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January 2003

President's Letter

David Price, Chapter PresidentHappy New Year,

It's that time of year… audit planning, goal setting, and annual budgeting.

As you think about the year ahead, I encourage each of you to consider the great and affordable training opportunities our chapter is offering during the remainder of 2003, starting with this month’s lunch meeting and seminar on January 23rd.

  • Our January 23rd lunch meeting focuses on Business Etiquette and our post meeting features Tips on Managing Longer-Term Projects. Both topics are absolutely critical to your success as an auditor. All of us will be able to take something away from these sessions that will impact our future performance. Please plan on making these sessions part of your annual training initiatives.
  • Our January seminar is called Successful Tips On Getting Your Next Job. A similar program offered in 2001 was our highest rated seminar last year. This four-hour seminar will begin at 8:00am on January 23. To be eligible to attend, you must be a member of the Dallas Chapter of The IIA. If you are not a member of the Dallas Chapter, you are invited to join us for a fee of $75.00 which is due by January 15, 2003. Class size is limited to the first 20 to register so make sure to register early.
  • Please mark your calendars. The Dallas Chapter’s “almost free” seminar is scheduled for April 16th and will cover New Audit Technologies - Auditing Smarter, Not Harder. Once again, for the price of a lunch meeting, you will receive eight hours of high quality, relevant, and entertaining CPE.

Please plan on making our monthly meetings a part of your annual training initiatives. Chapter meetings and seminars are a great place to gather ideas on how to improve our individual and team skill sets. A single idea from a single meeting may lead you to an audit or a finding that significantly impacts your Company. If you miss a meeting, you may miss an opportunity.

Quick announcements:

  • Please wear red to the January Meeting - It is CIA recognition month.
  • Dr. Ray Clay, University Of North Texas - Internal Audit, has great Internal Audit students available for internships this summer. Please contract Ray if you have any openings for interns this summer.
  • We still need volunteers for the Research Committee, Academic Relations Committee, and Community Service Committee. Please contact Jeff Seutter if you are interested in serving the chapter on these committees.
  • Our CIA review course will be held February 7-10 at Park Central. This is a great and cost effective way to improve your test scores.
  • Check out TIME magazine this month. An auditor was named Person Of The Year!!! Cynthia Cooper, Vice President of Internal Audit at WorldCom, was named Person Of The Year along, with fellow whistle blowers Coleen Rowley, Special Agent in the FBI, and Sherron Watkins, Enron Attorney and VP.

Wishing you the best in 2003,

David Price, CIA, CPA, CISA
Chapter President

Next Meeting

Thursday, January 23, 2003
CityPlace Conference Center

Be The Best You Can Be

CIA Recognition Month - Wear Red

Lunch Meeting 12:00pm
Registration begins at 11:30am

Business Etiquette

Linda Tyler Rollins, Rollins Rules Etiquette Consulting

Linda Tyler RollinsLinda will present a fun discussion of business etiquette in today's competitive business arena. Her topics will touch on many skill sets that auditors use every day:

  • Handshaking: The Ultimate Greeting
  • Working a Room
  • Conversation Skills
  • Dining Skills
  • How to Succeed in the International Arena

Linda Rollins is an etiquette and protocol consultant trained and certified by The Protocol School of Washington. Her background includes four years as a high school English teacher and twenty years in the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at University of North Texas, where she served as Assistant Athletics Director for Academic Affairs. Her trend-setting development of the life skills program for student-athletes led to her interest in etiquette consulting in the private sector. Ms. Rollins holds bachelor's and master's degrees from North Texas. Linda is a dynamic speaker and this will be a fun and informative time for everyone.

Post-meeting 1:30pm

Tips On Managing Long Term Projects

Paul C. Patterson, Jefferson Wells

During the post meeting we will discuss process steps to help ensure engagement planning of long-term projects is effective. These will include discussion regarding the ways to ensure involvement of all relevant auditor and auditee participants, and the approaches to address events such as “schedule slippage” and “scope creep”. During the session Paul will also share a number of tips to help ensure value-added contribution from the audit; effectively understanding the uniqueness of the review regarding functions and industry specialties involved; tools and techniques of the greatest benefit to the auditor and client; and actions to ensure adequate knowledge-transfer processes are in place. The session will touch on engagement management best practices, handling the feedback loop regarding individual and team performance, and delivering tangible results above and beyond expectations.

Paul C. Patterson is Regional Director Implementation and Process Improvement for Jefferson Wells International.

NOTE: There is no Pre-meeting this month due to the morning seminar.

Map to CityPlace Conference CenterCityplace Confernce CenterThis meeting is being held at CityPlace Conference Center.

The DART light rail station at CityPlace serves both the RED and BLUE lines. Check for schedules, routes and fare information at  http://www.dart.org/default.asp

Preferred Method:

The best method to place and confirm your reservation is via the web site at http://www.dallasiia.org/Reserve.htm.

Secondary Method:

An optional method is to use the telephone, fax, or e-mail. However, a $2 phone/fax/e-mail fee will be assessed to each reservation.


Lori Cannafax
Phone: 972-431-5981
Fax: 972-431-5995
e-mail: lcann3@jcpenney.com

Meeting / Luncheon Fees:

IIA Members: $25
Non-Members: $30
Students: $15
Walk-ins (members or non): $30
Phone/Fax/E-Mail Fee: $2

Reservations must be received by noon on Friday, January 17, 2003 or a $5 late fee will be charged.

We reserve the right to bill for "no-shows."

Please mark your calendar these meeting dates for the balance of the 2002-2003 chapter year:

  • February 13, 2003
  • March 20, 2003
  • April 17, 2003
  • May 13, 2003

We Now Accept Credit Cards - Online Only

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The IIA Dallas Chapter, in conjunction with PayPal, will now accept payment online for the monthly luncheons. There is no change in the cost to you for the lunch. We accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, or eCheck. Note that some corporate-issued cards are not accepted by PayPal. This service is only available online at the time the reservation is made. This can be used to pay for individual or group reservations. Follow the instructions on our website. If you properly cancel a reservation before the meeting, the Chapter will either return the funds to you or reserve you for the next meeting. Any questions, contact Lynn Allsup, Treasurer, 214-559-1630 or Lynn.Allsup@RepubLink.com.

After you place your reservation online, you will see the link to pay via PayPal if desired.

Chapter Seminars

Successful Tips to Help Get Your Next Job

Is your resume state-of-the-art? Are you successfully networking to get your next job? Do you know how to answer the tough interview questions?

To get answers to these questions, the Officers of the Dallas Chapter are inviting our members to attend this free seminar to be held on Thursday, January 23, 2003, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at CityPlace. This is a working seminar, so please bring your resume to update during the class.

To be eligible to attend, you must be a member of the Dallas Chapter of The IIA. If you are not a member of the Dallas Chapter, you are invited to join us for a fee of $75.00 which is due by January 15, 2003. Class size is limited to the first 20 to register.

If interested, please contact Pamela Krakosky at pkrakosky@aol.com for more information or go to http://dallasiia.org/Jan_03_Seminar.htm to register.

Review Course for May 2003 Exam

The Dallas Chapter will once again sponsor an interactive CIA review course to help prepare candidates taking the May 2003 CIA Exam. This four-day course will be taught by Dr. Glenn Sumners, Director of the Center for Internal Auditing at LSU. The review course will be held as follows:

  • Part I - Friday, February 7, 2003
  • Part II - Saturday, February 8, 2003
  • Part III - Sunday, February 9, 2003
  • Part IV - Monday, February 10, 2003

Each review course session will run from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

For further information on the review course, including cost, location and registration, log on to the IIA Dallas Chapter website at http://dallasiia.org/CIAReview_S03.htm.

Dallas IIA Student Day Seminar and Forum

The Academic Relations Committee will be hosting Student Day on Thursday February 13, 2003 as a part of the regular monthly Dallas IIA meeting. The overall theme for the meetings and luncheon that day will be “The Auditors Role in Risk Management /Awareness”, and will include presentations on some of the latest in automated audit risk management programs and techniques.

Al Bazis, Kathryn Barton  and Thomas Kiels will be discussing CSA during the seminar. Howard Johnson, Senior Vice President and Director of Auditing for JCPenney will be the keynote speaker for the morning seminar starting at 8 AM, and a student forum in the afternoon will include well known audit directors and senior auditors. Eugene Miller of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, and Letty Ganbrell of Sabre will be two of the forum panel members that will speak. The open forum will be an opportunity for students to ask questions on the audit profession, as well as current trends in auditing.

There will also be discussions concerning available student audit intern programs, as well as projected student hire possibilities in Dallas area IIA member companies. Students from Midwestern State University, Louisiana State University at Shreveport, University of North Texas, University of Texas at Arlington, and the University of Texas at Dallas are expected to attend.

The seminar and luncheon will count for 5 CPE credits, and will cost $75 for IIA members or $85 for non-members. Refreshments will be served at the morning seminar. We hope that you will sign up early for this important program of events, and help us to recruit the next generation of internal audit professionals. Profits from this seminar are distributed to participating schools to help fund future involvement with the IIA and internal auditing. For more details contact Keith Howell at howellk@aafes.com.

Visit dallasiia.org for details and registration. Look for the "Student Day" Link.

Howard J. Johnson
Senior Vice President and Director of Auditing
JCPenney Company, Inc.

Phot of Howard JohnsonHoward Johnson is responsible for the JCPenney Company's auditing activities, including a professional staff of 80.

He has been associated with JCPenney since 1974. He has had a diversified range of audit responsibilities and has lived in Milwaukee, Atlanta, and Columbus before moving to Dallas in 1985. Prior to joining JCPenney, he worked in public accounting and for the State of Wisconsin auditing federal revenue grants.

Howard was the Chairman of The Institute of Internal Auditors' Board of Directors in 1999-2000. He has been a member of the IIA since 1977 and has been active in several chapter activities. He served as the Dallas Chapter President in 1990-91; has had an article, "The Internal Audit Widget", published in 1992 in the Internal Auditor; served on the IIA Business and Industry Relations Committee in 1993-94 and as Southern Region Director for 1994-96. He was also the Chairman of the 1998 IIA International Conference that was hosted by the Dallas and Ft. Worth Chapters and Senior Vice Chairman of the Board in 1998-99.

Howard graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a B.B.A. Degree in Accounting and is a Certified Internal Auditor and a Certified Public Accountant.

IIA logoSeminars in Plano

The IIA would like to invite Dallas chapter members to the upcoming IIA seminars being held the week of March 10 - 14, 2003 at the DoubleTree Hotel & Executive Meeting Center, 7120 Dallas Parkway, Plano/Legacy Town Center. Contact the hotel at 972-473-6444 for details and to make lodging reservations.   There is a special room rate of $135 single or double occupancy for reservations made prior to February 17th. This is on a first-come, first-served basis for the allocated number of rooms for The IIA attendees.

We will be offering the following seminars (Click on any Seminar title to link back to The IIA Web site to get full course descriptions, who should attend, and to register, etc):

The costs are:

  • 4.5 days $1,095 members/$1,220 nonmembers
  • 3 days $1,345 members/$1,470 nonmembers
  • 2.5 days $855 members/$980 nonmembers

Full course information, fees, benefits, etc. are accessible through the IIA's Seminar Page or the links above. Registration can be made online or by calling Customer Service at 407-937-1111.

All of these seminars qualify for the FOUR CAN ATTEND FOR THE PRICE OF THREE special offer except for the Audit Smart and ACL for Windows courses. For every three people from the same organization who register for the Dallas seminars and pay together, the fourth person can attend FREE. The least expensive of the four registration fees will be paid by The IIA!

The IIA hopes several of our members will take advantage of this training right in our own backyard.

Chapter News

IIA Nominations & Elections 2003 - 2004 Chapter Year

The Dallas Board of Governors met during December and made the following nominations in the areas of International Officers, Dallas Chapter Board of Governors, and Dallas Chapter Officers. On behalf of the Dallas Chapter, we thank those members willing to participate in a leadership role. Please extend your appreciation and support for the following 2003 - 2004 Dallas Chapter International, Board of Governors and Officer Nominees.

International Officers / Committee Member Nominees

Anna Nicodemus International Committee - Educational Products
Corinne Bryan District Representative - District 1 - Southern Region
Steve Goepfert Regional Representative - Southern
A. Douglas Vickers District Representative - District 3 - Southern Region
David Price Professional Issues Committee
Dennis Beran International Officer
Wayne Rose International Committee - Seminars Committee Chairman

Dallas Chapter Board of Governors Nominees

Dennis McGuffie Triad Hospitals
Al Bazis DART
Ray Clay University of North Texas
Al Davis Retired
Anna Nicodemus EDS Corporation
Brad Bates Deloitte and Touche, LLP

2003 - 2004 Chapter Officers Nominees

Terry Eaton President
Jeff Seutter 1st Vice President
Lynn Allsup 2nd Vice President
Pamela Krakosky Vice President & Treasurer
Melinda Lokey Vice President & Secretary
Corinne Bryan Vice President of Administration

Report Your Speaking and Writing

It's time again for the survey to determine which IIA Dallas Chapter members have submitted articles or spoken during December, or earlier if not previously reported. Each speaking engagement on internal auditing that a Dallas Chapter member completes will earn the Chapter 1 credit per CPD hour. Each full article, Roundtable article, Fraud Finding, etc. submitted that meets basic editorial guidelines will earn 5 credits. For each full article published 20 credits are earned. Each internal audit related article published in any other trade or professional journal that is authored by a chapter member is 5 credits.

To report your writing and speaking go to http://dallasiia.org/Speaking.htm and complete the provided form by January 15, 2003. Contact Magdalena Kovats (972-389-3344 or magdalena.kovats@mckesson.com) if you have any questions.

Phone Call Opt Out

If you want your name removed from our reminder phone call list, go to the chapter website. Click on the "Members" tab and then click on "Opt Out."

Why aren't you certified?

Make a commitment to become certified in 2003! Plan now to register for the May 2003 exam.

What's in it for you?


  • Affords you access to higher-paying jobs.
  • Develop your knowledge and skills.
  • Carries weight with clients.
  • Demonstrates your ability to add value.
  • Demonstrates your proficiency.
  • Demonstrates your qualifications and professionalism.
  • Increases your marketability.
  • Enables you to better adapt to professional changes and challenges.
  • Improves your image and credibility.
  • Increases your recognition within the workplace.
  • Provides you with greater job mobility.

Visit the IIA website at http://www.theiia.org (certification tab) for test information and study aids.

Membership Updates

  • The IIA newsletter Auditwire went electronic January 1, 2003. This means no hard copies will be mailed. Please check your member profile via the IIA Web site to make sure that your current email address is included. You can update the information online or contact customer service at custserv@theiia.org or +1-407-937-1111.
  • With the IIA Headquarters move to a new building and the change in logo, new membership cards will be sent to all members. The cards will have member ID and Web password imprinted on them and will be mailed in December. Keep an eye out for them!
  • Effective January 1, 2003, a number of membership categories for individuals and audit groups experienced a small dues increase. The new dues structure for individual memberships as of January 2003 is as follows:
Classification Current New
Regular $110 $115
Educators $60 $65
International Member $110 $115
Sustaining Individual $45 $50

       Please call +1-407-937-1375 for audit group rates.

  • The results of the Membership Madness campaign are in and the Dallas Chapter was tied for second place. CONGRATULATIONS, and thank you all for your assistance with the campaign.

    • Overall, the IIA has increased their membership to more than 80,000 members worldwide.

Please welcome our newest members:

December 2002 New Members
Debbie Aguila
J. Wilson Calvin
J. Scott Barefield
Leigh Ann Casey
Jim Beckman
Don Chandler
Alford E. Browning
Patrick G. Cooper
Phillip Dove
Sandi S. Hegwood
Michael Gaffney
Steven Hunt
Thomas Gingerich
Douglas Kent
Suzanne Heers
Steven C. Naul
David Putman
James Vicari
Linda J. Sandefur
Jeff Ward
Kenneth E. Shore
Geri B. Wink
Kenneth W. Smith
Eugene U. Winter
Nancy Wooldridge


Career Opportunities

Are you currently in the job market either voluntarily or involuntarily? Let the Employment Committee help you. Send us your resume and we will include you in our resume database. We receive calls from recruiters and hiring managers for open positions and will forward your resume if there is a match. We get calls for staff to director levels, IT to finance, local to out of town. All inquiries will be handled confidentially. If you have any questions, we will have a table set up at the next chapter meeting, or give us a call or e-mail us. We look forward to helping you.

Internal Auditor - Drive Financial Services

Drive Financial Services, a fast-paced and dynamic auto finance company and an affiliate of Halifax / Bank of Scotland, is looking to fill the following position immediately in our state-of-the-art servicing facility. With over 700 associates making up Drive and more than 60,000 HBOS employees worldwide, becoming part of our family provides the stability of a 307-year old institution and the excitement of accelerated potential growth within our organization.

The Internal Auditor shall be responsible for supporting and leading audits and other reviews conducted within Drive. They will evaluate, through audit standards the adequacy and effectiveness of controls against key business risks and when required agree recommendations with the business area to enhance and add value to the control environment. Furthermore, they will produce concise and accurate audit reports detailing all relevant issues.

Essential Functions

  • Delivery of results
    • Completion of planned/additional work within required timescales and budget.
    • Reports completed within methodology timescales and standards.
  • Communication
    • Keep audit team informed of progress and findings during audit.
    • Conduct Start up and Close out meetings with audit team and Executive as required.
  • Planning & Organizing
    • Plan individual audits including scope, timescales and resource requests.
    • Track audit to plan and provide feedback to team and Resource Manager informing of any changes in timescales.
    • Set clear objectives and targets for audit team.
    • Update documentation throughout audit assignment
  • People
    • Work with the audit team to achieve the best results.
    • Lead audit teams in a positive and constructive way, encouraging and motivating others, providing guidance where necessary and documented feedback to audit team.
  • Problem Solving
    • Identify control weaknesses and come up with recommendations that add value to the business area by increasing efficiency where appropriate.
    • Look for preventative solutions to problems.
    • Consider the impact that recommendations may have on Drive.


  • Bachelors degree
  • Minimum two (2) years Operational Audit experience required including some Information Technology auditing experience. Experience in Credit Portfolio/Statistics or consultancy experience strongly preferred
  • Strong analytical, report writing and presentation skills
  • Strong proficiency in PC applications (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, VISIO)
  • Auto finance experience a plus
  • Professional and confident approach
  • Flexibility and willingness to travel (approximately 5-10%)
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality

Come See Why We Are..."The Standard By Which The Industry Is Judged"

Drive Financial is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Please e-mail resume with salary requirement to:

Colleen Murphy, Human Resources Manager

Please visit www.drivefinancial.com


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