| Phoenix 2017

Talking Stick Resort Arena

We love our customers! Avalara is coming to Phoenix for a fun customer appreciation A-List event. On November 8, join us at Talking Stick Resort Arena to hear from industry experts, participate in breakout sessions, and network with fellow professionals. Following the presentations, we’ll watch the Phoenix Suns play the Miami Heat from the Ring of Honor Suite. This event will sell out so register now.

Cost: Complimentary for Avalara customers


  • Talking Stick Resort Arena

Date & Time:

  • Wednesday
  • November 8, 2017
  • 2:30pm to 9:00pm


  • 201 E Jefferson St
  • Phoenix, AZ 85004


Avalara is returning to Phoenix for a fun A-List event on November 8th. A-List events deliver user-inspired content, training, and networking opportunities for customers across the country. Attendees will meet with subject matter experts on Avalara products, services, and tax compliance, followed by a VIP suite experience watching the Phoenix Suns take on the Miami Heat.


Seating is limited for this event. First-come, first-serve. We will create a waiting list for those who are not able to register. You must attend the meeting portion to be eligible to attend the reception and game. Limit 2 tickets per company.

  • 2:30pm – 3:00pm
    Arrival and Check-In
  • 3:00pm – 3:15pm
    Avalara Welcome
  • 3:15pm – 4:05pm
    Keynote Presentation: Sales & Use Tax Updates, Trends and Audit Best Pratices
    Kushal Thakore & Ryan Kennedy, DMA (1 CPE credit)
  • 4:05pm – 4:20pm
  • 4:20pm – 5:20pm
    Breakout Sessions – Pick One
    Breakout Option 1: Fireside chat with Avalara Product Manager
    Breakout Option 2: Roundtable discussion w/ AvaTax Product Manager
  • 5:30pm – 5:30pm
    Closing Remarks
  • 5:40pm – 6:30pm
    Food & Beverage Reception
  • 6:30pm
    Tip-Off – Phoenix Suns vs. Miami Heat

Featured Keynote:

Kushal Thakore
Kushal Thakore, Director, Tax Technology, DMA

Kushal has more than 14 years of experience working with various transaction tax software packages, along with over 10 years of software development experience. He has assisted numerous clients in implementing DMA’s software utilities, configuring transaction tax applications, and integrating transaction tax applications with various ERP systems, with a specific focus on SAP. Prior to joining DMA, Kushal was a Senior Software Developer with TaxAutomation, Inc., which was purchased by DMA in 2005 as part of a company initiative to become a provider of state and local tax solutions. While at TaxAutomation, Inc., Kushal helped design and implement tools and utilities for Taxware’s Sales and Use Tax application. He was also a lead developer of an Exemption Certificate Management System for the Vertex Q Series.

Ryan Kennedy
Ryan Kennedy, Tax Manager, Sales/Use Tax, DMA

Ryan has a wide variety of experience in both the public accounting and private sector. He has worked with diverse industries in multiple states. Prior to joining DMA, Ryan worked for an internationally recognized consulting firm in their property tax division. He also spent three years in public accounting, specializing in federal tax compliance and tax consulting for high net worth individuals. After finishing law school, Ryan worked for a large private equity group specializing in historic tax credits and new market tax credits.


DMA is a proud sponsor of Avalara A-Lists. Since 1972, DMA has partnered with many of North America’s largest companies to solve their corporate tax challenges. Our practice focuses on six key areas of corporate taxation: property tax, sales/use and commodity tax, state income and franchise tax, tax technology, crown royalties, and unclaimed property. We assist companies with minimizing their taxes, enhancing the efficiency of their tax administration with technology, and managing their tax compliance obligations. To learn more about DMA visit

Avalara is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: