Episode 7: Interview with Mary S. Schaeffer, AP SME

This is a special episode! I am interviewing the person that gave me my foundation for Accounts Payable – Mary S Schaeffer.  We discuss:

  • The most critical AP topics from in her first newsletter in 1995 and today.  Hmnm – are they the same?

  • Why the human component needs to be partnered with any digital solutions to combat fraud.

  • How Invoice Automation solutions have evolved making it accessible to SMBs.

  • Lifelong learning and the Accounts Payable professional > Digital solutions > AI, Robotics, Cryptocurrencies and blockchain.

  • Best way to learn about today’s AP Automation tools

  • And much more. 

Vendor Setup & Maintenance Additional Resources: 

  • AP-Now: Share business intelligence. sign up for memberships, webinars, articles, etc. Go To AP-Now

    • Book:  101 Best Practices

    • Book:  Fundamentals of Accounts Payable

  • Podcast:  Subscribe and leave a review on iTunes or Google Play

  • Vendor Master File Training/eGuide:  3 Step Vendor Setup & Maintenance Process:  www.debrarrichardson.com/training

  • Accounts Payable Gifts: www.debrarrichardson.com/shop

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Debra R. Richardson,


Debra is an accounts payable speaker, consultant, and trainer with over 20 years of experience in AP, AR, general ledger, and financial reporting for Fortune 500 companies including Verizon, General Motors and Aramark.

For the past eight years, Debra has focused on Global Vendor Maintenance, and implemented a vendor self-registration portal for 140k+ global vendors across five Accounting Systems/ERPs. In her consultancy, she focuses on internal controls and authentication to prevent fraud in the vendor master file.