Decurion, SSA & Company to Join BlackLine on Panel at Annual CFO Rising West Conference

Session to emphasize importance of automating account reconciliations to ensure accuracy, efficiency in financial close, reporting processes

Oct 14, 2011, 08:01 ET from BlackLine Systems

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Representatives from global management and operations consulting leader SSA & Company and BlackLine Systems' client The Decurion Corp. (parent company of Pacific Theatres, Robertson Properties Group and ArcLight Cinemas), will be joining BlackLine on a panel at the CFO Rising West Conference & Expo next week in San Diego.


Today's CFOs have a well-deserved seat at the executive table and a mandate to guide strategy. But what exactly does that mean? And, how can CFOs balance financial and strategic objectives? CFO Magazine's CFO Rising West will provide a venue for senior finance executives, including some of the world's most powerful CFOs, to share their insights on strategies to better manage their responsibilities in this increasingly complex business environment.

Smart, efficient close to report cycles create a foundation for evaluating performance, supporting business decisions and satisfying external reporting requirements. Until now, finance organizations have had to rely on spreadsheet-driven processes that often contain hidden errors, resulting in costly mistakes.

In a conference session on Monday, Thyra Hunter, corporate accounting manager at Decurion, will discuss how companies can communicate better, improve efficiencies, increase productivity, reduce bottom line costs and ensure accuracy on the balance sheet by implementing an automated account reconciliation and financial close system such as that offered by BlackLine.

With stakes surrounding the financial close higher today than ever, the session will focus on ways the CFO can improve control and visibility surrounding the financial close process by automating traditionally manual accounting processes, such as account reconciliations, and virtually eliminate spreadsheets – and the errors/headaches that come with them.

Philip Boken, finance operations solutions leader at SSA & Company, also will participate as a panelist.

BlackLine VP of Global Sales & Partner Channel Dominick DiPaolo, CPA, will lead and moderate the presentation, entitled "The Road to Reconciliation: Achieving Balance Sheet Integrity."

Attendees will leave the session with insight into how they can:

  • Implement technology to automate the entire financial close process, increasing control and visibility across the board
  • Ensure timely, accurate and documented communications between all departments (accounting, finance, compliance, auditing, etc.)
  • Realize exceptional return-on-investment (ROI) in a very short timeframe
  • Improve the accuracy and timeliness of compliance reporting
  • Define responsibility and process ownership
  • Manage compliance while servicing multiple locations

CFO Rising is part of a series of informative and educational events put on by CFO Conferences, an affiliate of the industry leading CFO Magazine. CFO Conferences is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors.

About BlackLine

Founded in 2001, BlackLine Systems was the first to develop and offer a commercially available Balance Sheet Account Reconciliation solution. An experienced provider of software to companies from the Fortune 100 to beyond the Fortune 1,000, BlackLine provides quick-to-implement, scalable and easy-to-use applications that automate the entire financial close process to help improve financial controls for companies of all sizes. BlackLine software applications complement existing Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Governance Risk and Compliance (GRC) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems.

BlackLine offers clients its enterprise-class software in a simple and secure OnDemand/SaaS platform. With a proven track record and a commitment to customer success, BlackLine seeks to reduce the burden the financial close places on accounting and finance professionals. For more information, please visit

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