Ex-HealthSouth CFO To Address Media Finance Leaders

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The former CFO of HealthSouth has been selected to deliver a keynote address at a conference billed as “a must-attend for all media and entertainment finance professionals.”


Aaron Beam will be the keynote on Tuesday, May 21 at the 59th annual conference for the Media Financial Management Association (MFM) and its BCCA subsidiary, the media industry’s credit association.

Beam will also be the featured speaker at a CFO Roundtable later that day.

Beam was a co-founder of HealthSouth, a company he helped grow into a Fortune 500 company as their first CFO. However, in 1996 he took part in an accounting fraud that resulted in one of the largest corporate frauds in the history of the United States. In 2003 he pled guilty to the crime and was sent to federal prison.

Beam began his public speaking career in 2008 and as of 2018 has spoken to over 500 different groups. His primary message: corporate fraud, who is actually responsible, how they take place, and what can be done to prevent frauds such as Enron and HealthSouth.

Chaired by Manship Media CFO Ralph Bender, who serves as vice chair of MFM’s board of directors, and co-chaired by Melissa Mitchell, corporate controller for Bonneville International and MFM board secretary, Media Finance Focus 2019 will feature presentations from more than 150 industry experts who plan to provide timely information on topics relevant to media industry finance professionals — accounting, economic projections, valuations, M&A, taxes, human resources, regulatory and technological developments, and internal audit.

“The three days of the MFM & BCCA conference are the most cost-effective professional development and educational opportunity for members of our profession,” said Mary M. Collins, President/CEO of MFM and BCCA. “Attendees will experience a full year of benefits in the form of new and greater knowledge that can be directly applied upon returning to their workplace.”

Radio + Television Business Report Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson will be attending the Media Finance Focus conference, at which the first-ever Best Finance Leaders honors will be presented to those nominated by the readers of RBR+TVBR. The awards presentation time and location will be announced soon.

RBR+TVBR is producing a special print magazine for the Media Finance Focus conference, to be distributed in New Orleans; a PDF version of the publication will be distributed via e-mail to all RBR+TVBR Members.

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