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Robert 'Chris' Province

Robert 'Chris' Province is a highly sought-after, award-winning discussion leader delivering dynamic and engaging CPE seminars to CPA's and business professionals across the country. State CPA societies and firms alike consider Chris to be their trusted provider of CPE and often comment he was "asked for by name" by many seminar attendees. Chris consistently receives outstanding evaluations for the courses he instructs. Chris has authored and co-authored many CPE courses throughout his career. He was a founder and co-owner of Garverick Province, LLC. Chris currently serves as a technical writer and reviewer of seminars materials for various tax and financial seminar companies. Chris received the California CPA Education Foundation's "Discussion Leader of the Year" Award, has been featured in several business publications, and has appeared in various CPE webinars and broadcasts.

In addition to his speaking, Chris is currently a self-employed CPA specializing in taxation of high net worth individuals and closely held businesses with clients located in many states throughout the United States. Chris has also served as a tax partner and senior tax member for several local, regional, and national CPA firms.

Chris earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance from California State University Northridge. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants. Chris is currently a member of the national AICPA S-Corporation Technical Resource Panel. He has also served as a member of the Qualifications Committee for the California Board of Accountancy. Chris is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in California and North Carolina.

Roger McEowen

Roger McEowen has been named the Leonard Dolezal Professor in Agricultural Law at Iowa State University. McEowen, an associate professor of agricultural law and policy in ISU's Department of Agricultural Education and Studies, is a nationally recognized leader in agricultural law. He joined the Iowa State faculty in 2004.  

"Dr. McEowen's reputation as an educator, legal scholar and attorney is carrying forward Iowa State's tradition of excellence in agricultural law that began in the 1960s under the leadership of Neil Harl, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Agriculture and emeritus economics professor," said Wendy Wintersteen, dean of the College of Agriculture.  Leonard Dolezal of Cedar Rapids established the endowed professorship to enhance research, teaching and extension in agricultural law at Iowa State. Dolezal, a retired farmer, gave a gift of 80 acres of Linn County farmland to the Iowa State University Foundation.

"This professorship will provide Dr. McEowen with additional resources to support agricultural law programs that serve our students, Iowans and communities and address important issues to agriculture and rural areas," Wintersteen said. "This is why endowed faculty positions are so important to the university and why we are indebted to Leonard Dolezal for creating this one."

McEowen teaches an agricultural law class for seniors and graduate students. His extension work includes conducting the statewide Iowa Farm Income Tax Schools, a program that has helped tax practitioners better understand rules and regulations for more than 30 years. He often is an invited speaker at law seminars, conferences and workshops around the nation and is a frequent contributor of scholarly articles to law reviews and agricultural law and tax professional publications.

Before coming to Iowa State, McEowen was a faculty member and extension specialist in agricultural law and policy at Kansas State University for 11 years. He practiced law for two years in Nebraska before joining Kansas State. He is a member of the Kansas Bar Association and the Nebraska State Bar Association and an honorary member of the Iowa State Bar Association. He has been honored twice by the American Agricultural Law Association with its Excellence for Professional Scholarship Award and Distinguished Service Award. McEowen and Harl are co-authors of "Principles of Agricultural Law," a widely used textbook at universities and law schools.

McEowen earned his bachelor's degree in management at Purdue University, his master's degree in agricultural economics at Iowa State and his doctor of jurisprudence degree from Drake University Law School.

Ann Makres

Ann Makres is the Senior Stakeholder Liaison with the Small Business/Self-Employed division of the Internal Revenue Service. Ann partners with tax practitioners and small business organizations in North Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin to deliver information on individual and small business tax issues, as well as engage her partners on IRS policies, practices and procedures.

Ann joined the IRS in 1987 as a Taxpayer Service Representative, and in 1990 she became a Revenue Officer. In 2000 she was hired as a Tax Specialist with Taxpayer Education and Communication which was reorganized as Stakeholder Liaison in 2005. Ann has a bachelor's degree from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota.

In the last 11+ years Ann has conducted many tax seminars for both tax practitioners and small business. For the past three years she has also overseen the Midwest Area Issue Management Resolution System (IMR). Ann always enjoys the opportunity to partner with the practitioner community.