President's Message

Hello IMA Akron Chapter Members! 

I am excited to get the 2016-2017 year started as your new chapter president. 

 I would like to extend a big thank you to last year’s president, Kelly Heil.  Akron Chapter came in 6th place in the world in the Stevenson Division!!!  That leaves pretty big shoes to fill!  Thanks to all of the chapter members and Board for making last year a stellar year for IMA Akron Chapter.

 After conducting a survey of the membership, I’m pleased to announce that the majority of our dinner meetings will be held at the Akron Hilton Garden Inn.  We have put together an outstanding speaker slate for this year, as you can see further on in this program book.  If you are a CMA or CPA and need low-cost CPE credits, you can earn 2 CPEs in each dinner meeting.  You just pay for the cost of dinner.  If you don’t want dinner, that is an option to earn FREE CPE credits.  The IMA website also offers free webinars to earn additional CPE.   

Our chapter also has a lot of fun, too.  We hold fun events, such as Rubber Ducks baseball games, tours through businesses (which earn CPE too), as well as helping out the community.  We went on a tour of the Akron Metro bus facility this summer, and are planning a tour of Goodyear’s race tire production process this fall.  Along with our dinner meetings, we offer an excellent Professional Development Seminar in December. 

 I am working on my CMA this year.  One part passed and one part to go.  We have a wonderful mentoring program to get advice and assistance on this program.  Our partnership with Gleim also offers a significant discount on study materials. 

Our chapter success rests on the engagement of our membership.  If you have any suggestions or questions, or want to become more involved, do not hesitate to contact me, or any of the other members of the Board. 

 Looking forward to a great year!


 Linda Garrison

President 2016-2017

IMA Akron Chapter