CPA, State Rep. Stokes to headline Nicholls Bayou Region Business Institute

THIBODAUX, La. — The Nicholls Bayou Region Business Institute will feature Louisiana Rep. Julie Stokes giving attendees an update on the state legislature.

The College of Business Administration offers the Institute for CPAs, as it provides 8 continuing professional education hours, but thanks to the topics discussed, the event also attracts participants in other sectors including financial services, law and insurance.

“As a state representative and a CPA, Rep. Julie Stokes brings a unique perspective to the Institute,” Business Administration Dean Dr. Marilyn Macik-Frey said. “She will discuss Louisiana legislative issues, in particular, her role as chair of the Legislative Audit Advisory Council and their work to improve the Louisiana sales tax system.”

Also slated to speak are Alfred Stacy IV, a retired partner at Bourgeois Bennett; Matt Zagotti, director of Tax at Ryan; Kara Altenbaumer-Price, senior vice president for corporate risk and governance at USI Insurance Services; and Michele Avery, director of forensic and valuation services for LaPorte CPAs & Business Advisors.

Other topics include a federal tax update for businesses, Louisiana sales tax overview, executive risk insurance and business valuations.

“We keep close contact with area CPAs through our Accounting Advisory Board to determine topic areas that are of most interest to this group,” Dr. Macik-Frey said. “Nicholls College of Business is proud to offer this educational opportunity to our regional business professionals.”

The institute is set for 8 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at the College of Business Administration. The registration fee, which includes breakfast and lunch, is $265.

To register for the event, visit and print out and mail in the brochure. For additional questions, contact accounting administrative coordinator Gina Lagrange at 448-4176 or


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