NSAC Great Lakes 2024 Annual Meeting

June 13, 2024 8:00am - June 14, 2024 5:00pm CT
Location Information:
Park Place Hotel
300 E. State Street
Traverse City, MI 49684
United States
Contact Information:
(937) 222-6707

Attend Virtually or In-Person

Come set sail with us at the Great Lakes Annual Meeting in Traverse City! Embark on a voyage filled with invaluable education, abundant resources, and meaningful connections. Navigate through insightful sessions, discover tools to keep your sails full, and network with industry leaders against the scenic backdrop of Traverse City. We look forward to you joining us as we also cruise beautiful Grand Traverse Bay!

Chart your course for success with us on this unforgettable voyage, come set sail with us!

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Thursday, June 13, 2024
8:00am – 12:30pmRegistration
9:00am – 9:10amIntroductions
9:10am – 11:00amOPTIONAL SESSION PRESESSION: Economic Outlook for the Macro-Environment and Grain and Dairy Industries
Mathew Meals, Manager of Capital Markets Credit – GreenStone Farm Credit Services
Brad Parks, Dir. of FP&A and Business Development – Michigan Milk Producers Association
Lou DeGrant, Marketing Specialist - Cooperative Elevator Co.
Aaron Fahrner, Marketing Specialist - Cooperative Elevator Co.

Economics: 2 Credit Hours
11:00am – 12:30pmLunch
Lunch on your own.
12:30pm – 12:45pmOpening Remarks and Early Bird Drawing
12:45pm – 1:35pmMichigan Agribusiness and National Political Update
Chuck Lippstreu, President - Michigan Agri-Business Association
Economics: 1 Credit Hour
1:35pm – 2:25pmIndustry Updates Related to Property and Business Income Insurance
Ross Milne, Vice President, Food & Agribusiness – Cottingham & Butler
Business Management & Organization: 1 Credit Hour
2:25pm – 2:50pmBreak
2:50pm – 3:40pmElectric Coops 101 and Hot Topics
Pat Frazier, Chief Operating Officer – Cloverland Electric Cooperative
Specialized Knowledge: 1 Credit Hour
3:40pm – 5:00pmBusiness Meetings and Late Bird Drawing
5:15pm – 8:30pmCruising Grand Traverse Bay with Discovery Cruises
Social (Attendees and Family) Two-hour cruise from 6-8 PM. Dinner and drinks provided. Bus provided to and from the dock (hotel pickup at 5:15 pm and drop-off after event). Great for all ages!
Friday, June 14, 2024
7:00am – 8:00amBreakfast
Included with Thursday night stay for Attendees and Family
8:00am – 8:30amBusiness Meetings (continued) and Early Bird Drawing
8:30am – 9:30amFraud and Behavioral Ethics
Jeremy Epstein, Partner – Crowe LLP
Behavioral Ethics: 1 Credit Hour
9:30am – 10:20amAccounting & Tax Update
Rebecca Smith, CPA, Signing Director - CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
Jared Kempel, CPA, Senior Manager – Baker Tilly
Jen Ayala, CPA, Director - CliftonLarsonAllen LLP

Accounting: 0.5 Credit Hour, Taxes: 0.5 Credit Hour
10:20am – 10:40amBreak & Drawing
10:40am – 11:30amLegal Update
Todd W. Hoppe, Attorney - Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC
Business Law: 1 Credit Hour
11:30am – 11:40amClosing Remarks, Late Bird Drawing, & Adjourn


Ernie and Barb Potter will be hosting a hospitality suite on Wednesday evening from 7-11 pm and Thursday evening following our event until 11 pm. All attendees and their guests/children are invited. This is a non-alcoholic hospitality suite. The suite will contain a variety of snacks including their famous homemade cookies, some with nuts and others without nuts, personally baked by Barb. Soda/pop & bottled water will also be provided. The suite is called the “Paul Harris suite” an email will be sent to registered attendees in advance of the evening with the room number.

NSAC Member (In-Person or Virtually)
$210 - General Session: 6 hours of CPE on Thursday afternoon and Friday Morning
$80 – Optional Early Bird Session: 2 hrs. CPE (Thursday Morning)

Retiree Rate (In-Person or Virtually)
$130 – 6 hours of CPE on Thursday afternoon and Friday Morning
$35 – Optional Early Bird Session: 2 hrs. CPE (Thursday Morning)

Non-NSAC Member (In-Person or Virtually)
$390 - 6 hours of CPE on Thursday afternoon and Friday Morning
(Includes one-year NSAC membership)
$80 – Optional Early Bird Session (Thursday Morning)

$50 – Spouse/Guest & Children over 12
$25 – Children 2-12

Networking Event: Thursday night cruising Grand Traverse Bay with Discovery Cruises
(Included in registration)
- 2-hour cruise from 6-8 pm
- Great for all ages
- Dinner and drinks provided
- Bus provided to and from the dock (hotel pickup and drop-off)

Park Place Hotel
300 E. State Street
Traverse City, MI 49684
Room Rate $219.95 per night plus tax (Wednesday and Thursday)
If you would like to extend your stay, room rate $299.95 per night plus tax (Friday and Saturday)
Double occupancy, $20 per each additional person per night

Following are the three ways to book a room within our group block:

  1. Click on this link to request a reservation via their website https://www.park-place-hotel.com/national-society-of-accountants-for-cooperatives. For security reasons, if you use this link, you still must call the hotel with your confirmation number to provide your credit card information.
  2. Call the hotel directly, at tel:231-946-5000, option #9 to speak with someone.
  3. Email Resv-grp@park-place-hotel.com to request a reservation, providing the following information:
    • Group block code: GNSAC
    • First and last name of guest who will be staying in the room.
    • Check in date and check out date.
    • Phone number where you can be reached to provide credit card information.
    • Specific requests/requirements (e.g., two beds, adjoining room, accessible room)

The deadline to reserve your hotel room has been extended to May 9, 2024.

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The National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives (NSAC) is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor (#103068) of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org.