Biography of Dr. Dan Kneer
Dr. Dan Kneer believes in “auditing smarter; not harder.” He has been blessed to work with several open-minded, forward-looking auditors the last 25+ years. From his national award-winning PhD thesis on audit risk, to his recognition for a “Lifetime Contribution in the Innovative Usage of Technology in Auditing,” Dan has exhibited a life-long commitment regarding audit efficiency and effectiveness.
OK. OK. Let’s recalculate the math here. The Indiana Association of CPAs voted Danny one of the “top 5 accounting students” … in 1973. Most recently he was requested to write the “how-do-you-build-CCM” section of the COSO’s newest monograph (2008). So, maybe we’re talking 35 years!
Dan’s research has a PRACTICAL purpose. It’s not to sit in a scholarly journal … and never be read. The Dean of the Vanderbilt Law School says Dan’s audit research “is some of the most significant research in the US: it’s the type of practical research that we need more of.” In 1990, the American Bar Association listed one of Dan’s auditor liability studies as “one of the 10 landmark legal research efforts of the year.”
Dr. Dan has been installing continuous monitors … SINCE 1984. He developed the “secret sauce” necessary to monitor at the application and process level. A Fortune top 10 CEO says that Dr. Dan “built the Holy Grail” of accounting, auditing, business intelligence with management science techniques.”
Cut Dan open and you’ll see that he bleeds auditing. In fact, he spent his Saturdays, for 17 years, teaching kids how to pass the CPA/CIA exams. He helped “lead the charge” regarding the “150-hour” requirement, attending the first School of Accountancy and writing the theoretical arguments for such schools.
During his 18 years as college a college professor, Dan revitalized, and then grew the Masters Program in IT Audit into the largest in the US. He has also designed, developed and delivered training curricula for a big 4 firm (a 6-week “University”), a military organization (an Academy) and a standards setting body.
Dan has been rated the # 1 speaker at multiple IIA Internationals Dan has delivered talks at such famous venues as 1) Caesars Palace, 2) the Washington D.C. National Press Club, 3) the Downtown New York Athletic Club (home of the Heisman trophy), 4) the grand ballroom at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel, 5) Madison Square Garden, 6) the Palace de Concorde (Paris), 7) the Paris Hilton (no lie) and the Amsterdam Hilton, 8) and the Sydney Opera House.
He is the former Director of research of the ISACA (initiating the Research Monograph Series with Mono # 1 ADVANCED CAATS … in 1987) and has twice been nominated for the IIA’s prestigious Leon Radde Award.
Dr. Dan has been voted “Americas # 1 trainer of auditors.”
Dan spent 17 years playing “serious” adult baseball (not softball), and now mountain climbs.