Speaker on Financial Crime, Ministry and Professional Responsibility


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About Me

This is My Story


At one time or another I've been an accountant, a banker, a manager for touring musicians, and a small business CFO. I've consulted with small companies that couldn't keep up with their growth, and I've consulted with small businesses who had to reorganize to stay alive. I've done a lot of things. But I've done some miserable things, too. And thanks to convictions for stealing money from the very clients that liked and trusted me, today I'm a disgraced former accountant who's been to prison and back. Twice.

But I'm a disgraced former accountant with a story to tell. I know a lot about business ethics and professional responsibility. I know all about those gray areas and thin lines that present themselves every single day, and I know from experience what happens when we cross them. After years of dishonesty, I can be brutally honest now. And  because I've operated on both sides of the law, I've worked with accountants and auditors to help prevent crimes like the ones I committed. I care a lot more about preventing the theft than catching the thief later. Because money never stolen, never has to be recovered.



I don't set the agenda or the format: You do. Individual workshop sessions? Or brief talks to each small group? We can work together to get your chosen message to everyone at your meeting or event.

Keynotes and Talks


Do you need a talk to start the day? To close the evening? Maybe a panel discussion to really explore a subject in detail? I can tailor my presentations to match your needs. You're in control.


Financial Crime


What twisted reasoning tells someone that it's okay to steal? What goes through the mind of the fraudster? What does a criminal look for in a target? What's it like when the FBI comes to your door? What's the first night in prison like? How can I protect my business?



What does the Bible teach us about ethics in business? What role can faith play in acceptance of responsibility and rehabilitation? Can a person of faith steal? Can we actually forgive ourselves? How do we treat ex-offenders in our lives, at work, in our church?

Professional Responsibility


Do ethical standards go beyond questions of honesty? What do professionals owe their clients? Can a professional's incompetence be as damaging as fraud? What responsibility does one professional have to report another's poor behavior?

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For more information, send me a message. Tell me about your event, and I will get back to you soon with more information.

Tom Hughes

Milton, Vermont, United States

(802) 310-4467

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