Magazine article Strategic Finance

A Glance Back

Magazine article Strategic Finance

A Glance Back

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REMEMBER DRIVER'S ED? For many of us, the resulting piece of plastic in our wallets (especially in Southern California) has almost become akin to the ability to walk. When I think about sitting through this necessity of life, once upon a few decades ago, there's one takeaway I'll always remember. Scanning the road means three things: first, looking far ahead to anticipate your path (and potential trouble); second, shoulder checking to gauge the behavior of those driving alongside you; third, and perhaps most important, glancing behind you to avoid nasty surprises like tailgaters and *gasp* law enforcement. I've written much about the first two over the past year, so, as the rule has it, my final column as your global Chair will be a retrospective one.

Respecting my word limit for this column (and the remainder of your cup of Joe), the past 12 months have been no less than ... colorful. Without even opening the global spread of social media before us (and, some may argue, its sensationalism as a result), we need only to look up at the sky, East and West to national capitals, and especially within our own IMA[R], to witness major events in the mirror. For IMA, these mile markers have been significant:

(1) There are now 108,000-strong IMA members around the world from Albania to Yemen, from California to Maine;

(2) The majority of our growth is now from outside North America in other rapidly expanding markets; and

(3) Your Global Board has adopted some best practices in the continual evolution of its nominating process, the first change since the early 2000s. …

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