It is my honor to serve as President of this thriving, professional organization, The Institute of Management Accountants, Long Island Chapter. I truly appreciate the confidence and support that I have received from our Board of Directors and membership in taking on this new and exciting role.
The Long Island Chapter is part of the global organization, which has more than 85,000 accountants and finance professional members worldwide. Locally, we are comprised of almost 400 accounting, finance, legal and service provider professionals as well as student members.
Our Chapter was recently recognized as the runner up for the Community Service Competition for the 2016-2017 IMA Global Competition for the joint submissions of the Student Activities and Employment Service Committees at the 2017 Annual IMA Conference held in Denver, Colorado. This is the third consecutive year the Chapter has been recognized globally for its work in our local Community.
Every year, we strive to bring local value to your membership. We are able to do this through several key initiatives:
- CMA – Certified Management Accountant designation. Independent of other certifications, you must pass a rigorous 2 part exam that covers 11 competencies. The CMA program is designed to validate mastery of the advanced skills required to manage finance functions within your organization*
- Communication – reaching out to our members via a monthly newsletter, redesigned website, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts to keep you in the know of Chapter events and information and keep you in touch with our global organization easily
- Education – bringing quality speakers local to you with informative, timely topics to increase your knowledge base
- Employment - the IMA is able to bring connections to financial positions that may or may not be publicized in other arenas. We accept resumes for financial positions and upon discussion with the candidate, will present to applicable positions
- Membership/Young Professionals – membership in the IMA has many benefits. In addition to the networking events, educational offerings and employment opportunities, there are many insurance and discount programs that members can benefit from
- Sponsorship - the Long Island Chapter offers several sponsorship opportunities including dinner, breakfast and student sponsorships as well as newsletter and other advertisements. Your sponsorship and/or advertisement is seen by a vast array of professionals locally on Long Island as well as nationally, and is instrumental in our ability to provide quality programs
- Student Activities – reaching out to local Colleges and Universities, creating student chapters, encouraging and teaching students the importance, relevance and benefits of belonging to a professional organization
Our Chapter offers eight dinner meeting sessions on the second Tuesday of each month, beginning in September. Networking starts at 6pm with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The dinner program, which will cover a variety of topics important to our financial community and their staff offers one CPE credit, starts at 7pm. We finish our Chapter year in May, with the prestigious Milton Zipper Financial Executive of the Year Award. This award is presented to a Financial Professional who has proven success in their field.
Please join us on September 12, 2017 at the Woodbury Country Club with our kickoff dinner topic “The Threat to Business-The Intruder: Cyber and Physical.” This program is being presented by Richard Frankel, Esq. of the law firm Ruskin Moscou Faltischek P.C. and Kevin Edwards, Director of Compliance and IT Security, of Flexible Solutions.
Finally, I would like to extend my thanks to a number of people. Firstly, to our outgoing President Amy Abrie. Under Amy’s direction, the Long Island Chapter had continued success in reaching the goals and objectives it set forth. I will be elated if I can be half as good a steward of the Chapter as Amy has been over the last two years. Secondly, to all of the Board Members and Past Presidents who graciously give their time and are the backbone of the Long Island Chapter. There are many silent heroes that fall into this category that without their input, creativity and dedication, we would not be where we are today. Lastly, I thank you, the members. Without your involvement, there would be no Chapter. You are the lifeblood of this organization. I encourage you to take advantage of the benefits and programs and become more involved. There is so much we have to offer and your continued support is greatly appreciated.
I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer and I look forward to seeing you at our events.