The Dallas Chapter - May 2006 eNews

May 2006

The President’s Letter


This is our last meeting of the Chapter Year, and last meeting for me as President. I won’t get too sentimental here, but what an experience! I have been an officer for the last 5 years. Before that, I was involved with the Academic Relations committee, Research committee, and helped on some seminars and monthly programs. It has been a great joy to serve the Dallas chapter! Thanks!!

It is now your turn to be involved in the Chapter! As we approach our new year and new set of officers, we will need help filling the committees. If you are interested in helping, one suggestion is to complete the member survey at There are boxes to check if you are interested in different committees. An additional suggestion is to directly contact the new officer in charge of your committee of interest. The committees are listed under the applicable officer positions on the web at

For President’s committees, contact Pamela Krakosky at  For 1st VP’s committees, contact Melinda Lokey at For 2nd VP’s committees, contact Jay Blanchard at For Treasurer’s committees, contact Tom Keils at For Secretary’s committees, contact Steve Bargmann at

I hope you can make it to the May meeting. It will be a time to celebrate the chapter year and honor those that helped. We do not have regular meetings in June and July. However, we are not on vacation. We have a seminar in June. You may receive some emails from the chapter during the summer, and next official newsletter will go out towards the end of July. Next monthly meeting will be in August. Besides emails, check the website periodically for updates to events and other association seminars.

Don’t forget the International Conference in Houston in June. Reserve your spot now!

Thanks again for everything!


Lynn Allsup
President Dallas Chapter IIA

Next Meeting - Thursday, May 4, 2006
CityPlace Conference Center

International Auditing

International Financial Reporting Standards

Bill Biese, Deloitte Mexico

The luncheon presentation will focus on the importance of the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) in Latin America. It will also address the topic of IFRS and GAAP convergence, as well as recent "hot topics" with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

William A. Biese graduated from West Virginia University in 1970 with Bachelor's degrees in Mathematics and Spanish. After two years in the U.S. Army Finance Corps, he returned to West Virginia University and obtained another Bachelor's degree in Accounting in 1974.

Bill began his professional career in the Atlanta office of Andersen in June 1974 and was promoted to audit manager in June 1979. Shortly thereafter he was asked to transfer to the Mexico City office of Andersen to fill the need for a native-speaker of English to handle several referred engagements and assist in the review and quality control of English reports prepared for use outside of Mexico, primarily in the United States. Bill was admitted into the Andersen partnership in 1987. As a result the merger of the Andersen and Deloitte practices in Mexico, in September 2002 Bill became a partner of the Mexican member firm of Deloitte. Bill is currently a member of the Professional Practice Group and Global Offerings Services of Deloitte.

Pre-Meeting 10:30am

Auditing in a Global Environment
Jay Blanchard, Eddie Holt, Tim Sharp and Kirk Tryon - Texas Instruments

Assessing and evaluating risks for an international corporation brings many unique challenges to an audit department trying to stay connected throughout the organization. The Audit Services Department at Texas Instruments (TI) has been working through these challenges for many years and, as a result, has a unique perspective on how to work effectively within a global environment.

In this session you will learn some of the steps TI has taken to audit on an international basis. The team of presenters will discuss how they ensure they get input from key managers around the world when assessing risks to develop their annual audit plan. They will also discuss their methodology for performing audits on a worldwide basis rather than limiting the scope to a local region. The team will present how TI evaluates itself for Sarbanes/Oxley section 404 compliance on a global basis. Lastly, the team will discuss how they ensure the various controllers around the world assess the key controls in their own areas.

Presenters: The Pre-Meeting will include four presenters from the Texas Instruments (TI) Audit Department with each possessing a variety of experiences related to auditing on an international basis. Kirk Tryon, CPA, has been an audit manager at TI for 11 years and has been responsible for managing audits in TI’s Asia and Japan regions. Eddie Holt, CPA, has a total of 12 years of audit experience with the past six years at TI. Eddie was responsible for training the international regions on the importance of internal controls and how to evaluate for compliance with Sarbanes Oxley Section 404. Jay Blanchard, CPA, is an Audit Manager for TI and has had responsibility for two of TI’s international business segments. Tim Sharp, CPA, has 12 years of international audit experience and led a variety projects in TI’s Asia regions.

Post-Meeting 1:30pm

Staffing International Audits with Language and Cultural Differences
Facilitator: Carla Cashio
Panelists: Joel Aguilar, ACS, Inc.
John Lazarine, Raytheon Company
Gary McGuire, Lennox International Inc.
Murli Manickam, The Controller Group, LLP

Carla Cashio is a Senior Manager for Audit Services/ERM at Textron, Inc. Carla is an innovative business professional with audit, consulting and strategic planning experience. Her work experience includes SBC Communications, Deloitte & Touche, ClubCorp International, Campus Federal Credit Union, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, as well as contract consulting to Trammell Crow, Neiman Marcus and TXU. Carla earned a Master of Business Administration from Amberton University and a Bachelor of Business Science in Accounting from Louisiana State University. She is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Control Self Assessment (CCSA), Certified Financial Services Auditor, Certified Risk Professional and Six Sigma Certified Green Belt.


Joel Aguilar is the Internal Audit Manager for Operations and Finance with emphasis in Europe and Latin America at ACS, Inc. He has over 24 years total experience including 17 in global internal audit, five in banking operations and two in public accounting. His previous experience includes being an Internal Audit Manager for Alcatel, Plano, TX for 10 years, a Sunbeam Controller in Mexico City for two years, as well as 10 years at Citibank (five years as Audit Manager and five years in Operations). Joel holds a BS, Accounting and Administration from the University of Mexico; an MBA in Finance and a Diploma in Financial Engineering from the University of the Americas; as well as a Certificate in Business Administration. Joel is a governor on the Dallas IIA’s Board.

John Lazarine is currently the Global IT Audit Director for Raytheon Company. John has spent the last 18 years working in the Corporate Internal Audit organizations at several Fortune 500 Companies including Alcatel, Mobil Oil and JCPenney where he has gained a high degree of knowledge regarding internal controls, governance and Sarbanes-Oxley. He created the Global IT Audit functions at both Alcatel and Raytheon. His experience includes directing, managing and performing operational, financial, compliance and information technology audits and projects in highly complex and dynamic organizations. John’s audit experience covers nine different business industries/areas, including: government and defense, telecommunications, retail, insurance, banking, credit card, catalog, manufacturing, oil and gas. John received his Bachelor of Business Administration BA from Texas A&M University. In addition, he is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA).

Gary McGuire is the Vice President of Corporate Audit at Lennox International Inc., a leading global provider of climate control solutions. As part of his responsibilities as the Company’s Chief Audit Executive, Gary leads Lennox’s Sarbanes-Oxley effort, focusing on the section 404 internal control evaluation requirements. Gary started his career at Arthur Andersen in Dallas, Texas, and has worked in either external or internal auditing for over 25 years. Prior to Lennox, he worked in the automotive industry at Cummins Inc., telecommunications industry at Alcatel, aerospace & defense industry at United Technologies Corporation, and the oil & gas well services industry. He is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the United States, and holds an undergraduate degree in Accounting from Texas Tech University and a Masters degree in Business Administration from Vanderbilt University. Gary is a member of the IIA’s Board of Research and Education Advisors, where he focuses his efforts on corporate governance research projects.

Murli Manickam, The Controller Group, LLP, is a Senior Manager and Practice Leader - IT SOX and Controls Automation in the Dallas office. Murli has most recently been serving Fortune 500 clients on IT SOX compliance efforts. He is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) with over 15 years of IT management experience. He has spent time with First USA, Ernst & Young and Hencie and Veloz Global, a startup IT performance management company, and has been actively involved with IT SOX engagements and regulatory compliance efforts for several years. Murli has been recently engaged in IT SOX compliance effort with DG Systems, Central Freight Lines, Ernst & Young (Nortel) and Encore Wire, all while utilizing COBIT Framework. His specialty in SOX Application controls and Segregation of Duties has proven valuable through 11 full life-cycle ERP implementations using Oracle E-Business Suite, SAP, PeopleSoft and Great Plains. Murli also has experience with other ERP packages like JE Edwards, Navision and Axapta.

Map to CityPlace Conference CenterCityplace Confernce CenterThis meeting is being held at CityPlace Conference Center,
2711 North Haskell Street, Dallas, Texas 75204

                            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

Preferred Method:

The best method to place and confirm your reservation is via the web site at

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.


Greg Estes
Texas Instruments
Phone: 972-917-6969

Meeting / Luncheon Fees:

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

Reservations must be received by 5:00 pm on Friday, April 28, 2006 or a $5 late fee will be charged.

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

We Now Accept Credit Cards - Online Only

We accept most major Credit Cards

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 Jay Blanchard at 972-917-6963 or

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

Chapter News

Certification Update

Congratulations To The New CIAs

The new CIAs, CGAPs, CFSAs, and CCSAs, that passed the November 2005 exam will receive their certificates and be honored at the May 4 Chapter luncheon. If you are a new CIA, you will get a free lunch for you and a guest! If you are unable to attend the luncheon, please contact Toni Messer, at or 972-883-2693, to make arrangements to obtain your certificate.

May 2006 Exam

The CIA and other certification exams will be held May 17-18, 2005, at The University of Texas at Dallas School of Management (SOM) Building, rooms 1.502, 1.508, and 1.517. The SOM building is located at Campbell Rd. and University Pkwy. in Richardson. For directions and a map, see the Web site at

CIA Exam Times

Part I and Part III
8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
(0830 – 1200) Local Time

Part II and Part IV
1:30 to 5:00 p.m.
(1330 – 1700) Local Time

For other certification exams, see The IIA’s Web site at

IIA Research Foundation

The Research Foundation has recently issued a report entitled The Role of Internal Audit in Sensitive Communications. This report summarizes the results of a survey about communication channels for reporting sensitive matters (i.e., whistleblowing) required by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and the role internal audit plays in testing the effectiveness of such channels. Results show that a positive ethical climate is related to the existence of an ethics officer and a person’s access to important parties in the organization (the CEO, internal audit, external audit, and the audit committee). Positive climate is also related to the extent to which the CEO has increased emphasis on reporting potentially sensitive acts since passage of Sarbanes-Oxley.

This report is provided as a service to members of The IIA. IIA members may reproduce and distribute copies for use within their organizations. The download is free. The IIA Research Foundation, however, encourages individuals and organizations who find its resources valuable to make a tax-deductible contribution. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) corporation, formed to provide and expand research and education for the benefit of the internal auditor, the internal auditing profession, business and government communities, and the general public. As such, it relies on voluntary tax-deductible contributions to fund its projects and educational programs.

The link to the publication is

Free Registration to a 2006 IIA Seminar

This is your chance to win a free registration to a 2006 IIA seminar and provide input to the Dallas Chapter. The chapter is making changes and we want your input. Please complete the Annual Member Survey and tell us what you think. Once you complete the survey, your name will be entered into a drawing for a free registration to a 2 1/2 day seminar sponsored by The IIA. The registration is valued at $930 and includes great topics as

  • Introduction to Control Self Assessment
  • Evaluating Internal Control
  • Consulting: Activities, Skills, Attitudes
  • Fraud Detection & Investigation
  • Strategies for Managing Small Audit Shops
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Internal Auditor's Role: Corporate Governance
  • Financial Auditing for IA
  • Auditing Contracts
  • Sarbanes-Oxley Act: Implications and Impact for Internal Auditors
  • Sarbanes-Oxley Act: Impact on Information Technology
  • Sarbanes-Oxley Act: Performing the IT Assessment
  • SOX Primer: Charting Your Course
  • Audit Report Writing
  • Value-Added Business Controls
  • Enterprise Risk Management
  • Facilitating Results Using CSA
  • Purchasing Fraud
  • Auditing the Human Resource Function
  • Creative Problem Solving Techniques
  • Audit Project Management
  • Effective Auditing of Construction
  • Fighting Fraudulent Financial Reporting
  • Effective Auditing of Health Benefits Administration
  • Best Practices in Internal Auditing
  • Adding Value Using Risk-based Auditing
  • Enterprise Risk Management: Process Improvement Workshop
  • Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability
  • Countdown to Internal Quality Assessment: Are You Ready?
  • Corporate Governance: Strategies for Internal Audit

The winner will be announced at The Almost Free Seminar on June 1.

IIA Survey - Please Assist

The Institute of Internal Auditors in coordination with the University of Houston Bauer College of Business is conducting a survey to better understand Internal Auditing and SOX Compliance software. As a member of IIA, we consider you a leader in our industry and as such feel it is very important to hear your opinions. The survey results will be shared with all members in a future publication.

Report Your Speaking and Writing

It's time again for the survey to determine which IIA Dallas Chapter members have submitted articles or spoken since April or earlier if not 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 and complete the provided form by May 15, 2006. Contact Magdalena Kovats (214-777-0581 or if you have any questions.

Use this method to report your activity throughout the summer.


Dallas Chapter Seminars

Annual "Almost Free" Seminar

The Chapter would like to extend a great big THANK YOU to each of its members. The ever popular Courtenay Thompson will be presenting the annual Almost Free Seminar on June 1, 2006, at UTD’s SOM Auditorium, Room 1.052. (Note: The date was changed due to a conflict with the CIA exam dates.)

Important Details -
Registration: 8:00 a.m.
Seminar begins at 8:30 a.m.

Almost Free Cost for 8 hours CPE: $25 Dallas Chapter IIA Members, $15 Student Members


Register On Line by May 26, 2006  -

Topic: Increasing Personal and Professional Effectiveness in Today’s World

Presented by Courtenay M. Thompson

Today’s world presents challenges related to competition, increasingly complex business transactions, technology, the Internet, globalization, outsourcing, evolving supply chains and personal values. Internal auditors, like others, are asked to do more with less, at the same time many are expecting to have full personal lives. This challenging environment presents opportunities as well as challenges.

This course explores practical approaches individuals can use to accomplish more in their work and in their personal lives. Participants will explore:

  • Personal productivity
  • Role of goals in personal and professional life
  • Techniques for mind management and accomplishment
  • Specific traps and pitfalls to avoid, professionally and personally
  • Encouraging critical thinking for yourself and others
  • Evaluation of audit effectiveness
  • A fresh look at risks
  • Factors contributing to recent scandals…and what to do now
  • Using technology you already have Improved communication with management and others

About Courtenay Thompson: Mr. Thompson is a recognized authority on training managers, auditors and investigators in fraud-related matters. Since 1981 he has designed and presented courses on fraud prevention, detection and investigation for business and government organizations worldwide. His courses are known for providing practical, proven approaches to real problems. These practical approaches have yielded dramatic results for class attendees.

In addition to providing training on fraud-related matters, Mr. Thompson provides training on behavior and communication skills and internal auditing. He is the co-developer with R. L. Townsend, of a series of courses on audit and control of construction costs. He is also co-developer with Richard Stohl of a series of courses on audit and control of health benefits administration.

Mr. Thompson is currently editor of "Fraud Findings" in The Internal Auditor magazine. Mr. Thompson's experience prior to entering the consulting field includes public accounting with a Big 4 CPA firm, audit supervisor for consumer financial services for a large retailer, and director of auditing for a life insurance company. His career in public accounting and internal auditing provided exposure to a number of types of impropriety including embezzlement, insurance fraud, loan fraud, stock fraud, kickbacks and bribery, misappropriation of funds and mail fraud.

In addition to personally detecting and investigating suspected fraud cases; he established corporate policies for fraud and trained other auditors in fraud detection and investigation. Responsibilities included working with top management and reporting to the audit committee on the status of open cases. He has worked closely with legal counsel, law enforcement and prosecutors.

Courtenay Thompson received his BBA and MBA degrees from Southern Methodist University and is a Certified Public Accountant. He is a member of the Institute of IIA, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.

The IIA's 2006 International Conference - Houston, Texas

Join 2,000 of your colleagues at the world's largest annual worldwide professional development and networking event – The IIA’s International Conference on June 18-21, 2006, in Houston, Texas, USA.

Featuring world-class keynote speakers:

  • Dr. Mae Jemison, former NASA Astronaut and 1992 Endeavour Science Mission Specialist
  • Larry Kellner, Chairman of the Board and CEO, Continental Airlines, Inc.
  • Sy Sternberg, Chairman of the Board and CEO of the New York Life Insurance Co.
  • Hester Hickey, CA, Chief Audit Executive, AngloGold Ashanti Ltd., South Africa

This conference will offer continuous sessions on the latest developments, insights, and trends in areas of audit management and quality assessment, fraud, Sarbanes-Oxley, information technology, corporate governance, risk management, interpersonal skills, and emerging issues.

You will also benefit from:

  • Innovative and motivating speakers on timely topics.
  • Networking opportunities with more than 2,000 colleagues from around the world.
  • Expanded vendor exhibits featuring innovative products and services.
  • First-rate entertainment, food, and music.

While the official language of the conference is English, all general sessions and one concurrent session during each time slot will have simultaneous interpretation to Spanish.

The Hilton Americas-Houston is the city’s largest and most spacious convention hotels. Reserve your room(s) before May 29, 2006, for a special rate of US $157 (based on availability). You can also benefit from reduced airfares when you fly Continental Airlines. For complete details and to register, visit the Houston 2006 International Conference on the IIA Web site or e-mail

Other Seminars

IIA Chapter Hosts Inexpensive Two-Day Seminar on Automating Audit Departments

May 1 - 2 at the New Jersey IIA Chapter – Two day audit software event - Day one is a FREE vendor exposition. Day two: “Best Practices in Selecting and Implementing Audit Software." Receive 8 CPE for $200. Refer to:

North Texas ISACA Spring Seminar - Information Technology and Audit: A New Convergence - Friday, April 28, 2006 - 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Various Speakers - CIO Panel

Location: UTD School of Management - University Park and Drive A, Richardson, TX 75080

Topic: Information Technology and Audit: A New Convergence - What do the Information Technology Executives expect from the Audit Executives in accomplishing corporate goals for service and risk control? What do the Audit Executives expect from the Information Technology Executives? What legal aspects control how the corporation controls the technology? What communication techniques work? What doesn’t work? This CIO Panel will answer all of those questions and more!

Morning Session: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Afternoon Session: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Social: 5:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.

COST: $250 per non-ISACA attendee $200 per ISACA member attendee $180 per attendee for organizations who send 5 or more attendees

This seminar is worth 8 CPE credits.

Invited speakers include foremost VPs and Executives in Information Technology, Auditing, and Legal Issues Surrounding Technology from various industries. For organizations sending five or more attendees, please contact Mark Johnston at the e-mail address below.

Contact: Mark Johnston - Phone: 817-347-2071 or e-mail:

We have listed on our website other audit related seminars presented by other local professional organizations as well as other Texas IIA chapters. Please visit for all the details.

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, give us a call or e-mail us. We look forward to helping you.

Fred Herman, Employment Committee Chairman, 972-801-1208,

National/International Career Opportunities

The Controllers Group  (4/12/06)

TCG Solutions is a professional executive search firm delivering accounting, finance and IT candidates to public and private companies. We are dedicated to giving our clients the personal attention they deserve by delivering high-caliber, results-oriented professionals. With offices in Dallas, Austin and Houston, we seek top talent to provide to our clients regionally.

TCG Solutions is seeking several outstanding professionals at the senior (3-5 years of experience) or the manager (5-8 years of experience) level with a strong Internal Audit background. We have been engaged by multiple clients to assist them in identifying skilled professionals that have had experience in Sarbanes-Oxley and Internal Audit.

Job Duties:

  • Developing and performing financial and operational audits to determine the adequacy, accuracy and efficiency of selected company financial reporting operations, processes and internal controls.
  • Ensure compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley Act requirements, contractual agreements, regulatory requirements, laws, and company policies and procedures.
  • Prepare audit reports and summaries containing recommendations to resolve business issues and improve internal controls. Present audit reports and summaries to senior management and the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors. Discuss deficiencies and provide recommendations for corrective actions.
  • Develop and perform general risk assessments. Assist the upper management in updating the annual audit plan as needed.
  • Coordinate audit work with other functional areas of the company and with the external auditors to maximize audit coverage using limited resources and to maintain reasonable cost/benefit relationships between the internal and external audit functions.


  • 3 plus years of professional work experience and at least 2 years of audit experience
  • Degreed in Accounting or Finance.
  • CPA, CIA, or MBA preferred
  • Ability to work unsupervised on multiple tasks and meeting company deadlines.
  • Recent audit experience and/or recent experience and expertise in the evaluation and testing of internal accounting controls and business processes.
  • Ability to travel 25%.
  • Strong communications skills and ability to interact with all levels of management.
  • Big 4 or regional pubic experience is a plus, but not required.

Interested candidates should submit their resume to:

Parkland Health & Hospital System  (4/11/06)

Parkland Health & Hospital System
Dallas, Texas

At Parkland, we care about our patients and our employees. Parkland employs over 6,500 people throughout the hospital and its community-based clinics. Parkland employees are a diverse team that depends on one another to provide quality health care to patients and improve the quality of life for employees. We welcome you to join us on our journey to continue to be the best.


Description: Plans, prepares and performs routine and more complex audits of the computerized systems and processes of Parkland requiring the development of data, the evaluation of security issues, summarization of findings and presentation of recommendations and suggestions.

Requirements: Must have a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Computer Science plus six years of previous audit experience in a healthcare environment. Prefer CIA (Certified Internal Audit) or CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor) certification. Must have strong analytical skills and be detail oriented. Must understand personal computers and networks and be proficient with spreadsheet, database queries, data extraction techniques, communications, flow charting and word processing software. Must be proficient with TSO and JCL language environments and must be knowledgeable of RACF security.

To apply: Please send your resume to:

Parkland Health & Hospital System
Attn: Yolanda Roach
5201 Harry Hines Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75235
Fax: 214-590-6918

Parkland. The Right Place. The Right Time.

Lander International  (4/11/06)

For more than 25 years Lander International LLC has successfully helped audit professionals make career-enhancing moves with the nation’s most highly regarded organizations. Lander International offers both recruitment services and contract employees.

A Note from Michelle Maltzahn, Recruiting Coach for Texas

At Lander International building long-term relationships is the cornerstone of everything we do. Having grown up in Texas and graduating from the University of Houston with a BBA in Management, I feel I know first hand most of the concerns people have related to making career changes and considering the right corporate fit amongst the best companies in the Lone Star State.

My early career was focused on corporate training and development, and I learned that each person in a training class has different needs. As a Recruiting Coach, my first consideration is gaining an understanding of each candidate’s value system – learning what he/she wants from life and from their careers. Without that knowledge, I cannot recommend suitable opportunities. Some people are cut out for a consultant’s life; others are not. Some people want to travel the globe and be in a different country each month; others want to settle down. There are companies and audit departments to accommodate both extremes and everything in between.

In addition to getting to know candidates’ short term and long term needs, what I also like best about being a Recruiting Coach is the opportunity to sit down with audit directors in some of America’s best managed companies and find out what contributes to their success. I like getting to the very heart and soul of what makes the best companies in America really improve and reach their goals. And I love sharing these success stories with my candidates.

I am still formulating my schedule for the year, but I know I’ll be at the ISACA North Texas Spring Seminar on April 28th and the IIA International Conference in Houston in June. I hope to make at least one visit to every other chapter of ISACA and the IIA in Texas this year. If you’re available, let’s get a cup of coffee together.

Meanwhile here are a few of my current searches:
  • Internal Auditor #L02643 – This North Texas client needs an individual with a foundation in public accounting and preferably some internal audit experience. Incredible special benefits for someone who is a bit of a globe trotter.
  • Internal Audit Manager (Financial and Operational) #L02539 -- This global leader wants to add an Internal Audit Manager who has a track record of accomplishments, has a vision for improving the business beyond just ordinary audit recommendations, and has a strong desire to build a senior management role for the members of the audit team. An inspiring department all the way around!
  • Senior Auditors (Financial, Operational and Integrated) # L02540 -- We have a bevy of clients in and around Dallas that are trying to find exceptional people for their Senior Auditor positions. Travel runs between 10% and 40%. Some clients want career auditors, others want to rotate a person out of audit after 2-3 years. The most challenging department expects a lot from its auditors – they want consultants who can help the business units measure their success and improve their competencies. The emphasis is on financial reviews but with a flavor for operational management consulting.

For additional information regarding these and other positions or for information on enlisting Lander International in your search, please contact Michelle Maltzahn at 800-548-5318 x28. You may also send your resume to

PNM Resources  (4/4/06)

Sr. Auditor
Job ID 7006015


SUMMARY: Provides management with business risk, regulatory compliance, internal control assessments, and the efficiency/adequacy of business systems and processes by focusing on ongoing operations. Under general supervision, conducts audits for management to assess effectiveness of controls, accuracy of financial records, and efficiency of operations by performing the following duties.

Responsible for testing Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404 controls.
Public Accounting experience preferred.
CPA or CIA certification preferred.

Plans and executes financial and operational audits, business process and application reviews, regulatory compliance reviews and various other consulting engagements.

Audits records of departments and interviews workers to ensure recording of transactions and compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

Examines department activities for compliance with management plans and policies.

Inspects accounting systems to determine their efficiency and protective value.

Assesses the proper accountability of assets by conducting inventories.

Reviews records pertaining to staff and material assets, such as equipment and buildings, to determine degree to which they are utilized.

Analyzes data obtained for evidence of deficiencies in controls, duplication of effort, extravagance, fraud, or lack of compliance with laws, government regulations, and management policies or procedures.

Prepares and submits audit findings and makes recommendations to management.

Conducts special studies for management such as those required to discover mechanics of detected fraud and to develop controls for fraud prevention.

Audits employer business records for governmental agency to determine unemployment insurance premiums, liabilities, and employer compliance with state tax laws.


To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

Four to Six years experience with internal controls and business processes.

Knowledge of internal controls and business processes.

Ability to identify and resolve problems in a timely manner.

Working knowledge and ability to apply GAAP.

Ability to gather and analyze information skillfully and develop alternative solutions.

Enthusiastic, motivational professional who desires to develop and maintain strong client and team relationships.



Bachelor's degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university in accounting or one to two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

To learn more about this position and to apply on-line visit Job ID # 7006015. Resumes MUST be received no later than April 14, 2006.

PNM Resources (NYSE: PNM) and its subsidiaries— Avistar, First Choice Power, PNM and Texas-New Mexico Power — serving electricity customers in New Mexico and Texas and natural gas customers in New Mexico.

PNM Resources is an affirmative Action Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply

BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina  (4/4/06)

BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina is seeking a full-time Auditor for our office located in Dallas, TX.

This position will be responsible for developing and conducting operational, financial or control reviews to assist the Corporate Auditor by:

  • Conducting timely operational, financial and management audits of divisions, departments
  • Evaluating the adequacy and effectiveness of management controls over these activities.
  • Reporting audit findings and making recommendations for the correction of unsatisfactory conditions and for improvements in operations to reduce cost.
  • Drafting written reports upon completion of each audit.
  • Identifying, in conjunction with other review activities, problems relating to the EDP function for additional follow-up by the EDP auditor

4-year degree in Accounting or related degree with 21 semester hours in Accounting AND a minimum of 3-years auditing experience. Also requires proficiency in effective auditing standards and statistical sampling techniques; Knowledge of cost accounting standards and GAAP; Good verbal and written communications skills; Good planning, organizational, and human relations skills; Must be proficient in the use of Access and Excel. PREFERRED CANDIDATES will have: CIA, CPA or CISA; 1 year in healthcare industry; ACL and AutoAudit software experience.

If interested, please e-mail your resume AND salary requirements to Must Reference: SC Auditor

We would like to thank everyone who submits his or her resume for this position. Due to the volume of resumes that we receive, only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. Blue Cross Blue Shield of SC offers a competitive salary with an excellent benefits package, including comprehensive medical and life insurance coverage, retirement, 401(k) and many value-added options. Blue Cross Blue Shield of SC promotes a drug free workplace.

Equal Opportunity Employer/ No agencies please / No phone calls please

Brinker International  (3/28/06)

If it’s working with integrity, then come join a company that believes in true flavors and honest results. We’re Brinker International, the proud parent of Chili’s, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Maggiano’s Little Italy, and the rest of the country’s favorite brands.

Originality, honesty and some very well-tended fires have kept our irons hot for more than 30 years. Brinker International has won the respect and favor of the nation by always staying true to our words and actions.

We have never and will never compromise the quality of our products – or the way in which we treat the people who have contributed to our collective success.

Responsible for management and performance of integrated audits using the internationally recognized COSO internal control framework. Heavy focus leading Sarbanes-Oxley compliance project. A management and process owner advisor on control effectiveness and efficiency.

Minimum Requirements
Undergraduate degree in business-related field.
Accounting degree preferred.
8 years in internal and/or external audit.
Experience with Sarbanes-Oxley compliance projects.
CPA, CIA, and/or CMA certification.
Up to 20% travel.

Apply On Line
For a full job description and to apply please visit us at and apply online for the Sr. Risk Advisory Project Leader.

Brinker International has made Forbes’ “Platinum 400” list and been consistently named one of Fortune’s “Most Admired Companies”. Founded in 1975, we have grown to more than 100,000 employees and sales exceeding $3.5 billion annually. Innovations throughout our company continue to be served up daily.

Integrity. Balance. Passion. Growth. Diversity. Family.

These are values many companies speak of. Now experience what makes them different at Brinker International. The Hottest Brands. The Hottest Opportunities.

Brinker International is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to workplace diversity.

KPMG - IARCS  (3/10/06)


KPMG LLP provides audit, tax and advisory services to a broad range of clients. KPMG’s commitment to quality is demonstrated in our disciplined delivery approach and use of cross-functional teams. Advisory Services professionals strive to help clients improve business performance, comply with regulatory requirements and achieve sustainable value over time. Our approach incorporates the balancing of risk and control considerations with the more traditional performance and cost factors. Advisory professionals are also able to provide clients with relevant industry and functional skills where they need them most. We are currently seeking an Internal Audit and Regulatory and Compliance Services (IARCS) professionals to join us in our Dallas office.

IARCS professionals help organizations enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of critical in-house governance, internal audit and compliance functions. IARCS professionals, focused on internal audit, help strengthen/supplement client internal audit functions across industries primarily through strategic sourcing. They also perform risk assessments and risk-based operational, financial and compliance audits of key business processes.

Responsibilities for all positions:

  • Project a professional image of KPMG
  • Provide high quality professional day-to-day execution of internal audit engagements and special projects - Assist in preparing risk assessments, audit plan programs, and internal audit reports
  • Work on project teams focused on compliance or advisory projects
  • Typically required to be on-site at the client premises approximately 80-90 percent of the time
  • Serve a variety of clients within multiple industries

Responsibilities for Manager:

  • Manage client relationships and expectations
  • Assist Partners in the creation of proposals, business development, and practice administration
  • Manage and develop team members

Responsibilities for Director:

  • Understand KPMG’s practices and service offerings and identify potential opportunities for such service offerings
  • Assist Partners in the creation of proposals, business development, and practice administration
  • Manage client relationships and expectations - Create and refine internal audit methodologies
  • Manage and develop team members

Qualifications for all positions:

  • Ability to travel an average of 30-50 percent of the time, at times with relatively short notice
  • Strong analytical and writing skills
  • Strong proficiency in basic PC applications (MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint) with a general understanding of data analysis techniques
  • Project or team lead experience
  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited college/university

Qualifications for Senior Associate:

  • Two years of audit experience

Qualifications for Manager:

  • Five years of audit experience
  • CPA, CIA, CISA (or equivalent) certification

Qualifications for Director:

  • Eight years of audit experience - CPA, CIA, CISA (or equivalent) certification
  • Business development experience

KPMG offers and supports flexible work arrangements as well as part-time schedules. We also offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits package.

Interested? Please send your resume referencing Code 06705200. We strongly encourage you to apply online at referencing the Job Code indicated above; resumes received through our Web site are available for consideration as early as the next business day. Alternatively, you may send a scannable resume to: KPMG Centre, Attn: Resume Processing, 717 North Harwood Street, Suite 3100, Dallas, TX 75201-6585. Include the Job Code indicated above in all cases.

No phone calls or agencies please. KPMG Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F/D/V.
2006 KPMG LLP, the U.S. member firm of KPMG International, a Swiss cooperative. All rights reserved.

Comments, questions, suggestions?
Contact the

Dallas Chapter Institute of Internal Auditors
P. O. Box 261747, Plano, TX 75026-1747

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