Magazine article Strategic Finance

A Solid Foundation

Magazine article Strategic Finance

A Solid Foundation

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As a CMA [R] (Certified Management Accountant), CPA (Certified Public Accountant), CIA (Certified Internal Auditor ), CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner), CGFM (Certified Government Financial Manager), CSOXP (Certified Sarbanes-Oxley Professional), CGOVP (Certified Corporate Governance Professional), and CGRCP (Certified Governance Risk Compliance Professional), I am often asked about the value of professional certification in general and the importance of membership in professional organizations such as IMA [R]. The profession has evolved worldwide, and I believe that certifications and professional organizations are some of the most influential factors contributing to its development and refinement.

I can attest to the value that the CMA and IMA membership provide. I have taught and practiced accounting for more than 35 years. I'm the Thompson-Hill Chair of Excellence and Professor of Accountancy at the University of Memphis and a former member of the Standing Advisory Group (SAG) of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB). Along with the eight certifications, I hold an MBA and Ph.D., and I belong to more than 20 accounting and business professional organizations worldwide.

I have built my academic and practical career on the education and networking that IMA offers. I became a CMA on February 1, 1987. As a member of IMA, I've served as vice president of education for the North Alabama Chapter, have had several articles published in Strategic Finance and Management Accounting Quarterly, and won awards at the chapter and national levels. My article, "Implementing Accounting Standards on Derivatives: A Step-by-Step Guide," was awarded a Lybrand Bronze Medal in 1999 as one of the outstanding articles of the year. …

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