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The Expertise behind Accounts Payable Now & Tomorrow

Mary S. Schaeffer                                                                 

Editorial Director & Publisher

AP Now

CRYSTALLUS, Inc.

Summary: Creates relevant accounts payable content delivered in print, online and in person.  Works with vendors to create meaningful webinars, white papers and product development

  • Nationally recognized accounts payable expert, writer and consultant
  • Frequent speaker at seminars, conferences and online events
  • Creator of over half a dozen CPE courses for CPA's
  • Publisher and editorial director of the Accounts Payable Now & Tomorrow monthly newsletter
  • Creator of Institute of Financial Operations Accounts Payable Innovation Certificate program
  • Writes a free weekly e-zine, e-AP News
  • Editor-at-Large CFO Publishing’s Learning Pro: AP Edition
  • Author more than 19 business books including the 101 Best Practices for Accounts Payable  (See full list below)
  • M.B.A. Finance, NYU; B.S. Math, York College

Books by Mary S. Schaeffer

  • Fundamentals of Accounts Payable (CRYSTALLUS, Inc. 2014)
  • Preparing for Year-end in Accounts Payable (CRYSTALLUS, Inc. 2013)
  • 101 Best Practices for Accounts Payable (CRYSTALLUS, Inc. 2013)
  • Do-It-Yourself Accounts Payable Consultant Handbook first, second and third editions (CRYSTALLUS, Inc. 2011, 2012, 2013)
  • Fraud in Accounts Payable: How to Prevent It (John Wiley & Sons September 2008)
  • New Payment World: A Manager's Guide to Creating an Efficient Payment Process (John Wiley & Sons 2007)
  • Travel and Entertainment Best Practices (John Wiley & Sons 2007)
  • Controller and CFO's Guide to Accounts Payable (John Wiley & Sons 2006)
  • Accounts Payable and Sarbanes-Oxley: Strengthening Your Internal Controls (John Wiley & Sons 2006)
  • The Future of Accounts Payable (CRYSTALLUS, Inc. 2006)
  • Accounts Payable: A Guide to Running an Efficient Department First edition, Second edition and Supplements (John Wiley & Sons, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002 , 2003, 2004)
  • Accounts Payable Best Practices (John Wiley & Sons 2004)
  • Essentials of Accounts Payable (John Wiley & Sons 2002)
  • Essentials of Credit, Collections and Accounts Receivable (John Wiley & Sons 2003)
  • International Credit and Collections (John Wiley & Sons 1999)
  • Understanding Interest Rate Swaps (McGraw Hill 1994)
  • Your Dream Vacation Home (McGraw Hill 1992)
  • Triumph Over Tragedy (with John Duffy, John Wiley & Sons 2002)

Mary Schaeffer has the inimitable ability to find accounts-payable-related solutions that really work—without making a major dent in the bottom line. Armed with a degree in math and a graduate degree in finance, she takes a “roll up your sleeves and dig into the details” approach to finding solutions to those problems that cause migraines for CFOs, controllers, and managers.

Fifteen years spent researching and writing about payment issues gives Mary Schaeffer a unique vantage point. Combine that with an almost equal amount of time spent in the corporate trenches of several large finance and treasury departments and you’ll see why she’s become known as America’s leading accounts payable expert.

A wide variety of institutions have taken advantage of her unique expertise: John Wiley & Sons has published over a dozen of her books; CRYSTALLUS, Inc. (www.ap-now.com) relies on her know-how to direct its professional publication, training, and consulting business; and the IFO partnered with her for their AP Innovation certificate program. Over a half a dozen companies offer the CPE courses she has created for accountants . Let’s not overlook the long list of organizations that have turned to her for best practice guidance of their accounts payable function and training of their accounts payable staff.

Ms. Schaeffer has a BS in Mathematics from York College (CUNY) and a MBA in Finance from New York University. She can be reached at marys@ap-now.com

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Information, including downloadable chapters from Mary Schaeffer's latest books is available here. All books by Mary S. Schaeffer are listed below:

 

Fraud in Accounts Payable: How to Prevent It (John Wiley & Sons, 2008)
The definitive resource for every accounts payable department, Fraud in Accounts Payable affords you a bird's-eye view of what's really going on in your accounts payable department and how you can defend it against every potential type of fraud, including check fraud, payroll fraud, and T&E fraud.

Reminding us to "never say never," Fraud in Accounts Payable explains in plain English how to protect your accounts payable department so it becomes-and stays-financially healthy. 15% off at checkout. A John Wiley & Sons shipping fee will be charged.

Accounts Payable: A Guide to Running an Efficient Department (John Wiley & Sons, 1998, 2004)
This updated edition continues where the successful first edition left off, providing all the critical information and guidance top professionals need to run an efficient department, complete with coverage of the innovative issues now facing the field. This was the first comprehensive book written about accounts payable and many refer to it as "the bible." 15% off at checkout. A John Wiley & Sons shipping fee will be charged.

Controller and CFO's Guide to Accounts Payable

15% off at checkout.

This is the book for controllers and CFOs who sometimes wonder why accounts payable professionals insist on doing certain things in a certain way. See a twenty-page excerpt from this must-have information for controllers and CFOs. (PDF format.) A John Wiley & Sons shipping fee will be charged.

Travel and Entertainment Best Practices

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New Payment World: A Manager's Guide to Creating an Efficient Payment Process (John Wiley & Sons 2007) As increasingly more vendors are requiring their customers to pay electronically, corporations will be seeking guidance on the alternatives that are available to them. Written by industry expert Mary Schaeffer, New Payment World provides guidance on creating an electronic payments process for the modern corporation. 15% off at checkout. A John Wiley & Sons shipping fee will be charged.
The Essentials of Accounts Payable (John Wiley & Sons 2002
Written in an easy-to-understand manner, this book introduces the basic and not-so-basic concepts that professionals working in or with accounts payable need to understand. It was selected as part of the training material for the TAPN/IOMA certification program. 15% off at checkout. A John Wiley & Sons shipping fee will be charged.
Accounts Payable Best Practices (John Wiley & Sons 2004)
This handy resource provides documented strategies and tactics for accounts payable employed by highly admired companies. Because firms aren't always in a position to employ best practices, this practical book presents "Almost Best Practices," as well as "Worst Practices," which often leave a firm open to criticism and loss. 15% off at checkout. A John Wiley & Sons shipping fee will be charged.

Accounts Payable and Sarbanes-Oxley: Strengthening Your Internal Controls

15% off at checkout. A John Wiley & Sons shipping fee will be charged.

Essentials of Credit, Collections, and Accounts Receivable

15% off at checkout. A John Wiley & Sons shipping fee will be charged.

International Credit and Collections: A Guide to Extending Credit Worldwide

15% off at checkout.

  Triumph Over Tragedy: September 11 and the Rebirth of a Business [E-Book]

... and many other business books!

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