Accounting & Information Assurance

UMD-Smith Students Finalists in ALPFA Case Competition

Students from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business were finalists in the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA) National Case Competition, sponsored by KPMG and held at their national convention in Orlando, Fl., August 2-5, 2014. This is the fourth year in a row that UMD has been a finalist – coming in second place the previous two years.

Sebahattin Demirkan

Dr. Demirkan earned his PhD in Accounting at Jindal School of Management of the University of Texas at Dallas in August 2007 where he got his MS in Accounting, MSA and MBA degrees too. His dissertation was on the topic of strategic alliances and their information environments. He became interested in becoming an academic shortly after completing his BA at the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences in Bogazici University, Istanbul. He worked at Koc Holding and a private venture capital firm after graduation. He established his own firms too.

Samuel Handwerger

Sam Handwerger, CPA, is a full-time Lecturer in the department, and is a University of Maryland undergraduate accounting alumnus. He also holds a Master of Science in Taxation degree from the University of Baltimore. Handwerger was a Senior Tax Researcher with EY in New York City and later led the Tax Planning and Preparation Departments of the CPA firm Handwerger, Cardegna, Funkhouser & Lurman. In 1996, he was awarded the Governor’s Volunteer of the year award in the State of Maryland for financial and management advisement to non-profit organizations.


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