Welcome to The Tampa Bay Chapter of the ACFE


July 22, 2016


I would like to welcome you to the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners 2016/2017 year!  The Chapter’s mission is to serve our local community with the interaction of our members and expansion of knowledge to improve fraud detection and deterrence. We are fortunate to have among our chapter members’ representatives of law enforcement, government, investigative services, insurance, banking, public and private accounting and auditing as well as many other types of industries. Our goal is to provide group interaction with an environment for personal and professional growth and quality programs and content at an affordable value.

Last year, the chapter had a record number of 200+ members, and we are still growing! Our monthly dinner meetings continue to grow in size and offer a great value for CPE credits! And our two day May Seminar was one of our biggest! All this growth may mean a change in our meeting locations and venues.

This year, your chapter is planning some new things. Please look for updates on our web site as we keep you informed of events and opportunities for your involvement. By participating or volunteering your expertise and becoming more involved in our chapter, you will not only make valuable industry contacts that can benefit you and your institution, but you will also sharpen your skills.

And who wants to be a member of “Chapter Of The Year?” … we do!

Are you a CFE and NOT a member of the local Chapter? Why not?  We could use your help and invite you to join today!  Click here to join NOW!

We are always looking for new ideas and increased member participation so below I have included the date for our next two dinner meetings, and I hope you can join us. Please save these dates:

Save the Date:    Chapter Dinner Meeting            Tuesday September 13, 2016
Save the Date
:    Chapter Dinner Meeting            Tuesday October 11, 2016

Separate invitations will be sent out prior to each event.   Visit us at www.tampabaycfe.org for more details.

We are pleased to welcome this year’s board of directors and officers:

Kjell Purnell, President
Steve Hooper, Vice President
Lisa Tillman, Secretary
Patricia Entsminger, Treasurer

Nancy Hoang, Director
Laura Brock, Director
Judith Botham, Director
Christine Dever Homack, Training Director

I would like to thank each of you members for your support in making this year a great year! I am also very appreciative of our board members and officers who work hard in leading and planning for our chapter! Thank you to all of you!

If you have any questions or would like to assist with an upcoming event or activity, please contact me(President@tampabaycfe.org) or any board member.  Thank you for your interest in our Chapter, and we appreciate your support of our organization.

I look forward to meeting you soon at one of our dinners!


Kjell Purnell, CFE
President, Tampa Bay Chapter
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners




Welcome to The Tampa Bay Chapter of the ACFE 

The Tampa Bay Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners is dedicated to providing our members with the most valuable, current techniques used to detect and deter fraudulent acts. The Tampa Bay Chapter's primary purpose is to serve the community by the promotion of improved fraud detection and deterrence and through expansion of knowledge and the interaction of its Members. This is achieved by offering Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits that focus on fraud prevention, detection and deterrence  during our six annual dinner meetings.  In addition, the Tampa Bay Chapter prides itself on its commitment to the growth of future fraud examiners by offering scholarships and additional educational support to the community.


Who We Are

Established in 1992, the membership of the Tampa Bay Chapter has grown steadily from the original 12 charter members to over 200 professionals from a wide range of industries throughout the Tampa Bay area.

In 2009, the Tampa Bay Chapter was recognized as the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) 2009 Chapter of the Year. This is a prestigious award that recognizes our Chapter and its members as leaders in supporting the mission of the ACFE and supporting our local community. This is a global award, which is only given to one Chapter each year. Our Chapter is proud to be the recipient of such a prestigious award.