2024 Spring Conference Speakers


Alex Theis

Business Learning Institute, AICPA

Career Brief

Alex is an international speaker, consultant, author, and podcast host. He helps people and organizations reach new levels of growth and success. His speaking focuses on increasing sales and customer retention, improving the customer/client experience, leadership, and personal growth. In his consulting work, Alex helps companies improve customer retention and loyalty and find hidden opportunities through sales analytics.

Alex’s innovative sales programs have produced over $100 million in revenue for his clients. His podcast, Limitless, has been downloaded over 5 million times and can be heard on Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, and anywhere podcasts are found. He’s also a best-selling author of two books, including Limitless Leadership: 25 Ways to Be a Leader in Any Situation.



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Andrew Kleine

Author “City on the Line”

Career Brief

Andrew Kleine is Senior Director – Government & Public Sector at EY-Parthenon, a global advisory firm.

Andrew is a nationally recognized leader in budgeting for outcomes, performance management, long-term financial planning, and business process improvement.  He is the author of City on the Line: How Baltimore Transformed Its Budget to Beat the Great Recession and Deliver Outcomes (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018).


Andrew’s career has included leadership roles in both federal and local government, including as Chief Administrative Officer for Montgomery County, Maryland; Budget Director for the City of Baltimore; and Acting CFO for AmeriCorps.


For his work in guiding Baltimore through the Great Recession, Andrew received the 2016 National Public Service Award from the American Society for Public Administration and the National Academy of Public Administration.


Andrew was a technical advisor for Bloomberg Philanthropies’ City Budgeting for Equity and Recovery program and is currently working with state and local government clients on financial reform, strategic planning, performance management, and COVID recovery.  He is a columnist for PATimes and has been published in RouteFifty, Governing, NextCity, GovExec, GFR, and other outlets.


Kevin Kinnally

Legislative Director, Maryland Association of Counties

Career Brief

Kevin Kinnally leads the Maryland Association of Counties' policy team as Legislative Director. Mr. Kinnally provides primary coverage for tax and fiscal policy, finance, elections, emergency services, and intergovernmental relations. Kinnally co-hosts the Conduit Street Podcast and serves as the liaison to the Maryland Association of Budget and Finance Officers and Maryland Association of Election Officials.



Christopher Lehman


Career Brief

Chris Lehman is a partner at SB & Company with eighteen years of experience. Chris is one of the leaders in the firm’s Public Sector industry, with experience serving many entities in the federal, and state and local sectors with experience providing financial statement and single audits. Chris has served as both a teacher and speaker for Maryland GFOA, Maryland Association of School Business Officials, the Pennsylvania State Association of County Controllers and GFOA Washington Metropolitan Area in topics such as ethics, internal controls, accounting pronouncements, Single Audit and other accounting matters. He is also an Enhanced Peer reviewer for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.