The Internal Inquirer
June 2012 - Vol .3, Issue 1
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In This Issue
Upcoming IIA Events
President's Message
TAC 2012
Certification News
Student Activities
Volunteer Corner
Membership Update
Quick Links
Registration is Open for the July 13, 2012 Meeting at Villa Christina


Click HERE to Register


Registration opens at 11AM, and lunch service begins at 11:30AM.


The topic: Internal Audit and ERM




Scott Woodison, University System of Georgia, "ERM in a Box".


Keith Cureton, UPS, 

"ERM - A Catalyst for Conversation"


Jim Presmanes, Haverty's,

"Risk Management and Internal Audit: Forging a Collaborative Alliance"


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Upcoming IIA Events
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2012-2013 Chapter Meetings


July 13, 2012 - Internal Audit and ERM, Villa Christina


August 10 2012 - Internal Audit and M&A, Villa Christina


 September 21, 2012 - The Atlanta Conference, Cobb Galleria


October 12, 2012 - IT Risks, Joint Meeting with ISACA, Villa Christina


November 2, 2012  -Joint Meeting with AGA


December 14, 2012 - Internal Audit Soft Skills, Newell Rubbermaid Headquarters


January 11, 2013 - TBD, Villa Christina


February 1, 2013 - Joint ACFE Meeting, Ansley Golf Course


March 8, 2013 - TBD, Villa Christina


April 12, 2013 - Morning Meeting, Villa Christina


May 10, 2013 - TBD, Villa Christina 


President's Message - John Fuchko, III, CIA, President
John Fuchko
John Fuchko, CIA

Dear Colleagues:


Thank you for your confidence in electing me to serve a second term as President of the Atlanta Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors. I am privileged to serve with a truly amazing group of audit professionals - thank you. Please let me share some recent successes and thoughts for the future.


Some recent successes ... 

  • Our chapter has earned a "Gold" status for its ninth consecutive year. Earning a "Gold" status reflects the highest level of achievement in "service to the profession," "service to our members," and "chapter administration." Earning "Gold" status for one more year will result in the Atlanta Chapter being named a "Platinum" chapter. The "Platinum" designation is the highest possible designation for a chapter - we are well on our way to achieving this recognition and it has only been possible due to the involvement and commitment of our members.
  • Held a top-notch April chapter meeting and Chief Audit Executive roundtable to include Denny Beran, SVP Internal Audit at JC Penney
    and current Chairman of the Board of the IIA as our keynote speaker. Paul Sobel, CIA was instrumental in bringing Denny Beran to this meeting and serves as the coordinator of our Chief Audit Executive roundtable.
  • Conducted another joint meeting with the Georgia Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners in June at Morehouse College. C.O. Hollis, CIA and Bill Mulcahy, CIA took the lead on putting this meeting together with the overall assistance of our Vice President for Programs Steve Lameier.
  • We conducted a joint meeting with Financial Executives International (FEI) in May. Jim Wanserski is the President of the FEI Atlanta Chapter and was a valued partner in bringing this meeting together. I also would like to thank Sue Mills, Alan Barnes, CIA and Randy Earley for their assistance in bringing this meeting to fruition.

 Looking forward ...


We still have much that we are doing and much to do over the coming months!

  •  The Atlanta Conference 2012 - Bridging the Gap: This must-attend, IIA Atlanta signature event is scheduled for September 21. Our keynote speakers include IIA Global President and CEO Richard Chambers, CIA, CGAP, CCSA, CRMA, Former Mayor of Atlanta Shirley Franklin, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Dennis Lockhart, and inspirational speaker Judson Laipply. Please check out additional details at and go ahead and take advantage of our Early Bird registration fee of $200 at ... the Early Bird rate expires July 31!
  • Our July Chapter meeting theme is "Internal Audit and Enterprise Risk Management." We have three strong practitioners to include Keith Cureton from UPS, Jim Presmanes from Haverty's and Scott Woodison from the University System of Georgia. Sterling Roth and Vijay Pinto are taking the lead on putting this program together.
  •  The IIA International Conference is being held in Boston from July 8-11 ( We strongly encourage your participation and attendance at this preeminent IIA event.
  •   Sue Mills is putting together our August Chapter meeting. The topic is Internal Audit and Mergers and Acquisition. Gerry Boudreau from Ernst & Young will present. Bob Portnell from Rock-Tenn, Jonathon Corley from Agco, and Ron Lepionka from AGL Resources will serve as panelists in what should be a relevant and riveting presentation on this timely topic.   

Looking inward ...


Your Board of Governors will meet for a planning advance (think planning retreat) on August 3. Our goal is to set a course for the chapter as we look forward over the next decade. Your perspective as a member is most welcome. We will be formally soliciting feedback for our efforts but I would also encourage you to contact me directly with any ideas or perspectives that you would like to share. Personally, I would like to think about how we:

  • Expand our presence within the internal audit profession and the IIA in North America and globally.
  • Institutionalize the excellence that characterizes the Atlanta Chapter.
  • Create options for the Chapter into the future. 

Warmest personal regards,


John M. Fuchko, III, CIA


Institute of Internal Auditors, Atlanta Chapter


For a printable version of John's letter, please click HERE. 



Bridging the Gap....At The Atlanta Conference 2012


TAC 2012


Connie Brown
Connie Brown, CIA


Registration for The Atlanta Conference (TAC) 2012 in now OPEN!!

Visit our website today at and take advantage of our early-bird specials. Early-bird rate expires on Tuesday, July 31, 2012.


                                      Rate thru 7/31/12            Rate effective 8/1/12   

Members                           $200                                      $275

Non-Members                  $250                                      $275

Students                            $ 75                                       $  75


In addition to our lineup of Keynote Speakers, we are excited to update our conference program with the following tracks and topics:


Emerging Issues and Trends

  • How Internal Audit can Provide a Leadership Role in GRC - Dave Bilko, Chief Risk Officer, Stellar One
  • Keys to Implementing a Successful ERM Program - George Thomas, SVP Corporate Audit Executive, First Data
  • Putting the Freud in Fraud: Why the Fraud Triangle is No Longer Enough - Rick Warren, Crowe Horwath

Information Technology

  • Understanding Big Data - Dustin Heslep, Ernst & Young
  • Auditing Privacy in the Cloud - Sabrina Serefin, Frazier Deeter
  • Panel Discussion - Information Security in Today's Environment - Panel of Security Experts

Enhancing Audit Effectiveness

  • Millennial Talk: Understanding Today's Generation - Andreas Hershatter, Emory University
  • Increase Your Chances of Passing the CIA Exam - Marci McCalmon, IIA Global Headquarters
  • The VITAL Core of Successful Leaders - What These Leaders Know and Do - Audrey Dorsey, Executive Coach and Author of "The Vital Core"

To date, our conference sponsors and exhibitors include: Ernst & Young, Accretive Solutions, Protiviti, Solomon Edwards and the IIA Learning Center.   As an added bonus for conference attendees, we are also bringing the IIA Global Bookstore to the event.


Please follow us on line at our TAC website as we continue to update it with important information regarding program activities and scheduled speakers and sponsors.




VP Programs, Steve Lameier



The Programs Committee has been working to develop interesting and relevant meetings for the 2012-2013 Chapter year.  The schedule and topics are included in this newsletter.  The Committee has incorporated the input and feedback we have received from our members to  identify and provide quality topics and presenters for the monthly Chapter meetings. 


We are always seeking feedback or input regarding potential program topics or speakers for future Atlanta Chapter meetings. Please email your recommendations or feedback directly to Steve Lameier at

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Certifications Committee, CO Hollis, CIA


Tim Tripp
Tim Tripp, CIA

The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) announced in May that Tim Tripp has earned a William S. Smith Certificate of Honor Award for outstanding performance on the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) examination. Tim is currently the Chief Audit Executive at Newell Rubbermaid Inc. and a member the IIA Atlanta Chapter Executive Board. The CIA exam reflects the current state of the art in internal auditing and evaluates technical competence in important subject areas related to internal auditing.


The Certificate of Honor is one of the prestigious William S. Smith Awards for Outstanding CIA Examination Performance. The Smith Awards are named in honor of the first Chairman of the Board of Regents, who was a driving force behind the development of the CIA program. Consideration for the Smith awards is based on a candidate's performance on the core parts of the CIA exam (Parts I, II and III) and is contingent on a candidate's successful completion of the full exam in one sitting. This award recognizes the fifty best exam papers submitted during the fiscal 2011/2012 testing cycle following those of the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medalists and ten Certificate of Excellence recipients. Please join me in congratulating Tim on this noteworthy achievement!


Dr. Sumners to offer another CIA Review Course


Dr. Glenn Sumners, Director, Center for Internal Auditing at Louisiana State University will again be presenting the CIA Exam Review Course in Atlanta from August 13 - 17, 2012, which is earlier than normal.  

With major changes to the exam next year, the earlier date will give candidates more time to take and pass the exam under the existing format. IIA Atlanta is confident that Dr. Sumners will help candidates "prepare for success".


The cost for the CIA Review course is $100 per day.  Part 3 is a two day course; all other parts are one day.

Registration is open.  Please click HERE for details and to register and pay for the course.


For more information, contact C. O. Hollis, CIA at, or 404-614-8562.


CIA Exam Preparation Resource


There are a variety of resources to help you prepare for the CIA exam, including the IIA's CIA Learning System's self-study program. This comprehensive training course is designed to provide chapters, members, and the audit community of professionals with information and tools to master the global CIA exam syllabus. This program is aligned with the International Professional Practices Framework (IPPF) to ensure you stay current with the global internal auditing profession and are ready for the CIA exam. It combines printed text with online testing tools and online questions. For special IIA member discount pricing please go to:






Student Activities and Education

Academic Relations Committee Chair, Fred Masci, CIA


The 7th Annual Student Day Event is scheduled for  February 22, 2013 at the KSU Center from 11 AM to 2:30 PM. We had our biggest and best event in February and sponsorship tables are now available at $75 each. Please contact Barbara Jesup to sign up for one of these tables officially. We only have 22 sponsorship tables available. Sign up early as we had a waiting list at last year's event.

The 2nd
Annual Internal Audit Case Competition at GSU's Buckhead Campus is scheduled for  Friday, November 16, 2012.  It is open to all students in the State of Georgia and promises to be even bigger and better than last year's very successful event. There are still sponsorship levels available -- 48% committed.  We just need a commitment now and you will be invoiced later. Please contact Barbara Jesup to sign up for a sponsorship level for this big upcoming event. 


Student table sponsorship available for $150 - which allows four KSU or GSU students to attend the Chapter monthly meeting for free. 




The Volunteer Corner



VP Volunteer Services, Alan Barnes, CIA


What a great start for our new chapter year as we had six great volunteers for the June 2012 joint meeting with the GA chapter of the ACFE held at Morehouse Campus. It was our first time to hold a meeting at this location and what a beautiful setting with nearly 200 total in attendance. All went smooth thanks to our IIA volunteers Chris Fugate, Gordon Stark, Chris Kirk, Pierre Dait, Lindsay Miller, and Marijane Selvaggio. We have started building a volunteer database and have already received information from approximately 74 people with around 76% expressing interest in helping for The Atlanta Conference to be held at the Cobb Galleria on Sept 21st and about 54% interested in volunteering for a monthly chapter meeting. Our volunteers make the difference in the success of our chapter and we look forward to providing opportunities for all that express and interest.


There is always room for more...thoughts, ideas and involvement!


If you wish to volunteer and have not completed this survey, please do so in order to be included in the volunteer database.


Volunteer Survey 


You can make a difference!

Alan Barnes



Membership Update



VP Membership, Jim Jacobson, CIA


As the newly appointed Chairman of the IIA Atlanta Chapter's Membership Committee I look forward to working with you to grow our chapter membership in a manner that enhances the membership experience for all. I also look forward to participating in the upcoming strategic planning session in August with other members of the Board of Governors to agree a shared vision for our Chapter's future. In the next newsletter I will outline how the planned activities of the Membership Committee will align with the Chapter's long-term strategy. In the meantime, if any of our current members are interested in partnering with me to (1) better understand our current membership needs and (2) participating in planning and activating our long-term membership growth strategy, please contact me directly at: .

Thank you!

Jim Jacobson

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