The Newsletter of the IMA Canton Chapter

January 2016

Jesse Allison, President
Cullen Bahler, Editor

In this issue:

This Month's Technical Sessions

IMA Expands Thought Leadership

Students Evaluate 2015 Leadership Conference

Earn Your CMA in 2016

Webinar Schedule

IMA Technical Sessions


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Please join Us!

January 19, 2016 > 5:00 - 8:00 pm
 McCall’s, 130 Faircrest St SW, Canton  OH 44706 (directions)

Reservation Deadline: Thursday, January 14th

Pre-Dinner Technical Session (5:00 - 6:00 pm)
Tax Update
Presented by CBIZ MHM, LLC

After-Dinner Technical Session (7:00 - 8:00 pm)
Using the Arts to Maker Smarter Companies
and Genius Kids!
Presented by Robb Hankins, Arts in Stark

click here for more information about the speakers

click here to register

IMA Expands Thought Leadership 

In response to the growing needs of management accounting professionals, IMA® recently announced an expansion of its thought leadership with the introduction of a new book line, complementing IMA’s Statements on Management Accounting (SMA), C-Suite Reports, and research.

IMA’s first book, Advancing Innovation: Galvanizing, Enabling & Measuring for Innovation Value!, is a thought-leading yet practical “how to” manual focused on successfully driving innovation value in organizations. Advancing Innovation also introduces the Innovation Value Score® (IVS), a measurement and management system for enhancing and measuring innovation within an organization. The book offers an in-depth look at how to drive and govern innovation value creation and is supplemented with original research by IMA. You can purchase the book, in print and electronic formats, by visiting the website.

Advancing Innovation is authored by Patrick Stroh, CMA, a member of IMA’s Global Board of Directors and president of Mercury Business Advisors in Minneapolis, Minn. Palladium, a leading strategy execution consulting firm, recently appointed Stroh a Fellow of the Positive Impact Research Institute (PIRI), which leverages innovation to improve public and private sector performance, grow leaders, and enhance human capital. Palladium also named Robert S. Kaplan – Palladium co-founder, Harvard Business School professor, and an IMA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient – as a PIRI Fellow. Kaplan authored the foreword for Advancing Innovation.

“Organizations of all types need to make a commitment to innovation in order to remain relevant and drive value,” said Stroh. “Our research reveals that the majority of finance executives (67%) support innovation in some form in their organizations, compared to just 35% ten years ago. An evolution is taking place in the office of the CFO today, and these strategic leaders now also need to support and drive innovation value in their organizations.”

To order Stroh’s book, visit and use the promo code BOOK25 to save 25% off the retail price.

source: IMA

IMA Student Leadership Conference
Students Evaluate their Experience

“This was my second IMA Student Leadership Conference and I enjoy them so much! It gets students out of the routine of sitting in a classroom learning accounting and puts us in real situations where we get to network with other accounting professionals and listen to speakers who are presenting on topics that are so relevant to all of us. Attending this conference always makes me excited about my future as a potential CPA and I am very thankful to have attended the past two years.” –Taylor Randles

“The 2015 IMA Student Leadership Conference was an incredible event. The sessions were informative and fun, and they definitely applied to current accounting topics and issues today. My favorite session was probably the final session of the conference, where the speaker presented "Why Do Ordinary People Commit Extraordinary Financial Crimes?" Dr. Pope shared real life stories about people who had committed white collar crimes. When she showed us the individuals involved, people who could have been our neighbors or friends, it impacted all of us. I had a great time this year, meeting new people (and making new friends). I can't wait until next year!” –Jessica Syme

“The 2015 IMA conference showed me that the plan to achieve the excelled credentials is essential to a strong career path. Also being able to network with the people who have the experience and shared their journeys showed the importance of it all.” –Tyler Hall


Earn Your CMA in 2016

With the new year comes new goals - and obtaining a CMA certification is certainly a goal that will forward your career!

Achieving the CMA credential demonstrates your mastery of financial planning, analysis, control, decision support, and professional ethics.

The CMA program lets you proceed at your own pace. You can earn a CMA in just 12 months or over the course of three years. Busy professionals will find the CMA program to be a time-efficient and cost-effective investment.

To earn the CMA, you need to meet the following requirements:

  • Maintain membership in IMA. If you aren't already a member, join IMA now.

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university (or an equivalent degree as determined by an independent evaluation agency). Prospective candidates who do not have a bachelor’s degree can petition the Board of Regents for an exception to the education requirements. Limited exceptions may be granted to those with substantial and relevant professional achievements. Please refer to the Education Qualification Section of the CMA Handbook.

  • Two continuous years of professional experience in management accounting or financial management. Please refer to the Experience Qualification section of the CMA Handbook.

  • Entrance into the CMA program.

  • Complete and pass Parts 1 and 2 of the CMA exam.

  • Abide by The IMA’s Statement of Ethical Professional Practice.

Many of our members can answer questions. Join us for January's meeting and we will be able to provide our own experience and advice to get you on your way.


Webinar Schedulele

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.

There are no upcoming webinars at this time, but be sure to check out IMA's webinar schedule frequently in 2016.


Mark Your Calendar:
Join Us at IMA Technical Sessions

2015-2016 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

• 02/16
• 04/19

130 Faircrest St SW
Canton, OH 44706

• 01/19 (Tax)
• 03/15
• 05/17 (Family)

Cost for dinner is $30 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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