Meet The Student Innovation Challenge Judges
The 2021 Student Innovation Challenge would not be possible without the commitment and thoughtful insight from our competition judges. These individuals represent diverse backgrounds, industries and viewpoints, but what they all share is an unwavering dedication to support and inspire the next generation of student leaders. We thank them for sharing their time and expertise with us and with the students!
John P. Barnes
John Barnes is chief product officer at Botkeeper.com. With more than a decade of high-level experience with specialties in product visioning, ideation, market analysis, business planning, process improvement, and more, John is always seeking new and exciting opportunities to innovate. Some of John’s greatest accomplishments stem from his ability to meet and exceed goals and by fostering a culture of team success and consistently driving positive change.
Danielle Brannock, CPA
Danielle Brannock is a data analyst and digital accelerator at Invesco with extensive experience in automation, process excellence, and data analytics in the audit space. Currently, Danielle is co-authoring the new Accounting Information Systems textbook published by Wiley where she serves as a subject matter expert for systems, analytics, automation and more.
Dr. Ann Dzuranin, CPA
Dr. Ann C. Dzuranin is the Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Analytics in Accounting at Northern Illinois University where she conducts behavioral research in management accounting decision making and the ways in which accounting information systems interact with those decisions. Her work in data analytics curriculum development has resulted in invitations to present on Data Analytics and Accounting curriculum at various conferences.
Jason Krantz is the CEO/founder of Strategy Titan. With over 10 years of business analytics, data science, and strategic leadership experience in public and private equity owned business, he specializes in creating award winning analytics strategy, capabilities, teams, and solutions that drive tangible revenue and EBITDA improvements.
Vince LoRusso, CPA
Vince LoRusso is the CEO, Co-founder and challenge creator of TrueUp. After a decade of experience, coming from a Big 4 firm, and specializing in areas of audit, financial reporting in the private sector, and consulting for a variety of industries and company sizes, Vince is now using his CPA to bring skill validation and progression through skill-based challenges for all accounting, finance, and audit professionals.
Jody Padar, CPA
Jody Padar is vice president of strategy at Botkeeper.com and has led the transition of next-generation public accounting firms through open collaboration and change management. She is the author of Botkeeper for Dummies; From Success to Significance: The Radical CPA Guide; and The Radical CPA: New Rules for the Future-Ready Firm. After venturing out of a traditional firm, she is now leading Botkeeper and helping to evolve CPAs, now and in the future.
Matt Pickard is an Associate Professor at Northern Illinois University teaching data and analytics. Currently, he is working to grow a cross-disciplinary artificial intelligence lab at NIU. He also explores ways to use computer technology to increase both the amount and quality of information disclosed in accounting-related interviews such as audits and fraud investigations.
Donny Shimamoto, CPA, CITP, CGMA
Donny Shimamoto is the founder and managing director of IntrapriseTechKnowlogies LLC. Donny works with larger organizations as a trusted business advisor, facilitating organizational strategic planning and execution, IT governance and planning, enterprise architecture, information architecture and assurance, business process improvement, and business intelligence initiatives.
Brian Stonecliffe, CPA, CISA
Brian Stonecliffe is a Risk & Consulting Manager for Crowe LLP. Brian works with a wide variety of Technology, Media, and Telecommunications clients ranging from Fortune 500 to small reporting companies in the Internal Audit space. Prior to joining Crowe, Brian spent 2 years as an accountant for governmental entities and 2 years with PwC in their Risk Assurance practice.