Jonnie T. Keith

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Jonnie Keith has been in auditing over 40 years. He retired in 2012 as the Assistant General Manager (AGM) of Internal Audit with the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) in Atlanta, Ga. He served in that capacity for over 10 years and was responsible for administering the overall audit activities including:

  • Providing the Board of Directors, the General Manager/CEO (GM/CEO), MARTA Management and appropriate government entities with independent analysis, appraisals, and recommendations concerning operational, information technology, and contract compliance audits;
  • Directing the day-to-day activities for three audit branches : Operational Audit, Information Technology Audit, and Contract Compliance Audit;
  • Developing an annual risk-based audit program consistent with MARTA’s goals and objectives and strategic plan;
  • Deploying audit resources to implement the annual audit plan efficiently and effectively;
  • Reviewing and approving all audit programs for Operational, Information Technology, and Contract Compliance audit activities

At this position, he was also responsible for the review and approval of all Internal Audit correspondence including audit reports, executive summaries, internal and external correspondence, etc.

Prior to that, he worked at MARTA as the Operational Audit Manager and Senior Contract Compliance Auditor. He also worked at Norfolk Southern Railway (formally Southern Railway) as a senior operational auditor and started his career at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta as a bank examiner.

Jonnie Keith received a BA degree in Economics from Clark Atlanta University (formerly Clark College).

Certifications include:

  • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)
  • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
  • Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP)
  • Certified Internal Control Auditor (CICA)

He has been a volunteer seminar instructor for the National Office of the Institute of Internal Auditors for several years and has taught numerous classes including:

  • Beginning Audit Tools and Techniques
  • Communication Skills for Auditors
  • Operational Auditing: Introduction
  • Audit Project Management
  • Audit Report Writing
  • Operational Auditing: Advanced
  • Leadership Skills for Auditors
  • CIA Review Course

He and his wife authored the book: Tied Together – The Marriage Trinity.

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