The Newsletter of the IMA Canton Chapter

February 2017

Jeff Walters, President
Cullen Bahler, Editor

In this issue:

This Month's Technical Sessions

Get Involved

IMA Volunteer Day

IMA International Conference

Top 2017 Risks

Webinar Schedule

IMA Technical Sessions

Connect with Us!

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Please join Us!

February 21 |  5:00 - 8:00 pm
Kozmo’s Grille: 37 1st St SW, Massillon OH 44647 (directions)

Reservation Deadline: Friday, February 17

Pre-Dinner Technical Session (5:00 - 6:00 pm)
Everything AultCare
Presented by Michael Gallina, AultCare

After-Dinner Technical Session
(7:00 - 8:00 pm)
Championship People -
Your Leadership Influence

Presented by Michael Gallina, AultCare

click here for more information
about the speakers

click here to register


Get Involved!

Greetings, IMA Members! We are working on creating the Canton IMA Board for next year (June 2017-May 2018) and would like to give you the opportunity to nominate or be nominated for a spot on the board. Many of the positions require small time commitments and provide a great way to stay connected with other leading accountants in our area and become a leader in the Northeast Ohio business community. Click here for a list of board positions. This will give you an idea of the structure of the board and description of each director’s responsibilities. Please let me know within the next week if you have any questions, interests, or co-workers who should get involved!

I am looking forward to working with you!

Jeffrey A. Walters, President


Register for Canton IMA's Annual Volunteer Day
at the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank!

Who? - You! Open to all Canton IMA members and guests

What? - Opportunity to serve the community and network with other business professionals

Where? - Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank (350 Opportunity Pkwy, Akron, OH 44307)

When? - April 1st from 8:30 - 11:30 AM

Interested? Here's how to sign up:

1. Complete an online application form to create a volunteer account. *If you have already completed an application, simply skip to step 2.

Adult Volunteer Application

Youth Volunteer Application (ages 10-15 volunteering with an adult)

2. Log in to the Volunteer Information Center to sign up for the April 1st event.

Click on the calendar for April 1 and sign up for Volunteer Group: Canton IMA

Your username is your email address. Forgot your password? Don’t worry; there is an easy password recovery process!

Welcome to the Foodbank:

The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank is located at the corner of Dart Ave and Opportunity Pkwy off of OH-59 near Downtown Akron. Our address is 350 Opportunity Pkwy, Akron, OH 44307. Get Directions.

When you arrive, please use our visitor parking, either in front of the building or in the Dart Avenue lot. You may use the main entrance or the side, Visitor entrance.

What to wear:

It’s best to dress in layers. The weather outside effects the temperature inside our warehouse.

Safety is our priority! Please note that open-toed shoes and jewelry are not permitted in our warehouse when handling food. Comfortable shoes are recommended as you may be on your feet the entire time.

Lockers are available for your personal belongings.

Your Volunteer Project

Volunteer projects are based on the daily needs of the Foodbank. The time you give sorting and inspecting food donations, labeling product for repackaging, or packaging bulk items help us provide 84,000 meals to people struggling with hunger in our community, each and every day!

More Information

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Joyce Badertscher, Chair of Publicity & Community Service at

Thank you and we look forward to serving with you!

IMA Member Benefit
Join us at IMA's Annual Conference & Exposition


Strategic Finance
Top 2017 Risks

by Elizabeth Kennedy

Brexit. Turmoil in the Middle East and the resulting surge in immigration. Changes in national political leadership. Depressed oil prices. Monetary policies and concerns about inflation and inflated asset prices in China. Global terrorism. Escalating healthcare costs. Rapidly developing innovations from the digital technology revolution. Expanding regulation and oversight. A strong U.S. dollar.

These and a host of other significant risk drivers are all contributing to the risk dialogue in boardrooms and executive suites.

Global consulting firm Protiviti and North Carolina State University Poole College of Management asked 735 board members and executives to rate the likely impact that various risk issues will have on their organizations in 2017 (using a scale of 1 to 10, where 10 represents an “extensive impact”). The top five areas of concern are:

1. Economic conditions (6.61)

2. Regulatory changes and regulatory scrutiny (6.51)

3. Cyberthreats (5.91)

4. Rapid speed of disruptive innovations and new technologies (5.88)

5. Privacy/identity management and information security (5.87)

This report from Protiviti and North Carolina State University’s ERM Initiative contains results from their fifth annual risk survey of directors and executives to obtain their views on the extent to which a broad collection of risks are likely to affect their organizations over the next year.




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.

Better You, Better Leader
February 7, 2017
1:00 - 2:30 pm EDT

Drivers, Challenges, and Best Practices for Automating the Accounting Close
February 16, 2017
1:00-2:00 pm EDT

Register for Any Webinar


Mark Your Calendar:
Join Us at IMA Technical Sessions

2016-2017 tech sessions will be held at Kozmo's Grille with the exceptions noted below. There are two hour-long sessions beginning at 5:00 and 7:00 and dinner in between.

  • February 21
  • March 21

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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