Heard in the Halls: Taking Conference Knowledge Into the Field

"What I'm really looking forward to this year is the work we're going to be learning about in international markets. We're an American company and we're expanding into Latin America, and one of the classes speaks directly to fraud in Latin America. So we're really excited to start learning about fraud in other countries and how that impacts us as we expand globally." — Samantha Weeks, CFE, Business Risk Analyst, Southwest Airlines

"I'm looking forward to gaining more knowledge in fraud analysis so I can utilize that in my job. Because the ACFE is the best when it comes to learning about fraud. My coworkers and my boss said to come to the ACFE Global Fraud Conference, so that's why I'm here — because they wanted to invest in me and help me gain more knowledge." — Darryl Rhames, CFE, Internal Auditor, University Health Systems

"This week I'm looking forward to networking opportunities and also the governance of local chapters — I'm here for the Chapter Leaders meeting. I've been doing forensics and litigation for eight years prior to joining Southwest Airlines, so I'm hoping to take a lot of that knowledge into internal investigations, which I don't have a lot of experience in — I've always been the outside investigator. So a lot of what I'm doing here this week is trying to figure out how to transition now that I'm part of the team that investigates myself and what the etiquette is for that." — Paul Bustos, CFE, CRMA, Financial Account Supervisor, Southwest Airlines

"A new perspective — seeing things from a different point of view gives me a new perspective on how to look at something where I might not have seen a red flag before; I might see it next time. That's what I'd like to get out of this conference." — Jason R. Bardol, CFE, CRMA, Supervisor, Internal Audit, MGM Resorts International


"This is the first time I've been able to attend one of the ACFE conferences. I sat in on the Pre-Conference session, 'A Different Approach to Investigative Interviewing,' with Jonathan Davison, and it was great because it's applicable to my job right now. I'm a CFE and the session enhanced that knowledge." — Dana Karaffa, CFE, Auditor, City and County of Honolulu, City Auditor


"Being new to the field, I'm very interested in learning the analytical aspects of AML and fraud monitoring, as well as seeing speakers and how they used their investigative skills to face fraudsters." — Anthony Bellantuono, Financial Intelligence Analyst, EverBank