HAWTHORNE, N.Y., Feb. 23, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SmartPros Ltd. (Nasdaq:SPRO), a leader in the field of accredited professional education and corporate training, today announced that it has acquired the rights and intellectual property for Bruce Pounder's popular "This Week in Accounting" Webinar series and "Professional Ethics and Conduct for North Carolina CPAs" Webinar course. In addition, Bruce Pounder will join SmartPros as Vice President, Accounting Programs. He will continue to produce "This Week in Accounting" and further develop new Webinar-based continuing professional education (CPE) programs for the company. "We are extremely pleased to have Bruce Pounder join our team to assist us in growing the Webinar CPE market," said Jack Fingerhut, SmartPros Ltd. President. "'This Week in Accounting' is a best-in-class Webinar series and we are proud to add it to our current line of accounting and finance CPE subscription options. We know our clients will find the content very timely and a great addition to our offerings." "This Week in Accounting" is a series of one-hour Webinars presented live every Wednesday by Mr. Pounder. The Webinars enable CPAs to earn CPE credit while staying on top of developments that affect their employers and clients. "This Week in Accounting" addresses topics of significance to accounting professionals such as: changes in U.S. GAAP; the convergence of U.S. GAAP with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS); financial accounting and reporting controversies; and the latest news about the profession's "movers and shakers." Mr. Pounder's areas of expertise include corporate financial reporting, the global convergence of financial reporting standards, and ethics in the accounting profession. He is both a certified financial manager (CFM) and a certified management accountant (CMA). Since founding his own company in 1988, Mr. Pounder has presented accounting seminars, conference sessions, and webinars to thousands of professionals around the world.