The Newsletter of the IMA Canton Chapter

December 2014 | Holiday Issue

Jesse Allison, President
Travis Young, Editor

In this issue:

Letter from the President

IMA Young Professional Award

IMA Technical Sessions



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President's Letter
Seasons Greetings from the Canton IMA

Dear Canton IMA Members,

I hope this busy holiday time of year finds you all in good spirits and concentrating on friends, family and how you will spend your well-earned time off from work! I hope that no one is stressing over fulfilling year-end CPE requirements because all of our Canton Chapter Technical sessions for the calendar year have been successfully completed, which totaled 11.5 Hrs from September through December!

As we look toward the new year, I hope that instead of merely planning for the upcoming month-end, quarter-end, and fiscal year-end closes you also take some time to assess your involvement and what you can give back to this great local organization which has benefitted you for years. A couple of our long standing board members will be completing their final year of service on the board, and we will be taking nominations in the month of January, followed by elections in February for the new terms which will begin in June of 2015. Keep your eyes open for communications specifically addressing this topic and providing more details.

We are also looking forward to kicking off 2015 with our annual tax update on January 20th! This tech session will be presented by the team from Bruner Cox and will be hosted at Skyland Pines. We hope to see you there!

Finally, we have scheduled our Spring technical sessions. Be sure to mark your calendar to make sure you can join us.

From all of us at Canton IMA, we wish you joyful holidays and a successful new year!

Jesse Allison, President


IMA Young Professional Award

IMA (Institute of Management Accountants) is now accepting nominations for the IMA Young Professional Award. IMA young professional members are encouraged to apply for this award and/or share the information with friends and colleagues who may be potential candidates. The award will recognize outstanding young professionals who have demonstrated creative approaches to problem solving within the accounting and finance profession.

To be considered for the award, nominees must:

• Be under the age of 33 as of July 1, 2014

• Be employed in the accounting or finance field

• Have completed an undergraduate degree from an accredited school

• Have made an “outstanding contribution” in their professional role

• Be a CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) or CMA candidate (preferred)

Additional application details can be found on IMA’s website at  Entries must be submitted no later than 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. Up to five winners will be selected by a special task force.

Please Note: No current member of IMA’s Young Professional Committee may apply.

Winners will receive a variety of benefits including complimentary attendance to IMA’s 96th Annual Conference & Exposition (to be held in Los Angeles, Calif., on June 20-24, 2015) and IMA’s 16th Annual Student Leadership Conference (to be held in Orlando, Fla., on November 12-14, 2015), recognition via announcements in several media outlets, and other honors.

For more information on the award, please contact Jenna Uszenski, IMA staff liaison to the Young Professional Advisory Committee, at


Mark Your Calendar:
Join Us at IMA Spring Technical Sessions

Please join us during the upcoming Spring season and attend one (or more!) of our upcoming technical sessions:

January 20, 2015

Special Tax Update
Presented by Bruner Cox/ Hall Kistler
(2 hours of CPE!)

Skyland Pines
3550 Columbus Rd NE
Canton, OH 44705

February 17, 2015

Business Process Outsourcing
Presented by Brian Lynch

Business Transformation
Presented by Chris Chapman, Sr. VP & CFO Diebold

130 Faircrest St SW
Canton, OH 44706

March 17, 2015

International Finance
Presented by Rick Lindenberger

Canton Chamber
Presented by Mike Gill, Director Canton Chamber of Commerce

Skyland Pines
3550 Columbus Rd NE
Canton, OH 44705


April 21, 2015

Presented by TBD

Lauren Manufacturing
Presented by Dave Gingrich, CFO and Treasurer Lauren International

130 Faircrest St SW
Canton, OH 44706


May 19, 2015

Business Intelligence
Presented by Chris Holmes, Assistant Manager The J. M. Smucker Co.

Presented by John Fox, Manager The J. M. Smucker Co.

Skyland Pines
3550 Columbus Rd NE
Canton, OH 44705

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

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