Mike Starr

Mike received his Electrical Engineering degree from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.

Well traveled, Mike has lived in Pittsburgh, PA., Little Creek, VA, Idaho Falls ID, San Francisco, CA., New Port, RI, New London, CT, Los Angeles, CA , Houston, Texas, and Little Rock, AR areas. Regarding personal development, as a college student, Mike and his friend canoed 1850 miles from Pittsburgh to New Orleans. Between graduation and the Navy Mike took a hitchhiking Odyssey for 5 months. He traveled to Fort Lauderdale, Mardi Gras, Houston, Mexico City, San Cristobal, Guatemala City, Antigua, the Mayan pyramids at Tikal, Lake Atitlan and back to Pittsburgh.

Mike joined the Navy and completed OCS (Officer Candidate School) and the Navy’s Nuclear Power Program (after a successful personal interview with Admiral Rickover). He served on board the fleet ballistic missile submarine USS Kamehameha, SSBN 642, as a Lieutenant. One of his responsibilities was the handling of highly classified documents in his duties as the communications officer. His classified material clearance was for a level above TOP SECRET.

Mr. Starr has had extensive experience in process development and implementation for both service and product lines. Mike has over 30 years experience with Quality/LEAN systems and business improvement initiatives in transportation, manufacturing, maintenance and nuclear submarine operations. He has managed over 1500 personnel and facilitated dozens of business improvement teams through out the country. He has been responsible for budgets of over $100 million in various businesses he managed, including several Fortune 500 corporations during his career.

He has had over 2000 hours of training with organizations such as Landmark Education (completed The Forum, The Advanced Course and Advanced Course Coaching), Dale Carnegie (top honors in graduating class and served as graduate assistant) as well as in-depth training in Quality Management, Problem Solving, Leading Improvement Teams, and Facilitating Improvement Teams. Mike has both attended and conducted numerous seminars and training sessions on leadership, management, LEAN Principles and communications. Mike is a Certified Quality Auditor with the American Society for Quality.

Retired from Union Pacific Railroad, as a senior management officer, Mike now is Principal of EXECUTIVE COACHING SERVICES and has helped many small to large enterprises withstand the idiosyncrasies of the business world.


Jeffrey A. Schneider
EA, CTRS, NTPI Fellow

Mr. Schneider is the principal in SFS Tax & Accounting Service. He has been in the field of taxation since 1979 and become an Enrolled Agent in 2005. In 2015, he became a Certified Tax Resolution Specialist as ordained by the American Society of Tax Problem Solvers.

He is the 2014 National Association of Enrolled Agents Excellence in Education winner and the 2014 Mentor of the Year and 2015 & 2016 Excellence in Education Award given by the FSEA.

Jeffery attained a BS Degree in Finance and Economics from the College of Stanton Island and a Master’s of Science in Taxation from Long Island University. He was an Adjunct Professor at Palm Beach State College teaching individual and business taxes.

He is a featured author for the NAEA EA Journal, Treasure Coast Business Journal, NATP and numerous other tax and accounting publications.

Jeffrey has spoken before the NAEA/FSEA at several of their functions and has presented tax materials at various workshops throughout the USA. His role as discussion leader at NTPI tax forums, Level I and Level II, has helped many tax professionals attain the goal as tax professionals.

He is married to Ali, and has two children. Jeff and Ali reside at Port St. Lucie, FL, where his business in located.


Pamela Carr

Dr. Pamela S. Carr

I grew up in Harrison, Arkansas. After high school, I received a Bachelors degree from Arkansas Tech University in accounting, a Master of Arts in Accounting from Missouri State University and a PhD. from Oklahoma State University.

I am a CPA and practiced in public accounting for about 3 years. I teach Principles of Accounting I and II, Federal Tax I and II and Accounting Information Systems. I am married with two grown, married children and five wonderful grandchildren.

I love reading, riding 4 wheelers with my husband, traveling and sewing and needlework. I have been a professor at ATU for 27 years. Prior to coming to Russellville I taught at Missouri State University and Drury College in Springfield, MO.


B.J. Pritchett
CMI

Ms. Pritchett is President of Pritchett Sales and Use Tax Consulting and the Arkansas Sales and Use Tax School located in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas. She received her BBA in Accounting in 1975 from the University of Memphis, formerly Memphis State University. Since 1992, she has provided a service which includes sales and use tax reviews, audit defense, corporate educational seminars, procedure manuals, and private consultation on sales and use tax issues. Ms. Pritchett saw the need to train others in the field and started a Use Tax School on early 2003.

Her experience spans a period of over 40 years, including private industry giants such as Arthur Anderson and Company, DuCharme McMillen and Associates, Les Passes Rehabilitation Center, serving in senior management positions and functioning as a top level accounting principal.

In government, Ms. Pritchett served ten years as Senior Tax Auditor for the Department of Finance and Administration, state of Arkansas. She was instrumental in winning of the Arkansas Supreme Court Case – State of Arkansas v. Chem-Fab Corporation. This was directly related to the passage of Act 854 of 1999, wherein Chemicals are now considered "equipment" under the new law.

Ms. Pritchett is very active on the lecture circuit and has presented numerous papers before private, governmental, and tax organizations; AGFOA, IFOFM, TIA included. She has served on several state legislative committees and has testified before many legislative committees. She is considered an expert in the sales and use tax field and was finalist for the Arkansas Better Business Torch Award for Ethics. She is also a CCH contributor and listed as a life member of The National Registry of Who's Who.


Richard J. Whittington

Richard (Dick) J. Whittington

Dick is a Quality Management Systems consultant, ISO 9001 Lead Auditor, and Quality Management Systems Trainer. He develops electronic interactive ISO 9001 / 14001 / 16949 procedural documentation systems, and consults/assists corporations in the Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award arena. Dick previously served as Director of Quality Assurance and Configuration Management (Hardware, Software, Firmware, and Courseware) for CAE-Link Corporation; a 6000-employee aircraft simulator manufacturer, developing and administering company quality systems on over 100 government contracts. Dick previously served 26 years with the United States Air Force, both as a Command Pilot and Logistician. He designed specifications for, procured and supervised the first USAF Aircraft Maintenance Management Information System, and has hands-on Executive Management experience as Deputy Chief of Staff – Logistics, in the administration and operation of large logistical operations (vehicle, aircraft maintenance, procurement, contracts, supply line engineering, civil engineering, transportation, and finance): responsible for logistics operations at 15 national and international locations ($4.5B assets and 38,000 personnel)

Technical Knowledge

Commercial: Telecommunications Manufacturing (fiber optics, circuit boards, components, etc.), Cellular and Hard-wired Telecom Operations, Metals Manufacturing/Heat Treating/Fabrication, Fiberglass Manufacturing/Fabrication, Computer Hardware and Firmware Manufacture, Software Development/Configuration Control, Wholesale/Retail Distribution, Bulk/DCS Transportation, Microbial Waste Stream Elimination, Water Remediation and Filtration, Polymer and Rubber Recycling, Vehicle Component Manufacturing, Flow Iron Fabrication/Repair, and Oil Well Piping.

Military: Combat Aircraft, Missile, and Battlefield Vehicle Manufacture and Maintenance, Fuels, Avionics, Engines (Jet, Reciprocating and Automotive), Pneudraulics, Air Conditioning, Electrical Systems, Flight Controls, Flight Test (Administrative and Pilot), Simulator Manufacturer and Software Development, Conventional and Nuclear Weapons, Flight Defense Systems, and Training Curriculums.