BlackLine Systems to Present at 2014 AICPA Hospitality Industry Conference in Las Vegas

Hospitality industry giant MGM Resorts International to highlight best practices and benefits of automating accounting processes and mitigating compliance risk with BlackLine

LOS ANGELES – June 12, 2014 – Representatives from global hospitality industry giant MGM Resorts International and financial close software leader BlackLine Systems will present together next week at the 2014 AICPA (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants) Hospitality Industry Conference in Las Vegas.

With more and more hospitality industry brands expanding globally, it is increasingly critical that proper controls are in place surrounding the account reconciliation and financial close processes. BlackLine Systems Solutions Consultant Jarred Rutherford will lead a session on Friday, June 20th, entitled “The Road to Reconciliation: Best Practices for Achieving Balance Sheet Integrity in the Hospitality Industry.” Rick Arpin, Senior Vice President and Corporate Controller at BlackLine client company MGM Resorts International, will discuss the benefits of BlackLine and return on investment (ROI) that can be achieved by using technology to automate traditionally manual accounting functions, such as account reconciliations.

Attendees will learn how to:

• Implement technology to automate the entire financial close process, increasing control and visibility across the board

• Ensure timely, accurate and documented communications between all departments (accounting, finance, compliance, auditing, etc.)

• Realize exceptional ROI in a very short time-frame

• Improve the accuracy and timeliness of compliance reporting

• Define responsibility and process ownership

• Manage compliance while servicing multiple locations

As the hospitality industry continues to rebound, accounting professionals are faced with significant new challenges that require sharper skills, up-to-date knowledge and expanded capabilities to handle the myriad of today’s complex issues. This brand new global AICPA conference is designed to provide critical insights and guidance on the latest techniques and technology, international regulations, tax updates, Wall Street changes, franchising issues, marketing and more of interest to hospitality industry professionals.

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About BlackLine Systems
BlackLine Systems was the first to develop and offer a commercially available Balance Sheet Account Reconciliation solution. An experienced provider of software to companies from the Fortune 100 to beyond the Fortune 1,000, BlackLine provides quick-to-implement, scalable and easy-to-use applications that automate the entire financial close process to help improve financial controls for companies of all sizes. With more than 100,000 users in over 100 countries, BlackLine software applications complement existing Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Governance Risk and Compliance (GRC) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems.

Though ERP-agnostic, the BlackLine Financial Close Suite for SAP® Solutions is an SAP-endorsed business solution – joining the ranks of fewer than 40 other software offerings globally that are endorsed by the enterprise application software leader. BlackLine also is an SAP Gold Partner.

BlackLine offers clients its enterprise-class financial software in a simple and secure SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) platform. With a proven track record and a commitment to customer success, BlackLine seeks to reduce the burden the financial close places on accounting and finance professionals.

BlackLine headquarters are in Los Angeles, with offices in Atlanta, Chicago, London, Melbourne, New York City and Sydney to serve the company’s growing global client base. For more information, please visit


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