April 5-6, 2019
Spokane, WA
Theme: Inspiring Future Leaders to Leave a Legacy of Excellence

Eastern Washington University and Boise State University are excited to co-host this year’s Beta Alpha Psi 2019 Northwest Regional Meeting in Spokane, the Lilac City. Our Beta Alpha Psi chapter advocate, chapter advisors, and professional partners are enthusiastic about planning this conference on your behalf so that you can we can all learn from each other and enjoy our time in Spokane’s beautiful Davenport Grand Hotel. 

As reflected in this year’s theme, we aim to help inspire you as future leaders to leave a legacy of excellence. The Regional Meeting will afford you a valuable opportunity to represent your Beta Alpha Psi chapter and expand your professional knowledge, skills, and connections. BAP officers and member attendees we look forward to learning from you when you share your BAP chapter experiences by presenting in the Best Practices Competition or one of the Chapter Operations sessions. Best Practices winners get the opportunity to present at the National conference. Monetary prizes are awarded to the chapters for the top three presentations.

The Best Practices competition sponsored by Deloitte is an excellent way to display and develop your professional skills. The deadline to submit these abstracts is Friday, January 25th, 2019 by 4 PM CST

For chapters who wish to present in Chapter Operations: Chapter Operations Abstract Form. The due date is February 27, 2019. Note that the Operations sessions are not judged.

Chapter Operations Topics:

  1. Continuing the Legacy: Officer Transitions and Succession Planning 
  2. More Than Just Professional Relationships: Peer-to-Peer Networking and Outreach
  3. Chapter Expansion: Increasing the Involvement of ITM/MIS and Finance Majors
  4. Wild card  

This is a professional conference, so students are expected to attend a session in each scheduled time slot. On the other hand, there will also be plenty of time to enjoy networking with other Beta Alpha Psi members, university faculty, and professional partners from throughout the Northwest region. Enjoy Friday evening and other free time to explore everything Spokane has to offer.

We will be collecting school pennants at the regional meetings to create a wall of schools at the 2019 Annual Meeting. There will be a drop-off box at registration.

Don’t let this great development opportunity pass you by! 



Friday, April 5 - Saturday, 6, 2019

Registration Fees

 $110  Early Bird Registration Rate until March 8, 2019
 $125  Regular Registration Rate from March 8 - March 22, 2019
 $175   Late Registration Rate after March 22, 2019 / Onsite Registration Rate 

Cancellation policy:
 Cancellations made prior to March 22, 2019, will be refunded. Cancellations received after this date and no-shows will not be refunded. If you encounter an emergency, please contact the conference planner at Keri.Cross@aicpa-cima.com and the request will be forwarded to the Executive Director for refund approval.

Friday, April 5



 11:00am - 5:45pm  Registration
 1:00pm - 1:30pm  Opening Session
 1:30pm - 2:15pm  Plenary Keynote
 2:15pm - 2:45pm   Refreshment Break
 2:45pm - 5:45pm  Leadership Activity
 2:45pm - 4:45pm  Faculty Advisor Round Table
 5:45pm - 6:15pm  Professional Partners and Best Practices Judges Meeting


Saturday, April 6 



 7:30am - 8:30am  Attendee Breakfast
 7:30am - 8:30am  Breakfast for Faculty Advisors with Chapter Advocate, Board and Professional Partners
 8:30am - 10:30am  Best Practices Presentations (Sponsored by Deloitte)
 10:30am - 11:00am  Beverage Break
 11:00am - 12:00pm  Chapter Operations
 12:00pm - 1:00pm  Attendee Lunch
 12:00pm - 1:00pm  Lunch for Chapter Presidents, Chapter Advocate, Board and Professional Partners
 1:00pm - 2:00pm  Professional Sessions/Alumni Sessions
 2:05pm - 3:05pm  Professional Sessions/Alumni Sessions
 3:15pm - 3:30pm  Closing Session
 3:30pm  Conference Adjourns

Hotel Accommodations

Meeting Location and Accomodations: 

The Davenport Grand
333 W Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane, WA 99201

Reservations:  509.458.3330

$169/plus applicable taxes, single/double/triple/quad

**To receive the group rate, please indicate that you are part of the 2019 Beta Alpha Psi Northwest Regional Meeting. The hotel cut off is Monday, March 10, 2019.

The Davenport Grand Hotel Website 


$10/per night self parking

Maps and Transportation

Click here.

Things to Do 

Within walking distance:

  • River Park Square (West 0.3 miles on W. Spokane Falls Blvd.)
    • AMC Movie Theatre
    • Shopping
    • Restaurants
    • Ben & Jerry's
  • Riverfront Park (Across W. Spokane Falls Blvd. and N. Washington St.)
    • The "Red Wagon"
    • Spokane Falls Skyride
    • Centennial Trail
    • Rotary Fountain
  • N Howard St (West 0.2 miles on W. Spokane Falls Blvd.)
    • Boo Radley's
    • Shopping
    • Restaurants
    • Coffee Shops

An Uber away:

  • Kendall Yards (1335 W. Summit Pkwy (5-minute drive))
    • Restaurants
    • Coffee Shops
    • Brain Freeze Ice Cream
  • Saranac Commons (19 W. Main Ave. (5-minute drive))
    • Restaurants
    • Coffee Shops
    • Live Music at Zola (across street)

First Friday (5-8pm): Enjoy an evening of drawings, paintings, prints, sculpture, ceramics, photography and other visual art. Take in diverse live performances, including music, dance and theatre and don't forget the exceptional shopping and dining downtown has to offer. Visit downtownspokane.org for more details.

For area attractions, please click here.


William A. (Bill) Simer, CPA

Bill Simer is a partner with Eide Bailly LLP, a top 20 CPA firm.  He’s known as a “Trusted Advisor Who Cares”, and it’s a reputation he’s earned in over 35 years of practice. A graduate of Eastern Washington University, Bill was active in the leadership of the Delta Sigma Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, serving as Chapter President.  He began his career with a Big 4 firm then gained additional experience in privately held and publicly traded companies before returning to Public Accounting.

Bill is a past chair of the Washington Society of CPA’s, and a past Member of Council with the AICPA, in addition to numerous leadership positions in community organizations including the Eastern Washington University Foundation, The Innovia Foundation, the Spokane Symphony, and the Fox Theater. He’s a frequent speaker on technical subjects and broader professional issues.  


Attending Professional Partners 

Firm/Organization Professional Partner
 Becker Professional Education  Michael Brown
 Chevron  Ashley Susterka
 Grant Thornton  Tony Fuller
 The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA)  Maunda Land
 Moss Adams  Silke Olsen
 Roger CPA Review  Tyler Skelton
 Surgent CPA Review  Paul Wiese
 Wipfli LLP  Kristin Kallies



NEW Service Activity! This year, we will be partnering with the Foundation for Hospital Art. This organization’s mission is to give comfort and hope to those who suffer in hospitals by providing artwork at no cost to hospitals. All students, faculty advisors and professional partners are encouraged to stop by the registration area to paint on pre-drawn, color coded canvases. No artistic experience is needed! Once completed, all canvases will be donated to hospitals.  

Contact the Event Organizer

Hear what our Professional Partners think about BAP!

BAP provides a unique opportunity for students to connect with peers and a variety of employers, all while developing their business skillset. Through the vast networking and learning events, community service projects, leadership opportunities, presentations, and case competitions, BAP sets the bar at successfully preparing students for their transition into the workforce [and beyond].

Silke Olsen
Moss Adams