J. Carlton Collins Long Biography

ASA Research, Atlanta, Georgia
Carlton@ASAResearch.com, 770.842.5902

(If you take time to read this, you really need to get a life)

Work Experience:  

Journal of Accountancy, Writer and Presenter

(July 2010 to Present)

Mr. Collins is the author of the monthly "Technology Q&A" column for the Journal of Accountancy - the CPA's industry's refereed journal which has been in circulation for more than 125 years. Links to samples of Mr. Collins' Technology Q&A articles are available here. Mr. Collins has risen to the rank of Contributing Editor for the Journal, and also authors feature articles such as Windows 8 (November 2012), and Office 2013 (April 2013). Mr. Collins peer reviews many of the technology articles published in the journal, and delivers technical webinars on behalf of the Journal. Mr. Collins Technology Q&A column is consistently the top rated peice appearing in the Journal, and in 2013 mr. Collins received the "John L. Lawler Literary award for the top rated article appearing in the Journal of Accountancy in 2012.

 

ASA Research - Lectures, Public Speaking& Training

(Atlanta, GA, February 2002 to Present)

As a public speaker, Mr. Collins has delivered more than 2,200 lectures in 44 states and 5 countries addressing more than 650,000 business professionals. He delivers presentations on behalf of technology companies, governments, state CPA societies, CPA firms, law firms, chambers of commerce, and not-for-profit organizations.  He has delivered more than three dozen key note lectures at national and international conferences.

 

Surgent McCoy

(May 1, 2013 to April 30, 2015)

Mr. Collins delivers dozens of technical webinars on behalf of Pennsylvania located Surgent McCoy, one of the nation's largest and most respected providers of Continuing Professional Education courses.

 

ASA Research - Writing

(Atlanta, GA, February 2002 to Present)

As a professional writer, Mr. Collins has published numerous books, articles and white papers on a wide variety of technology topics. Links to samples of Mr. Collins' work are available here

 

ASA Research - Installing Accounting Software 
(Atlanta, GA, February 2002 to Present)

As an accounting software consultant, Mr. Collins has conducted over 200 accounting software installation engagements in the Atlanta area. Approximately half of these engagements involved the process of fixing or replacing an accounting software package the client had already purchased. The other half of these installations involved the complete process of analyzing the client's needs, selecting the appropriate hardware and software products, implementing the new system, and training the users. Approximately 60% of the installations involved small business clients while approximately 3% involved very large clients with more than $100 million in revenue. The remaining installation engagements involved medium sized business with revenues typically ranging from $1 million to $10 million. Some of the clients Mr. Collins has served include automobile dealerships, churches, non-profit institutions, government agencies, restaurants, beauty shops, chemical companies, construction companies, manufacturing companies, printing, engineers, property management, nursing homes, boat marina, liquor stores, museums, CPA firms, law firms, insurance companies, and more. Some of the hardware platforms Mr. Collins has work with include DOS, Novell, Windows, Windows 95, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 2003 Server, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Microsoft Azure, Cloud, Apple, Unix, Linux, Digital Equipment Corporation PDP 1123 and VAX systems, and the IBM Systems 36, IBM AS/400 systems, IBM Blades, IBM Power Systems, IBM Systems I, IBM System X, IBM Tivoli.

 

 

 

K2 Enterprises

(Atlanta, GA, April, 1990 to January 31, 2002)

J. Carlton Collins is one of the founders of K2 Enterprises. In November 1989, Mr. Collins ventured out on his own to start a new business. Within a few months, Mr. Collins landed an opportunity to produce and deliver 40 seminars on behalf of Lotus Development Corporation based on a business model suggested by Val Steed. Collins and Steed brought Will Fleenor, Phd and Terry Brock on board to help deliver those 40 presentations. The seminars were a success and Lotus Development Corporation opted to repeat them in subsequent years. In 1991, Novell asked the group to produce and deliver a similar seminar series on behalf of Novell, and Microsoft made a similar request in 1992, at which time Randy Johnston was brought on board. The seminar offerings were well received and the group's speaking opportunities continued to grow. In 1994, Steed and Fleenor quit their day jobs to join Collins full time; the partnership was formalized via a hand shake and the name K2 Enterprises was adopted. For the next seven years, the group focused on the technology CPE market, producing and delivering dozens of full day CPE courses and a 2-day conferences each year, delivered primarily through state CPA societies. In 2002, Mr. Collins sold his interest in K2 Enterprises to his partners.

 

 

Collins & Collins, Certified Public Accountants
(Atlanta, GA November, 1989 to 1994)

Mr. Collins was the Principle and founder of Collins & Collins, a certified public accounting firm located in Atlanta, Georgia. Carlton and his wife, Mary Lou W. Collins, CPA rendered a variety of professional CPA services including accounting, tax, management advisory services, and public speaking on various technology topics. In 1994 Mr. Collins sold his practice so that in order to devote full time to K2 Enterprises activities.

 

 

Anderson, Hunt & Company, Certified Public Accountants

(Atlanta, GA, September, 1988 to November, 1989)

As a Manager with Anderson, Hunt & Company, Carlton's responsibilities were to develop new business, render accounting software installation services, manage audits, reviews and compilations, and prepare corporate tax returns. Mr. Collins also provide training and delivered technology lectures on a wide variety of computer and software related topics, many on behalf of IBM.   

 

Windham Brannon & Company, Certified Public Accountants

(Atlanta, GA, May 1986, to September, 1988)

As a Supervisor and Manager with Windham, Brannon & Company, Mr. Collins' responsibilities were to develop new business, render accounting software installation services, prepare tax returns, and manage compilation, review and audit engagements. In this capacity Mr. Collins implemented accounting systems such as IBM's Business Management Systems, Platinum Software, and Great Plains. Mr. Collins also taught courses nationally on the topics of DOS, Excel, Office and other technologies on behalf of the American Insitute of CPAs (AICPA).

 

 

May, Zima & Company, Certified Public Accountants

(Atlanta, GA, January, 1982 to May, 1986)

Headquartered out of Daytona, Florida, Mr. Collins worked in the Buckhead, GA offices at Piedmont Center. As a staff accountant, senior accountant, and Supervisor, Mr. Collins assumed a wide variety of responsibilities including accounting, auditing and tax work in the areas of health care, construction, distribution, automobile dealerships, insurance, manufacturing, and general business. His tax experience includes corporate, individual, partnership, fiduciary, and estate tax planning work. From 1983 to 1985 Mr. Collins was heavily involved in the areas of financial forecasts, bond issues, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, conventional financing, and business planning. Specifically, Mr. Collins worked on the financing of approximately two billion dollar's worth of bond issues. The majority of these bond issues were floated to finance the construction of nursing home and retirement centers. However, other projects included the financing of a kidney dialysis unit, hotels, various manufacturing concerns, and a gun manufacturer, to name a few. Mr. Collins' role was to conduct the field work across the United States by inspecting the site of each project and conducting various demographic procedures in order to determine that there was a need for the facility, gathering competitive information, and determining that no significant local opposition to the facility existed that would adversely affect the success of the facility. Back at the office, Mr. Collins prepared the five year forecast financial statements based on the most likely assumptions (as determined in the field work). These forecast financial statements were included the prospectus for each financing. Mr. Collins also conducted audits, reviews and compilations of various companies including several automobile dealerships, construction companies, and manufacturing concerns. May Zima was purchased by Arthur Young in 1985 (now Ernst & Young).

 

 

 

Work Experience Prior to 1981

Before graduating from the University of Georgia, Mr. Collins worked several jobs.  In 1980 Carlton worked for ITT Rayonier as an intern in the internal auditing department - most of which was spent in the tourist destination of Jesup, Georgia reviewing and documenting the workpaper flow of the local pulp mill's accounting systems usig Arthur Andersen's Transaction Flow Analysis (TFA) technique. 

 

From 1978 to 1979, one of Mr. Collins' most unique jobs was with the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) located in Brunswick, Georgia where for two years, Mr. Collins'was an actor who played the role of a criminal in law enforcement training exercises. Officer and agents from around the country (police officers, border patrol guards, FBI agents, etc.) would practice pursuing and capturing Mr. Collins'and his fellow actors as part of real-to-life practice scenarios, which were taken very serious. These scenarios featured real guns and equipment (loaded with blanks) staged in a small city which was converted from the old Brunswick, Georgia naval base.

 

From 1976 to 1979, Mr. Collins'worked construction building houses for Mr. David Brooks, a contractor specializing in building multi-million dollar vacation homes on Sea Island. Altogether, Mr. Collins'was part of a seven-man crew that built ten large multi-million dollar homes on Sea Island from the ground up - including a week in which they started construction of a house on the wrong piece of property. Mr. Collins'also worked shut downs at Georgia Pacific's Brunswick Pulp Mill as an electrician, carpenter and pipe fitter (via Ibew Local Union No 508), including one Christmas day in which he spent nearly 24 hours atop one of these smoke stacks, while making quadruple overtime pay.

 

In his earlier years, Mr. Collins performed errands at the Brunswick law firm of Hutto & Palmatary, worked in the Sea Island Cloister restaurant and Blanche's Courtyard restaurant, delivered papers for The Brunswick News, and held various jobs mowing lawns, cleaning windows, bagging groceries at the Winn Dixie on Saint Simons Island.  

 

 

Education:

 

University of Georgia

(Athens, GA, September 1977 to December, 1981
Mr. Collins attended the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia and received a BBA degree in accounting. As a freshman, Carlton was inducted into the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society - an organization open only to Freshman men who make Dean's List. Mr. Collins was then elected President of Phi Eta Sigma and served the following year as the University of Georgia hosted the National Phi Eta Sigma convention in Athens, Georgia. Mr. Collins became the first president in the history of Phi Eta Sigma to induct a female into the Society (Mrs. laVerne Stugard Nowotny, wife of Phi Eta Sigma founder Arno Nowotny, who had served the organization for more than 40 years). Mr. Collins memorized the lengthy ceremony for the special occasion, as shown in this pamphlet. On a seperate occasion, Mr. Collins addressed the University of Georgia along with Secretary of State, Dean Rusk (whom Collins allowed to smoke a cigar in his car against his better judgement).

 

As a sophomore, Mr. Collins was inducted into the BIFTAD Honor Society, considered by the Society to be the highest honor a sophomore student can achieve at the University of Georgia. Mr. Collins served for three years in the Defender/Advocate Society - the University of Georgia judicial system for prosecuting and defending students who have violated University rules. For three years Mr. Collins both defended and prosecuted students who were accused of cheating on tests, stealing, damaging University property, drinking under age, using drugs, or breaking the law. One case included the death of another student.

 

Mr. Collins is a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. For two years, Mr. Collins served as social chairman where it was his responsibility to help plan social gatherings, meeting with the sororities to schedule the locations, times, and themes for each event. Mr. Collins was responsible for various details such as securing bands, providing refreshments, and ensuring that the social gatherings were successful. Sad note: The ATO fraternity on the UGA campus was closed down in the Spring of 2000 due to hazing violations which resulted in the death of a student (Ben Grantham of Mr. Collins' hometown of Saint Simons Island). However, in 2007, ATO was re-established on the UGA campus where Mr. Collins' son, James became an ATO at UGA and went on to graduate with many accolades. 

 

 

Glynn Academy High School

(Brunswick, GA - Class of 1977)  

In high school, Carlton distinguished himself as Senior Class President and class valedictorian (one of five) in a school which had 2,200 students. Carlton served as a member of the student council for six consecutive years (beginning with seventh  grade). Along with Elizabeth Still, Carlton presided as the masters of ceremony for the 1977 talent show. Carlton represented his high school at student council camps in Rock Eagle and Berry College in both his junior and senior year during the annual student council workshops. Because of his artistic ability, Carlton was frequently responsible for creating posters for school events, designing some of the floats used at homecoming, and preparing handouts for various events. Carlton represented the high school club "Future Business leaders of America" in an artistic competition in 1976 and won second in the State of Georgia. For several decades, six giant murals which Carlton helped paint were displayed in the lobby of the Glynn Academy main building. In 1976, Carlton was a Principle Nominee to the United States Naval Academy.

 

Professional Service:

 

AICPA Microcomputer Conference 
Mr. Collins served as a member of the AICPA Microcomputer Conference Committee for five years, and was the Chairman of the 1990 AICPA Microcomputer Conference & Exhibition. As chairman, the conference achieved its highest attendance in years. Mr. Collins arranged for Lotus Development Corporation to give $90,000 worth of Lotus product away to CPAs attending the conference.

AICPA MCS Microcomputer Subcommittee
As a member of this committee for two years, Mr. Collins worked with other committee members to draft practice aides for modem communications, spreadsheet standards, local area networking, and other technology issues. One of the goal was to help CPAs create spreadsheets with consistent designs so that they could be more easily used and reviewed by one another. You can see this old content here.

AICPA MCS Public Relations and Steering Committee
For two years, Mr. Collins served on this committee in an effort to help grow the MCS division. As part of his work, Mr. Collins developed three proposed television commercials, and used committee members to direct a mockup of these commercials. The commercials portrayed CPAs in a positive light as they assisted businesses with their various consulting needs. These commercials were shown to an 80 member panel of AICPA executives who applauded and were inspired to follow this lead. Ultimately, Mr. Collins' efforts gave birth to the $3 million dollar campaign which promoted the slogan: "CPAs, Never Underestimate the Value". Today, this slogan is owned by the AICPA as a trademark slogan.

 

 

Georgia Society of CPAs PC Advisory Committee 
Mr. Collins served on the PC Advisory Committee for three years (1985 to 1987). He served as Chairman of that Committee for two years (1896 and 1987). Under Mr. Collins' direction as Chairman (and with the assistance of several hard working contributors), the PC Advisory Committee upgraded its microcomputer training lab with twelve of the latest IBM computer systems (386 16mhz PS/2 model 70s) making the Georgia Society one of only four State CPA Societies to offer hands on training to its members at that time. The PC Advisory Committee also established a software library, sponsored many PC based educational seminars, and formed the PC Consultant's Group of Atlanta. Mr. Collins also pioneered new territory with the creation of the Georgia Society of CPAs National Microcomputer Consulting Certificate program - one of only two states to this day that has ever offered a certificate of achievement program in microcomputer education.

 

 

PC Consultant's Group of Atlanta 
Founded by Mr. Collins in 1987, the PC Consultant's Group of Atlanta was sponsored by the Georgia Society of CPAs and consisted of approximately 300 members who met monthly to discuss the installation of accounting software. Mr. Collins served as President of that organization for five years, coordinating monthly speakers from software companies such as Novell, Lotus Development, and Microsoft. The meetings often featured live software presentations, which were sometimes followed by software giveaways. Each meeting concluded with a fifteen minute open forum where members consulted with members in an effort to solve their accounting software problems.

 

 

The National Association of CPA Software Consultants, Inc. 
In 1991, Mr. Collins help found the National Association of CPA Software Consultants, Inc. (NACSC, Inc.) an organization which distributed software through value-added CPA resellers. Until 1995, this organization created Lotus 1-2-3 templates and managed a program for selling Lotus 1-2-3 product bundled with templates at discounted prices directly to the CPA channel.

 

Author & Publishing in Magazines:

 

Mr. Collins has authored and published many articles related to the topics of technology and accounting software. A few of these articles are listed below:

 

2014 - Technology Q&A Column - March, Journal of Accountancy

In bed with YouTube, March - (Embedding YouTube video clips on your web page)

 

Anonymous Receipt, March - (How to receive emails anonymously)

 

A Better Letter, March - (Word 2013's templates)

 

A Bright Answer, March - (Checklist for selecting a data projector)

 

Bugged by Excel's Calculation Errors, March - (Exposing shortcomings in Excel's calculations)

 

2014 - Technology Q&A Column - February, Journal of Accountancy

The Queue Continuum, February - (Managing your Print Que)

 

Navigate Excel Worksheets Faster, February - (Tips for moving around Excel Worksheets)

 

Backup Fee-Free, February - (Tips for backing up your data without a monthly fee)

 

Lights, Camera, Format!, February - (Using Excel's Camera tool)

 

Thread base, February - (Forwarding emails as Attachments in Outlook)

 

2014 - Technology Q&A Column - January, Journal of Accountancy

Photo bombing your own email, January - (Controlling the profile picture in your recipient's email)

 

Your message will self-destruct, January - (Using Snapchat to send disapearing messages and images)

 

Run Excel Safely, January - (Launching Excel without the add-ins)

 

Merging Outlook, Gmail and Android, January - (Setup instructions for reading email from your Android phone)

2013 - Technology Q&A Column - December, Journal of Accountancy

Link Preservation, December - (Persevering external Excel links when emailing multiple Excel files)

 

Inquiring Minds, December - (Using Excel 2013's new Inquire tools)

 

Sidebars, December - (Controlling teasers and sidebars in Word)

 

Loud and Square, December - (Advice about smartphone based credit card devices)

 

Cell Selections Reach New Heights, December - (Clicking a cell in Excel without triggering the hyperlink)

 

Excel Quick Tip, December - (Using Excel's Research sidebar)

 

Reader Challenge - Privacy Test, December (Test your email privacy with me)

2013 - Technology Q&A Column - November, Journal of Accountancy

What's Next? - (Discussion of RFIDS, transparent glass and 3-D printing)

 

The Lowdown on Utility Downloads, November - (Website suggestion for downloading utilities)

 

Pop-up Images in Excel, November - (An Excel formula that will pop up specific images based on data entered in other cells)

 

Sweet Savings, November - (The Honey website for discount coupons)

2013 - Technology Q&A Column - October, Journal of Accountancy

No Comment, October - (Adding a row and column grid to your Excel print outs to reference comment footnotes)

 

Playing Around, October - (Playing videos from Word 2013)

 

Norton's New Management Web Site, October - (A new website for managing your Norton antivirus licenses)

 

Pain in the Spam, October - (Email settings to reduce spam)

 

CPAs Think Big, October - (Recommendations regarding larger touchscreen ultrabooks)

 

Office 2013 is so Touchy, October - (Touch controls for Office 2013)

 

Excel Reader Challenge, October - (Summary of responses)

2013 - Technology Q&A Column - September, Journal of Accountancy

Let It Slide, September- (Displaying Photo Slideshows in Windows 8)

Your Work is Clear, September- (Resetting the Recently Opened documents list in Excel and Word)

Not So Obvious Update Procedure, September- (Updating the Apple iOS)

 

Test Your IQ: Solution, September - (Solution to last month's Excel-based Reader Challenge)

2013 - Technology Q&A Column - August, Journal of Accountancy

Everything, August - (A utility for searching file names across folders)

Sample This!, August - (Using Excel's RAND and RANDBETWEEN)

Small Business Growing Pains, August - (Accounting system advice)

Make It Rain, August - (Discussion about high-end computer systems)

Reader Challenge: Test Your Excel IQ, August - (Excel test for fetching the last row of data)

 

! Reader Challenge: Results, August - (The challenge results are reported)

 

! Reader Challenge: Excel File, August - (Excel File that includes a summary and the first 67 solutions)

2013 - Technology Q&A Column - July, Journal of Accountancy

A Good Measure, July - (Speed test your internet connection)

A Bit Confusing, July - (Installing the 64-Bit version of Office compared to the 32-Bit version)

Three Word-Based Hyperlink Questions, July - (Working with hyperlinks in Microsoft Word)

A Large Problem, July - (Using the LARGE function in Microsoft Excel)

Five iPad Tips, July - (Five iPad Tips)

2013 - Technology Q&A Column - June, Journal of Accountancy

Going Paperless Checklist, June - (Checklist of going paperless)

Five iPad Questions, May - (Five iPad questions)

OverScan, June - (Connecting a computer to a television monitor)

Excel at Hyphen Removal , June - (Removing hyphens and dashes in Excel)

Trigger Happy, June - (Scheduling applications to run at a prescribed time)

Five iPhone Tips, June - (iPhone tips)

 

2013 - Technology Q&A Column - May, Journal of Accountancy

Five iPad Questions, May - (Five iPad questions)

Use Excel this Instance!, May - (How the new Excel 2013 opens separate workbooks in separate instances)

Good Vibrations, May - (Discussion of the PowerPod 360 vibrating speaker)

Restore the Windows 8 Start button, May - (The free Classic Shell Start button in Windows 8)

Time to Stock Up, May - (Tips for researching free stock information on the Web)

 

2013 - Microsoft Office 2013 - April, Journal of Accountancy - (Feature article outlining the new features in Microsoft Office 2013)

 

2013 - Technology Q&A Column - April, Journal of Accountancy

A Complicated Inheritance, April - (Evaluating and auditing formulas in Excel)

Horsing Around with Paint, April - (How to remove background clutter from a picture)

 

Rule Your Spam, April - (Creating Outlook rules to reduce spam)

 

Can I Drop(box) QuickBooks?, April - (Discussion about hosting QuickBooks data on DropBox)

 

Five DropBox Tips, April - (Five DropBox Tips)

 

2013 - Technology Q&A Column - March, Journal of Accountancy

Reverse the Negativity, March - (Convert trailing minus signs to leading minus signs in Excel)

Missing Toolbars, March - (Display toolbars with InPrivate Browsing)

Make Your Point, March - (Formatting bulleted numbers in Word)

Snake!, March - (Make columns snake and print on one page in Excel)

A Bit Disappointed, March - (Caution regarding the O/S installation on new computers)

 

2013 - Technology Q&A Column - February, Journal of Accountancy

Do I Know You?, February - (Dealing with LinkedIn's IDKs)

Removing Hyperlinks in Excel, February - (Excel's new Remove Hyperlinks tool )

AutoTrusting E-Mailed Images, February - (Make email images appear automatically)

Creating Hyperlinks in Excel, February - (Using Excel's HYPERLINK function)

Searching for Acrobats, February - (Searching the web for PDF file formats)

No Coffee for My Mouse Please, February - (Mouse equivalent controls using the keyboard)

Dust in the Wind, February - (Reminder to clean the inside of your computer)

2013 - Technology Q&A Column - January, Journal of Accountancy

Sparklines Make Headlines, January - (Excel 2010's new Sparklines feature)

 

Green Computing Tips, January - (Going green with your technology)

 

Touchy Underlines, January - (Editing underline formats in Excel)

 

Wireless Breadcrumbs, January - (Wireless settings to track user's internet activity)

2012 - Technology Q&A Column - December, Journal of Accountancy

Sum Highlights for You, December - (Creating Sum formulas in Excel by highlighting data)

Small Keys Create Big Problems, December - (Beware the half-height keys on a laptop keyboard)

Run a Tab for this Table, December - (Controlling indents in a Word table)

I've Got You Pegged, December - (Using Google Latitude to track a person's smartphone)

Table Rows are a Drag, December - (Rearranging rows in a Word table by dragging)

The Games People Play, December - (Comments about playing social media games)

Five Tips Using Excel's Fill Handle, December - (Five tips using Excel's Fill handle)

2012 - Windows 8 - Jump or Wait? - November, Journal of Accountancy (Feature Article About Windows 8, Microsoft's New Operating System)

 

2012 - Technology Q&A Column - November, Journal of Accountancy

QuickBooks Job Costing, November - (8 Preference Settings to Get the most out of QuickBooks Job Costing)

Custom Calendar, November - (Custom Calendars in Word Document)

Lost Excel File, November - (Recover an Excel File You Forgot to Save)

The Incredible Shrinking Font, November- (Controlling Font Sizes in Excel)

Five Twitter Tips, November

Twitterfy Me, November - (Twitter for Business )

The Case Has Been Solved, November - (Controlling Text Case in Word)

2012 - Technology Q&A Column - October, Journal of Accountancy

 Facebook Tips  - October, Journal of Accountancy  (Five Facebook Tips)

             Complete Advice  - October, Journal of Accountancy  (Complete versus Typical Installations of Office 2003)

 

             Seeing Green  - October, Journal of Accountancy  (Controlling the Green Error Tick Marks in Excel)

 

             Excel PivotTable Questions  - October, Journal of Accountancy  (Four Questions About Excel PivotTables Answered)

 

             Take a Swipe At This  - October, Journal of Accountancy  (Using Swype on Your Smartphone)

 

2012 - Technology Q&A Column - September, Journal of Accountancy

 Area View  - September, Journal of Accountancy  (Using transparency in Excel Area Charts)

             Exactly - September, Journal of Accountancy  (Using Excel's =Exact Function)

 

             Website Update  - September, Journal of Accountancy  (Using Adobe Acrobat to capture website content)

 

             Cookies in Red Capes - September, Journal of Accountancy  (How to delete Persistent Cookies and Super Cookies)

 

             Confessions of a Data Hoarder - September, Journal of Accountancy  (Strategy for Deleting Old Email)

 

             Wi-Fi Dead Spots - September, Journal of Accountancy  (Strategies for Preventing Wi-Fi Dead Spots)

 

2012 - Technology Q&A Column - August, Journal of Accountancy

Grid Lock, August - (Unlocking 1,048,576 rows in Excel)

             Key Threat, August - (Understanding Keyloggers)

 

             In Private Browsing, August - (Browsing the Web in Secure Mode)

 

             Hide and Link, August - (Managing Links in Excel)

 

             Windows Logo Key Shortcuts, August

 

2012 - Technology Q&A Column - July, Journal of Accountancy

Reader Tip - July, Journal of Accountancy (Using an iPad as a second monitor)

Footers Take a Step Backward  - July, Journal of Accountancy (Including file names in Word footers)

 

A Taxing Question - July, Journal of Accountancy (Integrated Sales Tax Solutions)

 

A PivotTable Column Worth Repeating  - July, Journal of Accountancy (Percent to Total Columns in Excel PivotTables)

A Relatively Easy Macro - July, Journal of Accountancy (Relative versus absolute macros)

2012 - Technology and CPAs: Vision of the Future - June, Journal of Accountancy (Collins is interviewed by the JofA)

 

2012 - 125 Technology Quick Tips - June, Journal of Accountancy (125 Assorted Tech tips)

 

2012 - Technology Q&A Column - May, Journal of Accountancy

GoToMyPC Tips - May, Journal of Accountancy (Remote Access Tips)

 

A Click in Time Saves Nine - May, Journal of Accountancy  (Excel - Recent Files Tip)

 

Give me A Break - May, Journal of Accountancy  (Word - Line Breaks Tip)

 

Follow the Conversation - May, Journal of Accountancy  (Outlook - Thread Tip)

 

Check it or Leave It - May, Journal of Accountancy  (Outlook - Reading Email Remotely Tip)

2012 - Technology Q&A Column - Apr, Journal of Accountancy

I Read You Loud and Clear - April, Journal of Accountancy (Browser - Improve Readability Tips)

 

Elbows on the Table, Please  - April, Journal of Accountancy (Excel - Elbow Formatting Tip)

 

Is it Time to Ditch your Thumb Drive?  - April, Journal of Accountancy (Hardware - USB drive Tips)

 

Transposition Errors in Excel  - April, Journal of Accountancy (Excel - Tips for Pasting Formulas)

 

Secure your Laptop - April, Journal of Accountancy (Windows - Encrypting Your Files Tips)

2012 - Technology Q&A Column - Mar, Journal of Accountancy

Tagging Along - March, Journal of Accountancy (Microsoft Tags and Q R Codes)

 

Ready, Set, Excel!  - March, Journal of Accountancy (Excel - Suggested Default Settings )

 

Monitoring the Field - March, Journal of Accountancy (Hardware - Portable Monitors)

 

Watering Your Documents  - March, Journal of Accountancy (Word - Watermark Tips)

2012 - Technology Q&A Column - Feb, Journal of Accountancy

The Paperless Business Card - February, Journal of Accountancy (Outlook - E-Business Cards)

 

Help for People with Dating Problems  - February, Journal of Accountancy (Excel - Apple/Windows Date Conflicts)

 

Ready, Set, Action! - February, Journal of Accountancy (Extranormal - Produce Animated Videos)

 

Keep Those Names Flowing - February, Journal of Accountancy (Word - Multi-Columns Tip)

 

PivotTable Growing Pains - February, Journal of Accountancy (Excel - Dynamics Source Range Tip)

2012 - Technology Q&A Column - Jan, Journal of Accountancy

An Aggregate Answer to Two Excel Questions - January, Journal of Accountancy (Excel - New Aggregate Function)

 

A Solution for Dummies  - January, Journal of Accountancy (Word - Creating Dummy Paragraphs Tip)

 

What 11-Letter Word Do All CPAs Spell Incorrectly? - January, Journal of Accountancy (Word - Dictionary Tip)

 

A Bolder Folder  - January, Journal of Accountancy (Windows - Folder Settings Tips)

 

The Thomas Database  - January, Journal of Accountancy (Every Word Uttered in Congress Published Online)

 

The Right Sort  - January, Journal of Accountancy (Excel - Sorting Left to Right Tip)

 

A Super Footnote Reference  - January, Journal of Accountancy (Excel - Recent Files Tip)

2011 - A Guide to QuickBooks - December, Journal of Accountancy (Excel - Superscript Font Tip)

 

2011 - Technology Q&A Column - Dec, Journal of Accountancy

From Here to Eternity, December,  Journal of Accountancy (Excel - Scrolling/Navigating Tips)

 

Solid Performance, December,  Journal of Accountancy (Hardware - SSD Drive Tips)

 

A Prezi for You, December,  Journal of Accountancy (Fresh Alternative to PowerPoint)

 

Personal Mobile Hotspot, December,  Journal of Accountancy (Hardware - Portable Internet Access)

 

ProSystem fx Tips, December,  Journal of Accountancy (ProSystems fx - Five Tips)

2011 - Technology 2012 Preview: Part 1, November, Journal of Accountancy 

             (Moderated and Edited by J. Carlton Collins)

 

2011 - Technology Q&A Column - Nov, Journal of Accountancy 

Can You Keep a Secret (Folder)? - November, Journal of Accountancy (Windows - Hidden Folder Tip)

 

Linking Can Be a Drag  - November, Journal of Accountancy (Excel - Creating Links Tip)

 

Semi-block Your Facebook Wall  - November, Journal of Accountancy (Facebook - Privacy Tip)

 

Welcome to the Chop Shop  - November, Journal of Accountancy (Video - Cropping Video Clips Tip)

 

Smart Question  - November, Journal of Accountancy (Recommended Smartphone Apps)

2011 - Technology Q&A Column - Oct, Journal of Accountancy 

Make a Difference With PivotTables - October, Journal of Accountancy   (Excel - PivotTable Formulas Tip)

 

X Marks the Spot - October, Journal of Accountancy   (Browser - Sharing Favorites Tip)

 

Control Your Accent - October, Journal of Accountancy   (Excel - Auditing Formulas Tip)

 

A Sky-High Solution - October, Journal of Accountancy   (Cloud - Microsoft's SkyDrive)

 

Five Inexpensive Technologies - October, Journal of Accountancy   (Five Inexpensive Gadgets)

2011 - Technology Q&A Column - Sep, Journal of Accountancy    

A Puzzling Parse - September, Journal of Accountancy  (Excel - Parsing Text Tip)

 

I've Been Framed - September, Journal of Accountancy  (Web - Creating Hyperlinks Tip)

 

Clipboard on Steroids - September, Journal of Accountancy  (office - Clipboard Settings Tip)

 

Prepare to Get Wet - September, Journal of Accountancy      (Hardware - Migrating to a New Computer Tip)

 

2011 - Technology Q&A Column - Aug, Journal of Accountancy    

Hiding Between the Pages - August, Journal of Accountancy      (Word - Suppress White Space Tip)

 

Your Type is Not Allowed - August, Journal of Accountancy      (Word - Editing in Reading Mode Tip)

 

Drive-By Virus - August, Journal of Accountancy  (Security - Combating Viruses Tips)

 

Desperately Geeking Susan - August, Journal of Accountancy  (Hardware Recommendations)

 

The Aftermath of Many Conditions - August, Journal of Accountancy  (Excel - The SUMIFS Function)

 

Internet Explorer Shortcuts - August, Journal of Accountancy  (Ten Browser Shortcuts)

2011 - Technology Q&A Column - Jul, Journal of Accountancy    

Your Finest Port, - July, Journal of Accountancy   (Outlook - Anti Spam Setting)
 

Outlook 2010 and 2007 Shortcuts, - July, Journal of Accountancy   (Five Outlook Shortcuts)
 

Mastering Your CDs, - July, Journal of Accountancy   (Windows - Burning CDs Tip)
 

A Colorful Preview, - July, Journal of Accountancy   (office - Print Preview in Color Tip)
 

One Tall Solution, - July, Journal of Accountancy   (Excel - Print Setting Tip)

2011 - Technology Q&A Column - Jun, Journal of Accountancy    

Foot Your Financials in Excel, - June, Journal of Accountancy  (Excel - Embedded Word Object Tip)
 

An Iconic Solution, - June, Journal of Accountancy  (Windows - Organizing Your Icons Tip)
 

A Smart Solution to Formatting Bullet Lists, - June, Journal of Accountancy  (Word - Smart Art Tip)
 

Add Value, Instantly, - June, Journal of Accountancy  (Excel - Pasting Between Workbooks Tip)
 

Windows Shortcuts, - June, Journal of Accountancy  (Five Windows Tips)

2011 - CPA's Guide to Improving Travel and Expense Management, ASA Research Press
 

2011 - Technology Q&A Column - May, Journal of Accountancy    

Dating Tips, - May, Journal of Accountancy (Excel - Date Format Tip)
 

Count on It, - May, Journal of Accountancy  (Windows Calculator Tips)
 

Hide me Quick, - May, Journal of Accountancy (Excel - Hiding/Displaying Columns Tips)
 

Caps Off To You, - May, Journal of Accountancy (Windows - Keyboard Tip)
 

An Excellent Arrangement, - May, Journal of Accountancy (Excel - Displaying Excel on Multiple Monitors Tip)
 

Pasting Away Again, - May, Journal of Accountancy  (Excel - Pasting Tip)

2011 - Excel's New Slicer—It Slices, It Dices, - April, Corporate Taxation Insider  (Excel's New Slicer Tool )

 

2011 - Technology Q&A Column - Apr, Journal of Accountancy    

Picture a Smaller File Size, - April, Journal of Accountancy (Office - Compressing Picture Sizes)
 

XPS vs. PDF, - April, Journal of Accountancy  (Windows - Microsoft's Alternative to the PDF Format)
 

Displaying a Two-Digit Year, - April, Journal of Accountancy (Excel - Date Format Tip)
 

A Refreshing Change in Your Portfolio, - April, Journal of Accountancy (Excel - Web Queries Tip)
 

Creating a New Worksheet Can Be a Drag, - April, Journal of Accountancy (Excel - Duplicating Worksheets Tip)
 

E-mail a Single Worksheet, - April, Journal of Accountancy  (Excel - Email Tip)
 

Excel's New Slicer—It Slices, It Dices, - April, Journal of Accountancy (Excel's New Slicer Tool)

2011 - Technology Q&A Column - Mar, Journal of Accountancy

Your Cheating Chart, - March, Journal of Accountancy  (Excel - How Charts Lie Tips)

 

The Blind Side of E-Mail, - March, Journal of Accountancy   (Outlook - Blind Copying Tip)

 

A Search for a Better Search, - March, Journal of Accountancy   (Windows - Folder Search Tip)

 

Five Excel Quick Tips, - March, Journal of Accountancy  (Five Excel Tips)

 

I Don't Want to Lose You, - March, Journal of Accountancy   (Tips for Backing Up Your Cell Phone Data)

 

I Stand Corrected, - March, Journal of Accountancy  (Word - AutoCorrect Tip)

2011 - Increase Productivity With Multiple Monitors, Journal of Accountancy

 

2011 - Technology Q&A Column - Feb, Journal of Accountancy

Heaven Help Us, - February, Journal of Accountancy  (Windows - GodMode Tip)
 

That's a Shifty Move, - February, Journal of Accountancy   (Browser - Faster Browsing Tip)
 

Full Screen Ahead, - February, Journal of Accountancy   (Browser - Readability Tip)
 

Say Goodbye to Wimpy Searches, - February, Journal of Accountancy   (Windows - Search Tips)
 

Hidden Tips for Hiding Data, - February, Journal of Accountancy   (Excel - Privacy Issues)

2011 - Technology Q&A Column - Jan, Journal of Accountancy

Would You Like to Share a Date? , - January, Journal of Accountancy  (Outlook - Sharing Calendars Tip)
 

It's Time to Split, - January, Journal of Accountancy (Excel - Split Screen Tools Tip)
 

I Command You, - January, Journal of Accountancy  (Excel - Unlock 219 Hidden Commands Tip)
 

I Hope to See You Zoom, - January, Journal of Accountancy  (Excel - Zooming Tip)

2010 - Fortify Your Facebook Privacy, Journal of Accountancy 

 

2009 – The Tech-Savvy CPA, Journal of Accountancy 

 

2008 – Evaluating & Selecting Not-For-Profit Accounting Systems, Serenic Software Press

 

2008 – Practical Advice For Companies Who Have Outgrown QuickBooks Executive Summary, Microsoft Press

 

2007 – Compliance Conundrum, Accounting Today

 

2007 – How to Choose the Right Accounting System Reseller, Microsoft Press

 

2007 – A Small World: Multicurrency and Multilanguage Software, Accounting Technology

 

2006 - Small Business Software Grows Up, Journal of Accountancy

 

2006 - Microsoft Excel Pivot Tables, Microsoft Dynamics Press

 

2005 – 25-Step Blueprint for Selecting the Right Accounting Software, Financial Mgmt Software Evaluation Guide

 

2005 – Serenic Navigator Ranked First In Industry White Paper, PR Newswire

 

2004 – Complying with Sarbanes – Oxley, How Microsoft Navision Can Help, Business Systems Solutions

 

2004 – Microsoft Business Solutions for CPAs, Slide Share

 

2004 – 15 Key Provisions of Sarbanes-Oxley, White Star USA

 

2004 – Business Accounting Software Evaluation, Microsoft Dynamics Press

 

2004 – Practical Advice for Companies That Have Outgrown QuickBooks, Microsoft Press

 

2004 – Review of Axapta, Technology Evaluation Centers

 

2004 – QuickBooks Analysis, Innovative Tekniques, Inc.

 

2003 – Excellence Series "Unsung Hero", Time Savers, Inc.

 

2003 – The Ideal Reseller, The Practical Accountant

 

2003 – Computer Security Checklist, Tourbillon Partners Press

 

2002 – A Review of Microsoft Navision, Anderson Essentials

 

1999 - How to Select the Right Accounting Software, Journal of Accountancy 

 

1999 – Confessions of an Excel Junkie, Excel Advisor

 

1999 - Selecting the Right Accounting Software Package - Part I, Journal of Accountancy August 1999, Page 61
 

1999 - Selecting the Right Accounting Software Package - Part II, Journal of Accountancy Sept 1999, Page 61
 

1999 - Selecting the Right Accounting Software Package, Part III, Journal of Accountancy October 1999, Page 31

 

1991 - How to Make a Success of Software Consulting, Journal of Accountancy 

 

1991 - Sum and then Some, LAN Magazine, November 1991, Page 97 

 

1990 - Leading Ledgers - Accounting Software Packages: which ones add up? LAN Magazine, October 1990, Page 107
 

1984 - Breaking Symphony's Password Encryption, Symphony User's Journal, 1984
 

 

Author & Publisher of A Book :

 

Guide to Installing Microcomputer Accounting Systems

 

Mr. Collins is the lead author for Practitioners Publishing Company's Guide to Installing Microcomputer Accounting Systems. The Guide is a 1,000 page, two volume guide that walks the installer through the process of installing an accounting software system. Volume I features the following chapters: 

1. Introduction to Installing Accounting Software
2. Getting Started (key steps to becoming an installer)
3. Marketing
4. Planning the Engagement
5. Performing the Needs Analysis
6. Selecting the Appropriate Software and Hardware
7. Installing the Accounting System
8. Concluding the Engagement
9. Windows and Macintosh Considerations
10. Local Area Network Considerations

 

The Guide features practical guidance and several hundred pages of ready-to-use practice aides to assist the installing in conducting a smooth and successful installation engagement. Volume II features thirteen chapters which discuss various high-end accounting software systems including ACCPAC Plus, CYMA, Great Plains, One Write Plus, Peachtree, Real World, Solomon, Accountant, Inc., Platinum, and MAS 90.

 

The Guide to Installing Microcomputer Accounting Systems was published and sold by Practitioners Publishing Company of Fort Worth, Texas and has sold over 5,000 copies. At one time, the book had emerged to become the leading reference material pertaining to the scope of installing accounting software, with thousands of installers across the United States and several "Big Five" CPA firms relying on the Guide for conducting their installation engagements. You can view more background on the guide here

 

Lecturing:

 

Mr. Collins speaks frequently to accounting software installers on behalf of the technology and accounting software community. Following is a partial list of some of the conferences Mr. Collins has addressed on the subject of accounting software:

Great Plains "Stampede" Reseller Conference, Fargo, ND, 1989
Microsoft's "Solution Provider's" Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, 1993
Manzanita's "Gold Rush" Reseller Conference, Sacramento, CA, 1994
Macola's "Directions" Reseller Conference, Columbus, Ohio, 1994
SBT's Annual Reseller Conference, San Francisco, California, 1994
Epicor Partner Conference, Hawaii, 1996
SBT's Annual Reseller Conference, San Francisco, California, 1998
Epicor Partner Conference, Hawaii, 1998
Epicor Reseller & Customer Conference, Orlando 1999
ACCPAC's "Partnership" Conference, Orlando, FL, August 2000
ACCPAC's "Partnership" Conference, Orlando, FL, August 2001
Damgaard Axapta Conference, Marietta, GA, February, 2001
Sage Software Visions Conference, Palm Springs, May 2001
Navision's Conexions Conference, Atlanta, January 2002
Exact Macola Directions Conference, Cincinnati, May 2002
Best Software Visions Conference, Palm Springs, May 2002
Sage Software Visions Conference, 2003 (Filled in for a missing speaker with no notice)
Microsoft Partner's Conference, Fargo, ND, 2003
Sage Software Visions Conference, 2004
Microsoft Partner's Conference, Fargo, ND, 2004
Microsoft Partner's Conference, Minneapolis, 2005
SouthWare Partner's Conference, 2006
Sage Software Visions Conference, 2006
Microsoft Partner's Conference, San Diego, 2006
Sage Software Visions Conference, 2005 (Filled in for a missing speaker with no notice)
SouthWare Partner's Conference, 2007
SouthWare Partner's Conference, 2009
 

Frequent Speaker at Other Technology Conferences
 
Mr. Collins has delivered numerous presentations on the subjects of accounting software, local area networking, the Internet, Microsoft Windows, and PC hardware on behalf of many companies. Following is a listing of some of those Conferences.

ACUTE Microcomputer Conference (Accountant's Users Technical Exchange) Mr. Collins delivered fourteen presentations at the Acute Conferences from 1988 to 1994.

Minnesota Information Technology Conference
Mr. Collins delivered seven presentations at the Minnesota Society of CPAs Microcomputer Conference from 1989 to 1995.

Lotus Development Corporation
Mr. Collins delivered more than one hundred presentations of Lotus product on behalf of Lotus Development Corporation from 1989 to 1995.

Midwest Show Mr. Collins delivered 8 presentations at the MidWest show in 1993, 1995, 1996, and 1998.

New York Microcomputer Conference
Mr. Collins delivered three presentations at the New York Society of CPAs Microcomputer Conference from 1990 to 1995.

Ohio Microcomputer Conference
Mr. Collins delivered eight presentations at the Ohio Society of CPAs Microcomputer Conference from 1990 to 1995.

Southeast Accounting Show, Industry Conference
Mr. Collins delivered over 40 presentations at the Georgia Society of CPAs Accounting Show from 1990 to present and six presentations at the Georgia Industry Conference.

Restaurant Technology Conference
Mr. Collins presented to 550 persons attending the February, 2000  Restaurant Technology Conference in Las Vegas, NV.

Microsoft Corporation
Mr. Collins delivered more than 200 presentations on behalf of Microsoft Corporation on the topics of accounting software, Windows, the Internet, and Microsoft Applications.

Novell, Inc
. Mr. Collins delivered more than forty presentations on behalf of Novell, Inc. on local area networking.

Association of Accountants and Financial Professionals, Inc. (AAFI)
Mr. Collins presented to AAFI in September, 2000.

National Association of Property Managers, Atlanta, GA - Mr. Collins presented a keynote technology discussion in 2010.

IBM
Mr. Collins delivered more than forty presentations on behalf of IBM on the topics of accounting software, and hardware technology. In 1988 and 1989, Carlton trained IBM sales representatives in accounting and the IBM accounting software then known as Accounting Assistant Series (BPI).

Other Conferences include: Ziff's Computer Technology Conference, Orlando, Florida 1993; The Louisiana Microcomputer Conference (20 presentations in five years from 1990 to 1995), the Alabama Microcomputer Conference (1992, 1993, and 1994), and over 100 State CPA Society Conferences.

 

International Speaking 
Mr. Collins has lectured internationally on the topic of Accounting Software in Sydney, Australia, Melbourne, Australia, Auckland, New Zealand, and Wellington, New Zealand. Mr. Collins was sponsored by the University of Sydney in Australia, and the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand.

 

 

Frequent Lecturer on Accounting Software 
At last count, Mr. Collins had twenty-one current accounting software packages up and running on his traveling computer systems ranging from QuickBooks to SAP. For the past ten years, Mr. Collins has traveled across the United States and throughout the world delivering an eight hour presentation titled; "Overview of the Top Ten Accounting Software Packages". Mr. Collins has lectured to "tens of thousands" of CPAs about accounting software. In his lecture, Mr. Collins devotes about twenty-five minutes each to some of today's best accounting software packages. Using real-to-life cases and examples, Mr. Collins walks the audience through everyday tasks such as the order entry process, backordering inventory, and allocating expenses. Mr. Collins points out strong points and weak points along the way in an effort to help the audience understand what features to look for in selecting accounting software. Mr. Collins uses live demonstrations of customizing accounting software to show users how to meet unusual needs and specific system requirements. By days end, the objective is that audience members are in a better position to evaluate and select an accounting software solution for their company or client.

 

 

Consistently High Ratings:

As a lecturer for more than twenty-five years, Mr. Collins has delivered well over 2,200 presentations on the subject of technology, productivity software and accounting software. Most of these presentations were concluded with the audience rating the instructor for knowledge and presentation skills on a five point scale (where 5=excellent, 4=very good, 3=average, 2=fair, and 1=poor). Over the past three years Mr. Collins' average ratings were 4.87 and 4.76 for both knowledge and presentation skills, respectively. On numerous occasions, Mr. Collins has scored a perfect 5.0.

 

Mr. Collins attributes his success in speaking to being prepared. "I am often surprised that my presentations rate so highly because in my opinion, my speaking style is not very polished. However, I believe that I make up for my lack of "polish" by being concise and to the point. By being well-prepared, a speaker can impart as much knowledge as possible with the minimum amount of words. Keeping a high level of energy and injecting just the right amount of entertainment helps too. Heaven knows that without a little humor, the subject of accounting software can get pretty dry after eight continuous hours."

 

 

Consulting to Software Developers:
Mr. Collins has provided professional consulting services to many of the top software and hardware companies. In 1992, Mr. Collins spent two days with Microsoft Excel programmers and product personnel for the specific purpose of designing improvements to Microsoft Excel 4.0. Mr. Collins also provided product design advice to companies such as Epicor, Exact Macola North America, and Peachtree Software. In 2005 Mr. Collins prepared 1,700 pages of online training on behalf of Microsoft. Mr. Collins also assisted Exact software by preparing over 100 pages of recommended improvements to the Macola product's screen designs.

 

 

Family & Personal Notes:  

 

Carlton grew up on St. Simons Island, Georgia - a small barrier island off the coast of Georgia about halfway between Savannah and Jacksonville. The island has white sandy beaches, stately large oak trees covered with Spanish moss, a charming lighthouse, miles of gentle marshes, great fishing, and good people. Carlton often refers to St. Simons Island as the "most beautiful and serene place on earth". The neighborhood where Carlton grew up was Epworth by the Sea. A history of this community can be viewed here.

 

Carlton married in 1984. His wife, Mary Lou is an Atlanta native. They first met in 1978 at the University of Georgia where they shared a class together. (Yes those were the Herschel Walker years and they were great!) Carlton's first child, James, was born in 1990 and his second child, Stephanie, was born in 1994.

 

Carlton and Mary Lou attend North Point Community Church  in Atlanta, Georgia (Pastor Andy Stanley). Carlton stays active in the local community where he has coached little league in Gwinnett County, and basketball for the YMCA and the United Methodist Church in Dunwoody. carlton was president of his neighborhood's Home Owners Association from 2008 to 2012. Carlton plays organized softball and tennis, and has captained his tennis on team several occasions. He also enjoys motorcycles (both street and dirt), bike riding, snow skiing, fishing, hiking and traveling. In 1980, Carlton formed the Atlanta Canoer's Association and for ten years led canoeing expeditions to the North Georgia mountains. Carlton's hobbies include drawing and collecting prehistoric shark's teeth. Carlton's shark's tooth collection contains more than 6,000 teeth, some which are over six inches long and date back 45 million years.

In 1996, Carlton lived in the Olympic Village in Atlanta, Georgia and served as an envoy to the New Zealand Olympic Team. See Carlton pictured with two time Gold medal winner Danyon Loader here.  One of his responsibilities was to make sure that the athletes get to their events on time with all of their equipment. Here's another Olympic Picture.

Family Pictures

 

Quoted in Articles - J. Carlton Collins

 

2009 – Geni Whitehouse, Even a Nerd Can Be Heard, Upton and Blanding Associates

 

2009 - Anya Ciecierski, How Does QuickBooks Compare to Microsoft Dynamics GP, Microsoft Partner Blog

 

2008 – Anya Martin, SEAS Sets New Pace As CPAs Line Up For Credits, Atlanta Business Chronicle

 

2008 – Practical Advice for Companies That Have Outgrown QuickBooks, Workshift Systems

 

2008 – Supporting Not-for-Profits, Accounting Today

 

2008 - Ulric J. Gelinas Jr., Business Processes and Information Technology, Global Text Terry College of Business, UGA

 

2008 – Jeff Stimpson, Not-For-Profit Software Links, The Practical Accountant

 

2007 – Alexandra DeFelice, A Small World, WebCPA

 

2007 - Fara Elikai, Accounting Software Selection and User Satisfaction, The CPA Journal

 

2007 - Street Talk: Reader Views (Letter to the Editor), Accounting Today

 

2006 – Carolyn Tang, The Connected CPA, Insight Magazine

 

2006 - Kreag  Danvers - Increasing the Relevance of Undergraduate Accounting Education, Strategic Finance

 

2006 – Bob Jensen, Tidbits, Trinity University

 

2006 – Small Business Grows Up,  National Science and Technology Library (Published in Chinese)            

 

2006 – Lisa Spinelli, Laps v. desks: So where should you put your computer?, The Practical Accountant

 

2005 – Joanna Glasner, Users Blast Intuit's Upgrade Fees, Wired Magazine

 

2005 – Tech Briefs (American European Consulting Company Inc), Accounting Today

 

2005 – James Bryce Smith, ERP Selection Tips, Navision Press

 

2005 - Serenic Navigator Ranked First In Industry White Paper, Serenic Software

 

2005 – White Paper - Investing in the Future, The Resource Group

 

2005 – Gale, Cengage Learning, Society year peaks with 2005 Members Summit and Annual Meeting, Catalyst

 

2005 – ERP Overview Brochure, Sage Software Press

 

2005 – Lisa Spinelli, Online Accounting, The Wave Of The Future Is Still Out At Sea, Accounting Today

 

2005 – Street Talk: Reader Views, AICPA, Accounting Technology

 

2005 – Financial Insights – PFW Marketing Slick, Sage Software Press

 

2005 – How Great Plains Beats MAS 90/200, Microsoft Press

 

2005 – My Reaction to Sage’s Rebuttal

 

2005 – Microsoft to Deliver New Professional Accountants' Network, PR Newswire

 

2005 – Linda C. Chandler, Putting Your Money Matters Online, Association Management

 

2005 – Lisa Spinelli, CPAs See Mixed Returns On Their Technology Investment, Accounting Today

 

2004 – J. Tol Broome, Jr., Accounting For Everything, Pest Control

 

2003 - High-Tech Writers, BusinessVision Leaps Ahead, Business Wire

 

2003 – Seth Fineberg, The Key To Reselling Success Remains A Matter Of Opinion, Accounting Today

 

2003 - High-Tech Writers, BusinessVision Gives Alternative to Software Ownership, Business Wire

 

2003 – AccountMate Partners Gain Vertical Advantage, The Practical Accountant

 

2003 – Special Report: Partnership Programs, Accounting Today

 

2003 - High-Tech Writers, Softline BusinessVision Announces Vertical Solution Partner Program, Business Wire

 

2003 – John Covaleski, Clifton Gunderson Sets Up Stand-Alone Technology Unit, Accounting Today

 

2003 - Softline BusinessVision Announces Vertical Solution Partner Program, Canadian Corporate News

 

2003 – Business Editors, BusinessVision 32 Scores Sales Coup, Business Wire

 

2002 – The Accounting Software Library, Accounting Library Web Site

 

2002 – AccountMate Testimonials, AccountMate Press

 

2002- I Want The Freedom To Focus On My Business, Navision Press

 

2002 – Robert Scott, Making Payments Online, Accounting Technology

 

2002 – Pivot Table and Pivot Chart Links, Peltier Technical Services

 

2002 – James Coates, Chicago Tribune Ask Jim Column, Chicago Tribune

 

2002 – Jeff Stimpson, Mid-Level Accounting Software Takes Off, The Practical Accountant

 

2002 – John Covaleski, Collins Foresees "Consumer Reports" Status In Accounting Software, Accounting Today

 

2002 – Collins Launches CPE, Accounting Technology

 

2002 – John Covaleski, 2002 Tech Conference Planners Anticipating Heavy Turnout, Accounting Today

 

2002 – J. Tol Broome, Jr., There's An Accounting Package To Suit Your Business, Gifts & Decorative Accessories

 

2001 – Business Editors, Softline Reports Fast Track Expansion Into U.S. Accounting Mid-Market, Business Wire

 

2001 – Jeff Stimpson, Explosion Of E-Accounting, The Practical Accountant

 

2001 – Softline Reports Fast Track Expansion , Canadian Corporate News

 

2001 – NavisionDamgaard US Prepares for `Dawn of Dominance' at Annual Compass Meeting, Business Wire

 

2001 - Clar Rosso, Worth the Risk? You Decide., California CPA

 

2000 – Gale Group, Sage Software Announces Launch of Web News Site for Accountants, Business Wire

 

2000 – ACCPAC Assists Accountants in Transition to Trusted Advisors, Canadian Corporate News

 

2000 – Sharon Krugman, Experts Say IT Consulting Is Full-Time Job, Accounting Today

 

2000 – Business Editors, Sage Software Announces Launch of Web News Site for Accountants, Business Wire

 

2000 – Epicor Ranked Top Manufacturing Solution for Large Midmarket Companies, PR Newswire

 

2000 – Business Editors, Navision Software Wins Best Mid-Market Accounting Honor, Business Wire

 

1999 – Anonymous,  Committee Reports, Pennsylvania CPA Journal

 

1999 – John Covaleski, Peachtree Looks Upmarket, Readies $140 million IPO, Accounting Today

 

1999 – Melissa Klein, CPA Tech Incomes Double, Accounting Today

 

1997 - Peachtree Software Continues Outreach to Accounting Professionals, PR Newswire

 

1997 - Gary F. Peters - ERP And Accounting Information Systems - Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia

 

1995 – Robert Scott, Practitioners Advise: Look Before You Leap To Windows 95, Accounting Today

 

 

Speaker Ratings

 

Mr. Collins typically rates in the 4.7 to 5.0 range for full day classes, and 4.6 to 4.9 range for conference sessions (on a 5.0 scale). Mr. Collins has been rated the top speaker at national conferences dozens of times and is always rated as one of the top presenters at every conference. Mr. Collins has been lecturing since 1987 – more than 2,000 presentations in 44 states and 5 countries. As a sample, Mr. Collins rating results for 2005 thru 2009 are shown below.

 

Lecture
Dates

Locations

Course Title

Ratings - Speaker Knowledge

Ratings - Speaker Presentation Skills

6/26/09 Sea World, Orlando, FL QuickBooks for CPAs 5.00 4.87
6/25/09 Sea World, Orlando, FL Excel for CPAs 5.00 4.93
6/24/09 Fort Lauderdale, FL Excel for CPAs 5.00 5.00
6/23/09 Fort Lauderdale, FL QuickBooks for CPAs 4.86 4.86

5/11/09

Columbia, SC

QuickBooks for CPAs.

               4.89

               4.79

5/12/09

Greenville, SC

Excel for CPAs.

               4.98

               4.87

5/26/09

Atlanta, GA

Technology Symposium.

               4.91

               4.73

5/2/08

Atlanta, GA

Microsoft Office.

               4.83

               4.92

5/3/08

Atlanta, GA

QuickBooks for CPAs.

               4.38

               3.90

5/4/08

Atlanta, GA

Technology Update.

               4.81

               4.69

6/10/08

Hartford, CT

Excel for Advanced Users.

               4.84

               4.68

6/11/08

Hartford, CT

QuickBooks for CPAs.

               4.74

               4.69

6/12/08

Hartford, CT

Information Security for CPAs.

               4.67

               4.60

6/20/08

Gwinnett, GA

Technology Conference – Hidden Tools.

               4.72

               4.58

6/24/08

Tampa, FL

QuickBooks for CPAs.

               5.00

               5.00

6/25/08

Tampa, FL

Excel for CPAs.

               4.96

               4.89

6/26/08

Fort Lauderdale, FL

QuickBooks for CPAs.

               5.00

               5.00

6/27/08

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Excel for CPAs.

               4.92

               4.84

6/20/08

Gwinnett, GA

Technology Conference – Data Analysis.

               4.91

               4.64

5/7/08

Atlanta, GA

Technology Update.

               4.88

               4.89

8/19/08

Webinar

Selecting Accounting Software Systems

               4.82

               4.68

8/22/08

Birmingham, AL

Excel for Advanced Users

               4.93

               4.88

9/5/08

Birmingham, AL

Information Security for CPAs

               4.92

               4.91

9/9/08

Acworth, GA

QuickBooks for CPAs.

               4.92

               5.00

9/10/08

Atlanta, GA

Excel Hands On.

               5.00

               4.91

9/11/08

Duluth, GA

Information Security for CPAs.

               4.75

               4.83

9/23/08

Columbia, SC

Information Security for CPAs.

               4.94

               4.75

9/24/08

Columbia, SC

Microsoft Office for CPAs.

               4.90

               4.90

9/25/08

Greenville, SC

Excel Case Studies for CPAs.

               4.84

               4.76

10/8/08

Traverse City, MI

Excel for Advanced Users

               4.88

               4.94

10/9/08

Traverse City, MI

Information Security for CPAs

               4.89

               4.91

10/20/08

Bloomington, MN

Excel for Advanced Users

               4.97

               4.97

10/20/08

Bloomington, MN

Excel for CPAs

               4.97

               4.94

10/20/08

Bloomington, MN

QuickBooks for CPAs

               5.00

               4.99

10/20/08

Bloomington, MN

Information Security for CPAs

               4.90

               4.73

10/28/08

Troy, MI

Excel Hands On

               4.91

               4.91

10/29/08

Troy, MI

Excel for Advanced Users

               4.93

               4.95

11/5/08

Iowa City, IA

Technology Update.

               4.79

               4.75

11/6/08

Iowa City, IA

Excel for Intermediate Users.

               4.83

               4.88

11/7/08

West Des Moines, IA

Information Security for CPAs.

               4.68

               4.59

11/11/08

Gainesville, GA

Excel for CPAs

               4.94

               4.97

11/13/08

Tifton, GA

Excel for Advanced Users

               4.96

               4.95

11/14/08

Columbus, GA

Excel CPA Case Studies.

               4.94

               4.88

12/2/08

Las Vegas, Nevada

Excel Hands On.

               4.77

               4.69

12/3/08

Las Vegas, Nevada

QuickBooks for CPAs

               4.92

               4.96

12/9/08

Acworth, GA

Excel for Advanced Users.

               4.80

               4.70

12/10/08

Atlanta, GA

Information Security for CPAs

               4.96

               5.00

12/11/08

Duluth, GA

Microsoft Office for CPAs.

               4.92

               4.83

12/16/08

Nashville, TN

Excel Hands On

               4.98

               4.94

12/17/08

Nashville, TN

QuickBooks for CPAs

               4.92

               5.00

4/24/07

Detroit, Michigan

Supply Chain and Inventory Management

               4.82

               4.72

4/25/07

Detroit, Michigan

Microsoft Office for CPAs

               4.89

               5.00

5/10/07

Columbia, SC

Technology Update for CPAs

               4.95

               4.96

5/11/07

Columbia, SC

QuickBooks for CPAs

               4.98

               4.91

5/16/07

Kansas City, MO

Excel for CPAs

               4.90

               4.96

5/17/07

St. Louis, MO

Excel Advanced

               4.93

               4.88

5/23/07

Livonia, Michigan

Information Technology Conference - Keynote.

               4.67

               4.71

5/23/07

Livonia, Michigan

Microsoft Office Accounting.

               4.68

               4.56

5/24/07

Detroit, Michigan

Excel Advanced.

               4.72

               4.60

6/4/07

Tifton, GA

Excel Intermediate

               4.83

               4.50

6/5/07

Tifton, GA

Microsoft Office for CPAs

               5.00

               4.98

6/12/07

Boston, MA

Excel for CPAs.

               4.91

               4.78

6/13/07

Boston, MA

Microsoft Office for CPAs.

               4.95

               4.89

6/14/07

Hartford, CT

Excel for CPAs

               4.94

               4.94

6/15/07

Hartford, CT

Microsoft Office for CPAs

               4.95

               4.91

6/18/07

Cobb Galleria, GA

Microsoft Office for CPAs

               4.96

               4.98

6/19/07

Gwinnett Center, GA

Excel CPAs Case Studies.

               4.92

               4.67

6/20/07

Buckhead, GA

Technology Update for CPAs.

               4.89

               4.61

6/26/07

Traverse City, MI

QuickBooks for CPAs

               4.89

               4.91

6/27/07

Traverse City, MI

Excel CPAs Case Studies.

               4.92

               4.92

6/28/07

Detroit, Michigan

Excel CPAs Case Studies.

               4.88

               4.89

6/29/07

Detroit, Michigan

Top Ten Accounting Software Solutions

               4.97

               4.88

8/9/07

Birmingham, AL

Excel Hands On

               4.92

               4.93

8/16/07

Birmingham, AL

QuickBooks for CPAs

               5.00

               4.99

8/17/07

Dothan, AL

Microsoft Office for CPAs

               4.91

               4.90

8/29/07

Cobb Galleria, GA

SouthEast Accounting Show –

               4.78

               4.58

8/30/07

Cobb Galleria, GA

SouthEast Accounting Show –

               4.74

               4.64

8/31/07

Mobile, AL

Excel Intermediate

               4.89

               4.96

9/10/07

Birmingham, AL

Supply Chain and Inventory Management

               4.91

               4.95

9/11/07

Huntsville, AL

QuickBooks for CPAs

               4.89

               4.92

9/18/07

New Hampshire

Excel Advanced

               4.95

               4.95

9/19/07

New Hampshire

QuickBooks for CPAs

               5.00

               4.97

10/2/07

Roseland, NJ

Excel CPAs Case Studies

               4.88

               4.92

10/3/07

Roseland, NJ

QuickBooks for CPAs

               4.93

               4.86

10/4/07

Roseland, NJ

Microsoft Office for CPAs

               4.95

               4.97

10/8/07

Cobb Galleria, GA

Excel Hands On.

               5.00

               4.27

10/9/07

Gwinnett Center, GA

QuickBooks for CPAs.

               4.63

               4.43

10/10/07

Buckhead, GA

Supply Chain and Inventory Management.

               4.17

               3.92

10/18/07

Atlanta, GA

Fall Decision Makers Conf. – Excel Tips

               4.52

               4.64

10/18/07

Atlanta, GA

Fall Decision Makers Conf. – Tech Tips

               4.41

               4.57

10/23/07

Bloomfield, MN

Excel Intermediate

               5.00

               4.89

10/24/07

Bloomfield, MN

Excel Hands On

               4.98

               4.99

10/25/07

Bloomfield, MN

Microsoft Office Accounting

               5.00

               5.00

10/29/07

Savannah, GA

Excel for CPAs.

               5.00

               4.92

10/30/07

Macon, GA

Microsoft Office for CPAs.

               4.92

               4.67

11/7/07

Des Moines, Iowa

Supply Chain and Inventory Management.

               4.32

               4.32

11/8/07

Des Moines, Iowa

QuickBooks for CPAs

               4.94

               4.98

11/9/07

Des Moines, Iowa

Excel Hands On.

               4.97

               4.84

11/13/07

Lansing, Michigan

Excel for CPAs

               4.98

               4.96

11/14/07

Detroit, Michigan

QuickBooks for CPAs

               4.98

               4.91

11/28/07

Columbia, SC

Excel CPAs Case Studies

               4.91

               4.97

11/29/07

Greenville, SC

Excel Intermediate

               4.94

               4.77

12/4/07

Las Vegas, Nevada

Excel for CPAs

               4.94

               4.91

12/5/07

Las Vegas, Nevada

Microsoft Office for CPAs

               4.91

               4.99

12/11/07

Dalton, GA

Excel for CPAs.

               5.00

               4.88

12/12/07

Dalton, GA

Microsoft Office for CPAs.

               4.94

               4.81

12/13/07

Rome, GA

QuickBooks for CPAs

               4.67

               4.58

12/18/07

Gwinnett Center, GA

Excel for Advanced Users.

               4.83

               4.81

12/19/07

Buckhead, GA

Microsoft Office for CPAs.

               5.00

               5.00

12/20/07

Cobb Galleria, GA

Technology Update for CPAs.

               4.90

               4.71

3/7/06

Atlanta, GA

Microsoft Office Small Business Accounting 2006

               4.97

               4.97

3/15/06

WebCast

Microsoft Office Small Business Accounting 2006

               4.89

               4.93

3/21/06

Atlanta, GA

Microsoft Office Small Business Accounting 2006

               4.89

               5.00

3/29/06

Marietta, GA

Top Ten Accounting Software 2006

               4.99

               4.92

3/30/06

Austin, TX

Microsoft Office Small Business Accounting 2006

               4.89

               4.96

5/2/06

Redmond, WA

Certified Consultants Training

               4.91

               4.90

5/3/06

Redmond, WA

Certified Consultants Training

               4.99

               4.93

5/4/06

Redmond, WA

Certified Consultants Training

               4.97

               4.93

5/9/06

Duluth, GA

Top Ten Accounting Software 2006

               4.97

               4.93

5/10/06

Greenville, SC

Microsoft Excel for CPAs 2006

               4.99

               4.95

5/11/06

Greenville, SC

Top Ten Accounting Software 2006

               4.95

               4.92

5/15/06

 Minneapolis, MN

Microsoft Office Small Business Accounting 2006

               4.92

               4.97

5/15/06

 Minneapolis, MN

Microsoft Office Small Business Edition 2006

               4.96

               4.88

5/15/06

 Minneapolis, MN

Technology Boot Camp for CPAs 2006

               5.00

               4.92

5/18/06

Real Estate Conference

Microsoft Office Small Business Accounting 2006 

               4.97

               5.00

5/18/06

Real Estate Conference

Microsoft Office Small Business Edition 2006

               4.92

               4.81

5/22/06

Grand Rapids, MI

Microsoft Excel for CPAs 2006

               4.98

               5.00

5/23/06

Marquette, MI

Microsoft Excel for CPAs 2006

               4.91

               4.97

5/25/06

Brunswick, GA

QuickBooks for CPAs 2006

               4.98

               4.92

5/26/06

Brunswick, GA

Microsoft Excel for CPAs 2006

               4.95

               4.97

6/5/06

Las Vegas, NV

Microsoft Excel for CPAs 2006

               4.98

               4.92

6/6/06

Las Vegas, NV

Microsoft Office Small Business Accounting 2006 

               4.97

               4.96

6/8/06

Tampa, FL

Microsoft Excel for CPAs 2006.

               4.97

               4.85

6/9/06

Tampa, FL

QuickBooks for CPAs 2006

               4.82

               4.71

6/12/06

Atlanta, GA

Microsoft Office Small Business Edition 2006

               4.88

               4.94

6/14/06

Hartford, CT

Microsoft Excel for CPAs 2006

               5.00

               4.88

6/15/06

Hartford, CT

Microsoft Office Small Business Accounting 2006

               4.94

               4.98

6/19/06

Minnesota, MN

Microsoft Excel for CPAs 2006

               4.90

               4.93

6/20/06

Minnesota, MN

Microsoft Business Solutions for CPAs

               4.95

               4.99

6/21/06

Minnesota, MN

Microsoft Office Small Business Accounting 2006

               4.99

               4.88

6/27/06

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Microsoft Excel for CPAs 2006

               4.93

               4.99

6/28/06

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

QuickBooks for CPAs 2006

               4.99

               4.87

6/30/06

Macon, GA

Microsoft Office Small Business Accounting 2006

               4.95

               5.00

7/18/06

Online

Top Ten Accounting Software 2006

               5.00

               4.92

7/18/06

Online

Microsoft Office Small Business Accounting 2006

               4.99

               4.98

7/18/06

Online

Microsoft Excel for CPAs 2006

               5.00

               4.88

8/9/06

Atlanta, GA

Microsoft Office Small Business Accounting 2006

               4.88

               4.88

8/11/06

Birmingham, AL

Microsoft Office Small Business Accounting 2006

               4.96

               4.98

8/16/06

Birmingham, AL

Microsoft Office Small Business Edition 2006

               4.98

               5.00

8/17/06

Dothan, AL

Microsoft Office Small Business Accounting 2006

               4.88

               4.94

8/21/06

Atlantic City, NJ

Microsoft Excel for CPAs 2006

               4.95

               4.92

8/22/06

Atlantic City, NJ

Microsoft Office Small Business Accounting 2006

               4.92

               4.92

8/23/06

Atlantic City, NJ

Microsoft Business Solutions for CPAs

               4.92

               4.97

8/28/06

Webinar

Top Ten Accounting Software 2006

               4.91

               4.89

8/30/06

SEAS Atlanta, GA

Microsoft Office Small Business Edition 2006

               4.92

               4.88

8/31/06

SEAS Atlanta, GA

Microsoft Office Small Business Accounting 2006

               4.96

               4.89

9/1/06

Dothan, AL

Intermediate Microsoft Excel

               4.99

               4.95

9/8/06

Webinar

Microsoft Office Small Business Accounting 2006

               5.00

               4.83

9/14/06

Birmingham, AL

Microsoft Excel for CPAs 2006.

               4.94

               4.85

9/15/06

Mobile, AL

QuickBooks for CPAs 2006

               4.97

               4.99

9/19/06

Redmond, WA

Certified Consultants Training

               4.98

               4.97

9/20/06

Redmond, WA

Certified Consultants Training

               4.92

               4.98

9/21/06

Redmond, WA

Certified Consultants Training

               4.99

               4.90

9/25/06

 Minneapolis, MN

Microsoft Office Small Business Edition 2006

               4.97

               4.94

9/26/06

 Minneapolis, MN

Top Ten Accounting Software 2006

               4.88

               4.91

9/28/06

Atlanta, GA

Microsoft Office Small Business Accounting 2006

               4.90

               4.81

10/3/06

Cincinnati, OH

Microsoft Business Solutions for CPAs

               4.91

               5.00

10/4/06

Columbus, OH

Microsoft Business Solutions for CPAs

               4.88

               4.93

10/5/06

Cleveland, OH

Microsoft Business Solutions for CPAs

               4.96

               4.95

10/6/06

Toledo, OH

Microsoft Business Solutions for CPAs

               4.99

               4.96

10/17/06

Islen, NJ

QuickBooks for CPAs 2006

               4.97

               4.90

10/18/06

Islen, NJ

Technology Boot Camp for CPAs

               4.89

               4.88

10/19/06

Islen, NJ

Top Ten Accounting Software 2006

               4.91

               5.00

10/24/06

Charleston, SC

Technology Boot Camp for CPAs

               4.81

               4.94

10/25/06

Columbia, SC

Microsoft Excel for CPAs 2006

               4.93

               5.00

10/26/06

Columbia, SC

Microsoft Office Small Business Edition 2006

               4.97

               4.94

11/2/06

Novi, MI

Microsoft Excel for CPAs 2006.

               4.98

               4.93

11/3/06

Lansing, MI

Microsoft Excel for CPAs 2006.

               4.97

               4.94

11/6/06

Webinar

Microsoft Office Small Business Accounting 2006

               4.90

               4.98

11/8/06

Dalton, GA

Microsoft Office Small Business Accounting 2006

               4.89

               4.90

11/9/06

Rome, GA

Microsoft Excel for CPAs 2006.

               5.00

               5.00

11/10/06

Nashville, TN

Technology Boot Camp for CPAs

               4.93

               4.97

11/14/06

Atlanta, GA

Technology Boot Camp for CPAs

               5.00

               4.89

11/15/06

Atlanta, GA

Top Ten Accounting Software 2006

               4.99

               4.81

11/16/06

Atlanta, GA

Microsoft Business Solutions for CPAs

               4.95

               4.91

11/28/06

Savannah, GA

Microsoft Office Small Business Edition 2006

               4.92

               4.88

11/29/06

Savannah, GA

Microsoft Excel for CPAs 2006.

               4.94

               4.88

11/30/06

Macon, GA

Microsoft Business Solutions for CPAs

               4.94

               5.00

12/1/06

Online

Microsoft Office Small Business Accounting 2006

               4.94

               4.93

12/5/06

Columbus, GA

Microsoft Excel for CPAs 2006.

               4.96

               4.88

12/6/06

Macon, GA

Technology Boot Camp for CPAs

               4.90

               4.96

12/7/06

Atlanta, GA

QuickBooks for CPAs 2006

               4.97

               4.91

12/12/06

Atlanta, GA

Microsoft Office Small Business Accounting 2006

               4.99

               4.95

12/13/06

Atlanta, GA

Microsoft Office Small Business Edition 2006

               4.94

               4.94

12/14/06

Atlanta, GA

Microsoft Excel for CPAs 2006.

               4.98

               4.90

1/11/05

Westchester, New York

Microsoft Business Solutions for CPAs

               4.91

               4.88

1/12/05

Long Island, New York

Microsoft Business Solutions for CPAs

               4.99

               4.95

3/1/05

New Orleans, NO

NE States CPE Conference

               5.00

               4.92

3/5/05

San Diego, CA

Convergence Conference

               4.88

               4.99

3/23/05

Atlanta, GA (Gwinnett)

Microsoft Business Solutions for CPAs

               4.77

               4.85

4/26/05

Baltimore, MD

SouthWare Conference – KeyNote

               4.90

               4.90

4/28/05

Baltimore, MD

Accounting Software Shootout

               4.93

               4.94

5/3/05

Columbia, SC

Microsoft Business Solutions for CPAs

               4.92

               4.96

5/5/05

Cincinnati, OH

Microsoft Business Solutions for CPAs.

               4.90

               4.86

5/10/05

Brookfield, WI

Microsoft Business Solutions for CPAs.

               4.71

               4.58

5/12/05

Atlanta, GA

Accounting Software Shootout

               4.88

               4.88

5/19/05

Iselin, NJ

Microsoft Business Solutions for CPAs.

               4.95

               4.97

5/24/05

Cleveland, OH

Microsoft Business Solutions for CPAs

               4.92

               4.91

5/26/05

Atlanta, GA

GSCPA Real Estate Conference – CPA Strategies

               4.91

               4.91

5/26/05

Atlanta, GA

Real Estate Conference – Technology Tips for Brokers

               4.92

               4.88

6/2/05

Nashville, TN

Microsoft Business Solutions for CPAs.

               4.92

               4.91

6/6/05

Boca Raton, FL

Excel for CPAs

               4.91

               4.94

6/7/05

Boca Raton, FL

Microsoft Business Solutions for CPAs

               4.94

               4.99

6/9/05

Orlando, FL

QuickBooks for CPAs

               4.96

               4.99

6/10/05

Orlando, FL

Excel for CPAs

               4.95

               4.90

6/15/05

Lansing, MI

Excel for CPAs

               4.71

               4.80

6/16/05

Lansing, MI

Microsoft Business Solutions for CPAs.

               5.00

               4.94

6/17/05

Columbus, OH

OSCPA Summit Conference – Technology Tips

               4.94

               4.90

6/17/05

Columbus, OH

OSCPA Members Summit Conference - Repeat

               4.97

               4.91

6/17/05

Columbus, OH

OSCPA Members Summit Conference

               4.90

               4.97

6/20/05

Atlanta, GA (Cobb)

Microsoft Business Solutions for CPAs.

               4.96

               4.86

6/22/05

Columbia, SC

Accounting Software Shootout

               4.94

               4.90

6/23/05

Columbia, SC

SCACPA Technology Conference – Technology Update

               4.97

               4.89

6/23/05

Columbia, SC

SCACPA Technology Conference – Power Point

               4.83

               4.83

6/23/05

Columbia, SC

SCACPA Technology Conference – Excel for CPAs

               4.92

               4.89

7/26/05

Long Island, NY

Microsoft Business Solutions for CPAs

               4.90

               4.94

7/27/05

Manhattan, NY

Microsoft Business Solutions for CPAs

               4.98

               4.92

8/8/05

Denver, CO

Serenic Conference – Not for profits.

               5.00

               4.94

8/16/05

Birmingham, AL

Microsoft Business Solutions for CPAs.

               4.84

               4.76

8/17/05

Huntsville, AL

Technology Boot Camp for CPAs.

               4.96

               4.89

8/18/05

Decatur, AL

Intermediate Excel

               5.00

               4.91

8/19/05

Birmingham, AL

Advanced Excel.

               4.94

               4.94

8/24/05

Atlanta, GA (Cobb)

SEAS – Small Business Accounting

               4.89

               4.98

8/25/05

Atlanta, GA (Cobb)

South East Accounting Show – Microsoft Office

               4.97

               4.95

8/30/05

Syracuse, NY

Microsoft Business Solutions for CPAs.

               5.00

               5.00

9/13/05

Atlanta, GA

Accounting Software Shootout

               4.91

               4.97

9/15/05

Tifton, GA

Excel for CPAs

               4.93

               4.93

9/16/05

Dothan, AL

Microsoft Business Solutions for CPAs.

               4.93

               4.86

9/20/05

Mobile, AL

Intermediate Excel

               4.92

               4.98

9/21/05

Gainesville, GA

Excel for CPAs

               4.73

               4.71

9/22/05

Buckhead, GA

Excel for CPAs

               4.90

               4.88

9/27/05

Newark, NJ

Excel for CPAs

               4.98

               4.94

9/28/05

Newark, NJ

Technology Boot Camp for CPAs

               4.94

               4.94

10/3/05

Atlanta, GA (Buckhead)

QuickBooks for CPAs

               4.93

               4.93

10/6/05

Baltimore, MD

Accounting Software Shootout

               4.89

               4.97

10/18/05

Atlanta, GA

Internet for CPAs

               4.95

               4.96

10/19/05

Atlanta, GA

QuickBooks for CPAs

               4.92

               4.98

10/20/05

Atlanta, GA (Buckhead)

Technology Boot Camp for CPAs

               4.80

               4.92

10/25/05

Dells, WI

Excel for CPAs

               4.88

               4.99

10/26/05

Brookfield, WI

Accounting Software Shootout

               4.94

               4.88

10/27/05

Brookfield, WI

Excel for CPAs

               4.93

               4.88

11/7/05

Columbia, SC

Internet for CPAs

               5.00

               5.00

11/8/05

Columbia, SC

Excel for CPAs

               4.95

               5.00

11/10/05

Boston, MA

Microsoft Business Solutions for CPAs.

               4.90

               4.86

11/14/05

Minneapolis, MN

Excel for CPAs

               4.89

               5.00

11/15/05

Minneapolis, MN

Microsoft Business Solutions for CPAs.

               4.95

               4.81

11/29/05

Columbus, GA

QuickBooks for CPAs

               4.91

               5.00

11/30/05

Rome, GA

Excel for CPAs

               4.92

               4.92

12/1/05

Dalton, GA

QuickBooks for CPAs

               4.97

               4.99

12/6/05

Atlanta, GA

QuickBooks for CPAs

               4.92

               4.95

12/7/05

Atlanta, GA

Internet for CPAs.

               5.00

               4.90

12/8/05

Atlanta, GA (Buckhead)

Technology Boot Camp for CPAs.

               4.93

               4.93

12/13/05

Atlanta, GA (Buckhead)

Accounting Software Shootout

               4.90

               4.94

12/14/05

Macon, GA

QuickBooks for CPAs

               4.92

               4.75

12/15/05

Macon, GA

Excel for CPAs

               4.88

               5.00

Feb 8-10, 2004

San Francisco, CA

AccountMate Conference

               4.98

               4.89

2/12/04

Long Beach, CA

Microsoft BBC Conference

               4.94

               4.93

3/24/04

Chicago, IL

Accounting Systems Shoot-Out

               4.90

               4.96

April 19-20

Auburn, AL

SouthWare Innovations Conference

               4.92

               4.93

4/22/04

Houston, TX

Accounting Systems Shoot-Out

               4.89

               4.91

4/27/04

Baltimore, MD

Accounting Systems Shoot-Out

               4.95

               4.99

4/29/04

Atlanta, GA

Spring Decision Makers Conference

               4.89

               4.82

5/11/04

San Francisco, CA

Accounting Systems Shoot-Out

               4.94

               4.95

5/12/04

Los Angeles, CA

Accounting Systems Shoot-Out

               4.89

               4.90

5/13/04

Seattle, WA

Accounting Systems Shoot-Out

               4.92

               4.98

5/14/04

Portland, OR

Accounting Systems Shoot-Out

               4.89

               4.96

5/18/04

Gainesville, GA

Accounting Systems Shoot-Out

               4.93

               4.97

5/20/04

Minneapolis, MN

Accounting Systems Shoot-Out

               4.96

               4.92

5/27/04

Atlanta, GA

Georgia Society of CPAs Technology Web Cast

               4.95

               4.89

6/9/04

Atlanta, GA

Excel Business Applications for CPAs

               4.93

               4.80

6/10/04

Atlanta, GA

Technology Boot Camp for CPAs

               4.97

               4.94

June 11-12

Orlando, FL

Best Software Conference 2004

               4.94

               4.90

6/14/04

Atlanta, GA

QuickBooks for CPAs

               4.88

               4.93

6/16/04

Grand Rapids, MI

Excel Business Applications for CPAs

               4.90

               4.91

6/17/04

Grand Rapids, MI

Technology Boot Camp for CPAs

               4.98

               4.88

6/18/04

Atlanta, GA

Georgia Society of CPAs Real Estate Conference

               5.00

               4.99

6/21/04

Atlanta, GA

Accounting Systems Shoot-Out

               4.88

               4.88

6/23/04

Roseland, NJ

Excel Business Applications for CPAs

               4.73

               4.84

6/24/04

Roseland, NJ

Technology Boot Camp for CPAs

               4.97

               4.95

6/28/04

Gulf Shores, AL

QuickBooks for CPAs

               4.95

               4.92

6/29/04

Gulf Shores, AL

Technology Boot Camp for CPAs

               4.90

               4.91

6/30/04

St Simons, GA

Excel Business Applications for CPAs

               4.91

               4.98

7/13/04

Birmingham, AL

Technology Boot Camp for CPAs

               4.94

               4.90

7/14/04

Birmingham, AL

Excel Business Applications for CPAs

               4.92

               4.88

07/29/04

Minneapolis, MN

Microsoft Business Solutions for CPAs

               4.89

               4.98

8/3/04

Atlanta, GA

Microsoft Business Solutions for CPAs

               4.96

               4.90

8/9/04

Dallas, TX

Accounting Systems Shoot-Out

               4.95

               4.88

8/10/04

Houston, TX

Accounting Systems Shoot-Out

               4.93

               4.94

8/12/04

Des Moines, IA

Microsoft Business Solutions for CPAs

               4.98

               4.97

8/18/04

Dothan, AL

Technology Boot Camp for CPAs

               5.00

               4.91

8/19/04

Dothan, AL

Excel Business Applications for CPAs

               4.94

               4.99

8/24/04

Atlanta, GA

QuickBooks for CPAs

               4.89

               4.98

8/25/04 - 8/26/04

Atlanta, GA

Southeast Accounting Show

               4.99

               4.89

8/30/04

Columbus, OH

Microsoft Business Solutions for CPAs

               4.79

               4.78

9/1/04

Dalton, GA

Excel Business Applications for CPAs

               4.88

               4.98

9/2/04

Dalton, GA

Technology Boot Camp for CPAs.

               5.00

               4.93

9/6/04

Macon, GA

Excel Business Applications for CPAs

               4.90

               4.95

9/7/04

Macon, GA

Technology Boot Camp for CPAs

               4.97

               4.95

9/8/04

Augusta, GA

Excel Business Applications for CPAs

               4.88

               4.94

9/9/04

Augusta, GA

Technology Boot Camp for CPAs.

               5.00

               4.89

9/21/04

Columbia, SC

Excel - Bring Your Own Laptop

               4.90

               4.94

9/22/04

Columbia, SC

QuickBooks for CPAs

               4.94

               4.88

9/23/04

Raleigh, NC

Accounting Systems Shoot-Out

               4.88

               4.97

9/27/04

Atlanta, GA

Accounting Systems Shoot-Out

               4.98

               4.89

9/29/04

Toledo, OH

Excel Business Applications for CPAs

               4.99

               4.95

9/30/04

Dayton, OH

Excel Business Applications for CPAs

               4.93

               4.94

10/4/04

Atlanta, GA

QuickBooks for CPAs

               4.94

               4.96

10/6/04

Macon, GA

Excel Business Applications for CPAs

               4.93

               4.93

10/7/04

Macon, GA

Technology Boot Camp for CPAs

               5.00

               4.95

10/19/04

Cincinnati, OH

Accounting Systems Shoot-Out

               4.89

               4.89

10/20/04

Columbus, OH

Accounting Systems Shoot-Out

               4.96

               4.98

10/21/04

Cleveland, OH

Accounting Systems Shoot-Out

               4.90

               4.99

10/25/04

Madison, WI

Excel Business Applications for CPAs

               4.94

               4.98

10/26/04

Brookfield, WI

Technology Boot Camp for CPAs.

               4.94

               5.00

10/27/04

Appleton, WI

Excel Business Applications for CPAs

               4.89

               4.96

10/29/04

Tampa, FL

Microsoft Business Solutions for CPAs

               4.90

               4.96

11/9/04

New Jersey

Accounting Systems Shoot-Out

               4.90

               5.00

11/10/04

New Jersey

Best Business Software Review

               4.98

               4.72

11/12/04

Atlanta, GA

QuickBooks for CPAs

               4.97

               4.96

11/16/04

Cleveland, OH

Technology Boot Camp for CPAs.

               5.00

               4.72

11/17/04

Columbus, OH

Technology Boot Camp for CPAs.

               5.00

               5.00

11/18/04

Atlanta, GA

Accounting Systems Shoot-Out

               4.88

               4.93

11/29/04

Atlanta, GA

Accounting Systems Shoot-Out

               4.95

               4.93

12/1/04

Columbia, SC

Excel Business Applications for CPAs

               4.93

               5.00

12/2/04

Columbia, SC

Technology Boot Camp for CPAs.

               4.92

               4.85

12/6/04

Des Moines, IA

QuickBooks for CPAs

               4.98

               4.72

12/7/04

Des Moines, IA

Technology Boot Camp for CPAs.

               4.89

               4.86

12/9/04

Atlanta, GA

Excel Business Applications for CPAs

               4.97

               4.90

12/10/04

Atlanta, GA

Technology Boot Camp for CPAs.

               4.94

               5.00

12/15/04

Columbus, GA

Excel Business Applications for CPAs

               4.91

               4.88

12/16/04

Columbus, GA

Technology Boot Camp for CPAs.

               4.88

               4.88

         

Ratings Comments: Many factors affect the ratings above and beyond the speakers control. As examples:

  1. In 2006 I delivered a presentation on the New Jersey Boardwalk while the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds delivered an air show directly overhead for five full hours - the room literally shook every two minutes.

  2. Occasionally construction noise such as hammering and jack hammers in the back ground disrupt the presentation.

  3. The temperature can be insanely hot or cold causing audience discomfort. This is a frequently problem and anyone who has sat through a freezing cold room, or sweaty hot room is far less likely to reward the instructor with a perfect score.

  4. On many occasions, the Internet access provided is not reliable and the resulting failed demonstrations involving the Internet result in lower instructor ratings.

  5. Because there is no good alternative, on several occasions I have lectured sick with colds, migraine headaches and even strep throat. (I finally determined that the feather pillows and comforters found in today’s hotel rooms were causing sinus infections and migraine headaches – but that took three years. 

  6. I’ve had fire alarms go off during the night forcing me to evacuate the room into the cold night air.

  7. Other factors you might not think of also affect the quality of the presentation. For example often the thin walls allow the audience to hear the speaker next door.

  8. On one occasion I had my equipment stolen off my table during lunch.

  9. Frequently, Microsoft Windows will download and install new code will I am teaching – freezing my computer up temporarily. I won’t even mention the software bugs that cause computers to hang up without warning.

Given all of these factors which are out of my control, I am very proud of the ratings I have consistently produced over the years. I always strive to do my best no matter what the conditions might be.

 

 

Participant Comments for J. Carlton Collins

 

Presented below are 500+ participant comments for J. Carlton Collins, good and bad. These were randomly selected and no attempt was made to edit or eliminate any comment, god or bad. These comments come from a variety of courses and a variety of 25 states throughout the US.

1.         Carlton is a superb presenter with excellent knowledge of topic.

2.         Prefer "hands-on" to tryout ideas-I won't remember most by the time I get home. However, I realize with hands-on much less info would be provided.

3.         Too many relevant tips to mention here but I am eager to try many of the Excel features, etc. That Carlton  touched on. Also plan to use trial versions of Microsoft products such as Such as SharePoint & FrontPage.

4.         Very interesting, quick, friendly discussion; funny knows what we need.

5.         Would like more of these.  Great combo of info @ real life stress

6.         Great course content and booklet contains Excellent Reference mat'l. 2. Include 2-3 Blank pages for notetakers. 3. Instructor's presentation (content and style) were outstanding. 4. I rated Time Allocations "5", but if any criticism it would be that Axapta's portion was a bit over allocated.

7.         2 day course would be great

8.         2.I would attend future courses led by Carlton.  3.I didn't need to spend as much time on packaged accounting software.  4.They were really reference materials to be read and used post-seminar. 7. My only gripe was with lunch.  I don't eat mayo-based salads and there wasn't enough time to go off-site. 8. The room was great.  The instructor said he asked for a wider screen.  Also, dry markers didn't work.  Overall, very good course and facilities.  I would recommend to others.

9.         Although I use features in Excel that we discussed (Pivot Tables, Exporting and Importing Data, filters, etc.) I picked up a lot of tips that will simplify my processes. I enjoyed and learned a lot from the review of these features and various short-cuts.  I am also interested in SBA.

10.     An excellent course to improve your skill set

11.     An index would be helpful to find a specific topic

12.     Another web site you may want on your list is screenit.com - great for parents.

13.     Appreciate humor. Appreciate items of interest. Great Job! Thanks. MM

14.     Appreciated the beneficial info on Excel such as pivot tables and query capabilities I was unaware of. The overview of accounting + reporting systems was also beneficial. A major attraction for me to take the class was the complimentary copy of MS Office 2003. I was fortunate to get a Professional Edition and plan on using it to determine if we should upgrade from MS-Office 2002 @ our organization.

15.     As always Carlton is extremely knowledgeable and entertaining. Having all the hardware support and a live internet connection for the

16.     Awesome Speaker

17.     Attended you Excel class last year - WOW!  I like the pace - don't slow it down.

18.     Awesome Presenter - very interesting.

19.     Being out of school for 15 years this was very informative!

20.     Best and most useful CPE class I've had as a CPA in 12 years.  This class should be mandatory for all CPA's.  Nice Job!  This should be an annual course offered by OSCPA'S

21.     Best CPE Course I've been to! I'm sure 90% of it was Mr. Collins but excel is very interesting to me which helped too!

22.     Best CPE course I've ever taken.

23.     Best CPE I have ever attended. All CPAs should attend this class.

24.     Best materials of any class I have attended in years. I hate it when all I get is a printout of the PowerPoint presentation.

25.     Best part of lunch was the salad (to facility)

26.     Best presenter.  Would like snacks available @ breaks

27.     Best Seminar I have ever attended

28.     Best Technology Course I have ever attended. Excellent Instructor.

29.     Carlton always amazes me by sharing many, many helpful tips about the software.

30.     Carlton Collins has the two things every instructor should have; knowledge and presentation skills.  The course was good, but could have been better if he would have shared more of his knowledge on some additional software which is covered in the course book. Made up for a lot of this during the last 1 1/2 hours. Overall good experience.

31.     Carlton Collins made the subject matter a very entertaining experience.

32.     Carlton Collins usually excellent - this course not so much.

33.     Carlton did a great job! Great Seminar!

34.     Carlton has excellent presentation skills and keeps the course moving and interesting.

35.     Carlton is a genius!  This instructor is extremely knowledgeable and I will attend his seminars again.  Bring him back for more seminars each year.

36.     Carlton is a great instructor. I would eagerly sign up for any courses he teaches in the future.

37.     Carlton is a great speaker. I thought the Internet navigation of various websites was a great presentation to break up the day

38.     Carlton is an entertaining presenter, however, his method of teaching tends to wander too much.  The course material is extensive, but not referred to frequently.  Reference to page numbers was not always correct.

39.     Carlton is an excellent instructor. This was the best class I had this fall.

40.     Carlton is fabulous!

41.     Carlton is great! I always sign up for his classes when he is in Columbus, Macon or Albany. I always learn something at his seminars!

42.     Carlton is so fun to watch and listen to.  His discussion sparks great ideas & "solutions thinking", down the Microsoft path, by virtue of his choice of discussion topic.

43.     Carlton is the best CPE instructor I have had.  He has an immense knowledge of technology & he has a passion for teaching.  I really enjoyed the class.

44.     Carlton is the Best of the Best.  I always learn something new at his presentations; look forward to further courses by him.

45.     Carlton is very accomplished. Knowledgeable and personable.

46.     Carlton was a fantastic discussion leader. Topic was very interesting. Facilities & food was first rate - best I've had at a CPE event.

47.     Carlton, change the title of this course and de-emphasize the accounting solutions.  Microsoft Business Solutions is the name of the accounting solutions division.  MISLEADING AND CONFUSING TO VARs.  This course was more general and should have been called "Microsoft Solutions for CPAs."  Many attendees thought they were going to see ERP solutions and said they were surprised.

48.     Classroom had no internet access.

49.     Comments throughout the day made me realize the importance of the web and technology.  Our company is in the infant stage of web services and the examples shown give a glimpse of the potential.

50.     Course  could of easily been a two day seminar.  Very good seminar. Liked info on Protecting Computer - Wireless

51.     Course came across as a beta/pilot but has good potential and was useful as a way to gain broad exposure to topics.  I'd actually like to see some other topics covered on a survey course of this type - along the lines of Tom Higginbotham's recent webinar on Microsoft Office integrations w/MBS, also topics like SQl Reporting and other analytics (BI).  Materials seem like they cover more details than presented - ie., homework.

52.     Course interesting - not as described "lite" on MBS products. Should have been called "tech update and Office ??? Still useful and time well spent.  Thank you.

53.     Course materials may rate higher after I have a chance to review it.

54.     Course should be expanded to multiple days.

55.     Course spoke to me at my (Controller) level - didn't lose my interest

56.     Course was a good overview but many topics required add'l explanations /demonstrations to "fully absorb".  Perhaps add'l courses could be offered to expand upon topics discusses (to fully utilize tools)

57.     Course was much better than expected. Would like to see his security seminar.

58.     Course where you could use computers for hands on- maybe an excel conference- couple of days.

59.     Course is very informative and presenter makes the material fun. I would definitely recommend this course to others!  Also, thank you for the software.

60.     CPA Use Excel a lot. Please spend more time on it. Please go slowly went exploring pivot table…Good new features are introduce, we just need time to absorb them.

61.     definitely take course again.

62.     Discussion leader was excellent! Great presentation!

63.     Don't have conferences on first or last day of the month. I have to close the books & generate financials!

64.     Drawback was the metal fold-out chairs.

65.     Enjoyed the Speaker. Kept my attention - very knowledgeable -

66.     Enjoyed information presented

67.     Enjoyed it. Wish the facility had internet capabilities

68.     Enjoyed your presentation.

69.     Entertaining and informative

70.     Everything Excellent Except Facility

71.     Everything was great - a bit cool in the room - lunch could be better - last year we heard valuable mandatory tips that were helpful that was missed. Otherwise, but dead in tow!

72.     Exceeded my expectations covering more topics faster gave me a good insight and peaks my interest.

73.     Excel related information - more macros, functions & formulas

74.     Excellent

75.     Excellent

76.     Excellent - did not know how much I was missing. Will use voice recognition for my wife (who is a slow type) & I will use website tech. Acctg applications - excel - pivot - ppt to internet - excellent concept. Great Job Carlton!

77.     Excellent - pragmatic

78.     Excellent class & instructor. People should not be talking on cell phones during class, very rude.

79.     Excellent Class!

80.     Excellent Class.

81.     Excellent convention facilities.  Food at lunch was uninspiring.

82.     Excellent Course

83.     Excellent Course and instructor.

84.     Excellent course content and mrtegrcc. Very relevant to my world.

85.     Excellent course presented very well by Carlton.

86.     Excellent course!

87.     Excellent course! Should be longer and more in depth.

88.     Excellent course. Hope you return.

89.     Excellent course. I learned a lot of useful info, especially data importing and linking. Thank You!!

90.     Excellent course; appreciate the tips and tidbits. Speaking style very refined - summary before topic and summary after; non-monotone voice; good at politely rebuffing direct questions. I am in insurance industry; I appreciated exposure to different industries, e.g.. retailing. I appreciated opinions on various products discussed while disclosing relations lying with vendors - also balanced opinions. The most impressive thing about the speaker that comes through is that he gets a lot of stuff done through technology.

91.     Excellent discussion leader.

92.     Excellent instructor

93.     Excellent Instructor - course was very interesting.

94.     Excellent instructor & Class.

95.     Excellent instructor!

96.     Excellent instructor.

97.     Excellent overview of Microsoft suite of products.

98.     Excellent overview.  Will there be follow up courses on more specific areas? (Excel, Outlook, etc)

99.     Excellent Presentation

100.  Excellent presentation - timely, informative & lively.

101.  Excellent presentation and examples. The live demonstrations are very effective.

102.  Excellent presentation on Microsoft Tech products & what is available. These products are very useful if the core data from which these products extract their needed info to operate efficiently is complete and operational.  But these products are beyond my level of expertise.  My understanding of the advertisement on this seminar was to learn how Microsoft Office works and how to operate the software for each of the components of the package.

103.  Excellent presentation skills, engaged group for entire day - good use of humor - manual looks usable; I'll share it

104.  Excellent presentation!

105.  Excellent Presentation! Learned a lot.

106.  Excellent presentation!!

107.  Excellent presentation. I regret I missed the Excel course. This course has whet my appetite to utilize & learn more about the current technology available.

108.  Excellent presentation. I will try some of the methods and products shown.  It was a teaser class which I would like to explore more of the subjects in depth. Great job.

109.  Excellent presenter & course

110.  Excellent review of MS Software applications lots of great information.  Excellent presentation.  I learned a lot.

111.  Excellent Seminar - very informative and well organized and presented

112.  Excellent Seminar. A lot of material covered.

113.  Excellent speaker!

114.  Excellent speaker. Very good mix of detail, humor and general information

115.  Excellent topics, presentation format was very effective in getting a large amount of info across in short time.  Most valuable piece is the ideas provided by the topics…how this can apply to my personal work situation.

116.  Excellent update of the new technology.  Should inform participants that they can use computer or internet in the class.

117.  Excellent verbal/physical presentation. Mr. Collins is an accomplished speaker and presenter. Cobb Galleria should be used as often as possible for CPE. It is an excellent facility and conveniently located.

118.  Excellent!

119.  Excellent!!

120.  Excellent, good job.

121.  Excellent. As entertaining as it was educational.

122.  Excellent-excellent-Great Presentation & Presenter. Fast-paced- Most informative.

123.  Exceptional Instructor; great content!

124.  Extremely helpful in identifying useful technology that is available for CPA's

125.  Extremely knowledgeable with excellent presentation skills. Good use of humor to lighten up and ease of learning for participants.

126.  Facilities - need diagram travel directions to specific building. Need outside, Lobby signs - Need class name and # on room plaque.

127.  Facility cold.

128.  Facility was fine. Hope to attend more presentations there.

129.  Facility was very easy to get to!

130.  Fast moving, definitely not boring.  Lots of information to digest in a short period of time.

131.  Fast-paced-lots to learn!! MACPA - please offer classes like this again

132.  First time attendance at a technology seminar. It was great!  Learned a lot about features of Excel (snippets) which will help make my job/work easier.  Carlton was a great course instructor.  He kept your interest with his enthusiasm, knowledge and humor!

133.  First time attending a technology CPE course - very helpful.  Carlton Collins - excellent instructor.

134.  Following manual would make note taking easier. Excellent energy and humor.

135.  Food served could be better.

136.  Food was great . More classes in Duluth Please!

137.  For Microsoft SBA should network he outsourcing of after the fact payroll with tax/SBA advisor's who are the one's who recommend accounting software to their clients. Networking with ADP is like telling tax preparers to recommend another accounting package.

138.  Found the course interesting and geared toward an introduction to new tech to pursue further study.

139.  Fruit, pastries & juice need to be left out until after morning break. Nice lunch. Ran out of water! Might be good after each example

140.  Glad to have Carlton back in Ohio!  I look for his classes as they are always entertaining and informative.  I have been impressed with his classes ever since I first encountered him when he was with KZ.

141.  Good Class - Thanks

142.  Good course, probably will like to take every year. Only problem I thought was time allocation, I thought we would cover more information. Enjoy teacher.

143.  Good course; well detailed. Would have liked to hear more about excel functions and less great plains.

144.  Good overview

145.  Good overview course. Not all topics applied, but were interesting.

146.  Good Pace

147.  Good seminar - very broad.  I thought there was going to be much more in-depth presentation of Axapta, Great Plain, Navision - the MBS Product line.  There was a lot of other "really interesting stuff" that did not have a lot to do with MBS.  Enjoyed the presenter, very knowledgeable, very good, more water.  I don't like to see instructors who end early.  We pay for 8:30 - 4:30 - not 8:30 - 4:00.  I would encourage going the full distance.

148.  Good seminar - would have liked more info on complex calculations, pivots & formulas.

149.  Good thing I sat up front in order to see.

150.  Got tired sitting so long, did not want to get up seminar was so interesting I did not want to miss anything.  Loved this class - I love technology

151.  Great

152.  Great  

153.  Great class

154.  Great class

155.  Great class & instructor. Thanks.

156.  Great class and excellent instructor. Food was lacking - box lunch could have been better - Proof of the Pudding usually does a better job.

157.  Great class and wonderful instructor - very lively and informative.

158.  Great class!

159.  Great class!  Very informative - kept my attention.

160.  Great class! Very useful! Looking forward to applying knowledge learned.

161.  Great Class!!

162.  Great class, if offered again I would definitely recommend course for others to attend.

163.  Great class, Impressed with the vast amount of information touched on

164.  Great class, probably best I've ever attended- wish there was more time.

165.  Great class, would highly recommend to any CPA no matter the field of accounting.  Can't wait to get back and try the tips.

166.  Great class. I went out and bought an HP laptop and downloaded Office!

167.  Great class. Mr. Collins is a dynamic speaker who kept the class interesting

168.  Great class-would have liked to take time on smaller accounting packages- QuickBooks, etc. -or two different classes large/small systems. Will be able to use info and enhance current reports, etc.

169.  Great Course 

170.  Great course - Thanks

171.  Great course & resources

172.  Great course!

173.  Great course! Instruction was interesting and well prepared. He covered all of the important technical tools and integrated their use into accounting systems effectively.

174.  Great Course! Lots of good info! The course manual looks great and I can't wait to read it.

175.  Great course! Ready to update my equipment.

176.  Great course! The company that I was employed by closed in March of this year. I am currently seeking employment in private accounting or starting a business of my own.  The toos & knowledge I received in this seminar w8ill assist me in either career path.  I am excited to begin using what I have learned today.

177.  Great course.  For the first time in ten years, I learned more from a CPE course than I expected.  I highly recommend this course.

178.  Great course. Learned a lot of features that I was not aware of existed in the different software packages.

179.  Great Course. Will look for class next year.

180.  Great Discussion leader

181.  Great discussion leader!

182.  Great energy level!

183.  Great examples to save time and more productive

184.  Great format of presenting various topics.  Technology courses are always very interesting, and Carlton did a great job of covering the many topics and new technologies that are available to us all.

185.  Great handouts, however, rambled off topic at times. Outstanding knowledge of subject matter.

186.  Great ideas to explore in Microsoft Products

187.  Great information. Makes me think outside my box!!

188.  Great instructor & facilities.

189.  Great instructor!!

190.  Great Instructor. Great value received for the price of this course

191.  Great job!

192.  Great Job.

193.  Great presentation

194.  Great Presentation skills with practicable suggestions. Good use of humor to lighten the course presentation.

195.  Great presentation! Always enjoy Carlton!

196.  Great presenter - extremely knowledgeable in both theory & practice.

197.  Great presenter!

198.  Great Presenter! One of the best teachers of technology. I loved the course! Great.

199.  Great program.

200.  Great Seminar

201.  Great Seminar - Exceeded Expectations!

202.  Great seminar - learned lost you are always fun to hear!! Clients are always asking for advise in this area - lots to think about

203.  Great Seminar!

204.  Great seminar!  Carlton did an excellent job; he kept everything clear, simple, and concise.  I intent to try several ideas that he discussed.

205.  Great seminar.  

206.  Great Seminar. Must have for CPAs

207.  Great session!

208.  Great session. Thought provoking

209.  Great speaker

210.  Great speaker - very informative

211.  Great speaker, presenter and great topics

212.  Great speaker. Good material.

213.  Great!

214.  Great!!

215.  Handles the myriad of Questions with Skill, Grace and Patience.

216.  Have more CPE in Gwinnett Civic Center & Athens Civic Center

217.  Have some more of his seminars in Lansing - Technology Boot cam for CPAs/ Microsoft Office…/website/…ano of his - He's really good!

218.  high attention.

219.  His presentation skills were very good! :)

220.  How do I become an SBA Advisor?

221.  I always enjoy Carlton's classes. One of the best presenters we've got.

222.  I appreciate the enthusiasm you show. Makes the material more friendly and interesting. Makes time flow faster.

223.  I appreciate the instructor's presentation skills.  I can't stand to have to sit still for long periods of time-especially listening to unenthusiastic presenters.  Mr. Collins shares relevant info. In an interesting and appropriately entertaining manner.  I leave this course with many ideas about how to apply things I've learned and the motivation to delve further into the capabilities of the software/tools discussed.

224.  I assumed that this class would be 2007 Excel but it was a combination. If I had known, I would not have signed up. Instructor seemed to be still learning 2007.

225.  I could go back to other evaluations and downgrade them all - Carlton's style and command blew them away.  He just raised the bar or I need to get to more training.  However at points it was a thinly disguised info-mercial.  And again the resellers follow him and that in evidence they know he is informed and influential.

226.  I could not relate the lecture to the book very well

227.  I enjoyed the course. Look forward to taking the "hands on" version. I found the location too far for me, I will look for another venue.

228.  I enjoyed the presentation.  It gave me a good update of new software developments

229.  I expected a broader discussion on automated system security such as what is needed in an automated accounting or HR system. The course focused mostly on Windows and PC or laptop security.

230.  I found the info very interesting. I was expecting a little more on functionality of the products compared to what I currently use.

231.  I found this course very helpful and enlightening.

232.  I had expected more emphasis on technology for myself-not the info on supply, inventory etc. (I only have prof. Clients) Info on Excel, importing, Word etc. was great-would have preferred a whole day in that vein.

233.  I have been to several of Carlton's seminars over the years and he continues to provide useful information about new technology issues, while keeping the seminar lively.

234.  I hoped the presentation would be more directed toward the technological developments applicable to public accounting.

235.  I like the fast pace of the class.  It introduces a lot of material that I can investigate on my own.

236.  I liked the amount of topics covered, kept me interested, and gave me many great ideas for use in all three of our companies

237.  I look forward to more of his classes in the future.

238.  I look forward to taking future courses from this instructor.

239.  I love the location at north metro tech - no traffic to get there

240.  I should have taken the undergraduate course before attempting the post-graduate course. Nonetheless, this course was very challenging and rewarding .

241.  I thought Carlton was good-very good presentation skills - open to questions.  Great content information mixed w/ humor very interesting day.

242.  I thought the course was excellent. Would like to see it over 2 days to get more information. Would have liked to be able to use my computer to

243.  I was hoping that more time would be spent on Macros and complex calculations.

244.  I was worried but this was very good not just a sales talk.

245.  I will look for this instructor again. He was extremely knowledgeable and instructive

246.  I wish there was more time for parts of the presentation.

247.  I wish w had diet coke. Otherwise excellent!

248.  I wondered if laptop would be more appropriate, but he moved easily & swiftly through the materials w/o it.

249.  I would have liked more time on accounting software comparisons

250.  I would like to have a course on more advanced features of Excel

251.  I would like to learn more about Great Plains

252.  I'd even like 4 hour courses on the various topics taught at this overall course.  Goes great as I'm looking for new accounting software

253.  immediate issues in the workplace taking up time - Adware, spyware, etc.

254.  Information on pivot tables very good. Learned a lot that I want to research and become more proficient in.

255.  Informative and entertaining session. Would definitely attend another session let by Carlton

256.  Instruct was very knowledgeable and gave me some great time saving tips.

257.  Instructor could probably speak on topic until the cows came home but he

258.  Instructor is a very good presenter.

259.  Instructor is very knowledgeable & entertaining enjoyed the class.

260.  Instructor is very knowledgeable.  A lot of material was provided and is appreciated (as well as key websites).  Given the depth of knowledge of instructor and course material would have liked a little more time to go through more of the content.

261.  Instructor not only knowledgeable, but also entertaining!

262.  Instructor very knowledgeable & funny. I would suggest inviting him to all conferences w/ technology section.  Also, ask him back to exploration on excel use.

263.  Instructor was extremely interesting & knowledgeable.  Content was not as helpful to me in my line of practice as I hoped; however, I believe the course description could have been more accurate in description to have avoided this.

264.  Instructor was in need of wireless internet not available in building.

265.  interaction. Too many items in manual were not covered.

266.  Interesting subject matter. New technology and gadgets very interesting.

267.  It appears page numbers on slide show don't go back to where it is in the book

268.  It was very good

269.  J. Carlton has excellent presentation and communication skills

270.  Leader is excellent!

271.  Learn something new every time a class from Carlton Collins.  Carlton makes the class interesting and fun

272.  Learned helpful tips to utilize Excel better such as linking to Great Plains database.  Enjoyed the presentation. Very useful information.

273.  Leaving seminar with more to do that I had when I came.  I have lots of things to explore and determine whether I can use them in my practice.

274.  less time on supply side chains although interesting

275.  Less topics covered more thoroughly would be helpful. Note enough focus on Microsoft Business Solutions. Very entertaining presenter

276.  Lighting was bad - too bright in back; also the screen needs to be higher, probably 1.5-2 feet, so you are not looking over peoples heads; too cold

277.  Liked the variety of topics covered.  Liked the short time spent on topics.  Current & relevant!

278.  Lots of products

279.  Lots of subjects covered - great. Exec summary for manual.

280.  Lots of useful information.

281.  Loved the Ace Software

282.  Loved the Duluth facility and food!

283.  Lunch very good! Snacks plentiful & good . Size & amt of note paper not adequate!

284.  Make an excel for corporate accts class.

285.  Manual does not show how to execute the commands/keystrokes to do the items covered. Too much time spent on Internet

286.  Manual should have index

287.  Mass Brochure available on request, contact me thru July 31, 2005 L. Gordon Baines, Jr, CPA "Old Farm" 124 Clifton Street Danville VA 24541

288.  Materials are terrific.  However, the more examples with solutions, the better the materials would be understood.  Pivot tables, Power Point Narration, etc.

289.  Materials good for follow-up learning.

290.  Materials require more time to present. Very good presentation in covering briefly the course materials.

291.  Materials were very good but at my age I hit a technology overload after approx. 2 hrs.  However it is amazing what can be done on the computer if you take the time to learn.

292.  Meeting room too cold!

293.  Metal chairs for 8 hr is a bit long

294.  Might be good to discuss accounting applications more.

295.  More classes at Gwinnett Civic Center

296.  More classes in Alpharetta

297.  More courses of this type

298.  More ERP integration discussion with Excel/Access rather than high level demo of various MS ERP products. But is was good for that purpose of exposure.

299.  Most Informative Class I've ever been to. I appreciate the extensive handout.

300.  Mr. Collins excellent presenter. Good interaction with attendees.  Full of practical suggestions& tips.

301.  Mr. Collins is a fabulous speaker - one of the best on the MACM Circuit.

302.  Mr. Collins is an excellent instructor.  He uses excellent examples that make complex topics easier to understand.

303.  Mr. Collins is very knowledgeable about Excel and all Microsoft applications. I would definitely choose another of his courses.

304.  Mr. Collins presentation was very good; however, for the accountant working with small businesses, the presentation was not completely relevant.

305.  Mr. Collins was very helpful. He is knowledgeable in this area.

306.  Need a large screen for viewing.  Sensory overload, so many things were discussed.  Did not understand the numbers inside parentheses on the viewer screens.

307.  Need coat racks.

308.  Need High Speed Internet & HOTSPOT(S)!! @Pelham, Al

309.  Need internet capabilities - The learning objectives were not properly met because of not having internet.

310.  Need more time to better cover the material.

311.  Need to cover more slowly

312.  Needed better soundproofing between rooms (next room was singing)

313.  Never had an instructor who knew his topic better than this instructor. Could have taken a 3-5 day course (with this instructor) on this

314.  Nice to have the table of contents in this one!

315.  -no pages in book for notes, -difficult to follow screen and book because screen outline not in book -I figured I should try to find this on instructor website, right? √ Power Point on web

316.  No parking available in hotel and parking coupon not valid in airport parking.

317.  Noise from next room. Course, speaker, materials excellent

318.  Noisy adjacent rooms

319.  Not enough time to cover all the information. Would like more info on accounting software than website into. Some off the information duplicated other seminar I have taken with Carlton as leader internet class etc.

320.  Not only is Carlton extremely knowledgeable, his is also an excellent instructor.  I appreciate his objective approach.  Only complaint and it is a big one - is that your page # on the screen did not match book, making it very difficult to takes notes.

321.  Obviously Carlton is very knowledgeable about the topics discussed, however, it did seem we covered a lot of information in little detail and very quickly. Fine with me, but some other participants appeared frustrated.

322.  One of the best CPE classes! Opened a whole new world in Excel for me.

323.  One of the best general knowledge presentations I have attended.  Very thought  provoking - lots of "hot topics".  Keep it coming.

324.  One of the best I've attended

325.  One of the best, most useful classes that I've taken.

326.  Opened up several new possibilities.

327.  Our organization is interested in obtaining a new accounting system in the future.  I was disappointed in the lack of time spent on reviewing the various software packages listed in the manual.  Mr. Collins is a fun presenter, however, I could have gotten the information I came for free on his website rather that spending $500 to