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Trent Gazzaway, Managing Partner of Corporate Governance, Grant Thornton LLP to Speak at KC’s Event

New York, NY, July 19, 2008 --( The Knowledge Congress, the leading producer of regulatory focused teleconferences has announced today that Trent Gazzaway, Managing Partner of Corporate Governance of Grant Thornton LLP will speak at the Knowledge Congress’ upcoming teleconference entitled: “Effective Guidelines on Improving the Monitoring Quality of Your Internal Control Systems”. This event is scheduled for September 17, 2008, Wednesday, from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT. (For further details of the event and an updated list of panelists, please visit:

COSO has developed a new guidance that would improve the quality of the internal control systems of organizations including those that are using the financial reporting system in compliance with Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. Released during the first quarter of 2008, the guidance will result in a more efficient financial and operational reporting system of affected companies. It is strongly advised that they be familiar with this new system since they are the first ones who will benefit from it.

The Knowledge Congress has assembled a panel of distinguished experts from well-known accounting and auditing firms, key regulators, and industry leaders to provide the Finance & Internal Controls professionals with a first look at the substantial features of the new guidance. The panelists are scheduled to speak in a two-hour teleconference and webinar.

About Trent Gazzaway,

Trent Gazzaway, CPA is an audit partner and the partner-in-charge of corporate governance for Grant Thornton LLP. Trent’s experience includes auditing public and private companies and assisting an array of companies in the improvement and documentation of effective systems of internal control. He has also assisted large public companies in the development and execution of plans to restate their financial statements in the wake of internal control failures.

In addition to managing the Firm’s corporate governance practice, Trent serves as a key resource in training Grant Thornton personnel to audit internal controls over financial reporting in accordance with newly established auditing standards. He is one of four steering committee chairmen assisting in the development of the Open Compliance and Ethics Group’s framework for integrating governance, compliance, risk management and integrity into all business processes ( Trent is also a member of the advisory board of the Enterprise Risk Management Initiative ( at NC State University’s College of Management.

Most recently, Trent was appointed by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) board to lead a project to develop guidance regarding the effective monitoring of internal control in accordance with COSO’s Internal Control—Integrated Framework.

Trent is a frequent speaker at seminars, has authored several nationally and internationally published articles related to Sarbanes-Oxley and corporate governance, and publishes Grant Thornton’s award-winning quarterly CorporateGovernor newsletter.


Trent has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Masters of Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Trent is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Institute of Internal Auditors, the American Accounting Association and the National Association of Corporate Directors. Trent was recognized by Treasury & Risk Management magazine in 2005 as one of the “100 most influential people in finance” and by Business Finance magazine in 2006 as one of 60 top “Influencers” in finance and accounting.

About Grant Thornton LLP

Grant Thornton LLP is the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International, one of the six global accounting, tax and business advisory organizations. Through member firms in more than 110 countries, including 50 offices in the United States, the partners and employees of Grant Thornton member firms provide personalized attention and the highest quality service to public and private clients around the globe.

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