February 28-29, 2020
New Orleans, LA
Theme: Honor the Past and Embrace the Future

Hey ya'll, come down to the Big Easy for the 2020 Southwest Regional Meeting. New Orleans is home to an array of cultures, food, history and fun. Laissez les bon temp rouler! 

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 24, 2020 by 4 PM CST

For chapters who wish to present in Chapter Operations: Chapter Operations Abstract Form. The due date is Friday, January 31, 2020.

Chapter Operations Topics:

  • Keeping Members Active 
  • Workforce ready skills 
  • Giving Back 
  • Creative Community Service Projects
  • Fundraising or Creative Fundraising Ideas
  • Innovative Recruiting for Members and/or Officers 

We look forward to seeing you there!


Friday, February 28 - Saturday, February 29, 2020

Registration Fees

 $110   Early Bird Registration Rate until January 30, 2020
 $125  Regular Registration Rate from January 31 - February 13, 2020 
 $175  Late Registration Rate after February 13, 2020 / Onsite Registration Rate 


Cancellation policy: Cancellations made prior to Thursday, February 13, 2020, will be refunded. Cancellations received after this date and no-shows will not be refunded. If you encounter an emergency, please contact Mackenzie Keel and the request will be forwarded to the Executive Director for refund approval. 

Friday, February 28

 11:00am - 5:00pm Registration Desk Open
 1:00pm - 1:30pm Opening Session
 1:30pm - 2:15pm Plenary Session
 2:15pm - 2:30pm  Refreshment Break
 2:30pm - 3:30pm Leadership Activity
 2:30pm - 3:30pm Faculty Advisor Round Table
 3:40pm - 4:40pm Professional Sessions/Alumni Sessions
 4:45pm - 5:45pm Professional Sessions/Alumni Sessions
 6:00pm Friday night on your own


Saturday, February 29

 7:30am - 8:30am Attendee Breakfast
 7:30am - 8:30am Breakfast for Chapter Presidents, Faculty Advisors, Chapter Advocate, BAP Board, Professional Partners
 7:30am - 2:00pm Registration Desk Open
 8:30am - 10:30am Best Practices Presentations
 10:30am - 11:00am Refreshment Break
 11:00am - 12:00pm Chapter Operations Presentations
 12:00pm - 1:30pm Attendee Lunch and Closing Session
 1:30pm Conference Adjourns
 1:30pm - 1:45pm Professional Partners to Provide Feedback to Best Practice Winners

Meeting Location and Accomodations:  

Doubletree by Hilton New Orleans
300 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130


Single/Double/Triple/Quad- $169 + 15.75% sales tax and $2.00 daily occupancy tax

Reservations Phone: 1.800.222.TREE, mention Group Code BEA

To make reservations online, please click here.

Hotel Cutoff Date: Thursday, February 6, 2020

*To receive the group rate, please indicate that you are part of the 2020 Beta Alpha Psi Southwest Regional Conference, referencing Group Code MFR. 

Doubletree by Hilton New Orleans Website


Discounted overnight parking for conference guests will be $33.00 plus tax. 



For estimated taxi/shuttle costs, please click here.
For driving instructions, please click here.

Firm/Organization Professional Partner
 Becker Professional Education  Michael Brown, Professional Partners Chair-elect
 Institute of Management Accountants (IMA)  Jodi Ryan, Co-liaison
 Accounting & Financial Women's Alliance (AFWA)  Susan Adams, Co-liaison
 Illinois CPA Society (ICPAS)  Elizabeth Anderson
 The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA)  Nicole Huie
 NASBA  Ashley Metvier
 PwC  Julie Peters
 Roger CPA UWorld  Toni Williams

Neil Baier, CMA, CFM

Neil Baier is Vice President of Finance for New Orleans-based Crescent Crown Distributing, one of the ten largest beer distributors in the country with operations in Arizona and Louisiana. Neil has been working for Crescent Crown since 2008.  Before that, Neil worked in financial management roles with Rexam Beverage Can Co., Intel Corp, and ON Semiconductor. Neil moved to Arizona from Long Island, NY in 1991 to attend the University of Arizona in Tucson from where he graduated with a BS in Accounting in 1993. He earned his Masters of Business Administration from the WP Carey School of Business at Arizona State University in 1998. He now lives in Phoenix, AZ with Mara, his wife of 26 years, and has two daughters Raquel and Nora. Neil is the former President of the Mesa Arts Center Foundation and formerly served on the boards of the Mesa Chamber of Commerce and the Arizona Valley of the Sun chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants.  

It is believed that cranes symbolize happiness, eternal youth and good fortune. This year, we are inviting every BAP student to fold an origami paper crane, and include a message of encouragement. Paper cranes from every region will be collected and distributed to younger students during the BAP International Day of Literacy at the 2020 Annual Meeting.

New Orleans truly has something for everyone! Check out some of these favorites in your free time:

  • The French Quarter host many things to do. Enjoy some beignets and a chicory cafe au' lait at Cafe' du Monde, walk along the Moonwalk Riverfront park, check out the art and street performers in Jackson Square surrounding the oldest cathedral in the country, St. Louis Cathedral.
  • Check out jazz music at Preservation Hall or on Frenchmen Street.
  • Looking for adventure? Try the wold renowned Audubon Aquarium of the Americas or the Butterfly Garden and Insectarium near Waldenburg Park and the Canal St. Ferry.
  • Stroll down the river to the National WWII Museum.
  • Don't forget to try some jambalaya, gumbo and the original muffuletta at Central Grocery.
  • Just want to shop til you drop? Check out the French Market and the Riverwalk.

For area attractions, please click here.

Contact the Event Organizer

Hear what our Professional Partners think about BAP!

Beta Alpha Psi students represent the cream of the crop within their respective college/university! They will become the future leaders in the profession and help drive much needed change within their organizations. As the students become BAP alumni, we hope they stay engaged in professional associations and pursue certifications like the CMA to continue their life long learning.

Jodi Ryan
Institute of Management Accountants (IMA)