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Carolyn Bremer, CPA

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Carolyn has more than 20 years of experience in public accounting, including nine years with Big Four firms. She provides consulting services in forensic accounting and fraud investigations, and helps clients impacted by fraud take necessary corrective action to recover losses, mitigate future risks and protect their organizations from reputational damage.

A member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics, and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Carolyn has a B.A. in English from Louisiana State University and an M.S. in accountancy from San Diego State University.

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Experience

Professional History

Experience

  • Weaver LLP
  • MoneyGram
  • RGP
  • Deloitte LLP
  • CNA Insurance
  • KPMG LLP

Associations

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)
  • Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics

Education

  • Louisiana State University
  • San Diego State University

Speaking Engagements

  • Dallas Institute of Management Accountants monthly meeting, April 19, 2016, Dallas, “Common Issues in Vendor Contract Management and Invoicing”
  • Accounting and Financial Reporting Update, October 31, 2014, Dallas, “SEC Enforcement – A New Sheriff in Town”
  • SEC Enforcement Update – University of Texas at Dallas and Institute of Internal Auditors 9th Annual Fraud Conference – May 2014
  • Institute of Internal Auditors 9th Annual Fraud Summit, March 28, 2014, Dallas, “SEC Enforcement Update”
  • Institute of Internal Auditors 8th Annual Fraud Summit, March 29, 2013, Dallas, “Internal Investigations: A Method to the Madness”
Q. What was it that drew you to Armanino?
I really enjoy the entrepreneurial spirit that's a part of Armanino's culture. There are some wickedly smart team members at Armanino, and because our culture encourages people to share their ideas and empowers them to execute on those ideas, our employees and our clients benefit from new solutions and unexpected efficiencies.
Q. Make a prediction and describe your vision of the future of the general business environment for your area of expertise or the industries you serve.
Evolving technology will continue to help us detect and protect against fraud. I foresee artificial intelligence becoming instrumental in analyzing financial data and identifying anomalies or unpredicted behavior. This will allow us to identify fraudulent behavior faster than ever before.
Q. What is the toughest decision you have ever made?
It was the decision to make a major change in my career path. After spending seven years as an auditor, I wanted a new challenge. I still wanted to utilize my accounting expertise, but I needed something that also allowed me to be creative and think outside the box. The combination of all those things led me to a fantastic career in fraud and forensics.
Q. How do you think companies can change to better prevent fraud?
A significant number of fraud cases are never referred to law enforcement, and many perpetrators either receive no punishment from their employers or are permitted to resign quietly. I'd like to see more companies go after perpetrators of corporate fraud. They're often concerned with the negative publicity, but I think they'd benefit from highlighting the fact that they take fraudulent activity seriously. Making the consequences visible both internally and externally would serve as a deterrent for future fraud, and the repercussions would prevent many fraudsters from continuing their schemes again at a new company.
Q. What’s your proudest moment?
Graduating from college knowing I paid for it myself. I’m the youngest of six children in my family and we were all on our own, financially, to pay for college. It took loans, scholarships and several jobs to get me through, but I was able to pay for everything, including my living expenses. I have always believed where there’s a will, there’s a way.
Q. If you could pass on a nugget of wisdom to aspiring accountants or consultants, what would that be?
Keep asking “why,” “what if” and “how.” Innovation and change start by asking questions, and creative thought leads to answers. Even something that seems like a silly idea can turn out to be the solution to the problem or the one idea that changes everything.
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