Professor Wilks is the EY Professor of Accounting and former Director of BYU’s School of Accountancy. From 2006 to 2008, he worked as an academic fellow at the Financial Accounting Standards Board in Norwalk, Connecticut. While there, he led the development of the new international standard on revenue recognition, a standard that was released in May 2014. Professor Wilks also served from 2008-2009 as an academic advisor to the International Accounting Standards Board in London, England. He has also served as a technical advisor to Connor Group, which provides technical GAAP review, IPO services, and SEC reporting guidance to firms preparing for IPO. In January 2014, the US Financial Accounting Foundation appointed him to the Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council.
Ken is a technical accounting adviser at Connor Group where he serves clients in diverse industries across the United States. He helps to solve their most complex accounting and business issues. He advises companies on a variety of technical topics including revenue recognition under ASC 606, lease accounting under ASC 842 and SEC reporting matters. Prior to joining Connor Group, he was with Tesla in their Corporate Accounting group and PwC in their Los Angeles, California assurance practice focusing on financial services clients. Ken graduated from Brigham Young University with a Master of Accountancy, and enjoys travelling, wakeboarding, and eating dessert.
Yirang was born in Changwon, South Korea and immigrated to the United States at the age of eight. He attended seven different elementary schools due to frequent moves between South Korea and United States during his childhood. He gained his passion for programming from an experience of modding a video game he loved. In his free time, he loves to play soccer, video games, and read non-fiction books. He is interested in pursuing the career path of becoming a full-stack engineer after his graduation.