Alex Bagne JD, CPA, MBA, CCSP – ASCSP President
Alex Bagne is the president of ICS Tax, LLC (ICS) and also serves as president of the American Society of Cost Segregation Professionals (ASCSP). His expertise includes the tangible property regulations, cost segregation, energy efficiency incentives (179D/45L), research tax credits, fixed asset reviews, and the IC-DISC export incentive. Prior to ICS, Alex worked for a decade with several Big Four firms. He has given Continuing Professional Education on a variety of tax planning ideas throughout the country. He is published in the AICPA’s Tax Advisor magazine and Accounting Today. Alex earned a BSBA in accounting from The Ohio State University, a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Minnesota, and a law degree from the Tulane School of Law in New Orleans, Louisiana. Alex is a licensed attorney as well as a certified public accountant. He is a Certified member of the ASCSP.
Lester Cook CCSP
Lester is a 15 year veteran in the tax specialty service industry. He is the leader of KBKG’s Fixed Asset Review Practice. He is a certified member of the American Society of Cost Segregation professionals, a group that he has been a part of since 2008. Throughout his career, Lester has completed cost segregation analyses on thousands of properties ranging from office space leasehold improvements to multi-billion dollar industrial complexes and hotel and resort projects. He has worked with many Fortune 500 companies successfully representing his claims to both IRS and Financial Auditors.
Prior to KBKG, Lester led the PwC Central Region Cost Segregation Center of Excellence; providing engineering based Cost Segregation project management, oversight, and expertise to all other fixed assets teams throughout the U.S. and Canada. He was a recipient of the 2008 PwC Greater Chicago Market Chairman’s Award for Outstanding Leadership.
Lester was born and raised in Northwest Indiana and is the head of the KBKG Chicago Office. He earned a Bachelor in Construction Management from Purdue University.
Stephen M. Miller Ph.D.
Steven is the Director of the Center for Business and Economic Research, and a Professor of Economics and former Department Chair in the Lee Business School at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He also was an initial founder of the Economic Club of Las Vegas and is currently a member and former Chair of the Club’s Board of Directors. Prior to that, he was Professor of Economics and Department Head at the University of Connecticut. He also held a visiting position with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and served as a visiting scholar with the Congressional Budget Office.
His research interests span a wide range of economic topics, including macroeconomic theory and policy, bank scale and efficiency, central bank decision making, housing, forecasting, and regional economics. Born in Marion, Indiana, he received higher education training at Purdue University, receiving his bachelor’s degree with distinction in Engineering Sciences Engineering (a part of the Aeronautical Engineering School), and at the State University of New York at Buffalo, receiving his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Economics.
Christian Wood JD CPA
Christian has more than 14 years of accounting methods experience and has worked with all industries throughout his career. Christian’s main focus is in the area of tax accounting which includes accounting methods, issues involving timing, fixed assets and recognition events. He is a licensed attorney in DC and the State of Maryland.
Christian spent the first five years of his legal career in the Division of Income Tax & Accounting at the Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service. Upon leaving the Office of Chief Counsel Christian worked at a law firm in DC, Deloitte’s National Tax Office, and is now part of Eide Bailly’s National Tax Office in the Minneapolis office where he has the responsibility for accounting methods, other technical tax issues, and a lead role in communicating and educating the changes in the repair regulations.
Christian received his LL.M. in taxation at Georgetown University Law Center, his law degree from George Mason School of Law and has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles. Christian is also actively involved in the tax accounting section of the American Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association.
Joyce Welch is a Managing Director in Deloitte’s Washington National Tax – Federal Tax Accounting, Periods, Methods and Credits Group based in San Diego. Her professional practice emphasizes tax planning for the acquisition/disposition of highly appreciated assets. Ms. Welch has practiced accounting and tax services for over 25 years and consults on various complex leasing matters including the income tax consequences of sale-leasebacks and other lease transactions including the related “true-lease” analyses. Additionally, Joyce structures and implements complex deferred and reverse like-kind exchanges, advises on tax consequences of involuntary conversions and other capital gain preservation strategies for REITs, private equity funds and other public and private owners of real estate and other tangible property.