The Newsletter of the IMA Canton Chapter

March 2016

Jesse Allison, President
Cullen Bahler, Editor

In this issue:

This Month's Technical Sessions

Job Posting: Accounting Manager

Join Us at the 2016 IMA Conference in Las Vegas

IMA Partners with Sustainability Accounting Standards Board

Webinar Schedule

IMA Technical Sessions


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Regional IMA Meeting
March 15, 2016 > 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Hard Rock Rocksino, 10777 Northfield Rd, Northfield, OH 44067  (directions)

Reservation Deadline: Thursday, March 10th

Networking & Sign-In 6:00 p.m.
Dinner & Speaker 6:15 p.m.
Adjournment 7:30 p.m.

Member $25.00
Student $10.00
Cash Bar

The Fast Track to CFO
Presented by Benjamin R. Mulling CMA, CPA, CITP,
IMA Global Chair

Benjamin R. Mulling, CMA, CPA, CITP is Chair of IMA’s Global Directors for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. He also serves as chair of IMA’s Governance Committee.

His presentation will focus on his personal story and suggestions for what today’s CFP role needs in terms of skills. This is a great topic for all, including students and young professionals.

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Job Posting: Accounting Manager

Shearer’s Foods, LLC & Subsidiaries is seeking an Accounting Manager to work in their Massillon, Ohio facility. Key responsibilities include management of the Corporate Accounting department, oversight of the month-end close process, financial statement reporting and analysis, and assistance with the external audit processes. This position reports to the Director, Corporate Accounting. Must possess an accounting degree and CPA certification, minimum 6 years of accounting experience, auditing background with CPA firm preferred, strong knowledge of GAAP and proven ability to apply GAAP to manufacturing industry, and excel intermediate to advanced skills. EEO Employer Interested candidates should submit their resume at

Join Us at the 2016 IMA Conference in Las Vegas from June 18-22

Register by March 31 and receive special Early Bird rates ...
up to $305 in savings!

Accelerate your learning with a program of more than 50 educational sessions covering a variety of topics including cybersecurity, ethics, revenue recognition changes, leadership, risk management, and more.

Keynote speaker will be Kevin Lacz, who will present "Risk vs. Reward: My Journey from Struggling Student to Navy SEAL and American Sniper Co-Star." With a rare combination of passion and humor, Lacz shares his journey from being a borderline college dropout to US Navy SEAL. He describes how the events of September 11th 2001 were a turning point in his life, prompting him to join the US Navy SEAL BUDs training program, which has an 85% dropout rate. Kevin inspires audiences with his transformation from struggling undergrad to honor student and college graduate following his eight years of service.

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IMA and SASB Announce Memorandum of Understanding

IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants) and The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board™ (SASB™) recently announced a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to advance the management and disclosure of non-financial information in corporate reports.

The MoU, signed by SASB Founder and chief executive officer Dr. Jean Rogers and IMA president and CEO Jeff Thomson, CMA, CAE, outlines the basis for ongoing cooperation, collaboration, and alignment between the two organizations. Among other measures, IMA and SASB agree to identify ways by which the thought leadership of the two organizations can be aligned to strengthen value creation, corporate reporting and disclosure, as well as take proactive measures to share the work of the other organization.

“The current state of corporate disclosure on sustainability is complicated. There is an increasing need for quality, nonfinancial data, including sustainability, to tell a company’s strategy story, which results in a demand placed on the management accounting and finance profession. Alongside financial data, information about a company’s performance in the short-, medium- and long-term is increasingly important to describe and evaluate value creation capacity and sustainability. Together with SASB, we want to advance thought in this area so that preparers are creating value and investors are getting the information they need,” said Thomson.

SASB’s sustainability accounting standards, which help companies measure and manage the sustainability factors most likely to drive value, and Implementation Guide, which help companies integrate SASB standards into their existing systems, are a resource for IMA members to help their companies succeed in this new business environment. Together, IMA and SASB will develop webinars, thought leadership, education for members, and advocacy activities, with the goal of creating nonfinancial standards for 80 industries by the end of the year.

“IMA is very impressed with the thorough way SASB follows due process. In the past, we’ve commented on their implementation guide to companies and on their certificate program, and now hope to educate and train stakeholders in the area of sustainability reporting driven by value and relevance. We look forward to being in an ecosystem with smart partners to advance the end game regarding efficient capital markets,” Thomson added.



Webinar Schedule

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.

Linking Business Strategies to Quality and Lean Management Systems (QLMS)
March 3, 2016
1:00-2:00 pm EDT


Talent Management
March 15, 2016
1:00-2:00 pm EDT



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

• 04/19

130 Faircrest St SW
Canton, OH 44706

• 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

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