Magazine article Strategic Finance

Thanks, IMA!

Magazine article Strategic Finance

Thanks, IMA!

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As an audit staff member at Ernst & Young fresh out of college in 1961, I was asked to join a new Southwest Los Angeles Chapter of IMA[R] being spun off of the large L.A. Chapter. It was a good opportunity for continuing my education and networking as I strived to learn more about my new profession, particularly the corporate side of things. Over the next nine years I held various positions on behalf of the Chapter as a committee member, a director, an officer, and so on until I had the honor of serving as Chapter president. Although I was progressing well at my firm, I was definitely able to move to a higher leadership level and gain valuable experience more quickly within IMA than at my "day job"

As my time as Chapter president ended, my career took a major change in direction when I transferred to EY's national office in Cleveland, Ohio. I figured that probably would be the end of my active IMA participation, although I did join a chapter in that area. Soon after that I was offered a National Director position with IMA. After two years in the position, I was asked to serve as a National Vice President for an additional year. I still have many friends from that area, including many at the Annual Meonske Professional Development Conference.

Perhaps my proudest IMA moment is being among the first people to pass the CMA[R] (Certified Management Accountant) exam. In 1972 I passed all four parts of the first exam, had one of the top 10 scores in my group, and was awarded certificate No. …

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