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In mid-November, the IMA hosted its annual Student Leadership Conference (SLC23) in Detroit, Michigan. Our chapter provided scholarships to four soon-to-be Metro State grads who represented us. This included Sam Heaston who is the IMA Twin Cities Student Chapter President. Over the course of three days, attendees learn about the latest trends in the profession and real-life industry case studies and more while taking it all in with fellow peers. These annual events specifically catered to students are dubbed “Accelerate your journey from the classroom to the board room”. These are great networking opportunities and attracts employers ...
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The IMA is introducing the new Financial & Managerial Accounting Associate (FMAA) designation in January. This is another opportunity for Accounting & Finance professionals (young and alike) to expand their knowledge. The exam focuses on the five disciplines pictured below. https://www.imanet.org/FMAA-Campaign Anyone can take this exam regardless of an education or experience requirement. The price and time commitment look right. Check it out.
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The Profitability Analytics Center of Excellence (PACE) is hosting a two-day virtual conference on September 14th & 15th. This is offered to members at no cost of which joining this organization is also free. Members of IMA's leadership are directly involved within this like-minded group furthering our profession. Free membership and registration is available here: https://www.profitability-analytics.org/profits-plus Date and time: Thursday & Friday, September 14-15 from 7:30am-12:30pm CST Topics and speakers include the following: More about this organization: The Profitability Analytics Center of Excellence ...
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As our chapter was celebrating our 100th anniversary on the eve of the biggest event of the year (IMA23 in Minneapolis), our very own Ashley Davis was presented with the Exemplary Young Professional Award . This honor recognizes y oung professionals who display outstanding and creative approaches to problem solving within the Accounting and Finance profession. There were three members worldwide this year honored as such with the other recipients being within the Philippines and the Beirut chapters. So, this is a very select crowd to be a part of. Ashley Davis serves as our Vice President of Communications and does an exceptional job in this role. ...
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As our chapter was celebrating our 100th anniversary on the eve of the IMA's biggest event of the year (IMA23 in Minneapolis), our very own Shari Nepper was presented with the IMA Champion Award. This honor recognizes a member who has demonstrated exceptional volunteerism and leadership skills that are beyond the call of duty in service to the IMA and serves as an example for others to follow. This is a prestigious award attained by only a select few having consistently demonstrated unselfish commitment and exceptional performance in support of our organization. For well over a decade, Shari has and continues to exhibit the exceptional leadership qualities ...
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The IMA's annual Accounting & Finance Conference was hosted in Minneapolis June 11-14. This was an excellent opportunity to further your understanding of our profession as well as earning CPE credits and networking with fellow participants. The IMA brought in a bevy of exceptional speakers onto the grand stage. Attendees had the opportunity to choose from up to four simultaneous presentations to choose from at a given time slot. Keynotes and round-tables brought us all together in the Hyatt Regency Nicollet Ballroom. Meals were provided in the Tech-Knowledgy Center along with the opportunity to visit around 50 exhibit booths. There was even a relaxation ...
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We celebrated the IMA Minneapolis Chapter's 100th anniversary tonight with a boat cruise downtown on the Mississippi River. Thank you to all of those who were able to attend. We had nice weather and were able to host this on the eve of the IMA's biggest event of the year. Off on the right foot -- looking forward to the IMA23 conference. This should be a week to remember.
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Below are the IMA Minneapolis Chapter election results for 2023-2024: President – Trent Kramer, CMA, CPA, CSCA Past President – Lianne B. Loeks Munson, CMA, CSCA Vice President of Engagement – Bhavesh Parekh, CMA, PMP, ACMA Vice President of Communications – Ashley Davis, CMA, CSCA, FPA Vice President of Professional Education – James Powers, CMA Treasurer – Shari L Nepper, CMA, MBA Director of Education – Andrew Galas, MBA Director of CMA & Student Engagement – David Franz, CMA Secretary – Willy Arevalo, CMA Chapter Delegate – Warda James-Hester, ...
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Our chapter elections will be held in late March or early April via online voting again. There are opportunities to get further involved for those who are interested. The Minneapolis Chapter has been very fortunate to have both highly engaged members and an exceptional board. Lots of additional effort goes on behind the scenes. Especially as group of volunteers, this is something that is never to be taken for granted. The IMA has opportunities to further engage whether at a local level or broader scale. As someone who is approaching serving for nearly a decade (many have done so far longer), I'd highly recommend considering a role. There are varying ...
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There is a free weekly newsletter called The Finance Gem by Oana Labes, MBA, CPA that has great insights for us Accounting & Finance professionals. She posts Infographics and brief write-ups on LinkedIn covering a wide variety of topics that are in our wheelhouse. Her content is quick, concise and to the point. The Finance Gem is free to subscribe to, you can view prior weeks before doing so here and has my personal endorsement.
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Is your organization interested in being an exhibitor or a sponsor at the IMA23 annual Accounting & Finance conference? Additional information is available here . This link can get you access to the four page 2023 Exhibitor & Sponsor Prospectus. The brief PDF has an overview of benefits, demographics, pricing and further details. For exhibitor and sponsorship questions, please contact: Randall Kurtz Strategic Account Manager randall.kurtz@imanet.org Thanks for helping make the IMA's biggest event of the year an enjoyable & unique experience.
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Our colleagues at BCertified Pro has a special CMA exam prep promotion to share exclusively with us: Chapter members can benefit from a 25% Discount on ALL CMA packages (Training & Material) + an additional Special 10% discount on by using promo-code CMA10N for February – March 2023 term. B Certified Pro is a USA training company, providing CMA Globally with chapter affiliations, and is an approved CMA course provider by IMA. Learn more here .
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Registration for the IMA's biggest event of the year is now open. There is a discounted rate for the conference through January 13th. Click here to reach the IMA23 landing page. Lots of helpful information is available including the preliminary agenda and list of speakers. The IMA has negotiated a special group rate of $219/night for those looking for overnight accommodations (reference group code " G-IMAC" when booking). For those traveling from out of state, the IMA has partnered with Delta and United Airlines on discounted fares. This information is available on the IMA23 landing page within the Event Info dropdown. Our chapter will have a ...
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Our chapter recently was in the process of procuring a local CPA to present business ethics to us. His engagement agreement was remarkably simple and easy to follow. That is quite a distinction from our counterparts at the bar. John C. Maxwell has a great excerpt in his book The Winning Attitude: While Accounting & Finance is heavily rules-based (GAAP being ~10k pages), perhaps we have taken a more enlightened path than at least some other professions....
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The IMA's biggest event of the year is coming to Minneapolis in 2023! Attendees can earn 30+ CPE over the course of four days in June. Experts and industry leaders with advanced knowledge pertinent to the Accounting & Finance profession will share their valuable insights with us. Our chapter will host a hospitality suite for entertainment & socializing in the evenings. Join us for appetizers, drinks & friendly colleagues. It has been too long staring at a computer screen--now we all get the chance to get back together at this grand-scale event. #IMA23 is sure to be a memorable experience. Our peers from all over the world will be in attendance. ...
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B Certified Pro is hosting two free CMA problem-solving sessions in collaboration with the IMA for parts one and two. These will occur on Saturday, December 3rd and then the following Saturday, December 10th from 8am-12pm CST. B Certified Pro ensures that all CMA members are granted the opportunity to learn how to answer MCQs and Essay questions on the CMA exam to pass from their first attempt. B Certified Pro link to register: https://bcertifiedpro.com/enroll/ For any additional information: support@bcertifiedpro.com
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Our friends at Gleim have an October offer to share... Special IMA Chapter savings are HERE! In the run-up to the holiday season, Gleim CMA is donating a portion of proceeds to Bread of the Mighty Food Bank and providing meals to families in need. To participate, all you have to do is purchase your course using the link below. Visit Gleim.com/IMAChapter from 10/7 - 10/17 to save big! $600 off Premium Set | $300 off Traditional Set Plus, access to exclusive IMA savings - Gleim is an IMA Strategic Partner. 40% off IMA Membership | 40% off CMA Entrance Fee Complete your purchase of either set during this promotion and you’ll receive a code to activate both ...
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The IMA's annual conference and expo (ACE2023) is returning to Minneapolis in June of 2023. This will run June 11th through the 14th with plenty of opportunities to network and earn CPE credits. More information from the IMA will follow as we approach this event. It was last held in Minneapolis back in 2014.
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While I posted our election results yesterday in a blog, we have a champion to crown for all to see... Hear ye! Hear ye! Tavia Lundquist is our IMA Minneapolis Chapter 2022 March Madness champion! She cruised to the top of the ranks correctly selecting Kansas to win the tournament. Two-thirds of the pool had either Arizona or Gonzaga penciled in to win the championship. Both the Jayhawks and Tavia’s victories will be celebrated for years to come. She humbly accepted this honor and will likely return next year to potentially be the first to go back-to-back since Florida did so in 2006 & 2007. Keep an eye out for an invitation ...
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Below are the election results for the IMA Minneapolis Chapter. These are effective as of July 1st for the 2022-2023 fiscal year. President – Trent Kramer, CPA, CMA, CSCA Vice President – Heath L. Hertel, CMA, CPA Past President – Lianne B. Loeks Munson, CMA, CSCA Director of Communications – Ashley Swanson, CMA, CSCA, FPA Secretary - Rudy Hershberger Treasurer – Shari L Nepper, CMA VP of Membership - Bhavesh Parekh, CMA, PMP, ACMA Director of Education – Andrew Galas, MBA Director of CMA & Student Engagement – David Franz, CMA Director ...
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