currently appointed to the United States and International Board of Directors of the AICPA. Prior appointments include Chairman of the Practitioners Symposium Steering Committee, The PCPS Executive Committee where he also served as Chairman, The National Conference of Lawyers and Accountants, The MAP Committee, The Small Firm Advocacy Committee and The AICPA Governing Council. Mr. Pirolli is also past Chairman on The RI Society of CPA's, past President of The Central RI Chamber of Commerce and has served on numerous civic boards.

Thibodeau, Laura

Laura Thibodeau, SHRM-SCP
Masters Degree: Education

Laura has been kicking around the business arena for quite some time now (well ok – not that long…). She has had a blast with a number of different career opportunities including:
• Division I Basketball Scholarship Player and later D-I Coach (yes, she is aware she’s short) where she relished the competitive & academic environment of a College Campus setting;
• Sales & Marketing Professional at a couple of the Biggies – Fortune 500 Companies where she was able to “learn the ropes” from some of the best in the industry;
• And most recently… Small Business Owner in Maine. Laura followed in her father’s footsteps, who had his own Insurance Agency in Maine for years when she acquired Springborn Staffing in 2008.
For fun: Laura enjoys digging in the dirt – yep – you fellow gardeners know what I’m talking about. She also enjoys home design & decorating, and is an avid (we mean vegan, doesn’t wear down, cat-lady variety) animal lover.
Interesting Tidbit: In her alternative reality, Laura is a best-selling novelist – is 2 pages a good start…?

Designed For:

CPA Firm staff; Practice Managers & Administrators, Talent Resource Managers


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