October 13, 2020: Chapter Meeting

Keynote Speaker 

Cleveland Metroparks – Blazing a Trail through the Pandemic 

Bill Chorba, CPA, CGMA, CFO, Cleveland Metroparks

Bill Chorba holds active CPA and CGMA designations and currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Cleveland Metroparks, where he plans, develops, directs, controls, and manages the Park District’s financial affairs. He is responsible for finance, accounting, treasury, payroll, internal audit and procurement. As Chief Financial Officer, Bill serves as an ex officio of the Board of the Park District and is the Board’s liaison with the Park District Audit Committee. Cleveland Metroparks is a multi-faceted, award winning park district with almost 24,000 acres that include park reservations, golf courses, restaurants, marinas, retail operations, state-accredited police force and a nationally acclaimed zoo.

Prior to joining Cleveland Metroparks, Bill was the Chief Financial Officer of NineSigma, an international innovation and technology services firm, where he was responsible for finance, strategy, accounting, risk management, investor relations, treasury, human resources, IT and administration. He was a key executive team member orchestrating the turnaround and successful exit of this venture capital-backed organization. In addition to being CFO, Bill served on the Board of Directors of NineSigma Japan and was a Managing Director of both NineSigma Europe and NineSigma Korea.

Mr. Chorba’s other senior finance roles throughout his near 30-year career include Chief Financial Officer of an employee benefits, payroll and HR administration company, Vice President at a large, international risk management and insurance firm, and Manager at a national CPA firm.

In addition to his professional service, Bill served as the Chair of the Executive Board of the Ohio Society of CPAs as well as two terms as an Executive Board member. He currently serves as an AICPA Governing Council Member representing Ohio and as the Chairman of the Finance Committee of the Northeast Ohio Foundation for Patriotism. Most recently, Bill was accepted into the Leadership Cleveland Class of 2021.

Professional Development Session

Presented by Protiviti

Topic: ESG Update and Insight for Finance Professionals

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) performance, reporting and assurance has gained center stage around the world as organizations seek to better understand the needs and concerns of a variety of stakeholders, improve their own performance and better communicate their ability to create long term sustainable value. Finance professionals can play a valuable role in adding value as their organizations, start, evolve and continuously improve their ESG related activities.

During this session attendees will:
• Learn about the latest drivers and application of ESG activity that enhance organizational value and sustainability for key internal and external stakeholders
• Gain insight into the most current ESG reporting techniques and leading practices as well as reporting frameworks used by leading organizations globally
• Understand internal control aspects and third party assurance options for ESG reporting as well as integration with Enterprise Risk Management

Presented by: Bob Hirth, Senior Managing Director at Protiviti

Bob Hirth is Senior Managing Director at Protiviti and co-vice chair of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB). SASB is rapidly becoming the investor preferred ESG reporting Framework and has been specifically suggested by major institutional investors. Mr. Hirth served as COSO Chair from June 2013 until February 2018 and he is a former two-term Standing Advisory Group (SAG) member of PCAOB.

CPE Credit Earned: 1hr

Event Details/Registration

Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2020
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Professional Development Session
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Networking Reception
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Keynote Address

The Foundry Rowing Club
1831 Columbus Rd.
Cleveland, OH 44113


Masks will be required without exception, as well as all state, local, and venue rules will be followed. Members will have the option at registration time to register to attend in-person or via streaming.