Financial experts to speak at SOM

Published September 27, 2012

Two expert financial professionals will speak at the School of Management as part of this year’s Helen and Oscar Sufrin Lectureship in Accounting, being held Oct. 5 in the Newman Center’s new Campus Ministry Center, 495 Skinnersville Road, Amherst, near the Creekside Village housing complex.

Toby Bishop, director of the Deloitte Forensic Center, will speak at 9 a.m. on major embezzlement cases; Scott Socha, vice president-treasurer at Delaware North Companies, will speak at 10:45 a.m. on the treasury functions at privately held companies.

A Deloitte Eminence Fellow and a global thought leader in fraud detection and deterrence, Bishop has been named five times to Accounting Today’s list of the Top 100 Most Influential People in the Accounting Profession. He is co-author, with Frank Hydoski, of the book “Corporate Resiliency: Managing the Growing Risk of Fraud and Corruption” and a related article in Harvard Business Review.

Socha joined Delaware North, a global leader in hospitality and food service, in 1999. He has held a series of high-level positions in or directly related to finance, including manager of financial planning and analysis, assistant controller and vice president of finance for the company’s parks and resorts division. In his current position, he oversees the company’s worldwide cash-management activities specific to business operations, capital projects and acquisitions, and manages relationships with external capital providers throughout the world.

Although the lectures are free of charge, reservations are required by Oct. 1 and can be made by contacting Janet Kiefer at or at 645-3290.

The Sufrin Lectureship brings distinguished business professionals to the School of Management to speak about accounting issues. Funding is provided through the generous support of Leslie Sufrin and Gerald Sufrin, a longtime UB professor, in honor of their late parents.