In his current role with LPL Financial, Smith leads a team of IT auditors and consults on a variety of IT and financial and compliance audits and special projects. He also provides data analytics support to the Internal Audit Department.
Shortly after joining LPL Financial, Smith assisted with upgrading the company’s accounting system. He used IDEA to streamline the consolidation of subsidiaries, which if performed manually would have taken additional staff and several days to complete. He has also used IDEA to review user access data over a year’s worth of transactions for certain systems, which he stated would have been virtually impossible to do manually. In this way, Smith has benefited from IDEA’s ease of use and ability to handle extremely large data sets.
Prior to joining LPL Financial in 2010, Smith worked with KPMG for 12 years in both the federal government practice and with public and private companies as part of the IT Advisory Practice. He co-founded the IDEA Independent User Group (IIUG) in southern California and was instrumental in providing product feedback for a number of versions leading up to IDEA Version Nine.
Smith will receive the award in May at the 4th North America IDEA User Conference in Chicago.
About LPL Financial Holdings Inc.
LPL Financial, a wholly-owned subsidiary of LPL Financial Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: LPLA), is the nation's largest independent broker-dealer (based on total revenues, Financial Planning magazine, June 1996-2013), an RIA custodian, and an independent consultant to retirement plans. LPL Financial offers proprietary technology, comprehensive clearing and compliance services, practice management programs and training, and independent research to more than 13,600 financial advisors and approximately 700 financial institutions. In addition, LPL Financial supports more than 4,500 financial advisors licensed with insurance companies by providing customized clearing, advisory platforms and technology solutions. LPL Financial and its affiliates have approximately 3,000 employees with primary offices in Boston, Charlotte, and San Diego. For more information, please visit LPL Financial Website.
About Audimation Services, Inc.
Founded in 1992, Audimation Services, Inc. is a leader in providing data analysis technology to help companies understand their data, assess risks, test controls, and fight fraud. As the sole U.S. distributor of IDEA® – Data Analysis Software, CaseWare™ Monitor and SmartExporter for SAP®, we help our clients maximize their technology investments by providing support, training and other valuable resources. For more information about Audimation Services, visit Audimation Website or call 888.641.2800.
About CaseWare IDEA Inc.
CaseWare IDEA Inc. is a privately held software development and marketing company, with offices in Toronto and Ottawa, Canada, and distributor partners serving more than 90 countries. CaseWare IDEA Inc. is a subsidiary of CaseWare International Inc., the world leader in business intelligence software for accountants, auditors and other professionals.