"Volunteering with IMA has been a great way for me to practice, learn, and gain leadership experience. Early in my professional career, I was able to serve as president of IMA's Ann Arbor chapter. I actually had more "direct reports" in that role than I did on the job! By donating my time to IMA, I've gained skills that I've been able to apply on the job and personally."
Susan E. Bos, CMA, CPA
Tax and Accounting Manager
Washtenaw County Treasurer's Office
"As a recent graduate, I needed help finding my first job. While attending my local IMA chapter meeting, one of the officers asked me if I had found a job yet. When I told her I hadn't, she took it upon herself to help me find a position. Now I'm employed by a great company, thanks to my networking connections through IMA."
Umbaugh & Associates
"IMA helped develop me as a leader. As a young professional, there are so many misconceptions I had about employers and the working world. However, through my involvement with IMA, I have learned to speak up about things that don't make sense, to be informed on topics I never knew were important, and to appreciate every relationship."
Columbus State University
"Don't just blindly follow the CPA track. More than 80% of accounting professionals wind up working in industry, so be aware of the non-public accounting opportunities. The big CPA firms sponsor everything on campus, so it's easy to think they're the only game in town. They're not."
Paula Riemer, CMA, CPA
Senior Financial Analyst
The Martin-Brower Co., LLC
"Membership in IMA is a professional and personal challenge. Through certification, networking, volunteering, and continuing education, membership in IMA has given me opportunities to become more technically knowledgeable and to continuously improve my "soft" skills. For me, IMA is the perfect place to grow."
Marathon Oil Corporation
"The CMA gave me the cohesion and validation that I needed. Because I come from India and my education and experience came from there, my background wasn't as easily recognized. It's been very helpful for me to have this designation, because it shows that I'm a person who understands all the things that are tested on the exam."
Raj Bansal, CMA, CFM
Assistant VP, Banking Specialist HSBC Bank