The Newsletter of the IMA Canton Chapter

June 2015

Jesse Allison, President
Kendra Ward, Editor

In this issue:

Message from the President

CMA Program Once Again Breaks Records

IMA National Conference

Business Etiquette – the New Rules in a Digital Age

IMA’s Student Leadership Conference

Webinar Schedule

Canton IMA Technical Sessions

Akron IMA Technical Sessions


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Message from the President

We’re about halfway through this summer already (if you can call the combination of rain and unbearably humid days “summer”) and I’m sure you’re going through IMA withdrawal! Don’t worry, we’re only two months away from our monthly Technical Sessions resuming. But in the meantime, let me remind you of a couple of the vast resources that are available to IMA members all year:

Strategic Finance – IMA’s relevant and insightful monthly publication will fill the gap between our live local tech sessions with popular issues, like the popular Annual Salary survey, and will also provide you opportunities to gain a couple hours of CPE by reading articles and completing a final assessment on line.

Moments that Matter – IMA’s blog that covers the softer side of accounting with perspectives on topics that will help round out your professional development with posts on impactful public speaking, debunking accounting myths, and maximizing your experience at conferences. Just go to

Don’t stop there! Go explore for yourself and see the many other resource that are available in print, pictures, and video.

Jesse Allison, CPA, President


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CMA Program Once Again Breaks Records

It’s been said that records are meant to be broken. That’s certainly true for the CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) program, which recently reported the highest-ever number of CMA certificates awarded and number of new CMA candidates. This year, for the fiscal period ending June 30, 2015, the records set last year were shattered—and by considerable margins.

The CMA program continues to attract professionals from around the world, with the total number of new CMA candidates reaching a record-high 15,574, up from 14,662 in FY2014. What’s more, a record number of new CMA certificates were awarded to highly qualified management accountants, reaching 3,527, up from 3,003 last fiscal year.

These figures represent a growth of 6% for number of CMA candidates and 17% for number of CMA certificates awarded. To date, more than 46,000 professionals around the world have earned the CMA credential.

Samuel C. Weaver, Ph.D., CMA, CFM, chair of ICMA® (Institute of Certified Management Accountants) Board of Regents, said, “We are extremely encouraged by the clear upward trend in both number of CMA candidates and number of certificates awarded, particularly in light of the high standards required to earn this credential. Passing this exam demonstrates a professional’s expertise in areas that are the most sought-after by organizations around the world and the acquisition of these skills will undoubtedly help address the ‘talent gap’ that has affected many enterprises.”

He continued, “The CMA program is one of the fastest-growing accounting certifications in the world, with an annualized growth rate for new certifications of more than 18% for the past five years. With CMAs and CMA candidates in 140 countries, the CMA program is truly enriching organizations and serving the public interest around the world.”

To learn more about the CMA program, visit

Source: CMA Connection; Issue No. 39; July 16, 2015

Career Development:
IMA National Conference

The date and location for next year’s conference has been set! Mark your calendars for June 18, 2016!

The session handouts and photos taken at this year’s conference in Los Angeles are available on the website at

Business Etiquette – the New Rules in a Digital Age

Robert Half’s “Business Etiquette: The New Rules in a Digital Age” is a guide for professionals in an increasingly digital business environment. It is becoming increasing important to know how to use and present yourself through social media in a professional way.

Some tips given for using LinkedIn include:

1. Complete your profile, providing as much information as possible

2. Include a headshot, which can be casual as long as it is professional

3. Prioritize the quality of your contacts instead of the quantity

4. Join groups that are relevant and that share your interests

5. Be respectful and professional in your postings

Also, do not feel pressured to connect with someone you would rather not form a relationship with, and don't feel the need to explain your decision. Simply click "ignore."

The publication also discusses other social networking sites (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Google+), provides tips for deciding who to (or not to) connect with, e-mail protocols, instant messaging mistakes, and more. Click here to download the guide.

Student News

IMA’s Student Leadership Conference will be held at Lake Buena Vista, FL, on November 12-14, 2015.

More info:

Webinar Schedule

Earn CMA and CPE Credits by attending the next Inside Talk or Leadership Academy webinar to earn FREE NASBA-approved CPE! Check out these offerings from

Top Digital Trends that Impact Organizational Strategy
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
1:00-2:00 pm EDT
Inside Talk: Register

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Presenting: Tips for Giving Effective Presentations
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
1:00-2:00 pm EDT
Leadership Academy: Register

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.

All IMA webinars are FREE to members and are worth NASBA CPE.

Mark Your Calendar:
Join Us at Canton IMA Technical Sessions

• September 15

• October 6 – Student Night

• November 17

• December 15

• January 19

• February 16

• March 15

• April 19

• May 17

Locations are yet to be determined. Cost for dinner is $28. 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:


Mark Your Calendar:
2015-2016 Akron IMA Technical Sessions

• September 17

• October 17

• November 14

• January 16

• February 20

• March 20 – Student Night

• April 17

• May 15

Location: Tangier Restaurant (532 West Market, Akron)


• Reception at 5:15 pm

• Dinner at 6:30 pm

• Technical Session at 7:15 pm

More info:


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