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Numbers Therapy Session: Everything You Need to Know About PPP, Taxes, and Fraud Risks

If anyone stayed busy during the pandemic, it was bankers and accountants. Financial options changed nearly daily, and you probably still have questions on PPP forgiveness, spending RRF, accounting and tax considerations, and potential fraud risks from moving so quickly. Join this panel of experts as they address the biggest financial concerns for restaurant operators.


Sunday, July 11, 2021


3:30pm - 4:15pm


Big Bend Big Ideas Stage, sponsored by Texas Mutual


Christa Jaganath, Briggs & Veselka, Co.
Michael Finley, Kennedy Sutherland, LLP


Christa Jaganath

Christa has over a decade of public accounting experience, providing services to private companies in a variety of industries. Christa has a passion for the food and beverage industry and leads the restaurant & hospitality practice at Briggs & Veselka Co., servicing over 100 clients in the Texas region.  Her technical experience includes audit and attestation, reviews, compilations, consulting and advisory, employee benefit plan audits, agreed upon procedures, technical accounting, and reporting in both International Financial Reporting Standards and U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.


She is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Texas and is currently a member of the Texas Society of CPA’s Houston Chapter and the AICPA.  Christa currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Houston Restaurant Association, Daya Houston, and the Advisory Board of the Greater Houston Womens Chamber of Commerce. She is also an active member with the Women’s Finance Exchange.  In her spare time, Christa is an adjunct professor for the University of Houston Downtown lecturing in Auditing and Intermediate Accounting courses.

Michael Finley

Michael Finley is an attorney in Kennedy Sutherland’s Austin office who offers a wide range of services to financial institutions and other businesses. Michael specializes in regulatory compliance issues surrounding consumer and commercial lending, drafting lending documentation, and state and federal historic preservation tax credits. In his spare time, Michael enjoys fishing, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.