The Newsletter of the IMA Canton Chapter

November 2014

Jesse Allison, President
Travis Young, Editor

In this issue:

This Month's Technical Sessions

IMA Young Professional Award

Special Recognition

EBS Earns IMA Accreditation

The IPO and Beyond

Webinar Schedule

IMA Technical Sessions


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November 18, 2014
 > 5:00 - 8:00 pm > McCall’s, 130 Faircrest St SW, Canton OH 44706
     Reservation Deadline: Friday, November 14th

Pre-Dinner Technical Session (5:00 - 6:00 pm)
ODOT and a Life of Significance
Presented by Mike Miller

After-Dinner Technical Session (7:00 - 8:00 pm)
Communicating Across the Generations – Managing a Changing Workplace
Presented by Debbie Curtis

click here for more information about the speakers

click here to register

IMA Young Professional of the Year Award

Nominations are now open for the IMA Young Professional Award. This award is designed to recognize the finest young professionals with outstanding and creative approaches to problem solving within the accounting and finance profession.

The award is open to anyone who meets the following criteria:

  • Under the age of 33 as of July 1, 2014

  • Employed in the accounting or finance field

  • Completed an undergraduate degree from an accredited school

  • Outstanding contribution in their professional role

  • CMA designation or candidate desired

Entries must be submitted no later than Wednesday, December 31, 2014, and can be e-mailed to (please include IMA Young Professional Award in the subject line). Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.

Please click here for more information or contact Jenna Uszenski at


Special Recognition

Thank you to everyone who helped out at the Akron-Canton Foodbank event. What a great way for us to give back to our community.



From IMA International:
EBS Business School Named First European School Approved by IMA’s Higher Education Endorsement Program

Following more than a dozen American colleges and universities, Germany’s EBS Business School has been recognized through IMA®’s (Institute of Management Accountants) Higher Education Endorsement Program as the first European school to achieve this distinction.

The Higher Education Endorsement Program recognizes undergraduate and graduate accounting programs meeting the educational standards that enable students to pursue the CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) credential.

“Properly trained accountants are vital to the success of businesses and economies around the world. We’re pleased that EBS is supporting management accounting education and preparing its students for this important career path,” said Raef Lawson, Ph.D., CFA, CMA, CPA, IMA vice president of research and policy and professor-in-residence.

Higher education programs seeking endorsement by IMA must substantially cover the content of the CMA exam in their curriculum, have adequate faculty resources, be accredited by a recognized accreditation organization, and have a faculty member designated as an IMA Campus Advocate. The Campus Advocate program helps professors demonstrate their commitment to the future of the accounting profession by mentoring students and encouraging CMA certification.

For more information and application forms for IMA’s Endorsement Program, visit:

Financial News:
The IPO and Beyond: The Keys to an Enduring Financial Foundation

For thriving businesses, the initial public offering (IPO) is a major milestone, as your company receives a capital infusion and undergoes a far greater degree of financial scrutiny from auditors, regulators, and investors. In most respects, the reporting, process, and control burdens fall on the shoulders of the CFO, controller, and the rest of the finance team. "The IPO and Beyond: The Keys to an Enduring Financial Foundation" white paper will show you keys to IPO readiness, and also post-IPO lessons learned from Intacct customers who have successfully taken their companies public.

Download the white paper to help prepare for pre- and post-IPO readiness:

  • Streamlined financial processes

  • Robust internal controls

  • Skilled financial staff

  • Best-in-class business systems

Download your copy.

Webinar Schedule

Summer doesn’t have to mean the end of easy and convenient CPE credits. Check out these offerings from

Capitalize on Cloud, Analytics, Mobility and Social Business to Accelerate Corporate Performance
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
1:00–2:00 pm EDT
Inside Talk: Register

Better You, Better Leader
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
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.

Mark Your Calendar:
Join Us at IMA Technical Sessions

2014-2015 tech sessions will occur as follows, alternating between 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

• March 17th (Skyland)

• January 20th (Skyland)

• May 19th (Skyland) - Family Day

130 Faircrest St SW
Canton, OH 44706

• November 18th (McCall’s)

• December 9th (McCall’s)

• February 17th (McCall’s) - Election

• April 21st (McCall’s)

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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