Contributing Authors

Josh Mortensen
MAcc '20

Josh grew up in Eagle Mountain, Utah, where he regularly participated in piano competitions and gained a passion for classical music. Josh loves the challenge of simplifying technical accounting problems so that non-accountants (like his wife) can understand them. In his free time, Josh enjoys mountain biking, hiking, and brushing up on his Hungarian.

Justin Holmstead
MAcc '20

Justin grew up in Lehi, Utah, and embraced being a “Pioneer” by being the only known accountant in his extended family. Outside of accounting, Justin loves ballroom dancing with friends, playing Spikeball, and supervising at BYU sporting events. Ever since he traveled to Europe for an accounting study abroad, he has sought for opportunities to taste new foods.

Scott Williams
MAcc '20

Scott Williams is from Seattle, Washington and will graduate with a Master of Accountancy degree from BYU in April, 2020. Over the past three summers, Scott has worked as an Accounting Clerk for two maritime companies and as a Risk and Financial Advisory Intern for Deloitte in Seattle. Scott also enjoys studying American military history and is currently co-authoring a book on the Mexican-American War.

Zachary Baird
MAcc '20

Zach is from Utah, Oklahoma, and Arizona. He loves financial accounting and the operations of small businesses. When he is not studying accounting and finance, he spends time with his wife and 2 year old son. He loves cooking, eating, creating music and traveling. After graduation, Zach plans on joining PwC’s CMAAS team in Dallas, Texas.

Faculty Contributors

Kay Stice
PwC Professor, School of Accountancy

Earl K. Stice is the PricewaterhouseCoopers Professor of Accounting at Brigham Young University. Professor Stice has been on the faculty at Rice University, the University of Arizona, and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST); and was the Ernst & Young Professor of Accounting and Finance at Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan. Professor Stice is co-author of the online editions of Intermediate Accounting, 19th edition; Accounting: Concepts and Applications, 11th edition; and Financial Accounting: Reporting and Analysis, 7th Edition. He is also the co-creator (with his brother Jim) of a large number of accounting and finance courses for LinkedIn Learning.

Jeff Wilks
EY Professor of Accounting and Former Director, School of Accountancy

Professor Wilks is the EY Professor of Accounting and former Director of BYU’s School of Accountancy. From 2006 to 2008, he worked as an academic fellow at the Financial Accounting Standards Board in Norwalk, Connecticut. While there, he led the development of the new international standard on revenue recognition, a standard that was released in May 2014. Professor Wilks also served from 2008-2009 as an academic advisor to the International Accounting Standards Board in London, England. He has also served as a technical advisor to Connor Group, which provides technical GAAP review, IPO services, and SEC reporting guidance to firms preparing for IPO. In January 2014, the US Financial Accounting Foundation appointed him to the Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council.

Connor Group Contributors

Aleks Zabreyko
Partner, Head of Professional Practice at Connor Group

Aleks is Partner and Head of Connor Group Technical Accounting Interpretations (professional practice) and has extensive hands-on US GAAP and IFRS experience advising clients and other Connor professionals in multiple complex areas, including revenue recognition, business acquisitions and dispositions, capital markets including IPO and cross-border transactions, stock compensation, inventories, complex financial instruments, SEC reporting and regulations; and various complex or unique transactions.

Russell Winfield
Supervising Senior – Technical Accounting & IPO Services at Connor Group

Russell is a technical accounting adviser at Connor Group where he serves clients in diverse industries across the United States. He helps to solve their most complex accounting and business issues. He advises companies on a variety of technical topics including revenue recognition under ASC 606 and SEC reporting matters. Prior to joining Connor Group, he was with EY in their Phoenix, Arizona assurance practice focusing on the real estate industry. Russell graduated from Brigham Young University with a Master of Accountancy, and loves everything outdoors including mountain biking, hiking, and backpacking.

Shamae Budd
Writer/Contributor at Connor Group

Shamae studied English at Brigham Young University. During her time as an undergraduate, she worked as a copy editor for two student journals, Schwa and STANCE: For the Family. Following her graduation in 2015, she joined the Connor Group team, contributing her writing and editing skills to many projects. She has recently returned to BYU where she is pursuing a master’s degree in creative writing and teaching entry-level college English.