The Newsletter of the IMA Canton Chapter

May 2015

Jesse Allison, President
Travis Young, Editor

In this issue:

This Month's Technical Sessions

Be an IMA Leader

IMA Annual Conference & Expo

IMA Expands in India

Webinar Schedule

IMA Technical Sessions


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Please join Us!

May 19, 2015 | 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Skyland Pines, 3550 Columbus Rd NE, Canton, OH 44705 (directions)

Reservation Deadline: Wednesday, May 13th

Pre-Dinner Technical Session (5:00 - 6:00 pm)
Business Intelligence
Presented by Chris Holmes

After-Dinner Technical Session (7:00 - 8:00 pm)
Pillsbury: Baking 101
Presented by John Fox

click here for more information about the speakers

click here to register

IMA Benefit:
Be an IMA Leader
IMA Takes Your Leadership
to the Next Level!

IMA Leadership Academy (IMALA) supports the development and enhancement of our members’ leadership education and skills to aid in career advancement. This benefit is free to IMA members. 

Leadership Academy Webinar Series: Volunteer to be a moderator or presenter for one of our monthly webinar programs ranging from leadership and social media topics to listening skills.

Leadership Recognition Program: Your development is measured in a program where you can achieve Pewter- to Platinum-level leadership status and acquiring digital badges as credentials.

Leadership Opportunities: Take advantage of the many volunteer leadership opportunities open to you including becoming a member of the prestigious Leadership Academy Faculty Committee.

Mentor/Mentee Identification Network: IMA offers an online mentoring program that features a user-driven mentor matching resource. This helps members around the world connect with one another to establish mutually beneficial mentoring relationships.

Leadership News: A Strategic Finance column that delivers timely and applicable perspectives from leadership experts. Contact Esteban Quiros at if you are interested in writing a column.

(Source: IMA Communications Newsletters)

IMA Annual Conference & Expo

Expand your view by listening to and meeting relevant industry speakers, attending their informative sessions, and walking through the exhibit hall full of useful products and services providers. Join us in Los Angeles to experience inspiring speakers, create new contacts, and reconnect with peers in a dynamic, welcoming environment.

If you’re a first-timer, you’ll quickly realize that IMA’s largest meeting of minds is a great investment. To help convince your boss, download our letter to the boss that explains the value of IMA’s Conference can bring to you and your organization.

Leading Industry Speakers: Sessions are facilitated by leaders from the accounting, finance, and business world, representing public and private organizations, academic institutions, and government agencies.

Relevant Topics: The Conference program includes sessions relevant to all management accountants and financial professionals in business, from new practitioners to seasoned professionals. Learn about strategic planning, budgeting, forecasting, governance, risk, compliance, financial reporting, financial leadership, ethics, and more.

Networking: IMA offers many opportunities for you to grow your contacts. Connect with nearly 1,000 professionals from large and small businesses, public corporations, academic institutions, and government agencies.

Management Accounting Roundtables Luncheon: This is an interactive and informal roundtable session that enables attendees to learn, exchange ideas, and network in a relaxed, welcoming environment. Each table of nine participants and one facilitator will discuss a hot industry topic. The facilitator, who is a Conference attendee or guest presenter, is knowledgeable in the table’s topic and will sustain the conversation over a box lunch.

Solutions Showcase: Leading vendors of products and services line the walls at the Solutions Showcase Exhibit Hall. As the most popular event at the Conference, the Showcase displays solutions to the most pressing business needs.

IMA Traditions: IMA’s Annual Conference & Exposition has been the premier event for its members and volunteers for nearly a century. Celebrate IMA’s 96th Annual Conference and the accomplishments of the past year through the Annual Meeting of Members, Awards Dinner, and other special gatherings.

An Amazing Host City: Los Angeles offers a breath-taking backdrop to this year’s Conference. Soak up the sun at Venice Beach, take in the sights around the city, or go shopping on Rodeo Drive. The city offers something for everyone.

Excellent Value: IMA’s Conference is an excellent investment for you, your career, and your future. Experience four days of educational sessions at a great price.

More info:


Hotel Information

The Westin Bonaventure
404 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 624-1000
Visit website

IMA has negotiated a special Conference price of $199 per night, single or double occupancy, exclusive of applicable state and local taxes (15.565%). This rate includes complimentary daily in-room Internet access which you will receive via a code at check-in. (Note: The Westin's confirmation e-mails do not indicate this, but IMA's group is entitled to complimentary Internet with a code given at check-in.) The hotel is currently accepting reservations, but has limited availability. Please reference Group Code IMA when making reservations by phone.

This special Conference hotel rate will be in effect while rooms are available or until May 27, 2015. Reservations made after May 27, or after the IMA block sells out, may be subject to a higher rate. There is no guarantee that rooms will still be available after May 27, so don't delay in making your arrangements. Call (213) 624-1000 today!

More info:

Stephen J. Dubner,
Author, Freakonomics, SuperFreakonomics and Think Like a Freak

J.R. Martinez,
Veteran, Actor in
"All My Children,"
& Winner of "Dancing with the Stars"

James V. Schnurr,
Chief Accountant, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission

Marcus H. Sachs, P.E.,
Vice President, National Security Policy, Verizon Communications

Joan Pastor, Ph.D.,
President, JPA International, Inc.

Todd Buchholz,
Economist, former White House Economic Policy Advisor & Wall Street Executive

Lynn Brewer,
Founder of
The Integrity Institute

IMA News:
IMA Expands in India

To provide training and certification tools for a growing group of accounting and finance professionals in India, IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants) has announced a partnership agreement with John Wiley and Sons, Inc. (Wiley), publisher of the CMA Learning System (CMALS), and Miles Professional Education (Miles), a major professional certification course provider in India. Under the agreement, Miles commits significant resources to support live training for management accountants preparing to take IMA’s CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) exam using Wiley’s CMALS.

IMA’s globally recognized CMA credential is an advanced assessment of accounting and financial management knowledge in four critical areas: financial planning, analysis, control, and decision support. The two-part exam is offered through Prometric testing centers in India and throughout the world.

Beginning this spring, Miles will offer an eight-week instructor-led course, to prepare management accountants for the exam. The courses, available in eight cities across India, provide 60 hours of training on exam content, guidance for taking the test, and career counseling.

Source: IMA Online News

Webinar Schedule

The Perils and Promises of Analytics-based Enterprise Performance Management
Thursday, April 30, 2015
1:00-2:00 pm EDT

You will earn CMA and CPE credits when you attend any live webinar. Replay webinars are available in the archive but do not earn credits. Advance registration is recommended—IMA webinars are popular and fill up quickly.

Mark Your Calendar:
Join Us at IMA Technical Sessions

2014-2015 tech sessions will occur as follows, alternating between n Skyland Pines and McCall’s, with hour long sessions beginning at 5:00 and 7:00 and dinner in between.

Skyland Pines
3550 Columbus Rd NE
Canton, OH 44705

• May 19th (Skyland) - Family Day

130 Faircrest St SW
Canton, OH 44706

Cost for dinner is $28 regardless of the location. Please look for invite emails with registration information prior to each meeting.


• Social/Networking at 4:45 pm

• Pre-Dinner Technical Session at 5:00

• Dinner at 6:00 pm

• Post-Dinner Technical Session at 7:00 pm

More info:


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