IMA® Membership

It is our honor to honor you. IMA® is currently seeking nominations for the IMA Global Awards that recognize proud, accomplished, selfless, fulfilled, experienced, distinguished, prestigious members. Below is the description of each award. Award recipients will be recognized at IMA’s 95th Annual Conference & Exposition at the Minneapolis Hilton in Minneapolis, Minn., during the Annual Awards Dinner on Tuesday, June 24, 2014. Award winners will receive complimentary admission to the Annual Awards Dinner and a one-night hotel stay at the hotel.


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2014 Winners

  • Distinguished Member Award (one winner):
Curtis C. Verschoor, Ph.D., CMA®, CPA, CIA, CFE, CFA, CFP, ACA, CAE. Verschoor serves as emeritus ledger & quill research professor in the School of Accountancy and MIS at DePaul University, is the incoming chair of IMA’s Committee on Ethics and a member of IMA’s Northwest Suburban Chicago Chapter.


  • Exemplary Board Member Award (one winner):
Brad Monterio. Monterio is managing director of Colcomgroup, chair of the Technology Solutions and Practices Standing Advisory Committee, and a member of IMA’s New York Chapter.


  • Exemplary Leadership Award (2 award winners):
Ginger White, BB, MBB, MBA. White is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt at Cummins, she sits on the IMA Global Board of Directors and serves as chair of the Member Relations Committee. She is a member of IMA’s South Central Indiana Chapter.

Harvey Childers, CPA. Childers has held leadership positions in nearly all of IMA’s Global Volunteer Committees and has been a member of IMA’s Wichita Chapter since 1972.


  • Exemplary Volunteer Award (2 award winners):
Toni Spina, CPA. Spina is shareholder at Bailey Carr & Company CPAs, vice president and treasurer of IMA’s Upstate New York Regional Council, vice president of Professional Education for IMA’s Rochester Chapter, and a member of IMA’s Board of Directors.

Sheryl Elliott. Elliott works for VVF Illinois Services, serves as the Stuart Cameron McLeod Society (SCMS) secretary and is president of IMA’s Fox River Valley Chapter.


2013 Winners

  • IMA Exemplary Leadership Award (one winner):
Mr. Ronald D. Luther, CMA, CPA, Business Manager of St. Ambrose’s Catholic Parish, and Director of the South Central Indiana Chapter


  • IMA Exemplary Volunteer Award (one winner):
Mr. James (Jimmie) C. Smith, CPA, Senior Manager, Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance at Occidental Petroleum Corporation, and Regional Vice President of the Dallas Fort Worth Area Chapter


  • IMA Distinguished Member Award (2 award winners):
Mr. Dennis (Denny) R. Beresford, CMA, CFM, CPA, Atlanta Chapter

Mr. Gary M. Cokins, CPIM, Founder and CEO at Analytics-Based Performance Management LLC


IMA Announces Recipients of Inaugural Member Leadership Awards

IMA Exemplary Leadership Award

To recognize an IMA member who has shown exceptional leadership skills in service to IMA consistent with IMA’s Mission and Core Values. This award recognizes contributions in volunteer leadership positions held over a period of years through demonstrated leadership attributes and personal expertise. There is no obligation to make an award. A maximum of two awards will be given annually.

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IMA Exemplary Volunteer Award 

To recognize an IMA member who exemplifies the true spirit of volunteerism through exemplary volunteer service to IMA consistent with its Mission and Core Values. This individual, regardless of length of service to IMA or IMA leadership positions held, will have demonstrated unselfish commitment and exceptional performance in support of the organization. This award is truly for an individual who goes beyond what might be expected and serves as an example of volunteerism for others to follow. There is no obligation to make an award. A maximum of two awards will be given annually.

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IMA Exemplary Board Member Award 

To recognize a member of IMA’s Global Board of Directors who, consistent with IMA’s Mission and Core Values, exemplifies what a Global Board member should be and do. This individual, regardless of length of service to IMA, serves as an example for all Global Board members and sets a standard for superior performance, participation, and service. There is no obligation to make an award. Only one award will be given annually.

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IMA Distinguished Member Award

To recognize an IMA member whose successes, exceptional achievements, dedication, and professionalism bring honor to IMA and the profession, consistent with IMA’s Mission and Core Values. There is no obligation to make an award. A maximum of two awards will be given annually.

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IMA Distinguished Advocate Award

To recognize an individual (nonmember) whose successes, exceptional achievements, dedication, and professionalism bring credit to IMA and/or the profession and to themselves, consistent with IMA’s Mission and Core Values. There is no obligation to make an award. A maximum of two awards will be given annually.

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