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Award-Winning, Experienced CPE Faculty

Surgent CPE faculty are the most top-rated and experienced in the industry. Our instructors have Big-4, regional, local, and industry experience, along with a collective 500+ CPE speaker of the year awards. Many have run their own practice or operated their own business. Get to know each of our instructors better in their videos! You'll learn what careers they led before Surgent, what experience and expertise they bring to Surgent, and why they are the right person to give you the education you need to succeed.

Are you a subject matter expert in your field? Do you have a passion for teaching? Whether your background is in assurance, tax, financial reporting, internal audit, consulting, financial planning, or other areas, Surgent would love to hear from you! We are always looking for fresh faces to join our team and enhance the breadth and depth of offerings our customers demand. Email us today at if you're interested in joining our faculty.

Robert Lickwar, CPA

Expert Tax Instructor



Bob has more than 30 years of experience as a practicing CPA. He is one of the foremost experts in the taxation of small businesses and their owners, specializing in many areas of domestic taxation, including real estate, multi-state, business and individual taxation. 

Want to meet Bob? Watch his video!

Want to take a CPE course with Bob? Browse some of his upcoming courses here.

Charles Blanton, CPA

Director of Government & Nonprofit Content



Charlie Blanton has over 25 years of experience in auditing and industry having worked at KPMG, the Texas Society of CPAs, Taylor Publishing, Texas Wesleyan University, and the AICPA.

Want to meet Charlie? Watch his video!

Interested in taking a CPE course with Charlie? Browse his upcoming courses here.

Richard Daisley, CPA

VP of Accounting and Finance Reporting Content



Rich Daisley brings over 30 years of experience in the accounting and auditing field to his role as an instructor with Surgent. Prior to Surgent, Mr. Daisley spent 20 years at PwC as an assurance senior manager. During his tenure there, he was first in PwC’s assurance practice and then, PwC’s Capital Markets and Accounting Advisory Services group, where he advised clients on the implementation of new accounting pronouncements as well as on issues related to public offerings.

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Want to take a CPE course with Rich? Browse some of his upcoming courses here.

Marci S. Thomas, CPA

Expert A&A Instructor


Marci Thomas, MHA, CPA, CGMA, licensed as a CPA in Georgia and North Carolina, is an author and nationally recognized speaker on various accounting and auditing topics to companies, nonprofits, CPA firms, and state societies of CPAs around the country. She is a clinical assistant professor in the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a frequent speaker at local, regional, and national conferences.

Want to meet Marci? Watch her video!

Interested in taking a CPE course with Marci? Browse some of her upcoming courses here.


Michael A. Frost, CPA

Expert Tax Instructor


Mike Frost, CPA, of Jacksonville, Alabama, provides tax consulting, continuing education, and motivational speaking services through his company, Mike Frost Enterprises. Mike has 31 years of experience in public accounting, including but not limited to: Business and individual income tax preparation and planning; mergers and acquisitions; estate, gift, and trust tax preparation; small business consulting; Medicare planning and other elder care; audit representation; and religious groups and clergy."

Want to meet Mike? Watch his video!

Want to take a CPE course with Mike? Browse some of his upcoming courses here.

Michael J. Tucker, J.D., CPA

VP of Tax and Advisory Content


Mike Tucker is a consultant for the accounting firm of T.M. Byxbee Co. in Hamden, CT. He is the author of many professional articles and a veteran TV and live-seminar presenter. He was a professor at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT and worked with KPMG Peat Marwick and Deloitte & Touche.

Want to meet Mike? Watch his video!

Interested in taking a CPE course with Mike? Browse his latest courses here.

Denise Appleby, MJ, APA, CISP, CRPS, CRC

Expert Tax Instructor


Denise is CEO of Appleby Retirement Consulting Inc., a firm that provides IRA tools and resources for financial and tax professionals. She has over 22 years of experience in the retirement plans field, and has co-authored several books and written over 500 articles on retirement rules and regulations. Denise is also CEO of, a free consumer website about retirement accounts rules and regulations. For more about Denise, visit her website at

Want to meet Denise? Watch her video!

Interested in taking a CPE course with Denise? Browse her latest courses here.

Melissa Critcher, CPA

Owner, Melissa G. Critcher, CPA, P.C.


Melissa G. Critcher has her own firm located in Charlotte, North Carolina that focuses on auditing employee benefit plans and providing technical review for other firms. During the course of her career she has also performed audits in manufacturing, professional service, healthcare, and retail industries.  She is an author and instructor of continuing education courses for various organizations, including the North Carolina Association of CPAs (NCACPA) where she has been recognized as an Outstanding Discussion Leader.

Melissa graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration specializing in Accounting. She is a member of the NCACPA, AICPA and other professional organizations. 

Interested in taking a CPE course with Melissa? Browse her latest courses here.

Jason Cornell, Esq.

Expert Instructor


Jason Cornell is an experienced civil litigator with over 14 years of experience working in areas of automobile negligence, products liability and wrongful death. As a commercial litigator, Jason has represented a wide range of high-profile clients, including Hess Energy, Morgan Stanley and NBC Universal. Jason’s litigation experience also includes representing the bankruptcy trustee for one of the largest bank failure cases in U.S. history.

Want to meet Jason? Watch his video!

Interested in taking a CPE course with Jason? Browse his latest courses here.

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