Ben Hancock, CPA, is a Senior Manager with Moss Adams and has practiced public accounting since 2004. He performs audit services, financial analysis, and organizational effectiveness consulting for tribal governments, financial services companies, and financial institutions. Mr. Hancock provides his clients with practical, proven solutions to their unique challenges. His specific areas of expertise include financial statement audits; single audits; technical accounting matters such as acquisition accounting, stock-based compensation, mortgage operations (servicing, hedging, and related derivatives), and fair value considerations; organizational assessments and performance audits; and internal control risk assessments.
Before joining Moss Adams, Mr. Hancock worked at a Big Four firm, where he performed planning, implementation, and completion stages of audits for public and private companies.
Mr. Hancock is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, California Society of Certified Public Accountants, and Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Lars Landrie has been providing wealth management services since 1993. His specialty area of focus is working with Tribal governments and enterprises to manage their investment assets. He helps them develop investment committees and create investment policy statements and he educates tribal councils to take full control of their varied investment accounts. Mr. Landrie is a partner with Moss Adams Wealth Advisors and the chair of the Personal Financial Planning technical discipline group at the firm level, which sets the policy and procedures for personal financial planning.
Michael Willis has been an attorney with the law firm Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker since 1998. His practice encompasses economic development, tax law and policy, tribal transportation infrastructure, and program implementation under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Act. Transportation and tax policy have been primary focuses areas of Michael's practice. In 2005, he was a primary drafter of the Intertribal Transportation Association's (ITA) Supreme Court amicus brief in the Prairie Band Potowatomi Nation fuel tax case. Mr. Willis has been advising the United South and Eastern Tribes (USET) on tax policy matters since 2011. He has advocated for tribal tax reform provisions and has prepared comments to the IRS for tribal clients on such issues as the tribal general welfare exclusion, per capita distributions of income derived from trust resources and tribal governmental retirement plans. Mr. Willis has worked with tribes in the development of their general welfare ordinances and advises tribal governments on a variety of taxation matters, including best practices to protect tribal revenues from state and local government taxation. His 2014 article, "The Power to Tax Economic Activity in Indian Country," was published in the quarterly magazine of the American Bar Association's Section on Environment, Energy and Resources.
John Friel, CPA, is Director of Financial Services with the Falmouth Institute, where he provides a wide range of financial management services to tribal governments. Mr. Friel leads the team that prepares and negotiates indirect cost proposals for hundreds of Falmouth IDC clients. Other services include: training, internal controls analysis, cost allocation policy facilitation and corrective action plans in response to audit findings issued in accordance with single audits.
Steve Mr. Bantum is the President of Bantum Consulting Services, which specializes in providing Information Technology consulting services to faith based, non-profit, for profit, governmental and healthcare organizations. He has over 25 years of accounting and technology consulting experience, including experience in providing consulting, database and forensic accounting services to the healthcare industry. Mr. Bantum is a CPA, a CITP (Certified Information Technology Professional) and a CMC (Certified Management Consultant). He has served in the U.S. Air Force and received a Top Secret Security clearance while in service to his country. He was also an auditor with the accounting firm of Deloitte and Touche. He is a member of the AICPA, the Maryland Association of CPA’s, and the National Association of Black Accountants.
*Instructors subject to change.