Bethany Ryers

Firm Director, CPA, MAS · +1 (608) 240 2382
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Bethany Ryers serves as a firm director on the energy and utilities team. She joined Baker Tilly in 2006 and specializes in providing auditing, accounting and consulting services to utilities. She also assists with financial and capital forecasts, rate studies and impact fees.

  • Performs financial audits of electric, water, stormwater and sewer utilities
  • Conducts audits of fiduciary funds for single employer defined benefit pension plans, defined contribution plans and other post-employment benefit plans, including integration into employer government reporting
  • Executes financial risk assessments and internal control evaluations
  • Prepares financial forecasts, long-range plans and cash- flow projections for municipal utilities
  • Analyzes the financial impact of construction projects on utility customer rates, borrowing needs and operational results
  • Compiles municipal utility financial statements and annual reports to regulatory agencies
  • Delivers consulting services to public utilities, including financial capital forecasts
  • Performs Office of Management and Budget’s Uniform Guidance compliance audits of federally funded programs
  • Helps implement accounting standards for municipal utilities, including derivatives and regulatory accounting
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • American Public Power Association (APPA)
  • Northwest Public Power Association
  • Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Speaks on accounting and financial reporting topics at industry conferences
  • Course instructor – APPA spring, fall, winter education institutes – “Advanced public utility accounting” (2016-2020)
  • Presenter – APPA webinar – “Keeping up with governmental accounting standards” (2020)
  • Presenter – APPA webinar – “Meeting new GASB standards” (2018)
  • Presenter – APPA webinar – “Accounting standards and reporting update” (2017, 2016)
  • Presenter – APPA Business & Financial Conference – “Trending complexities in public utility accounting” (2019)
  • Presenter – APPA Business & Financial Conference – “Welcome to the wonderful world of leases” (2019)
  • Presenter – APPA Business & Financial Conference – “How to meet new GASB standards” (2018)
  • Presenter – APPA Business & Financial Conference – “Current issues in public utility accounting” (2016)
  • Contributing author – APPA – “Advanced public utility accounting guidebook” (2019)
  • Contributing author – APPA – “Utility work order accounting guidebook” (2019)
  • Contributing author – APPA – “Advanced utility accounting manual” (2012)

Location

Wisconsin

Education

Northern Illinois University
Master of Accounting Science

Marquette University
Bachelor of Science in business administration

 

Bethany's upcoming events

Conference

APPA’s 2020 Public Power Connect: virtual summit and business meeting